OKAY so, GUESS WHAT! I do have something to SAY after you guess, or say â€œI dunno, what,â€ in fact I have MOMENTOUS news (or news that seems momentous to ME anyway), but I am already distracted by something shiny. Remember when you were a kid what you would SAY if another kid came up and said GUESS WHAT??!?!! To you?
Well, so does this T-shirt.
I want it.
I found the shirt being advertised on a site that my kids think is LOLarious, and yeah, OKAY, secretly, I have a few times laughed until all organs liquefied and I died. It is called I Can Has Cheezburger, and it is basically a blog that posts hot fresh buttery lolcats, all day long.
If you do not know what a lolcat is, you can love the wiki, but the SHORT version is, it is a picture of a cat being a cat (aka: doing something bizarre) with a caption in broken up lolcat talk, which seems to be a combination of IM speak and the kind of poorly translated directions you find on the back of dollar store toys imported from Asia. Or the directions for putting together extremely complicated electronicsâ€¦Here is one I like:
See itâ€™s funny just because of the â€¦well LOOK AT IT. But also, itâ€™s funny on a coupla other levels. If you gamed in the 80â€™s you recognize that LINE of text from the old ZELDA games, and it even mimics the FONT and screen look of Zelda. Smart.
I Can Has Cheezburger stays mostly PG, and the ones that cross the line remainâ€¦.OBSCURE, so my kids think they are funny even though they donâ€™t actually get the joke.You know, stuff LIKE THIS:
YEAH, OKAY! I KNOW I AM FIVE.
But shoot, a professor at HARVARD is teaching a CLASS that covers lolcats, so THBTHBTHBTHB. <--- mature. No seriously, he has a big point about why we like to anthropomorphize animals, and it interests me. Especially right now: a talking owl just popped up in a scene in the book I am writing.
The faint thump you just heard was maybe my editor, falling out of her chair in New York. wondering what I am THINKING. TALKING OWL? Yes. Talking owl.
If she was here reading this---which she is emphatically not---but if she WAS, I would say, REMEMBER you felt deep chair-falling level skepticism when I told you I was working in a Ouija board scene in TGWSS, but I said, wait and see how it turns out, and now you HEART the ouija scene, and this talking owl, you will heart him.
BESIDES! Talking birds are awesome! Proof:
And yes, the above is a lolcat. Lolcats do not have to have a cat! The internets, she is weird.
Meanwhile, back at GUESS WHAT?!?!?!111 it is time to cue the trumpets and prepare to prance and flollop joyously.
Which means if you need me I will be curled up in a corner with it, trying to read slowly and wishing I was Haven Kimmel approximately 5 times a page. *weep*
Responding to comments here: Me and my kids have not run across much questionable material, other than the erm, safewurd cats, but according to comments it is NOT 100% kid or work safe. So. To avoid Surprises, here are the instructions for putting I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER in â€polite modeâ€
Posted by joshilyn at September 17, 2007 7:25 AM