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The famous long cat held and streteched over a bed


Longcat is one of the most recognized cats on the Internet. He is known for his epic length, spawning photoshops and even an entire mythology around his magnitude.


The original photo of Longcat, whose name is Shiroi (白い – “white” in Japanese) or Nobiko, first appeared on Futaba channel (2chan) sometime between 2004 and 2005 by a man from Japan[1]. On 2chan, she was referred to as "nobiiru"[2][3], which means "stretch." Variations of this included "nobiiru-tan," which was attributed to 2chan's /27/ board as early as February 2nd, 2006.[4]


Longcat was first added to Urban Dictionary[5] on September 16th, 2006, attributing the name to 4chan's random board, /b/. One of the earliest archived 4chan threads using several comments to emphasize the length of Longcat dates back to July 24th, 2007[6]

Prior Longcats

Although never explicitly mentioned as "Long Cat" a photo of a cat in a similar stretched-out position was used in the creation of a Monty Python comedy sketch in 1971.

The image of a giant, stretched-out cat towering over a city is strikingly similar to the images of Longcat vs. Tacgnol. Although no clear evidence has surfaced to suggest that the Catnarok mythology was directly inspired by Monty Python, it stands to reason that Monty Python could have influenced the creation of the Catnarok image either directly or through the collective unconscious.


Longcat became a popular photoshop meme, not only putting the cat into places, but also by editing the cat's surroundings to show her great length. Her popularity hit mainstream in May 2007 when Longcat made an appearance on the Tim and Eric show.[7] Longc.at[8] was created on June 29th, 2008, featuring an image of just how long Longcat is.

Tacgnol vs Longcat In a epic battle since birth

By 2009, Longcat had earned a pivotal role in 4chan's Catnarok[9] mythology, as it is believed that one day Longcat will engage in a mighty final battle with her anti-self, Tacgnol, a similarly long black cat. That year, a compilation of Longcat images was shared on Speak LOLSpeak[10] and in March 2011, I Can Has Cheezburger[11] posted another compilation profiling her online history.


On September 20th, the Hong Kong-based news site StandNews[14] reported that Nobiko had died at the age of 18. That day, Twitter user @aerosubaru tweeted several photos in memory of Nobiku, which gathered upwards of 68,000 likes and 32,500 retweets within 24 hours.

Notable Examples

4chan hosts several Flash animations featuring Longcat including LongCat's Song[12] by Brian "Okk" Raddatz and a remix[13] by Anonymous D.

IONGCAT BE OF Anon Maxwell. Tríska PHILIPS Reach for the heavens Height in metres at time of opening 2.4 8.2 800 National GDP, % change on previous year: in year of completion 5 years before completion 700 3.7 5.6 600 0.6 3.1 6.2 5.7 7.4 9.9 500 5.8 5.9 400 8.9 2.4 300 200 100 Chrysler Empire State World Trade Willis Petronas Taipei Clock Royal Building Building Cn Tor Towers 101 Tower Hotel Khalifa 319m 381m Long Cat 900m Internet (2007) 508m 591m New York New York New York Chicago Kuala Lumpur TaipeMecca 417mt 442m452m 828m Dubai (2010) (1930)(1931)(1973) (1974)(1998) (2004) (2010") Sources: Skyscraper Museum; Emporis; IMF; national statistics Forecast Not including antennae/spires Formerly Sears Tower
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LONGCAT IS LO00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000ONG 3 koel-art!

Search Interest

Though "long cat" showed search interest beginning in November 2004, but this could also be due to the fact it is a common phrase. Seearch for "Longcat" began nearly a year later in September 2005 and rose steadily, peaking in May 2007 due to its appearance on the Tim and Eric show. In 2011, search for Longcat overall has been on the decline.

External References

[1] Oh Internet via Wayback Machine – Longcat

[2] Fotolog.com – Longcat

[3] Easymodo 4chan Archive – /a/ – EPISODE TWO IS OUT

[4] AnimeSuki Forums – The '-tan' culture in Japan

[5] Urban Dictionary – longcat definitions

[6] chanarchive – Longcat combo image dump

[7] AdultSwim Forums – When Did Long Cat Air on the Tim & Eric Show?

[8] Longc.at – Home

[9] Encyclopedia Dramatica – Catnarok

[10] Speak LOLSpeak – Longcat

[11] I Can Has Cheezburger – Cheezburger Confidential – Longcat

[12] 4chan – Longcat's Song

[13] 4chan – C64 Graphic Mix

[14] StandNews – The famous Japanese long cat

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