In the modern age, social media is the uncontested home of absurdity, and recently we have seen an explosion of cat-related ridiculousness across the web. This obsession seems to concentrate on capturing moments when cats behave in a manner that seems almost human. At times, cats seem people-like (or perhaps humans seem cat-like) in their behavior and expressions. In the spirit of celebrating our weird and wonderful common ground, here are five recent feline funnies that have brought cats to the furr-front of social media.
1. Taco Cats
“Taco cat” is a palindrome, meaning that it reads the same way backwards or forwards. It is also one of the most embarrassing dress-up games to grace the feline world, that is, judging by the looks on the cats’ faces.
2. Sushi Cats
Sushi Cats, or “Neko-Sushi,” is a photographic series created by Japanese company, Tange and Nakimushi Peanuts. In their own words:
“Neko-Sushi is an extremely unusual life-form consisting of a cat on top of a portion of sushi rice. Although several references have come down to us through history from various researchers and witnesses, their existence is still shrouded in mystery and actual sightings remain rare.”
Let’s face it, you can’t un-see a kitty perched on plastic rice with a ping-pong paddle on its back. Nor should you want to.
3. Cats In Space
Do you actually need a reason to Photoshop a cat onto a pizza in outer space? This is internet nonsense at its finest. As it happens, several cats actually have undertaken astronomical missions throughout history. French scientists successfully launched the original space cat, “Félicette,” into orbit in 1963 before returning her to Paris in one piece. More recently, some enterprising cats in space aficionados have even produced lines of t-shirts and leggings to push our social media feline phenomenon into a next level fashion fail.
4. Celebrity Cats
Very few pet-owners have succeeded in raising the profile of their pets to worldwide acclaim. I am personally convinced that my little sister’s cat Biggie Smalls has what it takes, but the rest of the world would probably disagree. Most social media users need to be reminded that the internet audience doesn’t care as much about your pet (or child for that matter) as you do, however, there are several exceptions to this rule.
There’s Maru, the Scottish Fold cat whose fascination with boxes has made him a YouTube celebrity; Snoopy, the Exotic Shorthair who actually looks like some sort of Pokemon character, and Grumpy Cat, whose disgruntled facial expression has spawned a collection of memes into the millions.
5. Kittens Inspired By Kittens
When the peculiarity of cat behavior is combined with the peculiarity of a child’s mind, the result is a brilliant 90-second storybook reading that has attracted over 18 million hits on YouTube.
If you do one thing today, just watch this video. You can thank me later.