Canada!

Hi Burgers,

I spent the weekend in lovely Vancouver, Canada. It was fantastic! I even learned new things, mostly because I was confused by some subtle differences between the USA and our (truly) friendly neighbo(u)rs to the north. For example, the city is full of stoplights that blink when they are green. Why?! Because these stoplights only turn red if a pedestrian hits the walk sign. You win Canada.
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Also, if you’re heading to Whistler, a lot of the roadsigns have town names in English and in Squamish.
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Apparently that ’7′ represents a glottal stop in the word (like the stop in ‘uh-oh’). Thank you Google for being the collective human brain because that was driving me crazy.

We visited the Vancouver Aquarium, which does not capture any cetaceans or marine mammals from the wild unless it’s for rescue purposes, rehabilitates and releases around 100 marine mammals into the wild every year.

That deserves a seal slap.

Go to Canada everyone, it will make you happy.

Cheers,
Cheezburger

Before I go, this is how Canadians are born.

Right Canadians?

 

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Become An Anselmbeliever

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Hi Burgers,

Hailing from the home of the latest World Cup champions (he claims he’s not a fan, but I’ll bet he’s wearing his jersey right now), Anselm is a natural born Internet entertainer. From IRL agnosticism to spam and lobster thermidor, this interview is just top notch. Maybe we can get him to do an opinion column on the blog?

We’d love to hear the story behind your username!
Oh that is great. I can start with a really silly one. It is just my first name followed by the first two letters of my last name. You may call me Anselm if you like.
And it is just my email address without the domain part. (I may need to change that now)


How long have you been a member of the Cheezburger community and what made you want to join?
Since Tuesday. Do you remember that quote from Jerry Maguire? The one that Cuba Gooding Jr. made? I would like to recite it my way: SHOW! ME! THE! LOLS!
BTW: That was Tuesday the ninth of march in 2010 at 08:50h (+0100h). I still have that confirmation email.

What do you look for in a Cheez friend, and what’s the best way to make a new friend?
Ahh, this one is simple. Anybody that likes the same stuff as I do is more than welcomed. I’ve only had to say goodbye to one person so far. He was flooding my space with brony stuff. Don’t get me wrong. Some of that stuff is funny even for a non-brony. But it was just too much. Long story short: What I like in the Cheezburger Community is that people don’t shove up your face what they are all about. Like if you’re a vegan. That’s cool for you. But you don’t mind me eating this juicy looking steak, do you? Nobody gives a fuss about it. Not like in many other communities.

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What is your favorite site on Cheezburger and why?
I like to start the day with icanhas for a good laugh about some funny animals. Especially cats. Then I head over to señor gif (That is with a hard G like in “give” if you’re from around my place), Some school of fail, monday2friday, comix, memebase, Win!, Hotdog, After12, Art-of-Trolling, FailBlog, ROFLRAZZI, Parenting (I’m a father to a 12 year old girl), poorlydressed, SiFi, Dating and the Daily What. Other that I look for some nice new messages like from my dear friend Annie (Hello Annie, Huhu!!! Can you see me? I’m on the internets!!!). After that I’ll just cruise around and see what others liked. If I still have some time. The first part takes at least two hours a day …

What is it about Cheezburger that makes you happy?
I can express what I think is funny and what I would like to share. And it amazes me that there are people out there, all over the world, against all boundaries and borders that like the same silly stuff. And we all can meet here.

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Tell us something super interesting about yourself—an embarrassing story, a quirky habit, something that will make us laugh!
I don’t know. I may need to call someone. Do I still have the telephone joker?
Hmm, okay. Something embarrassing? There is a picture of myself (Hint: with Headphones) in my stuff.

(I looked, but I couldn’t find it. Come on Anselm, let’s have it).

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If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Cheezburgers?
You mean like stranded on an island and only fish? That reminds my of something:
Egg and bacon

Egg, sausage and bacon

Egg and Spam

Egg, bacon and Spam

Egg, bacon, sausage and Spam

Spam, bacon, sausage and Spam

Spam, egg, Spam, Spam, bacon and Spam

Spam, Spam, Spam, egg and Spam

Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, baked beans, Spam, Spam, Spam and Spam

Lobster Thermidor aux crevettes with a Mornay sauce, garnished with truffle pâté, brandy and a fried egg on top, and Spam.

