You probably have heard of Grumpy Cat, and you probably already know that the Internet Icon passed away last week. But did you know that Grumpy Cat was actually a girl? And like me, you may not have known that her real name was Tardar Sauce.
Tardar Sauce began her life in the house of her owner, Tabatha Bundesen, on April 4, 2012. She was born with dwarfism and an underbite that gave her the unique, pernament frown. Later in 2012, Tabatha’s brother posted a photo of Tardar Sauce on Reddit with the caption: “Meet grumpy cat”. It exploded.
People couldn’t get enough of Grumpy Cat’s frowning face, so she and her owner started making media appearances. Over the course of 7 years, Grumpy Cat gathered a huge social media following, started her own line of merchandise, and even starred in a movie. She made her owner millions. (And, of course, inspired thousands of memes.)
Unfortunately, all that ended last week. Despite the best care, Grumpy Cat died of a urinary tract infection on Tuesday, May 14th. She was only 7 years old.
But her legacy lives on in the millions of smiles that her frown created. Because of that, I can think of no better way to celebrate the life of the Meme Queen than to show you some of her best work.
Let’s begin with the photo which started it all…
Ah, Grumpy Cat. How I will miss you perpetual pessimism.
How can something so cute be so evil?!
Me to Grumpy Cat: “Turn that frown upside down!”
Grumpy Cat: “Try that, and I’ll bite you.”
Finally! Someone who understands me!
This is me after spending too many hours shopping for presents online.
I love how this meme almost gives you hope, and then snatches it away!
So what did you think of the list? Did you laugh at it? Which meme was your favorite?Share your opinion in the comments below!
In conclusion, Grumpy Cat cannot be replaced. But who will make us laugh in her absence? Fortunately, there are other funny, feline, Internet stars out there. One of my personal favorites is Curious Zelda. Curious Zelda is a black and white cat with huge eyes, which makes her look shocked all of the time. Here’s a sample to show you why I think she’s so good.
If you like what you see, consider checking out my post, “Curious Zelda Tweets That Are Comedy Gold”. Enjoy!
Whatever the internet was originally made for, cats have made it their own. Which is why I thought it would be perfect to combine cats with the Try Not to Laugh challenge. Maybe you have heard of it? It’s a trend sweeping Youtube where people compile the funniest clips that they can find, and they challenge the viewer to just try and watch it without laughing!
I’ve enjoyed failing to keep a straight face during plenty of Try Not to Laugh videos, so I wanted to give it a go on my blog.
Here’s how it works: you start with 10 points, and you lose one point each time you laugh. I’ve collected some of the best cat fails on the Internet in gifs, memes, and short videos. Every single one of them made me laugh out loud, so I’ve already failed the challenge, but there’s still hope for you. You can succeed where I have failed! Just go to a really, really dark place, and then start!
Cats are elegant, agile, and… derpy.
My cat Autumn used to scale the Christmas tree every year so she could hunt down and murder all the bird ornaments. She chipped one and ripped the feathers off another! Eventually, I wised up and removed them. When that still wasn’t enough, I ran a model train around the base of the tree to scare her away. That’s worked — so far, at least…
For some reason, cats seem to like tight spaces. Maybe they find it cozy?
A Note to Sensitive Readers: Don’t worry, as far as I can tell, all of the cats in these clips ended up perfectly fine.
This one is my favorite!
Oh, how the turns have tabled!
So how did you do?Share your score in the comments!
Like I already mentioned, I lost it on every single one, so you probably beat me.
If you got a score of 0-3, then you must be a cheerful person who likes to laugh, the life of the party.
If you got 4-7, then congratulations! You are a normal human who laughs at some things, but not at others.
If you kept your total up around 8-10, then you are a stone-faced god! (Either that, or my uncle Bob.) So you are obviously worthy of another, more arduous challenge:
I love books. When I was younger, I could read a book in 2 summer days. These days, I have far less free time. Perhaps you can relate; most of us have less time for our hobbies than we might like. Nowadays, I might read a long book over the course of 2 months.
