Cats Can Has Grammar: This is a great examination of one of the current Net memes — annotating cat pictures — and why it has ended up the way it has.
If you spend any time at all observing net culture, then you’ll have been unable to miss the recent explosion in popularity of lolcats. This relatively recent phenomenon is the convention of taking pictures of cute animals, most frequently cats, and overlaying absurdist captions on the images.
Wikipedia has some more on the lolcat meme which I’m slightly embarrassed to say that I love. I love cats, which helps. I mean. come on, tell me this isn’t friggin’ adorable. Or this. Or this. I could look at these all day.
(Something else I find interesting —
I’m quite sure we’re going to get some comments like this: “I like cats too…under the tires of my truck [snort]”. This is fine — I realize not everyone likes cats. But here’s something that never fails to fascinate me: it seems you can’t just dislike cats quietly. If you don’t like cats, you must apparently threaten them with violence.
I don’t like dogs. They’re usually too big or too annoying, and they invariably smell like crap. But I have never threatened violence on a dog. They repulse me, and I’d rather they stayed the hell away from me, but I’m not going to couple that thought with… “or else I’ll run it over with my car.”
Think about that before you comment. And anyway, don’t the big plastic testicles hanging from your tow hitch need to be polished or something?)