Let’s talk about lolcats. Lolcats, or cat macros, are a subset of image macros. They’re pictures of cats with captions typed across them. In essence they’re the “Hang In There Baby” posters gone feral.

Anil Dash has a great post about them, in which he identifies a number of lolcat subclasses and discusses kitty pidgin, the mangled English used in many lolcat pictures. Kitty pidgin is surprisingly regular, which I suppose means, as Anil Dash puts it, that cats can has regular grammar.

A number of sites collect lolcat pictures, among them I Can Has Cheezburger and Meme Cats. If you browse through those sites, you’ll quickly get a feel for how lolcats work. If you’re inspired to make your own, remember: use Impact or Arial Black, and put a black outline around white letters.

While this is nice and all, I quickly realized that there are no long-form lolcat works. The closest is Spatch’s wonderful Cat Town, and it’s only a relative to lolcats. That set my fevered brain to spinning: what would a lolcat story look like? What if lolcats had a TV channel? What kind of shows would be on it?

The answer is clear: they would show Star Trek.

And thanks to Gunther Schmidl for the “Invisible Klingon” suggestion.

[tags]lolcats, meme-cats, cat-macros, star-trek[/tags]

574 thoughts on “LOLTrek

  1. I can’t help it: I love LOLcats. I hang on the I Can Has Cheezburger? RSS feed for morsels of happiness in an otherwise bleak work day.

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  3. Best. Part. Of. My. WEEK.

    Possibly also of my whole year so far.

    Kirk: WHUT? is awesome… but the best thing… The best thing ever… Is Spock bein’ all immune to the lulz. His proper-y grammar is made of win.

  4. Sorry Trish- definitely Applegate.
    These screenshots are from syndication, not original airings, 189.Other.

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  7. I’m the perfect mix of trekkie and lol-cat fan to find this deeply amusing. Thank for that enjoyable distraction.

  8. Big thanks for the LOL job on my favourite episode. I felt compelled to feature a Kirk “Whut?” pic on my blog today to properly explain my own confusion. This is still great.

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