Wednesday, September 02, 2009

ye olde LOLcats

The 19th century was an era of widespread invention and discovery, with significant developments in the understanding or manipulation of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, electricity, and LOLcats.

Who would have thought that search for the origins of the LOLcat would lead us to the site of an olde English public house in the depths of leafy Hampshire?

The picture here of the sign for the former Red Lion pub, in the high street of the small Hampshire town where i live, clearly shows the Lion (biggest of the big cats) bearing a standard with the initials LOL emblazoned on it.

19th Century geeks could be heard muttering 'I can haz gout-burger' as they fiddled with clockwork gyroscopes and guzzled mead in the back room while formulating plans for the industrial revolution and contemplating Antoine-Jean Gros' 'Napoleon Visiting the Plague Victims of Jaffa'.

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