But not this book.
Enslaved by Ducks — I burned through this book in a little over 2 weeks. I enjoyed it that much! And here’s why…
For starters, it’s funny. Very. The author, Bob Tarte, has my sense of humor — a dry, British sense of humor. The key is carrying off the most absurd exaggerations with a straight face, as if you really believe them.
But don’t take my word for it; let’s have the author speak for himself.
But first, a bit of background. How does one get enslaved by ducks, you might ask? One at a time, one at a time… until you have dozens. And this is how it always happened to Bob Tarte, in his own words:
“Sweetheart,” [his wife Linda says.] “There’s an ad in the paper for a parrot that’s supposed to be a really good talker….”
“We don’t need another parrot. We couldn’t possibly stand another parrot.” [he replies.]
“I know,” she told me. “But I’m still going to call the people and see what kind of cute things he says.”
Though I hid in the bedroom with the door sealed shut and BBC world news cranked up on the headboard radio, Linda’s explosions of glee still reached me as the bird’s owner regaled her with endless anecdotes. I shivered under the sheet in the early July heat as a damp chill foreboding my inevitable fate wracked my body.
We’d been down this road many times before. Linda was driving a steamroller and nothing more substantial than a plywood cutout of a husband stood in her way. I might have succeeded in kidding myself that I had gained vast knowledge of animals over the years, but clearly I didn’t have a clue how to say no to my wife, particularly when the question involved a new pet that part of me secretly wanted, too–and that part was the knot inside my pine head.
In addition to humor, here’s another plus: before I read this book, I had always thought that one bird was pretty much like another. Some are predators, some are prey, and all of them fear humans.
Boy was I wrong! I never knew that birds had such varied personalities! Tarte eloquently captures the essence of each feathered character, making them come right off of the page. Indeed, he is so skilled at this that he might even rival the beloved vet-author James Herriot.
Thanks in part to Tarte’s book, I’ve come to realize that all animals have personalities, if only you look closely enough.
There is only one drawback to this book: it is not for kids. Once or twice in the book, Tarte talks about his animals’ weird habits when it comes to “love”. In particular, I recommend skipping the chapter called “Howard the Romantic”.
But one bruise does not ruin an entire apple. Far from it! If you are an adult, then I highly recommend this book. You will cry a little, learn a lot, and laugh even more. Enslaved by Ducks is definitely going on my Goodreads shelf of favorites.
So what about you, dear reader? Have you read any good books lately? Leave a comment and let me know!
Do you have a cat? I do, and when I brought her home, I had certain expectations. I’d gathered these ideas from reliable sources, such as comic strips and urban legend. So naturally, my cat took my expectations, and shredded them like a new couch!
(Please note that the “expectation” picture will be on the left, while the photo of harsh reality will be on the right.)
Now, without further ado, let’s dive into my shattered dreams!
Me: “Is it too much to expect wild abandon over a stationary ball of yarn?”
My cat: “Yes, yes it is. You have 5 seconds of my time, and then I’m going back to sleep.”
Whenever I went shopping, I would often head over to the cat aisle and painstakingly pick out a new toy for my cat, Queen Autumn the 1st. I would smile at all the excited cats on the packaging. There were always studio photos of excited cats jumping and running after the toy in question. Perfect! I thought to myself. Autumn will love these!
But in actuality, Autumn did not care. She would sniff the toy, then walk away and sit down inside the box the toy came in, and go to sleep. The only jumping she might do would be to get in the box. It took me a year or two before I finally wised up and stopped buying her toys. There are only 3 things that she actually will play with: grass seed heads, rubber bands, and string. You’ll notice how none of these cost me $19.95 plus shipping! Oh well…
I used to believe that cats were nothing if not graceful. The way they swaggered inspired the Egyptians to worship them. The fashion catwalk is named for them. They can walk along fences, tiny ledges, and thin, swaying branches with fearless confidence. So cats are graceful… right?
