The Ferret Focus Group Has Spoken

Black-Footed  FerretWhen we knew we wanted to do a redesign for Cute Overload, there was only one place to go. We only hire the best around here, so allow me to introduce to you:

The Ferret Focus Group.

Quirky. Excitable. Easily distracted.

But man, can they put a design together! They gnawed for months on our refreshed logo, and chose the color palette by pawing through endless color swatches. Très thorough.

The ferrets had three goals in mind for the redesign: Focus on larger images, show larger images, and please can the content be larger. Together, we accomplished all those things.

I can’t even remember what the old site looked like. Can you?

Black-footed ferret kits at the National Zoos Conservation and Research Center by Mehgan Murphy, Smithsonian National Zoo.

Top Ten Cutest Videos Of 2013!

top_ten_list1We would like to present the OFFICIAL Cute Overload Top Ten Cutest Videos of 2013. Kudos to everyone who sent these in! (Oh, you have a YouTube video link you’d like to send in? Here’s all ya need to do!)

#10 Cutest Video of 2013:
Interspecies Snorgling

Class, today we’re going to discuss Interspecies Snorgling. It’s a very simple premise. One species takes it upon his or herself to snorgle another species. The video we’re about to see, sent in by Pilar V. is a textbook example. Take notes, there’ll be a quiz later.

PS from Pilar: “This is my sloth. Do you remember her? Prince, the sloth and Witch the cat? Prince loves cats. And we have a lot of cats.”

#9 Cutest Video of 2013:
This Can’t Be That Hard

Or can it?

Spotted on Stuff I Stole.

#8 Cutest Video of 2013:
THIS JUST IN: Small Miracle In Moore, OK

Just watch.

Thanks to all the Cuteporters who sent this in.

#7 Cutest Video of 2013:
THIS JUST IN: The Nine Cutest Things That Ever Happened

OK, who in the world is Gordon Hamilton and how does he and his Australian Voices choir know so much ABOUT THE CUTE!? Check them sing about the top 9 Cutest things—they picked some damn good ones. Thanks to alert cuteporter (and member of Australian Voices his own self) Scott Griffin. Hey Scott, which one are you in the video?! Don’t be shy now.

UPDATE FROM SCOTT DOWN UNDAH: “Yes, I’m in the background on the right at 0:12 :-)”

#6 Cutest Video of 2013:
Gonna Be Your Pig In Motion, All I Need Is A Pair Of Wheels

This Prosh Little Porkmobile was born without the use of his hind hoofsters. So eet was time to…improvise! Let’s roll, Chris P. Bacon!

CHRIS P. BACON 100% AUTHENTIC FAVE FRAME© ACTION!

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Story Submitted by many a Cuteporter, with videos provided by Len Lucero. Photo from the Chris FB page. Title stolen adapted from my ol’ pal David Foster.

#5 Cutest Video of 2013:
Snorting Micro Peeg Gets Belleh Rubs, Interwebs Explode

I mean, have the speakers turned up. There’s just…it’s..I…yeah. It’s like that.

Lilian D. sent this one in.

#4 Cutest Video of 2013:
High Diving Giraffes

That would be what’s usually known as a “Non sequitur.”

Non sequitur (pron.: /nɒnˈsɛkwɪtər/) is Latin for “it does not follow.” It is most often used as a noun to describe illogical statements.

And that’s just what this video is. “High Diving” + “Giraffes” aren’t generally used together in sentences. But here we go!

“This is not mine but I came across it today and I thought of you. High-diving giraffes! (I mean, really, where else but up high would giraffes dive from, anyway?) Make sure you watch all the way to the end of the credits.” -Cuteporter Allein S.

#3 Cutest Video of 2013:
THIS JUST IN: Scottie Pinwheel

[Scottish accent]

“Here’s to the heath, the hill and the heather, the bonnet, the plaid, the kilt and the feather!”

[GULPS MILK VORACIOUSLY]

Sent in by bonny lass Molly B.

#2 Cutest Video of 2013:
Dear Diary…This Is Too Much- Must Pee On The Bed

When life seems hopelessly…er, hopeless, that’s about all there is left to do.

The Sad Cat sequel, from zefrank1.

#1 Cutest Video of 2013:
Dear Diary…My Food Dish Is Now Only Half Full….

What happens when all hope is lost? You put a video on YouTube and plan the hoomin’s downfall hope for the best.

“You are going to love this! This man has a direct line to the feline mind. Thank you for making my day BETTER on a steady basis.” -Cuteporter Shari E.

Top Ten Archives! (RIP to 2008, MIA and no one knows why)

Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2013
Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2012
Top Ten Cutest Videos of 2012
Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2011
Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2010
Top Cute Videos of 2010
Ten Most Popular Posts of 2009
Teh Best of Teh Best of Teh Cute 2007

Top Ten Cutest Photos Of 2013!

top_ten_list1Time for the OFFICIAL Cute Overload Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2013. We took all of the year’s data and shoved it into a vintage Apple II computer, and it gave us these results…enjoy! Kudos to everyone who sent these in! (Oh, you have a photo you’d like to send in? Here’s all ya need to do!)

