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Chemistry Cat

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About

Chemistry Cat (sometimes known as Science Cat) is an advice animal image macro series which consists of a scientific pun and a picture of a cat with a bow-tie and glasses sitting in front of a board. These puns are usually based on the names of chemical elements from the periodic table or various laws of science and physics.

Origin

The name "Chemistry Cat" has been previously given to LOLcat images, but the macro series only emerged in late July 2011. While the source of the image remains in veil, it is likely a stock photograph, possibly of Russian origin.



A significant portion of the puns are actually derived from chemistry jokes that have been in circulation for awhile,[1] particularly in the context of K-12 education on chemistry and the periodic table. The earliest known instance of "Chemistry Cat" series can be found in a Reddit[2] thread posted on April 19th, 2011, of an image originating from the ICanHasCheezburger[6] blog:


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Spread

The macro series didn't take off until the third week of July 2011, when image templates began to appear on image generator sites like MemeBase[9], MemeGenerator[3], QuickMeme[4] and Troll Meme Generator[5]. Moreover, the series has been covered by various internet culture-related blogs such as Huffington Post[7], The Daily What[8], BoingBoing[10] and FARK[13], among others.

Notable Examples


WANNA HEAR AJOKE ABOUT NITRIC OXIDE? NO quickmeme.com ARGON WALKS INTOA BAR. THE BARMAN SAYS GET THE HELLOUT ARGON DOESN'T REACT. IGA N HA SCHEEZBURGER.COM '$齐こ WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A DEAD CHEMISTA 2. BARIUM

Is silicon the same in Spanish? 2. 2. Si quickmeme.conm TRY TO THINK OF GOOD CHEMISTRY PUN 2. CH 2. ALL THE GOOD ONES ARGON quickmeme.com TELLA POTASSIUM JOKE? 2. 2. MILK MEMEBASE.com


Search Interest

Google Insights reveals that search queries for "Chemistry Cat" took off on July 25th, 2011:

External References

[1] Jupiter Scientific – Chemistry Jokes

[2] Reddit – Chemistry Cat

[3] MemeGenerator – Chemistry Cat

[4] QuickMeme – Chemistry Cat

[5] Troll Meme Generator – Science Cat via WayBackMachine

[6] ICanHasCheezburger – Chemistry Cat

[7] Huffington Post – Chemistry Cat Meme

[8] TheDailyWhat – Chemistry Cat of the Day via Web Archive

[9] MemeBase – Tag Category: Chemistry Cat

[10] BoingBoing (via Wayback Machine) – Funny Pictures: Chemistry Cat

[13] FARK – Chemistry Cat may very well be the greatest internet meme ever

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