LOLTrek

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. Funny stuff. Brilliant use of “Whut?” with the same confounded expression as well as not changing Spock’s lines at all. More! More!
    Maybe do Apocalypse Now or something? Or More Trek, of course!

  2. A while back I really wanted to do this with Amok Time, but I waited too long. I believe the lolcat fever has broken; the moment is over.

  3. I’s in ur computarz
    hackin ur usrnme
    chngn ur site
    and lolin sum moar

  4. The only thing you missed is the shot in the food replicator, when the tribbles are in the coffee cup and all over the plates, captioned:
    “NOM NOM NOM NOM”

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