And Don’t You Forget It

Orville Poindexter…


…Toilet Plunger Sitting Champion of 1963.


And he’s been there ever since. (gently picks off cobweb)


Sender-Inners Kate and Jeff have the interesting back story here: “So it’s 6 am Friday morning, and we’re sleeping off the Thanksgiving dinner, when we awake to the doggie door flapping and a squeak. This is our occasional wake-up call, unfortunately. Our foster kitty, Rook, is of that just-older-than-a-kitten age, and learning to hunt. She likes to bring in her prey so she can play with it in the comfort of home. We don’t appreciate her gifts, so we always chase them down ourselves, catch them, and release them back outside—they’re usually unharmed, besides being scared.

I get up to find the mouse, and fairly quickly realize that Rook had brought it into the bathroom. This is good. Less places to hide in there. I shoo Rook out of the bathroom and close the door, then go get a tupperware dish to catch it in. When I get back into the bathroom, I look in all the obvious hiding places, but don’t
immediately see it – until I look near the commode. There sits the mouse, not cowering behind the toilet, but up on top of the plunger handle.

I’m glad I got photographic evidence, otherwise I wouldn’t believe it.

I’m On the Night Train

Zzzzt! Zzzzt! [Say in 'toot! toot! voice]


Brought to you by Ambien and Sender-Inner John D. See 25 Awkward Cat Sleeping Positions over at Buzzfeed.

Beer Me!

I love how otters have that built-in shelfie—perfect for Superbowl beverages.

Otttere
Lori H., I’d crack open a fresh mussel for you if I could.

Heisman Ham Huddle

“This is a GAME OF INCHES, Men. This is NOT the practice wheel—this is the effing SUPERBOWL. Kick off is in five minutes—Now go nuts out to make it the best damn day of your life.”


Kiss your wife like it would be the last time, and GO GO GO!

No Exit Strategy Whatsoever

Remember this Boston Terrier troublemaker named Frito? Frito is the one seated, for the moment, at right, until he gets to CAT SNORFING

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Well Frito is back! And now at the park. No cats were harmed making this video.

Frito at Pullen park from Ryan Shelley on Vimeo.

Nice camerawork, Ryan S.!

The Tiniest Porker

He’s smaller than a cat, he can’t climb stairs! He just wants to be loffed.

Some folks have yet to meet the most anerabuhl house pig in the world. For those folks, here you go:

Mischa M. reminded moi about this one and it’s an overdue Encore Presentayshe™.

Top Ten Cutest Videos of 2011

Instructions: 1. Press play; 2. Go “awww”; 3. Repeat.

#10: Sleepy Puppy Talking
Sure, a talking porcupine is exotic, but this cute little pup has a bigger vocabulary. As sender-inner Brinke G. recommended, turn up your speakers for this one.

#9: Not Such a Hot Idea
Tired of the outdoor heat, Gus attempts a spur-of-the-moment home remodeling project, but his attempt to install an indoor pool hits a small snag…
#8: Cookie the Tickled Penguin
A number of commenters said that Cookie may have been feeling more amorous than tickled, but his giggling at the end of this video is cute all the same.
#7: Who knew? Pudú!
In which we meet the adorable Pudú, the world’s smallest deer. And then we meet the world’s smallest Pudú. And then we stare at the screen, helplessly drooling.
#5: Kittens! In! Bowls!
Always the innovators in cuteness, our friends the Japanese scientifically settle the question: If you put a bunch of bowls on the ground, will kitties want to get in them?
#4: Caution: Advanced Cuteness Ahead
OK, people, now we move on to the hard stuff. Surely you remember Cricket, the adorable feline fuzzball? Well, look out, here it comes again!
#3: Knut: A Retrospective
In 2011, the world said goodbye to Knut, the polar bear who captured their hearts just four years before, and his caregiver, Thomas Dörflein. Cuteologists paid their respects in this thread.
#2: Sloth’s Inaction
Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Can your heart stand the low-speed, pulse-not-pounding excitement of these cute sloths? Thrill as they share a string bean! Gasp as they tip over with a stuffed toy! We’ll sell you the whole seat, but you’ll only need the edge!
#1: Just your Run-of-the-mill-kitten-dolphin-snorgle…
What a letdown. Here we go to all the trouble of compiling a list of best videos, and the number one slot goes to the same ol’ “kitten plays with dolphin” vid. I hate to complain, but some subjects on the Internet just get done to death, y’know?

Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2011

People, this year’s Top Ten Cutest Photos list blows 2010 and 2009 AWAY—see for yourselfs. This morning, we checked the Xtreme Cute Overload Stat-o-Meter™ which tracks every post, checks the amount of screeching per image, and reports back. Then we know we got ya. Based on that metering system, and without further ado, here are the Top Ten Photos of 2011.

Cue the Cute Lang Syne music!

#10 Cutest Photo of 2011:
Goosey Two Shoes

Just when we thought Red Goose Shoes went out of business decades ago, they go and make a comeback. Sender-inner Rebecca B. explains:

These nice folks were staying with us at the St. Francis Inn in St. Augustine, FL. They let me photograph their pet goose, who goes by the name of “Gator.”


