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`Lolcats' sites for when you're feline funny
Charlotte Observer ^ | May. 16, 2007 | RANDY SALAS

Posted on 05/19/2007 3:27:51 AM PDT by Daffynition

It's no secret that cats are popular online. In fact, the fickle felines inspired a Web Search column (www.startribune.com/

websearch/?p=112) that received a great reader response. Since then, though, an entire kitty subculture has emerged on the Web in the form of cat photos with funny sayings written on them.

At first, they were called cat macros, but now go mostly by the name lolcats -- combining the Web abbreviation for "laugh out loud" (LOL) and "cats." The captions are written with poor English and bad grammar, as if the cat is commenting on the situation depicted in the photo, which sometimes is digitally altered for exaggeration.

For example, one lolcat posted online recently showed a black and white cat sticking out its tongue. Its eyes looked artificially brightened and bugged out with the aid of an image-editing program such as Photoshop. The caption: "mai tung dryd out."

To the casual viewer, lolcats might seem nonsensical at first. But once you get into the cadence of how they're written, they can be quite funny.

The Intelligence Group, which monitors the Web for things that appeal to Gen X, Gen Y and tweens, recently identified lolcats as a hot online trend. But I got in on them awhile ago when former colleague Shruti Mathur, who moved to New Jersey last year (www.newtojersey.blogspot.com), e-mailed me to gush about them.

"It cracks me up," she said. "They have other animals, but lolcats are always the funniest, even for a dog person like me."

The most popular of the lolcat sites is arguably I Can Has Cheezburger? (www.icanhascheezburger.com). It started in January with an image of a pudgy kitty, a big smile on its face and wide eyes, and the caption: "I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER?" That spawned funny follow-up photos with burger kitty, and, well, here we are today.

Other lolcat sites include:

• community.livejournal.com/cat--macros

• www.kscakes.com/LolCats

• www.dropline.net/cats

• www.lolcats2.com

• www.macrocats.com

Most images posted on the sites are family-friendly, but some occasionally feature naughty humor or noncat subject matter that might be considered inappropriate for kids.

How to create a lolcat

1. Find an engaging photo of a cat.

2. Think of a funny caption.

3. Add it to the photo with image-editing software.

4. Use a sans-serif font.

5. Make it read as if said by the cat, with bad grammar and spelling.

6. Post it to one of the Web sites listed above.

7. Laugh.

Web Search Randy

Salas



TOPICS: Hobbies
KEYWORDS: caturday; kittens; kitties; vk
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1 posted on 05/19/2007 3:27:52 AM PDT by Daffynition
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2 posted on 05/19/2007 3:32:39 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (If amnesty passes, I will be discriminating against all Mexicans.)
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To: RacerF150
LOL


3 posted on 05/19/2007 3:34:54 AM PDT by Daffynition (Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.)
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To: rainbow sprinkles
Next we need a site for lolpeople.


4 posted on 05/19/2007 3:45:22 AM PDT by uglybiker (relaxing in a cloud of quality, aromatic, pre-owned tobacco essence)
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To: Slings and Arrows

5 posted on 05/19/2007 3:45:56 AM PDT by Daffynition (A sense of humor is the lubricant of life's machinery.)
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To: uglybiker

6 posted on 05/19/2007 3:48:24 AM PDT by Daffynition (A sense of humor is the lubricant of life's machinery.)
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To: rainbow sprinkles

Just to interrupt for a sec—anyone know of a Loldogs site? My gf has dogs, doesn’t care for cats. (Sorry, sorry...)


7 posted on 05/19/2007 3:49:42 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Anti-socialist Bostonian, Anti-Illegal Immigration Bush supporter, Pro-Life Atheist)
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Don't know of one ... maybe you should get a new GF.


8 posted on 05/19/2007 3:57:32 AM PDT by Daffynition (A sense of humor is the lubricant of life's machinery.)
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To: rainbow sprinkles
Don't know of one ... maybe you should get a new GF.

Well, she IS a liberal...

Hmm, there's a new FR thread--"Do you have a liberal girlfriend/ boyfriend/ spouse?"

9 posted on 05/19/2007 3:59:49 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Anti-socialist Bostonian, Anti-Illegal Immigration Bush supporter, Pro-Life Atheist)
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To: rainbow sprinkles

Your kitty?


10 posted on 05/19/2007 4:02:51 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (If amnesty passes, I will be discriminating against all Mexicans.)
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Well, she IS a liberal...

{wince!} Two strikes...

11 posted on 05/19/2007 4:03:37 AM PDT by Allegra (Socks.)
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To: uglybiker

ROFLMAO!


12 posted on 05/19/2007 4:04:44 AM PDT by Allegra (Socks.)
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To: rainbow sprinkles

13 posted on 05/19/2007 4:08:46 AM PDT by Allegra (Socks.)
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To: Darkwolf377
THAT could be a dousey! Would be lots of war stories there. LOL
14 posted on 05/19/2007 4:14:14 AM PDT by Daffynition (Conservatives prefer twin beds, which may contribute to the fact that Canada has more Liberals)
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To: Allegra

15 posted on 05/19/2007 4:16:04 AM PDT by uglybiker (relaxing in a cloud of quality, aromatic, pre-owned tobacco essence)
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To: RacerF150

Cat [deaf] was devoured by a coyote ... dog gone from cancer. /sad


16 posted on 05/19/2007 4:16:07 AM PDT by Daffynition (Conservatives prefer twin beds, which may contribute to the fact that Canada has more Liberals)
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To: rainbow sprinkles
I know it's not a cat, but this one kills me.


