Ceiling Cat Is Watching You Ruminate

In another installment of the Cute Overload Distance Learning series, we take you now to a lecture at the Philosophy Department at New York University:

This… Is… Photobomb!



  1. Awesome 😀

  2. Ceiling Cat approved! 🙂

  3. Maureen says:

    that so reminds me of my cat – gone for the last ten years but loved to hang out (literally) over the computer screen and try to grab at anything that moved on the screen.

  4. Philosophy, schmosophy. Play with meeee! Love this cat.

  5. tracylee says:

    Jean-Paul Sartre had a cat named Nothing.
    just thought y’all would want to file that away somewhere for future caffeine-fueled existential diatribes…

    (now back to your regularly scheduled programming.)

  6. That’s fantastic! And in other “pets reflect their owners” trivia, President Andrew Jackson’s parrot had to be removed from Jackson’s funeral because it was swearing like a sailor.

  7. Transpogue says:

    Cats are wonderful reminders of the need to check our priorities.

    Cat time > hooman philosophyliphizing

  8. Fird Birfle says:

    WAIT is that an ACTUAL truth??

    Existentialism R Us

  9. …annnnnndddddd cut!

    Thats a wrap, folks. We’ll clean it up in post-pro.

  10. Thread and Felt says:

    Jean-Paul Sartre wouldn’t have a cat named Nothing, at the most he would have had one called “Rien”, en bon français ;).

    From what I’ve heard though, his cat wasn’t his to begin with, he and Simone de Beauvoir took care of Leonid, Coco Chanel’s cat, for a while and used to call him “porte-bonheur” (lucky charm). This is the cat that appears in most of Sartre’s pictures.

  11. marthava says:

    I am SO happy NTMTOM posted this! Saw it a few weeks ago and have adored it ever since. And, I do believe that kitteh knows eggZACtly what he is doing, too.

  12. And I was actually getting involved in his philosophical discusshion! 😛 Kitty should add in its own.

  13. i bet this kitteh is named immanuel…cat

  14. No one expects the Spanish Catquistion!

  15. Everyone who has ever lived with a cat has had this experience. Just TRY and do something–read a book, pay your bills–and before you know it, your cat is getting in the way. “Me! Me! Pay attention to ME!!”

  16. . . . but personally, I think it would have been quite hilarious and a much better lecture if he had just continued on as if nothing was happening.

  17. 260Oakley says:

    Rene DesCat declares “I slink, therefore I am… in your video.”

  18. This just made my day! I love eet.

  19. There’s a Schrodinger joke to be made here; I just know it.

  20. Aww. I was a philosophy major. Two of our cats are named Timaeus (Platonic dialogue about creation of the world) & Xanthippe (Socrates’ “shrewish” wife).

  21. Obviously holy because God loves it. What’s not to love?!

  22. Shrewish? You try living with a man who forgets to bring home the eggs and milk because he was hanging out in the agora questioning gorgeous young men about Virtue and the Good all the time….

  23. (The Original) Mel says:

    That’s my kind of pet. I want a sailor parrot at my funeral to shock the natives.

  24. Darwinian, Dawkinsian, Dennetian feline intervenes to interrupt god talk.

  25. tracylee says:

    sure is!

  26. kibblenibble says:

    It’s cute how the guy tries to ignore the cat and keep talking, and then just can’t continue and cracks up.

    This video is a perfect example of just how funny cats can be. I just don’t understand why so many people don’t like them. To know them is to…well, you know! 🙂

  27. Cirocco J says:

    Burst out laughing at my desk.

    P.S. Guy’s kind of cute, too.

  28. Love, love, LOVE the hoovertext.

  29. Sorry for the over used term But it really applies here……………………..
    That’s the mother of all photo bombs !!!!

  30. wuyizidi says:

    Stupid human thinks he’s the center of the universe. But this is actually the cat’s video. An international criminal who makes regular recordings from his “cave” to taunt his pursuers, this is just the latest installment of his series “Schrodinger’s Cat – Wanted Dead and Alive.”

  31. SlaveToCat says:

    Another silly hooman philosophy professor’s dissertation proven wrong. There is only one god and She is a Cat. Hoomans are merely playthings to be toyed with at every chance.

  32. wuyizidi says:

    But my cat tells me I have free will.

  33. I saw it too and just loved it. My sweetie is a philosophy prof and showed it to me–we both roflmaoed.

  34. Wendy R says:

    Well Said!!!!!

