Starecat / Grafics Cat

Starecat / Grafics Cat

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About

Starecat, also known as Grafics Cat, is a reaction image of a cat staring intensely at something. Since becoming used as a popular reaction face on 4chan, the photograph has evolved into an image macro series of its own.

Origin

The image of Starecat first appeared as a disapproving reaction face throughout 4chan. The cat’s given name is Helia Peppercats,[1] a golden-shaded British shorthair cat owned by the Russian breeder Peppercats.[2] She was born November 24th, 2004 and has earned the Federation Internationale Feline title of International Champion.



How Helia was given either of her nicknames is still unclear, however she had been deemed “Grafics Cat” as early as July 6th, 2010[11] on 4chan’s comic book board, /co/. One of the earliest archived examples of Starecat derivatives took place in a thread on /v/ (videogames), from August 22nd, 2010.[3]

Spread

Compilations of Starecat images have been posted on FunnyJunk,[4] Encyclopedia Dramatica,[5] Herpderpedia[6] and shared via the Tumblr[7] tag. Photobucket user derpussss[8] hosts over 250 starecat images in their gallery and there is a single topic blog on Blogspot[9] dedicated to the cat. An alternate image of the cat has its own Memegenerator page.[10]

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Search Interest

Search for “grafics cat” began in September 2010, while “starecat” did not gain search volume until the next month. Starecat’s search peaked in April 2011, though it has not received the amount of searches as “Grafics cat,” which peaked in May 2011.



2011 Search volume increase

In the end of 2011 meme “Co ja pacze?”, which is “What am I lookin’ at?” written using carefree grammar and orthography, seized polish internet. The meme was used to express the feeling of disappointment when one realizes that she/he is wasting time watching meaningless videos on Youtube. Hundreds of derivatives were created shortly afterwards. Each new image followed simple rule to replace polish word with it’s lolspeak version and modify picture depicting given activity by adding Starecat’s head.

The “co ja pacze” craze in Poland, followed by explanation of the meme origin on polish meme encyklopedia “memowisko,”[12] was the reason of majority of “starecat” queries in the end of 2011.

External References

[1]Peppercats – Helia Peppercats

[2]Peppercats – Home

[3]chanarchive – Grab a Game, Grab a Pet, Take a Picture

[4]FunnyJunk – Grafics Cat

[5]Encyclopedia Dramatica – Starecat

[6]Herpderpedia – stare cat

[7]Tumblr – Posts tagged “grafics cat”

[8]Photobucket – derpussss’s album

[9]Blogspot – Starecat

[10]Memegenerator – Grafics Cat

[11]413chan Archive – MLP General

[12]Memowisko – “Starecat/Co ja pacze” meme history

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Anormulus
Anormulus

This is one of the most posted things I’ve seen on the ’chans. This article needs some serious work, but after that, this needs to be confirmed.

Also, who the hell calls it “starecat?” It’s grafics cat.

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