#10 Cutest Photo of 2013:
Caturday: Cats That Look Like Pin Up Girls

Amazink, eh? Cats That Look Like Pin Up Girls is a Tumblr site based out of Australia. As spotted on My Modern Met.

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#9 Cutest Photo of 2013:
THIS JUST IN: Kitten In Crocheted Mushroom Costume

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Well, that’s good enough for me.

What we have here is a rescued kitteh wearing a Crocheted Mushroom Costume. The kitteh’s name is Wasabi-Chan- and she was rescued from an attacking crow! The complete story is here- use Google Chrome to get the translation.

Follow along with The Twitter! ありがとうございました!

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#8 Cutest Photo of 2013:
There MIGHT Be Something Cuter Than This..

..but we haven’t found it yet. Behold, a “Micro Piglet Wearing Trotter Socks With Grippy Dots!” (And a SWEATER VEST!)

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We Reddit, we did.

#7 Cutest Photo of 2013:
Concise Anatomy Of A Corgi

b12da49f12bd63ae271a1d7d66c811d5Max here. We’re short, stubby and entirely wonderful. We bounce along with very little ground clearance, but generally don’t have a care in the world- we’ve got the world wrapped around our stubby little feet paws. Here are some pix of my pals Trinket, Corgnelius, his new lil’ bro Stump Stump, and a new friend, Jackson Stubbington! Enjoy. -MS

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~Le Creditos s’il vous plaît~

Photo 1 of Trinket from Paul P.
Photo 2 thru 8 from Corgnelius The Corgis Tumblr.
Photo 9 of Jackson Gatsby Stubbington from his blog.
*Technical stuffs: Corgnelius/Stumphrey photos taken with a Sony NEX-5N.*

#6 Cutest Photo of 2013:
OMGPONIES!!!!1!1!1111!!!!!1!!! [Wearing Sweaters]

Cuteporter Susan L. first sent this one in. You’re not gonna believe it.

She writes, “Check out the video for some extreme close-up, ponies-in-knitwear action. Their names, apparently, are Fivla of Finnister and Millhouse Vitamin. You can’t make this stuff up.”

The Daily Mail says all this REDONK is to promote The Year Of Natural Scotland.

Then we got another email on these horsehs from Steph M. “These are my friend Frances Taylor’s Shetland ponies, Fivla (aka Whiffy) in the lovely red Fair Isle sweater and Vitamin in the tan. You should also check out Frances’ funny blog, which is full of adorable ponies (although usually not in sweaters). She is awesome and a fantastic photographer!!!”

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Photos by Rob McDougall.

#5 Cutest Photo of 2013:
THIS JUST IN: Holy Hairballs, There’s A Maru 2

Well, sorta. It seems Mugumogu and His Thickness have a new in-house playmate. Here’s the Google Translate version of her post. (“The Circle” is Maru.) Bottom line- gonna need more Amazon JP boxes!!!

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“I will add the English translation later update a hitch, we apologize for any worry, but the Circle is very well. – During this time ‘housemate has been increased one person.’ Of love Circle With it, you and chasing, to play and run around in the hope that it will be me getting to play with good – this ‘strange creature What is .'”

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“Was greeted by family Chibi cat that had been foster parents recruited Animal Hospital. And for round 6-year-old to have grown up in one person, we provide a long trial period of two weeks, on the third day, and the figure of 6-year-old children to chase on an equal basis and Chibi cat-month-old 2.”

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“The ‘dark zap to guy looks!’ Current relationship with Chibi cat was worried, better than might have been expected. The mood of the round, also that sleep until morning in the box of one. It becomes irregular update in the future, but the Circle is doing really well, but please do not worry.”

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Thanks to Katherine B., Hilary T., Andrew Y., and Nicole K.

#4 Cutest Photo of 2013:
SOS: Save Our Sloths!

GHXiP5YCuteporter Becky C. fills us in: “I work at the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica and we desperately need help in order to continue our work rescuing sloths. We’ve recently launched the Save Our Sloths campaign to try and raise enough funds to return rescued baby sloths to the wild. There is lots more information on our campaign page!”

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!BONUS REPEAT OF PHOTO #1 WITH NOMMING HIGHLIGHTS!

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#3 Cutest Photo of 2013:
Capybara Capers

Gary, is a 1 year old capybara from Venezuela who lives in Texas now, on the couch, in the car, in the pool and in the bed, with his hoomins, Melanie and Richard.

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I’m a capybara, and you’re not. Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah…

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Size matters!

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Gary’s watching his favorite scene from Princess Bride for the dozenth time, “Rodents of Unusual Size? I don’t believe they exist.”

