"If you listen real close, you can hear the interwebs laughing at you"
Ever wonder why the interwebs are overpopulated with cats? Salon took a stab at explaining it with "The Internet is made of kittens." (Thanks to Chris for noticing this article in the first place.) My take-aways: (1) we find cats to be both funny and poignant; (2) we love to anthropomorphize our feline friends; and (3) videos of cats are cheaper to make than porn. Read it for yourself.
More thoughts on why we love lolcats. Hint: it has to do with pathos and the tragedy of the human condition. And number (2), above. [And likely numbers (1) and (3) as well.]
Control-a-Cat (not to be confused with Confuse-a-Cat)
I saw this first at moderncat; it's available from ThinkGeek and Perpetual Kid, where the Control-a-Cat Remote is described like this:
* Point remote at subject
* Push any button on the remote
* Hope for the best
No batteries required... powered by positive thinking! 8 out of 10 owners said their cats ignored it.