[Nerd Laugh] The Science of Cute!

The Chicago Blog is reportin’ on the Science of Cute. They forgot a few of the rules of cuteness, but other than that, it’s a good report.

Margie T., you are a suuuuuuuper nerd, thank you

Rule of Cuteness #31: The “Stubbular” Stage is Cute

People, I realized that rule #31 and Rule #36 were like, identical (Someone in QA is soooo getting fired) So I am creating a NEW rule #31.

Rule of Cuteness #31; The ‘Stubbular” stage is cute. That means a young ani-pal with short, non-grown limbs or tails. Here’s what I mean:


Let’s get stubbular! stubbular! [sing in Olivia Newton John voice]

Rule of Cuteness #41: Exposing a vulnerable area is cute

In a similar vein as Rule #2: “Look Helpless”, Rule #41 is all about exposing a VULNERABLE AREA!

If said area is SQUEEZABUHL and/or soft, this it’s all over.


Thank you for modeling, Ben the kitteh and alert Sender-Inner Erin L.

Rule of Cuteness #40: Sleeping in a sunbeam is cute

Finding (and sleeping in) a sunbeam is cute.



Someone update Wikipedia C.O. Rules STAT, Susanna R.!

Crose ups

Ehn. [Eyes flutter closed and go back to sleepies]

Rule of Cuteness #39: Nuzzable mini-chests are cute

Sparky the teeneh Boston Terrier would like to show you his miniature, snorglable, slightly chub-rolled, soft-as-heck chest.

You may now go back to your regular work day.


Kevin T., Sparky is one cute lil’ mofo.

Rule of Cuteness #38: If you have a curved, plump belleh, it’s cute

You can put away your protractors People, [snort!] There is no need to double check my math—the curve on this kitteh’s belleh is perfect.

How do I know? [pushing up glasses] I got the sudden urge to smoosh my face into it [clapping hands in 'done!' motion]


Marlies W., yer email had TWO postable shots. I think we should send you a certificate.

Rule of Cuteness #37: If you tilt your head to a side, it’s cute

The Cuteness Level of this kitteh is "muy cute."

But watch, as the kitteh tilts his head to a side. INSTANT ADDITIONAL CUTE POINTS TAKING HER TO ‘MOOCHAS CUTE!!!"


Giuli, Yes. Yes, she is muy cute.

Rule of Cuteness #36: If your eyebrows go up in the center, it’s cute

Eyebrow raising is, pure and simple, instantly cute.

Eyebrow-raising PLUS a head-tilt PLUS a "Baroo?" sound is deadleh.


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Great find, Albert W.

Ladies and Gentlemanss, A SQUIRREL TONGUE!

People, ruhmember the day we found the photo that proved, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that ferrets have tongues? Well, we have reached another milestone.



* Whatever that means

Katharine B., WAY TO CAPTURE THIS ELUSIVE OBJECT! Nice paw-clasps, too. Also, from your note, this is the very same squirrel we posted earlier, non?

Rule of Cuteness #THIRTY FIVE (I can’t believe we’re on 35 already)

If you try and eat your own appendage, it’s cute. [insert Ron Jeremy joke here]

aRrrrng aRrrrng aRrrrng


Alexandra R. says this is Maverick, a beagle and ESTEEMED DAILY PUPPY. You must go see his other photos. You will dieeeee!