Memes and Urban Legends

Cats and the Internet

Who doesn’t know Grumpy Cat, Nyan Cat, Oh Long Johnson, Maru, the “most famous cat on the internet”, or Colonel Meow, just to mention a few? In 2018 there were over two million cat videos on YouTube, which were viewed around 26 billion times in total*.
Cat content is an internet phenomenon that is predominantly part of popular culture. Cat-related internet content contributes to how people interact with media and culture. Some argue that there are depth and complexity to this seemingly simple content, with a suggestion that the positive psychological effects that pets have on their owners also hold true for cat images viewed online.
And now here’s Falling Cats, merging cat content with science. Have fun reading the comics!

* statistics found with Google search, numbers not verified

World domination

You probably know that: you come home, look forward to seeing your cat and think it will be just as happy as you are. Wrong! The innocent cuteness of cats is suspicious. Don’t fall for it! It stands for destruction! Because for your cat you are only a means to an end. The purpose? – World domination!
Don’t believe it? Have a look at this map:

strong evidence that cats have already gained world domination
(poor Australia)

Cats and technology

Have you never noticed how much cats like being near your laptop, computer and all technical devices? Or on them? They are definitely not planning anything good if they always try to keep you away from the outside world! Or maybe they just do some research on non-trivial zeros of the Riemann zeta function to prove the Riemann hypothesis. Let’s hope for the best, I’ll ask our Falling Cats.

And then there is …, not only falling but bouncing cats.

Why do cats act so weird?

On a more serious level, this TED-Ed video explains, why cats act weird and show some strange behaviors: