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What's the deal with LOL Cats?

Asked by Emilyy (2133points) March 4th, 2008

I love them, my friends love them, and I’ve even made some of my own. What do you think is so appealing about this weird internet craze?

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Riser's avatar

I have no idea what LOL Cats are. I suddenly feel like Kyle in the south park “chipokomon” episode.

scamp's avatar

Me neither.. Link please?

Zaku's avatar

I’m guessing she means , no?
A ton of funny pictures of cats with captions – what’s not to love?
I could do without the bad language though.

Riser's avatar

ahhhh. This phenomenon. Behold the power of cute.

artemisdivine's avatar

i think it is appealing as cats are freaking adorable…and humans like to humanize everything…so if the cats COULD talk they might actually say what the caption says. its satire, bad spelling, totaly chaos…all rolled into one. and some are SO clever i do literally laugh out loud.

Cats and captions — like reason and argument, poetry and prose, wine and cheese — it’s a combination that today we take for granted.” Thus begins Ben Burrns’s (Ken Burns’s feline-lovin’ bro?) seminal history of the LOL cats phenomenon. From Happy Cat who wants a cheeseburger, to Ceiling Cat who’s watching you masturbate, The History of LOL Cats will teach you all you wanted to know about the history of the cat/caption craze. I need to start donating more to PBS, with this kind of outstanding programming

LOLcats—cute cat photos with ungrammatical but humorous one-liners—are ubiquitous online. But today on Boing Boing tv, we explore their little-known historic origins in a comic strip from the early 1900s, created by the great-grandfather of Adam “Ape Lad” Koford. Guest analysts on today’s BBtv: internet blowhard Paul Boutin, and Garfield expert Jesse Thorn. Special thanks to icanhascheezburger.

happened upon an incredibly funny concept recently, and it’s called “LOL cats”. Essentially, the concept is to take photographs (or illustrations, it’s really your choice!) of cats, and manipulate them using an image editor. But in a very specific way.

You want to take a photo of a particularly funny cat photo, or a photo of a very large cat, or a photo of a cat in a very farcical or preposterous situation (these are just a couple examples!)

Then, you add text to it to either describe the situation, or just write something funny! Give it your own personal flavor, because there are no “rules”.

I know there are a lot of these images floating around the Internet, the following are just a few. But if you have any more, post them! I want to see what the Internet has to offer in the way of LOL cats
Image Macros apparently started as web forum responses — a way to respond to a message with an image containing some embedded textual content (the image at left says “Oh Really?”), rather than typing a response. But, like many things on the web, things get out of hand quickly: there are many subgenres which continue to evolve daily.

meme, as defined within memetic theory, constitutes a theoretical unit of cultural information, the building block of cultural evolution or diffusion that propagates from one mind to another analogously to the way in which a gene propagates from one organism to another as a unit of genetic information and of biological evolution.[1] Multiple memes may propagate as cooperative groups called memeplexes (meme complexes).

Dramatic Chipmunk/Prairie Dog
ORLY owl
see I Can Has Cheezburger?
also Elspeth Jane’s blog


BUT THIS IS THE FIRST LOL TYPE I EVER SAW and it still rules as it is so unique

Oolong (ウーロン, Ūron?) (July 28, 1994 – January 7, 2003) (also known as the Pancake Rabbit), named after the oolong variety of tea, was the name of a domestic rabbit owned by photographer Hironori Akutagawa, of Hokkaidō, Japan. The rabbit was mainly famous for its ability to balance a variety of objects on his head.

scamp's avatar

Thanks Zaku! I think they’re cute.. but hard to understand. I have to stare at them for a minute and say whaaa????

mikebrowne's avatar

Along the lines of what artemisdivine was talking about:

Spargett's avatar

- They’re a unique form of humor.
– It’s a template.
– We love cats.
– We love anthropomorphising things.

andrew's avatar

Personally, I hate them.

sndfreQ's avatar

@scamp: stuffonmycat is awesome! There was one cat that had eight iPods on it-my friend sent it to me, and said “that’s you as a cat!” It got LOLs…

maggiesmom1's avatar

Oh, ANDREW!! They’re so awesome – how could you hate them?

hannahsugs's avatar

My favorite commentaries on the LOL cats phenomenon are: here, here, and here.

Sorry, I couldn’t resist. I think they can be cute and funny, but the format is over used.

andrew's avatar

@maggiesmom1: Did you click on the link?

maggiesmom1's avatar

Yeah. I love that picture. So you don’t realy hate them??

Zaku's avatar

No, he doesn’t.

By the way, in regards to the above comments about the text style on LOLcats:

byrd's avatar

Zaku, do you mean the broken English? That’s half the joke. :D

Zaku's avatar

I mean that half of the joke often rubs my fur the wrong way, as illustrated in the picture linked two answers above this one.

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