GQ visits the Cute Animal Viral Machine at the heart of Buzzfeed.
"One joke in the BuzzFeed offices is that no one employed there can quite explain to their parents what exactly it is they do. To those parents, I would like to say: I can't entirely explain it, either, but whatever it is, these men and women are so fucking good at it. They have thought hard about who looks at what and why. Jack has done entire studies on why cats have triumphed over dogs on the Internet. (The answer involves 'path dependency,' the fancy economics term for when one product, like VHS, conquers another equally legitimate one, like Betamax.) He can tell you with some certainty that a reader of BuzzFeed is equally inclined to click on a photo of a dog or a cat—but that he or she is significantly more likely to share the photo of the cat with others. (Why? 'Totally non-data-driven theory is that dogs are trying too hard,' Jack says.)"
posted by bl1nk
on Mar 20, 2014 -
Known primarily for their kitty, puppy, and owl
cams, The Pet Collective has also created some entertaining music and film parodies featuring primarily cats and dogs. Among the best of their music parodies are Royals
(with a very weird final scene), Wake Me Up
, Thrift Shop
, Wrecking Ball
, and We Can’t Stop
. Among the better movie parodies are Star Wars
, Hunger Games
, and Jaws
posted by Toekneesan
on Nov 15, 2013 -
Fido and Spot weren't always generic dog names. Dogs and cats (and monkeys, birds, etc) have been kept as pets for a long time, and medieval pet names
can sound very strange or oddly familiar to modern ears. [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel
on Jun 29, 2013 -
Do you turn off Old Yeller before the end so you can pretend that he lived a long and happy life? Did a cute pet on a movie poster make you think it would be a fun comedy but it turned out to be a pet-with-a-terminal-illness tearjerker instead? Are you unable to enjoy the human body count in a horror movie because you're wondering whether the dog's going to kick the bucket? Have you ever Googled "Does the [dog/cat/horse/Klingon targ] die in [movie title]?"
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then welcome - DoestheDogDie.com
is here for you! [more inside]
posted by jedicus
on May 29, 2013 -
that cats are better than dogs.
Please do not allow your dog to watch this, it will depress the dog. Your cat, however, will just sit and nod it's head knowingly.
posted by HuronBob
on Sep 19, 2012 -
You may have seen Replacements, Ltd.'s
print ads in the back of PARADE magazine (of Howard Huge
fame). Replacements, both a seller and a resource
for china and glassware owners, was one of the few North Carolina businesses to publicly take a stand
[NYT] against the state's vote to ban gay marriage.
As an employer, Replacements is one of only nine companies in the country to receive a perfect score
for ten years straight in the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index. But the company is also known for another surprisingly liberal policy: encouraging its 450 employees to bring their pets to work amidst millions of pieces of china and glassware. How many? A whole lot. [more inside]
posted by Madamina
on May 29, 2012 -
Dog Poop Insurance
is a product that would potentially be available for a single-premium at the time of purchasing your new shoes.
posted by gman
on Jan 23, 2012 -
Three Dog Eves
--They really do understand
us--even better than our cousin chimpanzees. Well, at least when food's
As to how wolves became dogs, the current understanding seems to be they tamed themselves--in a Survival of the Friendliest
. Here's more on animal linguistics
. As for cats, well, Stephen Budiansky in The Character of Cats
suggests they aren't even really tame
. Hence, unlike dogs, cats haven't bothered to pick up our language--they've taught us Cat talk
instead. Take the test and see. A woof out to Australian Broadcast Coporation's five part Animal Attraction series is called for here.
posted by y2karl
on Nov 24, 2002 -
The Hindu nationalist group Bajrang Dal name a puppy George Bush.
This isn't meant to be a complimentary act... it's in reaction to their discovery that the Bushes' cat's name is India (short for India Ink). They've taken this as an insult to the nation, and have retaliated with the puppy.
I'm kind of curious about what this tells about Indian naming practices and significances, as compared to those in the US. Could someone more familiar with Hindu/Indian culture please enlighten me as to why they'd feel so insulted?
posted by jason
on Jul 26, 2001 -