Wrong. Cats are decidedly not graceful, and the whole Internet is proof of this. Cats fall into full bath tubs; cats miss jumps; cats get their heads stuck in cardboard boxes; cats get their whole bodies stuck between couch cushions. Cats are hilariously un-graceful, and we can’t get enough of laughing at it!
Spending Time Together
Before I got my own cat, I thought I knew cats loved beds. In many of the books that I had read, little girls would always go to sleep with a furry little kitten on her bed. I thought: “Awww, how cute that must be!”
Plus, I just assumed that all felines spent hours on their owners’ laps. I wondered: what it would be like to spend a relaxing evening reading (or watching TV) with a soft, live teddy bear curled up on my lap?
Well, I’m still wondering. Autumn is not a lap cat — oh, how far from it! The only time she has ever willingly touched a lap was on her first car ride as we brought her home. Weakened by sickness and fear, Autumn sought refuge on the nearest lap. Fortunately, those dark times have passed, and so has her need for human companionship, apparently.
Indeed, Autumn has never of her own accord sat on my lap. Back in her one moment of weakness during that car ride, she sat on my sister’s lap, not mine. As a crazy cat lady, this is a little disappointing to me.
Autumn’s aversion to human contact extends to beds, as well. In the past, Autumn used to spend the night with me, but that was many bags of kitty litter ago. On the bright side, Autumn will stop by for the occasional nap; still, it’s obvious that she prefers the old couch in the basement. I guess they just don’t make them like they used to…
Truth can come from unlikely sources, and here is the truth about owning a cat: hairballs are unavoidable. Never mind that I’d learned this truth from comic strips; that’s beside the point. I knew that hairballs were a disgusting, inevitable, perhaps even daily horror.
But reality doesn’t have to be like Garfield. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that a little cat grass goes a long way. Outdoor cats will naturally chew some grass from time to time, to act as roughage. It clears out their system. However, indoor cats don’t have access to such delicacies, and so, er, things end up on the carpet. Cat grass fixes this problem. I am happy to report that I have never seen a real hairball in my life.
As you can clearly see, my cat is nothing like I expected her to be!
But please don’t misunderstand — I do actually love my cat very much. I call her my queen, I cater to her every whim, and I spend over an hour each day in her loyal service. And Autumn loves me too, in her own, subtle way. She rubs up against my legs, she kneads my shirt when I hold her, and she comes running to meet me (even when there is no food involved).
Yes, despite our differences, we do indeed love each other. In fact, I love her more than I ever expected to. And that makes for a truly beautiful reality.
If you are interested in reading more about Queen Autumn the 1st, here’s a post with 5 more of her weird habits. Enjoy!
Has this Christmas season been stressful for you? If so, you’re not alone. Between attending awkward holiday parties, buying gifts for everyone on the planet, and stringing your house with enough lights to cause sunburn on passing pedestrians, the holidays can certainly be tough on anyone.
Fortunately, these memes are here to help. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the laughs!
This meme is dangerously close to reality for me.
Has your cat destroyed your Christmas tree yet? No? Well, never fear, there’s still time.
“In ancient times cats were worshiped as gods; they have not forgotten this.”
– Terry Pratchett
Great. I will now be running from Catzilla in my nightmares tonight.
This is a tough lesson that cats teach each new cat-lover. They don’t want the toy; they want the box it came in.
The gift that stays with you — whether you want it to or not.
Nice try, but the hair clumps were a dead give-away.
When that excuse didn’t work, the dog then tried to blame it on the neighbor’s cat…
But… It was so cute…
And there you have it! 15 memes of animals ruining Christmas in the funniest ways possible.
So which one was your favorite? Leave a comment and let me know! Personally, the meme that made me laugh the hardest was probably number 6, the “Catzilla” one.
