Grumpy Cat: The internet's favourite meme turns 2
It has been two years since the cat's owners posted her photo on Reddit, changing their lives forever
While it might be hard to imagine a time before the internet was plastered with memes of Grumpy Cat, the famously miserable-looking feline has only just turned two.
Famous for her constant downward smile and enormous baby blue eyes, she has gathered a handul of endorsements and licensing deals in the short time she has been an online star, including her own line of “Grumppuccino” bottled coffee drinks.
She now has her own agent, millions of hits on YouTube, T-shirts, calendars and a best-selling book available in 14 languages. Rumours abound that she will soon star in her own film.
Grumpy found fame when Bryan Bundesen, who owns her with his sister Tabatha, uploaded photos of her unusual expression on Reddit in late 2012.
“People said her face was Photoshopped,” he said. To prove the critics wrong, the pair uploaded a video of the cat on YouTube, earning about 1.5 million views overnight.
Now her face adorns a myriad of memes online, famous for giving miserable responses to otherwise potentially positive situations.
Grumpy Cat has transformed her owners lives. Bryan used to be a cable company lineman in Ohio, while Tabatha served at a Red Lobster near her home in Morristown, Arizona.
“The business is doing very well. Grumpy doesn't like to discuss specifics.”
“We both were blue-collar people,” said Bryan, adding: “It has changed our lives. It's been a blessing. We're very thankful for it.”
The grump's real name is Tardar Sauce, so dubbed (and misspelled) by Tabatha's now 12-year-old daughter, Chyrstal, soon after their female pet Calico gave birth to her and three siblings.
The cat was tiny and is still petite, a victim of feline dwarfism, and wobbles a bit when she walks due to elongated rear legs that have only added to her popularity.
“She looks like a snowshoe Siamese is what we're told most,” Bryan offers. “We've had some nice comments from people about it being nice that the spotlight's on a cat that's unique and has feline dwarfism. A lot of people are happy that it kind of spreads the message that it's OK to be different. She's also such a happy cat.”
Despite her nickname, her owners insist Grumpy is happy, with a reputation for falling asleep during interviews and seeking out dark corners to hide in.
Grumpy Cat is part of a long line of cats which have cashed in on the internet's obsession with funny-looking felines. Cats to follow in her paw-steps include Lil Bub, and the late Colonel Meow.
"There are a lot of cats on the Internet but there's no competition," Bryan said.
“She has the grumpy market cornered. All the other cats can have the happy, funny stuff.”
Additional reporting AP
Life & Style blogs
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
- 1 Scientists create transparent mouse complete with see-through organs
- 2 Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness
- 3 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 4 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
- 5 Amazonian Indian tribe filmed making contact with Brazil village in rare video footage
- < Previous
- Next >
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A successful IT service provider that has bee...
£18000 - £25000 per annum + Commission: SThree: Computer Futures are currently...
£18000 - £27000 per annum + Commission: SThree: Sales - Trainee Recruitment Co...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: Progressive Recruitment are cu...