LOLcats -- cute cat photos with ungrammatical but humorous one-liners -- are ubiquitous online. But today on BBtv, we explore their little-known historic origins in a comic strip from the early 1900s...
Programmers have created a functional programming language based on the peculiar speech of LOLCats. Linguists may analyze the grammar of LOLCats, but hackers make it DO STUFF. From Nick's Blog: "LOLCode is an emerging esoteric (and hilarious) language based on the dialect used in LOLCats images. It's been siezed upon by a group of people (myself included, now), and is being expanded into a real, workable, turing complete esoteric language (though nobody has proven its turing completeness yet!). The LOLCode.NET compiler is now working, and as a nearly-free bonus for using the .NET platform, you can even debug it in Visual Studio." (Thanks, Adam!)
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Pedantic overanalysis of LOLcats not pedantic enough, says blowhard
True historic origins of the Laugh Out Loud cats
Laugh Out Loud Cats: more 1900s comics unearthed
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EFF privacy attorney gets pranked by interns and LOLCats
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Programmers have created a functional programming language based on the peculiar speech of LOLCats. Linguists may analyze the grammar of LOLCats, but hackers make it DO STUFF. From Nick's Blog: "LOLCode is an emerging esoteric (and hilarious) language based on the dialect used in LOLCats images. It's been siezed upon by a group of people (myself included, now), and is being expanded into a real, workable, turing complete esoteric language (though nobody has proven its turing completeness yet!). The LOLCode.NET compiler is now working, and as a nearly-free bonus for using the .NET platform, you can even debug it in Visual Studio."
See also: Massive cache of kittah pix (aka LOLcats, cat macros) Where LOLCats come from LOLcats: the musical Pedantic overanalyzer sucks all the fun out of LOLcats Pedantic overanalysis of LOLcats not pedantic enough, says blowhard True historic origins of the Laugh Out Loud cats Laugh Out Loud Cats: more 1900s comics unearthed LOLCTHULHU: Elder Gods meet LOLCats Schroedinger's LOLCat EFF privacy attorney gets pranked by interns and LOLCats LOLtrek LOLBible Cat macros hijacked by heartless homosexuals Read the rest
BB reader Derek points us to the snapshot above, and says "The state of political action at Yale today. I'm afraid this is serious. The text chalked on the sidewalk in front of Yale's main library says it all: 'Smores for Darfur, All You Can Eat $2.'"
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Here's a music video from the late '90s featuring human/robot interspecies sex. NSFW, animated. Link.
John White, the photographer who claims ownership of the "O RLY owl" photo, is mad at webcomic artist Jeffrey Rowland, for adapting that now-ubiquitous internet meme as part of an "internet ouijah board." Link.
Silver-and-blue nudibranch (undersea critter) is about the size of a quarter and attacks Portuguese men-of-war. Looks like an overeager Dallas Cowboys fan. Link.
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While we're at it, Salon's Farhad Manjoo has an interview with one eyewitness who seems to believe that the tasered student, Andrew Meyer, may in fact have been a bit of a troll, egging cops on for an "overreaction that would make him a viral video star." Link (thanks Wagner James Au).
Others argue that even if was the case, the treatment he received was unfair. Have your say in the comments.
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David Pogue's latest New York Times piece asks why customers purchasing some ringtones based on music tracks are being asked to pay three times as much for a 30-second, time-limited excerpt than they would for the entire work. Read the rest
Check out this wacky "agreement" that came with these old Hoosier Patented Kitchen Cabinets. Abusive EULAs are a fixture of modern life, but the fake "agreement" that you make by buying stuff, walking into a store, or checking into a hotel has been around for a long, long time. It's like Laugh Out Loud Cats for license agreements!
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Here are photos of funny signs in a Greek deli which is closed for the July 4th holiday. That date, as you see here, commemorates the Great Greek Battle of Tabouli. Shared by BoingBoing reader Paul of Minneapolis.
You know, when I think of tabouli, I think, "nom nom nom," and that's precisely the kind of talk you might see emanating in speech-clouds from the mouths of Laugh Out Loud Cats. They, too, would like you to has a happy Independence Day: Link, here is moar. (Thanks, Ape Lad!)
BB reader Austin says,
Here is a fabulous (and lengthy) nearly line-by-line dissection of the Declaration of Independence. This essay really highlights the elegance in this one document. The crappy part is I can't imagine any group of politicians today coming up with anything nearly as well thought out.
And finally, dear reader: please do not blow yourself up today. Leave explosives in the hands of pros. Here's a gruesome wire story about a lady in Michigan who blew her head off Monday night with a 3-inch mortar bomb. Read the rest
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"It's like trying to stop the wind," said David Shibles, a horticulturist with the Polk County extension office. "If you find them, you need to kill them."
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Ape Lad has just discovered and published more of his grandfather Aloysius' 1900s-era comic, The Laugh Out Loud Cats.
As we now know, this is the true historic precursor of the contemporary LOLcats meme. First published in 1912, the Laugh Out Loud Cats featured the hijinks of pro-LOL-gonist Meowlin Q. Kitteh ("a sort of cat hobo-raconteur," says Ape Lad) and his diminutive sidekick, Pip.
Explains Ape Lad, "The strip did not last long due to a run-in my great-grandfather had with none other than William Randolph Hearst."
Link to the latest painstakingly restored frames. And to all the killjoys out there who believe the Laugh Out Loud Cats is not real, or some kind of internet juvie joke -- stick the Lascaux cheesburger cave painting in your pipe and smoke it. (See also "long horse.")
BTW, Cthulhu Monkey!
Previously on BoingBoingTrue historic origins of the Laugh Out Loud cats
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