Cat Beards

Cat Beards

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About

Cat Beards is a photo fad that involves positioning a cat in front of one’s face in such a manner that the feline’s furry chin appears as if it is part of the model’s facial hair.

Origin

The earliest known example of a “cat beard” photo was uploaded by Tumblr user Catasters on July 28th, 2011, depicting a man touching noses with his tabby cat (shown below). Two days later, Catasters’ image was submitted to the /r/pics subreddit, receiving nearly a thousand up votes. In the following days, the same image was featured on a number of internet humor blogs, including Neatorama[3], Tastefully Offensive[4], Buzzfeed[5], and the Huffington Post[6].



Spread

In early 2012, the fad began to gain some visible momentum on Tumblr] with the creation of the single topic blog cat-beard.com[7] in March and a feature post on the Huffington Post UK[8] on May 1st. Throughout May 2012, the “cat bearding” phenomenon was covered by TheFW[9], Flotsam and Catsam[10], the Daily Dawdle[11], and TheySmell.[12] On May 16th, 2013, Tumblr user Captain Awesome Sauce[14] posted a photo set of five “cat beard” images, which gained more than 50,000 notes in the first 24 hours.

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[1]Tumblr – Catasters – Cat Beard

[2]/r/pics – What the internet is for, #2

[3]Neatorama – Cat Beard

[4]Tastefully Offensive – Cat Beard

[5]Buzzfeed – Cat Moustache

[6]Huffington Post Comedy – The Cat Moustache

[7]Tumblr – Cat-Beard.com

[8]Huffington Post UK – Picture of the Day: May 1, 2012

[9]TheFW – 10 Awesome ‘Cat Beards’

[10]Flotsam and Catsam – Cat Beard- Human Hat?

[11]Daily Dawdle – Cat Beard Photos

[12]Theysmell.com – Cat Beard

[13]Tumblr – Posts tagged ‘cat beard’

[14]Tumblr – What do I do when I’m sick? I google “cat beards”

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