I’ll guess Cheezeburgers are better than Spam. So I’ll have them, please.

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If you could create a new feature for Cheezburger members to use on our sites what would it be, and why do we need it?
O Boy, I would bring the Collectibles back. Those were fun days.
(I’m still missing all of the “Sketchy Bunnies”)

What else do you like to do when you’re not on the Internet?
You mean like IRL? That is a trick question, isn’t it? Oh boy, you almost had me there.
You know I am an IRL-Agnostic. I won’t believe in the Real Life until somehow, something or some omnipotent being proves to me that such a thing exists.

Where do you often find inspiration for your LOLs?
In Pop Culture, the media, reading the news … But the best ones are from watching people.

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Do you have any favorite vacation spots? Is there somewhere you’ve never been that you’d like to go?
It’s that trick question again, hmm. Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me, you can’t get fooled again..

If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
Change them to Euros as quick as I can. You know, the economy and stuff.
(You mad?)

Do you have any animal companions, or have you had any in the past? What is special about them?
Of course I have.
“Oh look, Daddy brought you two sweet little white mice. Take good care of them little Anselm.” “I will Mommy!” … “Mommy look, I was so good to them they brought some little friends.”
(My father was assured in the pet shop that those were two female rats)
“Mommy look, the little ones can crawl out of the cage”
Soon, the rats were never to be seen again.
Next try was a Hamster … (Has anybody seen the Hamster?)

Sometime later my Dad brought a cat. My Mother didn’t wanted it so “they” gave it to my Grandma. She took the feeding very seriously. Boy, buy a saddle and take a ride around the town.

Some very long time later my brother brought two cats, siblings, home with him. They were nice to each other when they were young and so sweet to look at. Vito and Campiona.
My Brother left them in good family tradition with my mother and went on with his life. Later, my Mother gave Vito away cause both couldn’t be held in one house together anymore without constantly fighting.

And the young couple that lived in my house were kind enough to take Campiona. Since Campiona knew me much longer she spent lots of time in my place. And all was happy till one day Campiona didn’t come home anymore …

After that I had my Ex’s cat only for two weeks. Just to give him some rest. He was old and “the new kid in town” at my Ex’s place was giving him a hard time. RIP Chopin.
When I think about how many pets have been buried in my garden. I must come to think of that pet cemetery film.

You mentioned your posts sometimes might offend some users. What have you found is the biggest difference between American and European senses of humor?
I don’t think that Europeans laugh about different stuff then Americans. It’s like I said: It looks to me that Americans are easily offended by stuff that we Europeans just don’t care about. Like nudity. Come on. Really? Is it embarrassing to you to see a mother giving her baby the breast in public or on TV? If you don’t want to see it, don’t look at it … It is a natural thing. Or you can’t say f*ck (sorry Anselm, but this proves your point, I guess) on TV. They even blur your lips. From a European Point of View that is just so overreacting. It is okay to see dead people on the news but so help me god if I see one nipple or someone tries to curse I’ll come down on you with furious anger …

And then you have cable-TV-shows like GOTS with all its sex and violence. I call that double-standards.

I know that in Europe a lot of stuff is going wrong. And you might shake your head about stuff I don’t even recognize because it has always been part of my life. But in the age of the Internet the world is getting smaller. I was born in 1970 and have seen the early days of global communications in the 80′s with telephone-dial-in Bulletin Board Systems and Z-Modem file-transfer-protocol to download stuff at 14.4kbit a second. I’ve been around …
And I would like to hear about that stuff you Americans, or other people around the world shake your heads about over us.

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You’re clearly a pro Internetter. Do you have any favorite sites that you like to scour for content to share with the community?

Cheezburger: Let me see your browser history.

AnselmBe: You don’t need to see his browser history.

Cheezburger: We don’t need to see his browser history.

AnselmBe: These aren’t the lols you’re looking for.

Cheezburger: These aren’t the lols we’re looking for.

