Rule of Cuteness #15: Disproportionate ratio between relative ear to head size

Let’s just make this rule official and stop messing around. This guy is totally otterlicious—note teeny webbing in hands.

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This is "Snowdrop" the otter, from the Dartmoor Wildlife Park in Devon, UK. He needs 120CCs of milk STAT!

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Thanks for the tip, Lyssa B.!

// AMENDMENT! Due to the Great Jerboa Conflict of December ’07, rule #15 has been amended to include OVERSIZED ears as well as small ears. This amendment shall be named The "Burton-Oakes Corollary." Thanks to Rule-Amendment Sender-Inner Kim B-O. //

Rule of Cuteness #14: If an everyday, small item makes you look small, it’s cute

Would you just look at the size of that green Post-It® note next to this kittens’ litter box?

Now, look at the Post-Its® on your desk—now look at the kitten. Repeat!

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Rule of Cuteness #13: “Juicy” eyes and noses

…are instantly cute. I submit to you; “Chicken” the Pomeranian. A delightful little fellow, who travels by purse, and delights everyone he meets with his 5 pounds of energetic fluff. He’s the perfect example of a wet nose and eyes. You can almost hear him as he’s whisked away—”Listen, I’ve had it with the close-ups—this show is over!”Chicken_1[Click the image to see the glisten!]Chicken2Thank you, Mary and Daveeda!

Rule of Cuteness #12: Floppy Limbs are Cute

If there’s one thing I know, it’s everybody loves a friendly, floppy, fuzzy limb. We just want to reach out and grab it for some reason. Why do we do that? It may relate to Rule of Cuteness #2; look helpless. Does a floppy limb look ‘helpless’ and need ‘support’? Who knows.DuoLike, check out this floppage from Laura Richmond’s family hamster and “Porkchop’s” lil’ tail from Jen Mulson:
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Rule#11: A cute animal + food = even cuter

Alertly point out by photographer extraordinaire Kora Manheimer The bunny "Oolong" has earned his spot on the Internet by balancing dessert items on his head.

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Please also see my new favorite site photo, submitted by Lora Singleton, of a Daschund puppy in a bun.

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And let’s not forget that we must bow down to the Japanese in every category [Japanese national anthem playing in background] For their brilliant kittens and puppies as sushi and desserts sent in by Rae Wescott:

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Rule of Cuteness #10: If you haven’t grown into your feet yet, it’s cute.

This bunnilicious photo of “Elliott” was found on Flickr, by a Heather W.

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Rule of Cuteness #9: Piles of a cute thing jack up a cuteness rating exponentially

Exhibit A, People!

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piles of kudos to Sarah Serata ;)

Rule of Cuteness #8: You’re cute if your furniture doubles as a meal

Mmm, delicious recliner… This Frodo-Footed hamster, (obviously his BHF is “Baruchito”) alertly submitted by Heng Joo Seng. Heng Joo, you outdid yourself.

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Rule of Cuteness #7: A thing, accompanied by a smaller version of that thing, is always cute

This rule could also be called the Japanese rule of cuteness. Japanese characters are always accompanied by a little friend that helps them along, provides humor on demand, etc. AKA the Paris Hilton rule.
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Props to The Australian Embassy!

Rule of Cuteness #6: Mimic Humans

This image covers many cuteness factors; multiple animals, looking helpless (it would be fun to turn the water on) and mimicking humans. Humans love it! I mean, half of America’s Funniest Home videos is based on animals mimicking humans (the only two things better is suddenly scared people falling down or a surprise hit to the groin).

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