While walking alongside his owners in urban or suburban areas, Gator often has to cross many blocks of asphalt and concrete. All that rough terrain takes a toll on his feet, so his people commissioned a special pair of Teva sandals for their bird.


They say it’s totally worth the expense, and Gator seems to like the shoes just fine …


… though sometimes it looks like he “marches” more than he walks. Very deliberate steps.

#9 Cutest Photo of 2011:
You’re my Puppy

According a story floating around the Internets, this little ginger foster kitten named Cheech was introduced to a teeny tiny five-day old orphaned chihuahua puppy named Casanova.


Cheech took to the little puppy, immediately grooming and cleaning him.


The puppy responded to his every touch, snuggling up to his new friend like a pup to his mother.


When Cheech was tired, he would climb into the puppy’s box and cuddle, sharing the heating blanket.


To Cheech, he was “his” puppy and best friend.


You have GOT to be kidding me [cross-eyed head tilt], Holly F. Photos may be by Kimberly J, we’re not sure…

[ooh ooh, lookit who popped up in the comments! the original story!]

#8 Cutest Photo of 2011:
Ladies and Gentlemen, The Cutest Kitten in the World.

For your Caturday pleasure, this is an encore Presentayshe of Meme, originally posted April 2008.

There are really no sufficient words to accurately describe the proshness you are about to witness. Rest-assured the Japanese [shaking fist to sky] beat us AGAIN on this one. This time with the delectable dollop named “Memebon”

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See a LOT more of Memebon, her family and tons of merch over at Memebon.jp ;)

#7 Cutest Photo of 2011:
Release the Dweebs!

OBOY OBOY HERE I GO HYUP HYUP LEMMIE ATTEM HERP DERP


HUFFA PUFFA WAIT FER ME CHUFFA CHUFFA WHEEZE


BLARRFLE NARFLE FLAPPITY-FLAFFLE MARGLE PLEARF BLAP


Submitterated by Mischa M. More poise and grace here.

#6 Cutest Photo of 2011:
Plankittening

Kitten Planking! IT’S THE NEW OWLING! TEAPOTTING!

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Elizabeth V., you are a TRENDSETTER

#5 Cutest Photo of 2011:
The Tiniest Snorfer

(…is also the tiniest hoofer, schnozzle and ear flaps coincidentally.)


You absolutely must click to see the other shot of this piglet by whisker snaps photo.

#4 Cutest Photo of 2011:
THIS JUST IN: Pug wearing Pug Slippères

Redonk. Scroll down for proshness:


Sender-Inner Megan B. likes things in triplicate to be safe. Photo by Wombatarama.

#3 Cutest Photo of 2011:
Baby ferret dreams of changing THE WORLD!

One day, [dreamily] ferrets won’t be seen just as furry knee socks with eyes, or hammock-dwelling, mischievous ne’er do-wells!

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No! [shifts anerable feets] we ferrets will stand up and — Mmm, delicious blankie — lead other Pocket Pets by example!

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No more shoe stealing, constant cat swiping or hiding under bed covers surprising humans when they least expect eet! —Yawn—

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That day will come, Claire. It will.

#2 Cutest Photo of 2011:
Ladies and Gentlemen, the best pet Halloween costume of all time.

For the record:
1. Yes, I am biased because I have (and adore) Italian Greyhounds
2. Yes, I am biased because I love Star Wars
3. Yes, I am biased because I appreciate my local “inspiration” for AT-ATs

Still, you cannot deny this remains the best Halloween pet costume you’ve seen since “Croc Munches Pup


Inspiring work, Katie M.! Pup “Bones” has a FaceBook page, natch.

#1 Cutest photo of 2011:
How to Pick Up a Baby Red Panda in 5 Easy Steps

Step 1: Locate Cub. Snorf cub neck to determine if said cub is indeed the correct cub that needs a pickin’ (up.)

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Step 2: Brace self with nearby log (or chair leg) for support

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Step 3:  Grip cub firmly with patented Double-Wrap-Around-Huggular-Neck-Chomp-n-Claw™ motion!

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Step 4: If cub grip loosens, perform extra snarfing action at nape of neck

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Step 5: Finally, carry cub around like you own the place!

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Oh and, try not to swing the baby to and fro, it’s bad form.

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Cuteporter Sarah A. discovered these gems by RomeoOliverPool.

So there you have it, the Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2011. We hope your mind is sufficiently blown. Our Stat-o-meter™ will register it, you cannot hide!

Don’t miss the older (but in no way better!) Top Tens!
Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2010
Top Ten Cutest Videos of 2010
Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2009
I can’t for the life of me find 2008! Anyone in the comments let me know!
Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2007

Holiday pupcakes are almost done

Der teh der. Will juuuuust take a moment.

Ding! Tanguera, they’re…ready?

Plankittening 2

Sender-Inner Julie R. *just* caught her kitten planking on dee cowsche:


At least this kitten has skills…


At least she’s better at it that *these* hoodlums!

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