  35. Tigress says:

    Bast has spoken, your argument is invalid.

  36. Fird Birfle says:

    *I feel the need to provide this alternative version of your idea*

    That’s a wrap, folks,…” [etc.]


  37. Esmemeow says:

    Schrödinger’s Cat both interrupts and doesn’t interrupt your presentation at the same time.

  38. Ali-baba says:


  39. wuyizidi says:

    @tracylee – Yes, now back to Star Wars – the original French version:

  40. Or rather, its holey because the CAT loves it.

  41. bookmonstercats says:

    S/he lies!!

    BTW, the man is quite cute as well. Another one for the Men of CO calendar??

  42. Mary (the first) says:

    I can’t believe no one has yet pointed out that the the kitteh is “ready for my closeup!” !!

  43. More importantly, is that an ACTUAL PHILOSOPHER? Seems like one, but how do we really know?

  44. PS: It’s the UPSIDE-DOWNNESS of this kitty that just puts it all over the top. 😀

  45. No, what is really funny about this one, is that he/she isn’t just focused on his/her Person– she sees the camera and the POSSIBLITY of a WORLD WIDE AUDIENCE.

  46. If you ever need to find a cat, just pretend to be engrossed in something else and they’ll come running.

  47. Gail White says:

    Who knew God was such a pussycat?

  48. Funny, she didn’t look shrewish. :mrgreen:

  49. tracylee says:


  50. tracylee says:

    ooh – is this suitable for an entry in the Men of C.O. calendar?!

  51. tracylee says:

    whoops – shoulda scrolled – GMTA, as usual ’round these parts

  52. Countess says:

    The Men of C.O.–the academic version. He’s cute and the cat ain’t so bad either. Made my day.

  53. The cat who says “Nie”!

  54. wuyizidi says:

    Yes, kitteh is clearly exercising her categorical imperative.

  55. He’s nerdy/cute! His resigned smile when the ceiling cat appears is very charming.

  56. ps: I love the comments in this thread. Who knew the Cute Overload community was such an erudite crowd?!

  57. cyberpunkrocker says:

    Photobombing cat is photobombing.

  58. Fird Birfle says:

    Don’t you mean the pictures, are from Dali??

    Sartre/ pictures = ????

    *Appreciates the irony in everything not quite fitting symetrically in this discussion of existentialist angst & existentialist literature*

  59. Fird Birfle says:

    My Uncle (joined Navy at time of Normandy Beach invasion, WWII) has a parrot who learned to be fairly salty.

    When the phone rings, Gringo immediately says,
    “Eh, lady, whaddaya want????” & sounds
    highly annoyed & inconvenienced …. 🙂

  60. victoreia says:

    Well, yeah, you have HER free will…….

  61. That made my day.

  62. Fird Birfle says:

    The following is provided for consideration, to
    tracylee, Theresa, & any others, present, who

    1- enjoy Craig Ferguson
    2-appreciate philosophical “ruminations”
    [ps: it’s a KITTY, similar to the post/ pic’s Kitty!!!]:

  63. And offering a perfect demonstration of the difference between the realm of the visible and the realm of the intelligible.

  64. jlamusings says:

    Ah- I know this feeling as I just finished up my dissertation with much help from many kittehs who didn’t appreciate the seriousness of the work 🙂

    And I teach… hmm…..would students be more awake for English courses if I let my cats interrupt me during class??? I can pre-record lectures…. I’m liking this idea!!!

  65. jlamusings says:

    (please excuse any poor wording… very tired. And kitty editors are all retired for the evening. Thank you!)

  66. Fird Birfle says:

    Best of luck with dissertations and kitties!!! 🙂

  67. Please, it’s just soft determinism.

    You THINK that you have free will. Yet everymorning you open a fresh can of tuna even though you still have most of yesterday’s in the frigerater…

  68. Ironically, that’s why Laurence Olivier said that actors love acting:

    ME ME ME ME ME …

  69. Of course you have free will. It just happens to be your will to do exactly as the Cat commands.

  70. No mention of Henri and his ennui?

  71. so much for my embedding skills.

  72. Even the cat knows that he is possibly the most boring man on the planet !

  73. We demand a shrubery (of catnip of course)

  74. Malle Babbe says:

    …and thinking, “How do I show my butt to this thing?”

  75. Georgiabelle says:


  76. “Hey, whatcha doing there!”

  77. Fird Birfle says:

    YAY for shrubberies!!!!

