LOLCats: we’re back!
For my LOLCats fans, I thought I’d do a bit of an update. I continue to explore LOLCats as a cultural phenomenon (and besides, they are cute!). So I thought I’d do a guide to the key LOLCat types. We start off with Ceiling Cat – a cat peeking out from a hole in the ceiling and likened to God:
I believe the original Ceiling Cat image is this one:
You get the idea: God-like, omnipresent.
This is my personal favourite Ceiling Cat:
Then there is Basement Cat, a black cat representing Satan:
And then there is the representation of the eternal struggle between Good and Evil:
Then there appear to be certain LOLCat characters, such as Monorail Cat.
Then we have Long Cat and Slinky Cat:
And of course, Happy Cat and Serious Cat:
But it seems that depicting cats in human-like situations has a history long before LOLCats. American photographer, Harry Whittier Frees for example, created novelty cards in the early 20th Century. He snapped animals, including cats, in LOLCat-like poses. Here’s one from 1905: