Invisible Bike

Invisible Bike

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Updated Oct 17, 2013 at 04:58PM EDT by Brad.

Added Aug 21, 2009 at 01:30AM EDT by Frketson.

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Invisible X is an exploitable caption used to describe photos in which the subject is posing in a distorted position that would possibly be caused by handling or interacting with an invisible object. Originally appearing on LOLcat images, the phrasal template “Invisible X” gradually spread across non-feline photographs as well.


While the details of the original instance and its caption are unclear, both “Invisible Sandwich” and “Invisible Bike” began appearing online in the summer of 2006, coinciding with the rise of Caturday. The earliest mention of “Invisible Sandwich” was posted on sports blog McCovey Chronicles[1] on July 27th, 2006. The earliest appearance of “Invisible Bike” can be found YTMND[2] on August 20th of that year.


Throughout 2006, these photos were reshared or mentioned on humor site Daily Haha[3], the Straight Dope[5] message board, Flickr[6], 4chan[9][10] and gaming forum Octopus Overlords.[7] In October of that year, “invisible sandwich” was the first caption of this type to be defined on Urban Dictionary.[4] The same month, “invisible sandwich” cat was also used in its first YTMND.[8]

The first “Invisible X” image on I Can Has Cheezburger was posted on January 17th, 2007.[11] Collections of these LOLcat images were posted to MentalFloss[13] in 2007, Buzzfeed[17] in 2010, and humor sites Innocent English[16] and Socialphy[12] in 2011. Additional images can be found on Flickr[14] and I Can Has Cheezburger.[15] The single topic blog Invisible Sandwiches[18] was created in July 2009 to collect photos of people posing as if they were about to bite into a sandwich, inspired by the cat photo.

Notable Examples

Invisible Bike Mural

In May 2008, San Francisco based artist Josh Zubkoff[19] and several friends painted a mural of the Invisible Bike cat on to the side of a three story building. Zubkoff shared a gallery of photos[20] documenting the process the next day. Deemed the world’s largest LOLcat, the mural was featured on Laughing Squid[21], I Can Has Cheezburger[22], Fark[23], and Reddit.[24]

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