Since bursting onto the Internetz in 2007, the LOLcat phenomenon has pervaded popular culture, catapulting its website — I Can Has Cheezburger — into superstardom. If this is all Greek to you, here’s a brief set-up: people send it funny photos of cats; other users make up silly captions for them on LOLspeak, which typically involves spelling everything out phonetically, and then the images are voted upon by the giggling masses around the planet. The funniest pictures make it to the main website.
In my experience, there are two types of people in the world: those who find LOLspeak and I Can Has Cheezburger? hilarious, and those who really don’t. If you’re in the former camp, I have a great book to pass your way! And if you’re in the latter? Well, um . . . move along, now, nothing to see here, folks!
How To Take Over Teh Wurld: A LOLcat Guide 2 Winning by Professor Happycat is a collection of silly and often spit-take-inducing photos submitted to the website — mostly new, but with a few classics mixed in there! Though I can’t help feeling downtrodden that my Irish Kitteh has never made it into the anthology, I can’t feel too discouraged — there are plenty of funny pictures to help me get over my disappointment!
What I love about this book — even more than the first collection, aptly called I Can Has Cheezburger? — are the awesome drawings interspersed with the LOLcat photos. True to the book’s title, the artwork provides lots of helpful tips for those kitties ready to lead the revolution . . . or contribute to it, at least.
It’s not fair to “rate” a book like this — I mean, it is what it is. No tricks up the sleeve here, or rabbits to be pulled from a hat. If, like me, you frequently start your day by attempting not to spew Diet Coke out of your nose at work while perusing the website, you’ll dig the book. And if LOLcats are still a foreign concept to you, you can has an explanation and gets teh giggles over here!
I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite LOLcats from over the years — particularly the ones I had to share with coworkers who were worried I was having a seizure after keeling over in my chair, tears coursing down my face. What? Don’t judge — they’re hilarious!