Finally, I hope that these memes have lifted your mood a little.
Merry Christmas, my friends! And as Tiny Tim said: “God bless us, everyone!”
In the mood for more? Then maybe you would enjoy the touching tale of how Brazilian newlyweds saved a stray dog from his life of wandering the streets.
After the splendid dressage at the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon I thought we could have a bit of humor. The first photo is one that has actually happened to me. It happened when I was a teenager riding in a three way event and in the dressage phase my horse ducked down and grabbed a bite of the flower arrangement!
During WEG there were large screen TVs with the live feed. I watched quite a bit of the reining so I can see why this sliding stop would indicate a talent for reining!
And finally…the athleticism of the dressage horse!Happy Monday Dear Readers and best wishes for a good week ahead.
For those of you who don’t know, Curious Zelda is a cat on Twitter who “tweets” hilarious content; really, it’s not exaggerating to say they are the best tweets I’ve ever seen!
They make me laugh out loud!
But of course, many talented comedians are on Twitter, so what makes Zelda so special?
Well, for one thing, she “writes” poetry.
And it’s not like that vague, silly stuff which you were forced to read in high school. This poetry is grounded, interesting, and 100% feline. Take a look:
Cat owners every where are laughing! And for those of you who don’t own cats: yes, it’s true. Sweet little kitties really do hunt down bugs and then eat the gross things. I’ve seen my kitty, Autumn, munch on plenty of insects; spiders are her favorite.
Hilarious, am I right?!
As you can see, Curious Zelda has big, round eyes, so she looks startled all the time.
Which clearly makes for great comedy, as almost any caption becomes side-splittingly funny in an instant.
Judging from her tweets, Curious Zelda also likes to stare. A lot.
It’s just something about her expression which says: “I’m either going to run or bite. In 0.2 seconds, you’ll know which.”
Curious Zelda is, not surprisingly, a curious kitty, but she is also very energetic and loves to play. Whenever she plays, her eyes get all big and cute.
Note: For those of you who read my post last week, I know I said that this week would be about dogs. But I had to change my mind when I was scrolling through Curious Zelda’s feed and realized just how uproarious each and every post was!
1. Brunner, David, Dr., and Sam Stall. The Cat Owner’s Manual: Operating Instructions, Troubleshooting Tips, and Advice on Lifetime Maintenance. Illustrated by Paul Kepple and Jude Buffum, Quirk Books, 2004.
When I was a kid, I thought that horses were noble steeds who roamed the wild plains with their manes flowing in the eternal wind. But then I actually met a horse, and well…
Let’s just say that their dignity isn’t as complete as I thought it was.
In fact, often it vanishes entirely, much to the enjoyment of their human owners.
Fortunately, we now have the Internet, and everyone everywhere can laugh at these equine escapades!
Come with me if you want to live.
I can’t wait to hear this!
As they say, the grass is always greener on the other side of the metal pole fence that you are stuck half-way in. But everyone knows that.
5. They told me I could be anything. So I became…
I believe it is the rare creature known as the Equus Aviarous.
I feel like there’s a life lesson to be learned here…
The dog: “My life is a lie!”
At least trainers still have it better than most horse owners; what the average owner actually spends most of her time doing is shoveling endless piles of manure. Yay.
Good news: they also provide rewards for frequent flyer miles.
My dog used to do this, too! Why is it that animals delight in frustrating us?!
I’m sure we can all relate to this. Whenever you’re first learning to ride, there’s always that one lesson horse who decides to bust a move…
15. But if you think about it, horses have it pretty rough, too.
And there you have it! 15 horse memes to put a smile on your face.
Which one was your favorite? Feel free to tell me in the comments!
But if you’re still feeling a case of the Mondays, then no worries, I’ve got you covered. How about 15 more memes, this time about the crazy antics of dogs? They made me laugh, and I hope you enjoy them, too!