Rule of Cuteness #27: “Chub”

OK, it's official, Peeps, a new Rule of Cuteness is the appearance of "chub" or small rolls underneath eyes. Another prime example of 'Chub' is shown here with this dachshund's pawsitude.

Chubbsters

Nice rolls, Rex! (And Sarah V.)

Possible new rule of cuteness?!

Meg: Settle down, People, there is a guest cuteologist here for a lecture, and he has some excellent observations to share with the class. Dr. Mike-in-Denver, please, go ahead. [open gesture to crowd]

Mike in Denver: [Clears throat] Um, yes, thank you, Dr. Frost. Let me start by saying that while perusing The Cute I have noticed a phenomenon that I think is worth suggesting for a possible canonization.

[students at edges of seats, hummingbirds buzzing overhead carrying notes]

Namely, sleepy eyes: the droopy lids, the unfocused expression, but mainly the overemphasized lower eyelid region. When prominent, this seems always to = cute (unless it's on, say, Brian Dennehy). I have attached a mashup of some good examples for your class to review.

Sleepyeyes

While this may be a subset of 'eye capsules' (as the two are often interlinked), it seems to function independently. It also seems that kittens, puppies, and other young'uns are best at this, but then, they're best at everything, I suppose.

Anyway, I thought I should go ahead and submit this to the CuteLab for analysis.

[students nod enthusiastically]

Meg: Thank you very much, Dr. Mike-in-Denver. Students, GET ANALYZIN'!

Rule of Cuteness #26: If you have 4 legs and can tuck yourself in, you’re cute

Sure, their might be some dirty laundry in this photo, but please try and focus. The point is that four-legged Phoebe can successfully tuck herself into bed, and dammit, that's adorable. Ruhmember when Rufus did that?

Tuckin

Good work, Phoebes. You too, Elisabeth D.!

Rule of Cuteness #25: Dangle your paw

The irresistable dangling paw. You must GRAB EET!

"Yams" and his flopping, dangling pawsitude is just too much!

Paw_dangler

Kim S., that's the cleanest kitty nose of all time.

Rule of Cuteness #24: Have suction cups on your hands

Yeah, yeah, I'm from the E.T. generation and that can only mean one thing: suction cuppage on ends of fingers is anerable. And this guy also wins the coveted Beadiest of Eyes trophy.

Lemur

"Mouse lemur" Googler Sarah A.—you could never disappoint us...

Rule #23 Knobby knees are cute

Rule #23, People! It's been a while since we've seen a new rule, and this is long overdue. Spindly lil' legs with knobby hocks are a must. Don't fight me on this!

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Little mobile fawn is from Heather C., the Seashepardess!

Rule of Cuteness #22: A Curled-up or tucked paw is cute

...and if your eyes match the carpet, BONUS!

Jiminysun

Other bonus features: head tilt, teeny tail, and I can hear the purring if I get really close to the screen... ;) Thanks Jiminy S.

Rule of Cuteness #21: Eye Capsules

OK, People, give this a chance here. Eye "capsules", as seen on the baby Wombat on the bottom photo, are cute.

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Sure, this wombat could rip your heart out with his nails faster than you could say 'shrimp on the—" but his eye capsules are still cute.

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Janet N. Blink Blink!

Rule of Cuteness #20 Show your paw pads!

...Especially if they're clean....

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Steve H. sent in Mika and and Charlie...

Rule of Cuteness #19: Dainty Paws Are Cute

First of all, this image comes from "HedgeHogCentral.com." It's the most brillo name ever. Home of the INTERNATIONAL HEDGEHOG ASSOCIATION, PEOPLE! Please look at this logo—it's a HedgeGlobe logo. Oop, I mean "IHA."

Next, let's all take a look at this month's winner of the "Hedgehog ofthe Month" contest; "Sable", also known as Miss March. Sable has themost prosh, teeny paws, and deserves a standing ovation. Absolutelyanerable.

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Especially her one limp paw. Too much. Thanks for sending in, E to the C!