Where Memes Really Come From

Though history will probably remember Richard Dawkins as the activist who spearheaded a new atheist movement, there is something far more famous and important that he invented — and few people know it. He is the guy who first popularized the idea of the meme, way back in the 1970s. That's right. Dawkins is indirectly… » 1/23/13 1:58pm 1/23/13 1:58pm

Even in the 1870s, humans were obsessed with ridiculous photos of cats

If you think the notion to slap cutesy epigrams on top of photographs of kittens originated with the internet, think again. Deranged cat pictures have been around since the early days of photography. Once humans got their hands on cameras, the dignity of the domesticated feline was forever doomed. » 4/09/12 11:15am 4/09/12 11:15am

The people behind LOLcats create a science fiction meme site. LOL...…

Are you ready for LOLTrek and LOLWars? I Can Has Cheezburger launched a new site, Set Phasers to LOL, the other day. So far, it's pretty slow going, although I did like the Maury Povich/Game of Thrones mash-up and a few others. If you've been looking for a place to post your funny captions on pictures of Captain Picard … » 11/17/11 12:55pm 11/17/11 12:55pm

Nevermind the Lolcats Here's Cthulhu

The only kinds of kittens we've really referred to here at io9 have been War Kittens, although there was a Laser Kittens entry that popped up during our Terminator photo contest, and we told you about Sex Kittens Go To College. However, as cute as they are, we've been dying for a meme to replace the lolcatz that have… » 3/06/08 8:40am 3/06/08 8:40am