For the past 17 years, Talkeetna, Alaska has been run by a most unusual mayor — a cat named Stubbs.
Local merchant Lauri Stec discovered him in her parking lot in 1997 and dubbed him Stubbs because he lacked a tail; he was named honorary mayor of the 900-resident town shortly afterward, and Stec’s general store is now his mayoral office. Apparently he’s a bit demanding on the store’s employees, always wanting to climb on counters and be taken outside.
His constituents have been largely pleased with his 17-year reign. “He doesn’t raise our taxes,” Stec said. “We have no sales tax. He doesn’t interfere with business. He’s honest.”