17 posted on 05/19/2007 4:18:28 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (If amnesty passes, I will be discriminating against all Mexicans.)
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To: Allegra

18 posted on 05/19/2007 4:18:32 AM PDT by Daffynition (Sometimes my mind wanders; other times it leaves completely.)
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To: rainbow sprinkles

Sorry about that......


19 posted on 05/19/2007 4:21:23 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (If amnesty passes, I will be discriminating against all Mexicans.)
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20 posted on 05/19/2007 4:38:53 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("I AM A SEXY SHOELESS GOD OF WAR!!!" --http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0439.html)
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21 posted on 05/19/2007 4:41:04 AM PDT by fnord (If gun owners, pot smokers, and poker players start a political party, they'd never lose an election)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Thanks!


22 posted on 05/19/2007 4:43:30 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

You’re welcome.


23 posted on 05/19/2007 4:44:14 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("I AM A SEXY SHOELESS GOD OF WAR!!!" --http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0439.html)
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To: RacerF150
Thank you ... other equally wonderful critter companions have followed ... never replacing them but adding to the enrichment of life.


24 posted on 05/19/2007 4:47:48 AM PDT by Daffynition (Sometimes my mind wanders; other times it leaves completely.)
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To: fnord

25 posted on 05/19/2007 4:49:10 AM PDT by Daffynition (Sometimes my mind wanders; other times it leaves completely.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

26 posted on 05/19/2007 4:50:55 AM PDT by Daffynition (Age doesn't always bring wisdom. Sometimes age comes alone.)
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To: rainbow sprinkles

xkcd.com is great!


27 posted on 05/19/2007 4:53:42 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("I AM A SEXY SHOELESS GOD OF WAR!!!" --http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0439.html)
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To: Slings and Arrows
What 2 do about this LOLCATZ ADDICTION wez gots???!1


28 posted on 05/19/2007 5:10:34 AM PDT by Daffynition (I drive far too fast to worry about cholesterol!)
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To: rainbow sprinkles
What 2 do about this LOLCATZ ADDICTION wez gots???!

Rehab is for quitters.

29 posted on 05/19/2007 5:12:29 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("I AM A SEXY SHOELESS GOD OF WAR!!!" --http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0439.html)
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30 posted on 05/19/2007 5:15:20 AM PDT by Daffynition (I drive far too fast to worry about cholesterol!)
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To: rainbow sprinkles
CAT THREAD!


31 posted on 05/19/2007 5:17:41 AM PDT by fzx12345 (ACLU DELENDA EST)
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To: rainbow sprinkles

Oh my goodness that is too funny!


32 posted on 05/19/2007 5:21:31 AM PDT by andyandval
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To: rainbow sprinkles; rzeznikj at stout; Slings and Arrows; Lady Jag; PetroniDE
That spawned funny follow-up photos with burger kitty, and, well, here we are today.

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33 posted on 05/19/2007 7:17:06 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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Since then, though, an entire kitty subculture has emerged on the Web in the form of cat photos with funny sayings written on them.
At first, they were called cat macros, but now go mostly by the name lolcats -- combining the Web abbreviation for "laugh out loud" (LOL) and "cats." The captions are written with poor English and bad grammar, as if the cat is commenting on the situation depicted in the photo, which sometimes is digitally altered for exaggeration.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

34 posted on 05/19/2007 7:19:24 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: All
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

35 posted on 05/19/2007 7:21:02 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: rainbow sprinkles
I can't resist this one:

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

36 posted on 05/19/2007 7:42:18 AM PDT by CAluvdubya (DUNCAN HUNTER '08 (I'll add Thompson if he ever decides to enter the race))
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37 posted on 05/19/2007 8:11:34 AM PDT by pigsmith (I have a big carbon footprint and I'm not afraid to use it.)
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AAAAAHHHHHH! (shrieking) I LOVE IT!


38 posted on 05/19/2007 8:24:19 AM PDT by A knight without armor
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To: rainbow sprinkles


39 posted on 05/19/2007 8:41:01 AM PDT by JRios1968 (This tagline brought to you by courtesy of Happygrl)
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40 posted on 05/19/2007 8:43:03 AM PDT by JRios1968 (This tagline brought to you by courtesy of Happygrl)
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To: cyborg

41 posted on 05/19/2007 8:46:25 AM PDT by Petronski (Ron Paul will never be President of the United States.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Kitty Mittens; laurenmarlowe; LoudRepublicangirl; MaggieMay; martin_fierro; ...

42 posted on 05/19/2007 8:52:15 AM PDT by Lady Jag (A positive attitude will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.)
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43 posted on 05/19/2007 8:56:48 AM PDT by Lady Jag (A positive attitude will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.)
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To: Lady Jag

LOL..Great thread..Bookmarking to explore the links!


44 posted on 05/19/2007 8:57:57 AM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: Lady Jag

45 posted on 05/19/2007 8:59:18 AM PDT by fzx12345 (ACLU DELENDA EST)
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Takin Kar


46 posted on 05/19/2007 9:21:53 AM PDT by Lady Jag (A positive attitude will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.)
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47 posted on 05/19/2007 9:26:45 AM PDT by Lady Jag (A positive attitude will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.)
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To: rainbow sprinkles
Oh the PAIN.....







48 posted on 05/19/2007 9:57:25 AM PDT by Danae (Anail nathrach, orth' bhais's bethad, do chel denmha)
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To: rainbow sprinkles
How's This?





Jack Deth~05/19/07.

49 posted on 05/19/2007 10:22:45 AM PDT by Jack Deth (Knight Errant and Resident FReeper Kitty Poem /Haiku Guy)
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Jack.

50 posted on 05/19/2007 11:03:31 AM PDT by Jack Deth (Knight Errant and Resident FReeper Kitty Poem /Haiku Guy)
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