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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Morning Puzzler

Here is an interesting psychological conundrum: Are the cats in the picture the victims of the Bond-like psychopath, or are the cats the psychopaths themselves, and you, the victim?

(I check lolcats several times a day to have a laugh, usually with Benj, at the feline’s expense. Because Ned rolls his eyes whenever I show him a funny one, which is every single day, I have deduced that I should refrain from posting about them whenever they make me laugh. This time, however, I could not resist, because of the question I had about it.)

Also, is it cruel to craft lolcat pictures, if you love cats? I believe some of these pics are faked, and Max has confirmed this, esp. the pictures of the cats with their heads stuck in in a glass who “has a drinkin problem,” or the cats riding the invisible bicycle (they have been thrown in the air). I would never want kittehs to be hurted, but if the pictures are found naturally, why then it is probably okay…


I think the convention is that the captions usually represent what the cat is saying. So I think the cats are the psychopaths, which isn’t a huge stretch.

Also, I don’t think there’s anything cruel about making the pictures. After all, the one you included in this post is clearly not a picture of any kind of mistreatment. (are you sure the one with the cat’s head in a glass is faked? My parents’ cat would far prefer to drink water out of someone else’s glass than her own water dish, so seeing her head first in a tall glass of water was not uncommon. She never got stuck, but it did look funny. We never took any pictures, though) I think the really odd ones might be the both the most memorable and the most questionable, but 99% of lolcat pictures, if you look at them pretending there was no text, really are normal harmless kitty snapshots. Which is good, since I also don’t want to seek kitteh’s hurted. 🙂

— added by Natalia on Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at 8:50 am

The cats are the ones “speaking” in my opinion. You can just see it in their eyes, can’t you? Bwhahaha…

I love the kittehs, too.
“Women, poets, and especially artists, like cats; delicate natures only can realize their sensitive nervous systems.” ~ Helen Winslow

— added by Nancy Bea Miller on Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at 2:32 pm

I love icanhascheezburger and I also check it everyday for a good laugh.

My cat sticks her head in glasses too to drink so I can totally see that one as happening.

The captions on that site are great. I lurve the ones that reference movies- like the one with the cat in the box looking like Jabba the Hut.

— added by sandi on Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at 6:35 pm

But NancyBea, usually the LOLcats speak kind of like babies/urban. In this particular pic, the text is very well-spoken. So it is not that clear that the LOLcats are the cruel Goldfinger-like psychopathic villains here. Otherwise wouldn’t they be saying, “I iz fraid u’ll find excape imposstible.”

— added by Susan Senator on Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at 7:22 pm

Actually I was with Ned on this one… I thought lolcats were dumbest thing EVER…

And then I tried to explain the entire lolcats concept to a friend 1000 miles away on the phone, and we spent the last two hours cracking up at most of the pictures on there. 😉 Me lurves kittehs.

— added by I Wax Poetic on Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at 9:51 pm

I think the camera angle gives it away: the cats are the captives, looking pleadingly at their evil captor…

— added by Ned Batchelder on Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at 10:02 pm