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Gary’s warm and sensitive side.

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My very own kitty cat. All my dreams have been answered!

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Do you give the orders around here?

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A capybara’s got to do what a capybara’s got to do. Sneef-sneef.

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Thank you. And could you get me a little umbrella and a tumbler to go with it?

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I wish I knew what was happening here.

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Another day in capybara-dise.

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With thanks to the Daily Mail

#2 Cutest Photo of 2013:
Cute Overload Global Exclusive: Lentil Bean Meets Chris P. Bacon!

CO is the first place on the WHOLE INTERTUBES to have these photos! Remember back a few months, when little Lentil Bean had the snoot surgery?

And remember the story we did on Chris P. Bacon, the Prosh Little Porkmobile?

GUESS WHAT: THEY MET TODAY IN SUMTERVILLE, FL!!!!!!! GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!! (Clunk, ded.)

(Big CO thanks to Len L. for the first photo, and Lindsay C. for the rest!)

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#1 Cutest photo of 2013:
It’s Chilly In Here…

Put another puppy on the baby, will you honey?

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Photos, babies and puppehs supplied by Unknown.

Top Ten Archives! (RIP to 2008, MIA and no one knows why)

Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2012
Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2011
Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2010
Top Cute Videos of 2010
Ten Most Popular Posts of 2009
Teh Best of Teh Best of Teh Cute 2007

So About the 2014 Calendar…

A lot of you have been writing in, and hollering things like HEY! WHERE IS THE 2014 CUTE OVERLOAD CALENDAR!? I NEED ONE FOR MY AUNT/COUSIN/MOTHER-IN-LAW ETCETERA!

Well People, I’m afraid to be the bearer of bad news – we don’t have one this year!

[Ducks]

Why? When the twins arrived last year, and all attention focused on them, I knew we wouldn’t have time for the calendar project. Something had to give, People! I’m sorry we don’t have one this year, but there are other calendars we’d highly recommend instead. More posts to follow on that topic.

Fear not, Peeps. There will be a 2015 Cute Overload Calendar—we just finished it! (Like, literally, today. That’s a sneak image preview below.)

Now if you will excuse me, I hear two small mouths yelling for supper. Amazing lung capacity for their size.

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2015 Calendar image by Sakurako Shimizu.

Two Paws Up

CO is sorry to note the passing of the great movie critic Roger Ebert, who had battled cancer for years.

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Image Credits: 1) Interwebs 2) Tumbili001’s Flickr 3) Daily Otter 4) The Weather Channel 5) Cosmo Brown The Smashing Kitteh from Cuteporter Sarah S.

Meanwhile, Somewhere Between the 6th and 7th Heineken

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Cheers to Shumai The Cat and Sender-Inner Katharine H.

BONUS! Second Friday Haiku! OMG

Tiny Hummingbird
Fell out of his comfy nest
YAY he was rescued

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Submitted by Fernanda A.: “He’s a baby hummingbird, he fell off his nest and we rescued him from the street. We called him Atila.” Photos taken by María V.

Q: Who’s the Best Pet Photographer in all the Land?

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A: The Furrtographer! Friend of the site Josh Norem is up for Best Pet Photographer in the Bay Area and needs your votes because it’s CLOSE!

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Says Josh: “Voting ends in a few days and it’s down to the wire. If I nab this it will be a lifelong dream fulfilled.”

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He continues: “Almost all the cats & dogs I shoot are from shelters like these, so this will help them too.”

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“People can vote with their Facebook or Yahoo! account. They don’t have to create an account.” Go Josh!

Chillin’ In Ma Jam Jams

Sam P. sent this one in with the P.S. “My heart is melting” and even provided the post title.

PUPPEHS IN JAMMEHS. All aboard the Reeeeeeeeeeeeee-donk Express!

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CO Real Best Picture: Rock The Stoat!

Badge - 2008 electionROCK THE STOAT PEOPLE!

FOIST of all, thanks to all the CO Peeps that took the time to send in their photos. We’ve had huddled discussions all weekend to choose the finalists, with officials from PricewaterhouseCoopers (the suits that come out during the Oscars.)

Check the NOM NOM NOMinees, vote for your favorite, from now ’til tonight at midnight PT. Tomorrow morning at precisely 8am PT, they will be declared WINNER of the Cute Overload Real Best Picture contest!

OK, let’s go! (Posted here in no particular order- voting box at the very bottom.)

Louise (Italian Greyhound) and Rocky (Boxer), from Virath D.
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Shilow, from Jennifer B.
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Kingston Pappy Van Winkle III, from Kara E.
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Kodie, from Angela C.
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Dermot, from Amy F.
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Steve & Milo, from Mrs. 4444
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Domino, from Carina M.
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Mouse, from Morgan W.
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Sofia, from Viviana A.
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Areia, from Ana P.
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Voting Now Closed: check back at 8am PT Tuesday morning!

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