I don't know why everything on the internet always sooner or later comes down to cats. Maybe it's because dog owners are out at the dog park, talking to real people while their dogs play while cat owners are sitting at their keyboards while their cats try to lie down on those very same keyboards. But aside from the Ultimate Dog Tease (which is done by the same guy who did many, many Jupiter the Talking Cat videos, it's hard to think of a dog that's gotten the same kind of Warholian fifteen minutes as, say, Maru, or Sparta, or Jupiter, or Henri, or Keyboard Cat, or Surprised Kitten, or...well, you get the idea.
But no matter how cute Maru may be, leaping into boxes, or how long "The Mean Kitty Song" has etched itself into your brain, or how funny Jupiter's snark is, or Henri's ennui, the rule of internet cat fame seems to follow a corollary to the Hollywood law of No Matter How Young and Pretty You Are, There's Always Someone Younger and Prettier.
So move over, Sparta, Jupiter, and Henri, for there's a new face in town, and her name is Lil Bub:
Sure, Lil Bub is an odd kitty. She's a dwarf polydactyl, with a long body, legs too short to walk the way a cat does, and born with no teeth and a shortened jaw, which means her tongue hangs out much of the time. She has the bug eyes of Marty Feldman, and she's lucky enough to be owned by a master marketer, who's given Bub her own Facebook pageQ&A blog, and storefront, so you too can proclaim your Bub fandom everywhere you go. Bub is probably the most addictive internet kitty ever.
I can't figure out what makes Lil Bub so compelling, but she is. Sure, she's adorable in that Gremlins sort of way, and the voice her owner has given her is hilarious. It could be the same kind of fascination that people have with car accidents and freak shows, but it's something more than just that she's deformed. I think part of it is that she's NOT called "Mogwai" or "Gizmo", but that her name is "Lil Bub" -- the kind of nickname you'd give your son if you lived in a place with cars up on blocks in the front yard. But mostly it's the supremely self-confident voice that her owner has given her. In this persona, Lil Bub doesn't feel any less worthy because she's deformed; she not only thinks she's awesome, she KNOWS she's awesome. It's easy for most cats to project that kind of confidence, but for this strange little creature to do so is something special. Somehow I think Lil Bub's fame is going to last longer than most, especially as a tool for teaching kids who are different from other kids that yes, it's possible for them to be awesome too.
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