Trumpy Cat T-Shirt: Successful t-shirt designs can often be about creating a mash of seemingly unrelated subjects. In this case, why not take two of the biggest pop culture icons of the times and mash them together?
Not following? Here’s a visual illustration of how it works:
Grumpy Cat + Donald Trump = Trumpy Cat
“There are two types of people in this world, and I don’t like them.” – Grumpy cat
“I’m not sure I have ever asked God’s forgiveness.” – Donald Trump
Ah hah, now I get it! Really, the two of them are pretty similar already. They both hate others, love attention, and have a pessimistic view of the world. (although Grumpy Cat’s view of Mexicans is still unknown)
Really it’s just a matter of giving Grumpy Cat a toupee, suit, and some eyebrows, and viola; “Trumpy Cat.”
Turns out that the same curiosity that cats show towards things that move or make noise probably also makes them afraid of something strange placed behind them while they are eating.
It’s probably a deep-seated survival instinct, and the cucumber represents a snake or predator sneaking up on them while they eat, but it’s funny!
Cats + Cucumbers = Funny
These cats would probably have the same reaction if other unknown objects were sneaked behind them, but something about cucumbers makes it funny.
It’s no doubt why the cats & cucumbers video has become an internet meme. Not sure who created the video, (it’s been seen over 5 million times!) but there’s also this t-shirt tribute, “CAT VS. CUCUMBER: Quit Scarin’ the Cat, OK?”
The Pope Is Dope – Just in time for the Pope’s visit to Philly came this “The Pope Is Dope” t-shirt design. Sure, there were a couple of crappy designs floating around already with that message, but this one actually looks good.
Unlike most Popes, Francis is a man of the people and truly deserves a dope, old school tribute like this. (I don’t think crusty old Pope Benedict inspired too many t-shirt designs)
I like the one with the retro-filter, but you can find shirts without the distressed look as well.
Who dat? Nate Silver is the New York Times prognosticator who used a knowledge of statistics and polling data to accurately forecast the 2012 election results with near perfection. He correctly predicted how all 50 states would vote, and came within a hair of calling the popular vote. And by doing so, spawned one of the funniest internet memes in a while: #DrunkNateSilver.
Along the same lines as the popular Chuck Norris Facts, #DrunkNateSilver tells the tale of Nate Silver’s superhuman skills of prediction while being a drunk ass-hat. Some of my favorites are:
• Drunk Nate Silver is riding the subway, telling strangers the day they will die.
• Drunk Nate Silver can guess your weight, in stones.
• Drunk Nate Silver looking at the Mayan calendar, shaking his head calmly, X’ing out Dec 21 and circling Dec 31.
• Drunk Nate Silver plays pi degrees of Kevin Bacon.
• Drunk Nate Silver predicted “Drunk Nate Silver” would become a meme two weeks ago.
We will see how quickly this burns out (it might already have!), but wearing this t-shirt could be a good conversation starter at a party. When trying to make a buck off t-shirts inspired by an internet meme, you have to strike while the iron is hot – because after next week I guarantee almost no one will know who Nate Silver is, and be forced to ask the question: “Who dat?”