A lolcat is an image of an adorable cat, typically with a humorous, ironic or extremely cute caption.
- Date Discovered: 01/1870
- Discovered On: Unknown
The oldest lolcat images found date to the 1870s, shortly after the widespread availability of the camera. In the 1970s, a poster of a cat hanging by its paws from a tree branch, and captioned "Hang in there!" became popular.
The advent of the Internet in the 1990s saw the captioning of the cats with misspelled phrases, as if typed or said by a cat. Since 2007, the meme has become closely associated with the website "I Can Haz Cheezburger", which was acquired in September, 2007, for $2,000,000.00.
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- Many of the earliest lolcats were created by an American photographer named Harry Whittier Frees.
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