Memes are now leaping off the internet and arriving on telephone poles. At least, that's what happened with this latest “Missing Cat” poster.
There’s nothing more upsetting than a missing cat poster. Walking down the street and seeing a telephone pole covered in lost bundles of furry joy never ceases to bring a tear to our collective eyes. But this latest missing cat poster is designed to bring something else: a laugh.
Spotted in Minneapolis was a missing cat poster that married dad jokes to memes and then stapled the finished product to a telephone pole. The results were unexpectedly hilarious.
This is up on a telephone pole in south Minneapolis and I am dissolved in laughter: pic.twitter.com/zW0SBZ2ghq— LionessElise (@LionessElise) June 15, 2018
At the top of the poster is the usual question, “Have you seen this cat?” However, the picture given is a bizarre close-up of a cat’s face that really wouldn’t help anyone track it down in real life unless they managed to get up close and personal with the snaggle-toothed puss.
Instead of a phone number on the tags at the bottom is the simple and obvious statement, “I have now.”
We have no idea who put up the missing cat poster, but we do know that it was spotted by Elise Matthesen, 57, who then promptly posted it on her Twitter account. It soon went viral, gaining over 10,000 retweets and almost 40,000 likes since last Thursday.
“I stopped to look at it – we’re pretty good at helping lost cats and dogs and chickens get back to their people around here – and when I realized what it said, I laughed out loud,” she told the Associated Free Press.
“It has been a pretty stressful week around here so I needed the laugh.”
Minneapolis is well known as a pet-loving urban center, so it seems likely that this poster could offend at least someone who has either lost a cat or knows someone who has lost one. But luckily, Elise’s part of town seems to be pretty laid back about the whole thing. “This neighborhood has a reasonably quirky sense of humor, so the flyer fits right in,” she said.
“As long as a joke isn’t about hurting somebody, we’re generally on the side of amusement.”
One must also consider the general tone of the joke and its proximity to Father’s Day. You can almost certainly bet that this is a dad joke intended to get a few local father’s chuckling in honor of their special day!
This is also not the first time a meme has found its way to a telephone pole. One Twitter user replied with this Lionel Richie joke to the missing cat poster.
This was on a telephone pole near me pic.twitter.com/OFfRKRcgAG— Ms. Jones (@xxMz_Jonesxx) June 15, 2018