Best of The Decade {Internet, What Hast Thou Wrought?}

When LOL Cats were first really starting to make waves, I had the following conversation with my boss’ 15 year-old son. 

Me: What the heck is up with these LOL Cats?
Him: I know, right. Aren’t they hilarious?
Me: Not really. What about them is supposed to be so funny? 
Him: They’re talking cats. 
Me: Okay…
Him: Cats can’t talk. 
Me: Agreed. But why is that funny? 
Him: Because it is funny to think about a cat talking when cats obviously can’t talk. 
Me: But why can’t they spell anything correctly? 
Him: Because they are just cats. 
Me: Okay…
Him: So they obviously don’t know how to spell.
Me: But they don’t know how to talk either. 
Him: Exactly, it’s hilarious. 
Me: But if we are to create a hypothetical situation in which cats can talk, why not also assume that they would know how to spell?
Him: Because they are just cats. 
Me: Okay…
Him: Cats can’t spell. I mean, they don’t even know how to talk. 

This conversation about one of the most pervasive internet memes of the decade is a perfect example of the Best Internet Meme of the Decade: 


Sure, LOL Cats popped up everywhere and people actually had the gall and audacity to adopt the nettlesome language in everyday conversation, either not realizing or not caring that they sounded like some cross between an Alzheimer’s patient and a witless baby. But it was a bit too irritating. Fail, on the other hand, despite its denotation, is full of win. 

So congrats Fail, for defying yourself.



  1. jillian said,

    December 18 2009 at 2:59 pm

    I love FAIL

  2. December 19 2009 at 8:43 pm

    I guess I’m lucky then that I have NO IDEA what LOL Cats is?!?

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