Happy First Birthday, Nyan Cat

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Has it really been a year since an animated GIF of a Pop-Tart cat surfing a rainbow wandered into everyone’s Internet lives? In web years, that’s like an eternity since Nyan Cat was uploaded by creator Chris Torres. And the string of spin-offs (Torres said a favorite is the “smooth jazz” version) has only cemented the cat in the proverbial Internet Hall of Fame.

So give Nyan Cat its due for staying power. As of Thursday, according to YouTube Trends, the original 70 million+ viewed three-minute video still ropes in 1,000,000 people a week to be amused, befuddled or somewhere in between by the clip.

“The basic idea and inspiration for Nyan Cat was based off one of my most favorite video game stages,” Torres recently told PC World. “In the stage, a very happy-go-lucky character is taking a stroll through space to an upbeat song. My main goal was to create a character with the same joyful vibe.”

(MORE: What Were the Memes of the Year? Depends on How You Define ‘Meme’)

Coincidentally, the anniversary of the meme arrived the same week as the storied New York Times magazine decided to go all viral by allowing its readers to literally blow up an article about addicting online games with its own aptly deceptive Asteroids-style mini-game.

“They are designed to push their way through the cracks of other occasions,” Sam Anderson observed in the piece. “We play them incidentally, ambivalently, compulsively, almost accidentally. They’re less an activity in our day than a blank space in our day; less a pursuit than a distraction from other pursuits.”

Anderson was commenting on the hooky pleasures of Angry Birds-esque time-wasters, but the same could be said about the inexplicable popularity of Nyan Cat. It’s just sort of undeniable: there’s now a game version to play too.

14 comments
ChrisClayton
ChrisClayton

FFRF and the ACLU are simply trying to uphold the Constitution.  The Supreme Court is ultimate authority.  Tony Perkins wants to overturn all the rulings that he personally disagrees with.  In doing so, he could not be less of an American.  The original settlers came over to specifically get away from a State Church. Perkins wants to bring it back and should be called out for his hypocrisy. 

grouping
grouping

What this ends up boiling down to is that the pastors think that the Constitution is evil.  That's where the separation of church and state originates.  They talk about our "heritage" by cherry-picking bits that support their arguments.  They forget about the religious persecutions that cause the Founding Fathers to stipulate no government interference in the faith lives of the people. I think they should spend their time caring for the poor and learning to love than making the lives of gays and lesbians miserable.

WallyLind
WallyLind

I hope this is not 2010 all over again. Lots of conservative gains, and a big let down in the following presidential election, due to religious bigotry and ideological purity (fanaticism). But then in a country with a democratically elected government, the people get the government they deserve. The people of the United States, including and especially those conservatives who did not vote in 2012, deserve Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi and all that they have brought to America. They voted him and them in, either actively or by neglect, and Obamacare, Benghazi, the IRS, the NSA, the VA scandal, and all the rest are their doing. They own it lock, stock, and barrel. It's a matter of respect, and they don't have mine, I voted for Mitt Romney.

ComradeAnon
ComradeAnon

Tony Perkins that endorsed the Ugandan bill that would have imposed the death penalty for homosexuality? Wonder if the author even knows about that. Guess not. If she did, she'd realize that this is nothing more than a group of virulently homophobic men. This is nothing more than another branch of the republican party.

roknsteve
roknsteve

And when the rain stopped they all went outside and painted all the red roses white.  And then Rafael Cruz said, "All Americans should paint themselves the same color we just painted these roses."  One of the onlookers asked Cruz, "But you're a Canadian", and Cruz whacked him on the head with his cane.  

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Ladies and gentlemen meet the American Taliban and much like their cousins in Afghanistan they want to impose a fundamentalist theocracy on the country.

DanBruce
DanBruce

If the pastors are really truly interested in preserving Christian values (as opposed to furthering Republicanism) in America, they will follow Jesus' example, which was to stay out of government and politics. Jesus never once tried to bring about spiritual results by using government or politics, not once. Christian pastors should heed Jesus' example, especially since his method of ministry has been far more successful over the years. However, my guess is that the pastors posturing in the Capitol rotunda are more influenced by the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Ralph Reed than by Jesus. 

jmac
jmac

They want to win the White House.   All they have to do is be Christians.   They lead and people will follow.   They throw stones and are hypocrites and people will figure it out.  


It's not rocket science.  

formerlyjames
formerlyjames

Maybe one day there will actually be a war on religion and these protected miscreants who incite hate and enjoy tax privileges will realize their delusions.  But contrary to their claims, religion is so entrenched in our society that it isn't happening now.  What is happening is assertion of equal  protection for all citizens to which the fundamentalists object and call it  persecution.

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

The sad part is that their behavior is actually quite unChristian. When the Colonies were being settled, Europe was just emerging from centuries of warfare over which particular interpretation of Christian Doctrine was the proper one. The founders very wisely did their best to assure that such nonsense would be unwelcome in the USA. God Bless the ACLU for maintaining that tradition.


jmac
jmac

@WallyLind ". . . due to religious bigotry. . ."   It is bigotry when Christians in the US think every American should be a Christian and the GOP adopts and pushes the right-wing of the Christian party.   Lots of Christians are Democrats who actually support what Jesus said about the poor (as does the new pope) and think the stone-throwing on social matters  is just that - stone throwing.   


There is no Benghazi "scandal" or any other gate or scandal.   But keep pushing it because that's how you lose in the general elections.  (and it's hilarious you mention Romney when I know lots of right-wing evangelical nuts who wouldn't vote for him because they thought he belonged to a cult religion.)     

jmac
jmac

@ReneDemonteverde Yes, may they speak up loudly and clearly and may the press follow it so everyone knows.  it's important that everyone understands the GOP Party of God isn't about helping the poor or middle class; it's about winning the evangelical vote so corporations can win.