‘Shopped or Not? A Handy Guide

From time to time, readers claim that some photos on our site are digitally altered, or ” ‘shopped,” in the common vernacular. What they may not know is that all photos featured in this blog undergo a rigorous screening process designed to weed out such deceit, and assure the viewer of genuine cuteness.

For a glimpse into this process, let us consider the image below. The casual viewer may be quick to declare this a forgery, pointing to the curious lack of shadows beneath the squirrel’s paws. However, this can be easily explained by the clouds in the background diffusing the sunlight. Verdict: Not ‘shopped.

In this comical scene, the meerkat on the left appears to have been stretched to a height taller than the others, and it’s tempting to believe that it has been cloned from the similar meerkat on the right.  However, a closer inspection of their faces and hand positions reveals that they are unique. Verdict: Not ‘shopped.

Finally, let us turn our attention to this scene of urban chaos. Sharp-eyed viewers will note that an overturned vehicle in front of the cat has been duplicated in reverse just to its right. In addition, the cat’s front paws are too far apart to hold the taxicab, which has obviously been substituted for a much larger vehicle, such as an ambulance or FedEx truck. Verdict: This looks ‘shopped.

Credit: Squirrelzilla by Genista. Meerkats submitted by Victoria M.

Knitting Cheetah Says

…Lavender is a wise choice for a unisex Baby blankie.

Happi Birthday, by Sø Uиіque ˣ Baya3it alWáяd was sent in by Natalie B.

Newfie…D’oh!

Listen, who hasn’t been tackled by an ecstatic four-legged goofball with zero coordination who slips on a banana peel, skids down a Slip and Slide, and regains instant composure?

Perhaps some grips on his paws would do the trick, Emilia von H.

Wait for it….!

Noisy kittens! waiting for dinner! Their incessant cries—a sea of need! Their pantaloon tackling—incessant! WILL-THEY-EVER-BE-FED!?

Get ready for the next meal now, Katia R.

Attempted Crowage

Will you please get a load of this MINI-ROOSTER, attempting to crow. Perhaps for the [head cocked to side] FIRST TIME!?

Sheena B., it’s time to get up!

THIS JUST IN: ‘Chunk’ the Groundhog

Look, I know this pic is not the BEST PIC in the whole world until you focus on THE EAR ACTION and the fact that this is a Groundhog NAMED ‘CHUNK’!

Just enjoy it, Brandy G.

Meet Pledge Flounder

Flounder knew he had an important job; he used his “sad, wittle eyes!” and “cute, fwoofy tail!” to help lure the ladies to Delta Tau Chi. Without him, the only action his brothers caught was a seasonal flu.

What would Dean Vernon Wormer think, Megan?

Tights, Cape, Cod Piece…Check, Check, Check.

Excuse me, do you mind?  This nice lady is volunteering her brassiere as a place for me to transform into my alter ego, Captain Meddler.  We can’t all have fancy-pants telephone booths, you know.

Where’s his Clark Kent curl, Pauline S.?

I’m never staying in this hospital again

You pay extra for a room with a private nurse, and then she just goes to sleep on the job, while I’m stuck sneezing my head off!

My Pig-Fu Is Invincible!

“Your skills are weak, young pup. You are no match for my advanced spinning-laying-down-surprise-attack technique!  Hah!”

Found on Your Morning Adorable at the L.A. Times.

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