  78. Fird Birfle says:

    A most perceptive, fitting (and enjoyable) contribution to these philosophical considerations!!!

    Peace to you and to Henri!!!

  79. Fird Birfle says:

    (the above was intended
    as a response to Kar’s Henri’s Ennui)

  80. Glad he kept the video so we could all see it

  81. There’s a 10-cent word!

  82. GROAN 😆

  83. 😆 Yep 😆

  84. V Bennett says:

    Cat: “Indeed.”

  85. Theresa says:

    Ahhh yes. When I was in grad school, I always referred to my Stinky cat as “my research assistant.” He was a terrible research assistant.

  86. Theresa says:

    Yes, it occured to me he was getting in the camera to say “See what I put up with day and night?”

  87. Theresa says:

    “Well, I have a kitty, SO YOU ARE WRONG.” 😀

  88. Fird Birfle says:

    “I’ll take ‘Accurate Assessments’, for $200, Alex!!!111 🙂 )

  89. Fird Birfle says:

    Yup, I agree with this; good point, Th 😉

  90. “Wholly” entertaining!

  91. jlamusings says:

    heehee. Thanks!

    Kittehs seem to be generally unimpressed with philosophical ruminating and post-grad degrees.

  92. Fird Birfle says:

    They are generally unimpressed with anything, with the possible exceptions of chameleons running past; and paper bags or empty boxes left on the floor …..

  93. Yeah, my arse.

  94. Cat says “I iz God!” 😉

  95. pushy mcshove says:

    it’s about the kittiness of an object.

  96. wuyizidi says:

    @Kar – you don’t need to bracket the url of the video with any tags.

  97. No, it’s CATUAL truth! (o;

  98. mine too.

  99. Leave to a cat to “keep it real”…

  100. JerilynS says:

    I have a great photo of my cat Rumpelteazer sitting on top of my computer screen with her paw handing down in front. I used to tell everyone one she wrote my papers for me. Alas, that was long before digital photography, but maybe I’ll try to scan in into the computer one day… 😉

  101. JerilynS says:

    Oops. That’s supposed to read “hanging.” Freudian slip?

  102. If my courses had come with more cats, I might have bothered to finish college.

  103. I believe he is part of the band Mobile Wash Unit, a collective of philo profs/grad students in NYC. Great sound: http://www.myspace.com/mobilewashunit

  104. mplsdeb says:

    As the cat looks over the camera..he/she is thinking “if I turn this off, will he still continue talking?”

  105. mplsdeb says:

    As the cat looks over the camera he/she is thinking “if I turns this off, will he quit talking?”

  106. mplsdeb says:

    sorry for the duplicate. it appeared as if it wasn’t there.

  107. That’s my friend Andy!!

  108. marthava: Exactly! I can almost hear kitty saying “Enuffa dis – time for dinneau! Da can isn’t gonna open itself!”

  109. Best moral-philosophy vid EVAR.

  110. I love how he’s talking away, probably practicing a lecture to give to a class, and he’s so used to his cat that it takes him a minute to realize it’s totally in the vid. And then he can’t resist teh cute, and pets it. Aw.

  111. oikosjeremy says:

    The philosopher Schopenhauer had a cat, which he named Atma (‘world-soul’)

    Schopenhauer is known for being a pessimist (somewhat unusual among philosophers). Not sure how he could have a cat and still feel bad about life.

  112. WendyPinNJ says:

    I was almost asleep from boredom. Then kitty face rescued me!

  113. LOL
    I’m actually crying for laughing so hard

  114. Fird Birfle says:

    CO is pretty good at that 🙂

  115. OneMinuteGalactica says:

    Okay, this explains it. I was wondering why my YouTube information had my Star Wars video being linked at CuteOverload.com. It didn’t seem particularly cute, what with all the existential angst. Thanks for linking it, though, Theresa. I appreciate it.

  116. OneMinuteGalactica says:

    Sorry, this was meant for wuyizidi.

  117. Cats are HOLY! This cat is trying to tell you she/he has the answer to life’s deepest questions. Listen to the wise one.

  118. So, are we talking Catalai Lama? :>)

  119. Amen

  120. Snacktime says:

    I was going to start seminary this fall to study theology and certain philosophical issues. Now I needn’t bother, as all my questions have been answered.

    Cat is my co-pilot!

  121. Why was the cat interrupted? It was obviously about to say something very profound and significant, you hacks.