How to Make LOLCats, Meme Cats, Cat Macros, or Cat Pictures With Funny Captions

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Intro: How to Make LOLCats, Meme Cats, Cat Macros, or Cat Pictures With Funny Captions

I've been reading the internet for a while, trying to finish it. I haven't done so yet, but I *have* determined, through rigorous, scientific, statistical sampling that the internet is 35.4% cat, within a 2% margin of error.

One of the more popular forms of cat on the internet, along with cat blogs, stuff on my cat, cats in sinks, cat vlogs, cat podcasts, and cat twitter, is LOLCats, also known as LOL cats, meme cats, cat macros, and I can has cheezburger cats.

For me, it all started with lime cat, but I'm sure the roots go deeper, to some sort of paleolithic cat wall carving.

Step 1: Acquire Cat Images

Given the aforementioned 35.4% cat composition of the interwebs, there really is no shortage of cat imagery. But flickr is always a great source of creative commons pictures.

Step 2: Find the Right Picture

With so many cat pictures to choose from, finding the right cat picture can be tough.

It might take some time, but you need to find something that makes you say, "Damn. That's some funny-ass cat right there."

Step 3: Edit Your Cat

Copy your cat into your favorite graphic editor. Here I'm using GIMP, because it's free.

Step 4: Caption Your Cat

Next you'll need to add a caption to your cat. But what should your cat say?

Well, there's a great analysis of LOLCat speak, here, but this is why the picture has to inspire you.

LOLCat vocabulary does have certain highly frequent memes and words, including: "I'M", "IN", "UR" (your), "INVISIBLE", "HAS" (have), "MAH" (my), "HAI", (hi) and "BUCKET". These are then combined into forms like "IM IN UR FRIDGE, EATING UR FOODS", or "INVISIBLE BICYCLE."

In this case, I saw jumping. I saw bright colors. I saw an attack. I saw.... INVISIBLE PINATA!

Generally LOLCats type in white and in all caps, but there's no fixed rule.

Step 5: Feed the Need....the Need for LOLCats

Meme cats has quite a few cats, as does i can has cheezburger. If you want, there's even the LOLCat generator.

But feel free to diversify.

Original images by Lester of Puppets, raindog, and JnL.

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    37 Discussions

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    Freighter

    7 years ago on Introduction

    There are lots of sites that will do this for you...
    www.insertcaptionhere.co.uk

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    supercoolio

    10 years ago on Step 5

    I must say, a very good approach. A very good way to make LOLcats is to go to icanhascheezburger.com they have a lolbuilder, with TONS of hilarious picture to choose from. They also have some dog pictures.

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    Curious47

    11 years ago on Step 5

    I am a cat person and I really like your ideas. I look forward to trying them out.

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