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 -
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 -
is one of the strangest sites I've seen in some time. I have no idea how these people got their cats wedged into their noses, or why.
posted by mr_crash_davis
on Jan 19, 2005 -
Is It Politically Incorrect To Decry The Eating And Killing Of Civet Cats?
Is Western consciousness of hypocrisy (due to the enormous number of animals we kill for food) preventing us from criticizing countries, like China, where practically all animals are eaten? Is sentimentality and the protection of animals we regard as cute better than having no qualms at all? I'm sure that the ratio of animals killed-per-capita is higher in the West than in China. Is there any moral difference? Probably not. Why, then, is it so shocking?
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Jan 19, 2004 -
My Cat Annie
is a website with several quick adorable videos (in Flash format) of the owner's cat doing ridiculous cat tricks.
posted by jonson
on Jan 11, 2004 -
videos show you how to raise your cat's electromagnetic frequency, clear past karmas, and engage in self-identification
meditation, but unfortunately provides no tips on how to administer the first-aid you're going to require for bites and scratches (requires Quicktime or Windows Media Player).
posted by MrBaliHai
on Jun 3, 2003 -
was one of the greatest tiger trainers of the 1910's and 1920's. Her life is now the subject of a novel,
The Final Confession of Mabel Stark
by Robert Hough. The book has created a lot of controversy because it describes the sexual nature of Mabel's relationship with her big cats. Film rights have already been sold;
will play the lead. Writer Rip Sense
recalls seeing Mabel as an old woman
still handling big cats in Jungleland, California. Want to raise big cats in your home? See this handy guide
to matters such as litter-box training, feeding, and keeping the tigers from destroying the furniture.
posted by SealWyf
on Apr 8, 2003 -
It seems cats do better when dropped...uh, I mean, fall, more than seven stories. Anything less and they fail to reach terminal velocity and don't land properly. Once the cats reach terminal velocity
they spread their legs (think parachute) and slow their fall. A cat has a far better chance of survival falling from 32 stories than four.
, however, do not benefit from longer flights.
posted by cedar
on Aug 29, 2002 -