AnselmBe: He can go about his business.

Cheezburger: You can go about your business.

AnselmBe: Move along.

Cheezburger: Move along… move along.

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I have to ask, are you a soccer fan? If so, or even if not, how have things been in your part of the country since Germany brought home the Cup? Did you get in on the celebrations?
I had nothing to do with this and I am utterly sorry for BRAZIL. Are you mad? I mean, come on? Haven’t you seen this? I hate those Nazi Memes cause that was a bitter dark piece of my folks history but haven’t you seen this Blitzkrieg?
Vier Sterne Hey Ho!!! 1954! 1974! 1990! 2014!!!
No sorry, I’m not a fan of soccer. Just a little patriotic when it comes to such events. Hey, who wouldn’t.

So these are all the questions you had? I think I left you fair and square with no better view on my person like you had before.

Come on, I’m just getting warm. Ask away …

(That was fun, at least for me)

I had fun too, so that makes two of us. Thanks for the great interview Anselm!

Have a great weekend everyone.

Cheers,
Cheezburger

 

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Check Out Our New Video Page!

Hi Burgers,

Sometimes a gif isn’t quite enough, so we’re happy to introduce Cheezburger TV! This new video page will feature videos from all of our main sites, as well as several categories. Find what you want, press play and enjoy!

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New videos will queue up below the player. Each video’s comments will be displayed below the queue as the video plays.

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You can find the Video page near the middle of the blue navigation bar. Hover over the video icon to see all of the categories and site channels.

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Let us know what you think. The player is still in beta, so if you see any bugs, drop us a line at contactus@cheezburger.com

Don’t feel guilty, just keep watching videos.

Cheers,
Cheezburger

 

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Today Is Batman Day!

Hi Burgers,

July 23rd is Batman Day, so here you go.
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My pup Henry is the Dark Knight’s best friend, sorry Robin.

Fear the shadows evildoers!

I know what you’re thinking, and yes I am actually working. This is a very important piece of postmodern-popculture-magical-photorealism…

Even with the mask off he kinda looks like Batman. Can anyone do a better job Dark Knighting Henry?
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Tentoes2‘s take on Bat Dog is a little less frightening.
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Cheers,
Cheezburger

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There’s Still Time To Gif-Together

Hi Burgers,

Even if you’re busy getting ready to save the animals with the Internet, it’s important to take a moment and catch up.

I’m going to Canada this weekend and am trying to quell my Seattle passive aggressiveness for some excessive friendliness.

Canada is just like this, right?

What’s new with you guys?

“Eating Some Carrot Cake, with Raspberries.”

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“Just got back from vacation, tired out.”

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“Oh Nothin’…Just Eatin’ The Mornin’ Paper.”

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“Still feeling dizzy from the IV sedation I had for my gastroscopy appointment last Thursday ^_^;”

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“Found a new song for the piano, and this is pretty much my progress on it right now.”

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Cheers,
Cheezburger
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We Can Save The Animals!

Hi Burgers,

Update: The Q&A on Facebook was a success! Ben and Geof had lots of great questions. Here are a couple of highlights.

Q: How can ‘Mobile’ help save the animals? What opportunities do we have with mobile impacting the environment?

Geof: beyond mobiel the real issue will be wearables and the internet of things. take google glass – whats our vision for the role that can play in our conservation work. one of the topics that gets talked about alot is “citizen science”. how to deputize large #’s of consumers to monitor some activity, police a landscape or ecosystem that important to animal protection.

Ben: I for example use the Seafood Watch app that helps me decide what fish to avoid (at risk) and what is safe to eat (not overfished). This is a small, but practical example. Mobile is about action as people are out and about and able to make things like phone calls (remember that, people?). For example, we can push mobile alerts when congress is debating an environmental bill and ask people to press one button which helps them connect with their representatives.

Q: Ben, have you ever worked with a charitable organization to make an impact? how did it go?

Ben: Yes, several times. We’ve worked with various shelters in Seattle, SF, and NYC for our #icanhasuberkittens media event last year and raised almost $15,000 for the shelters. We had more than 75 media outlets cover the event as we delivered kitten for short visits to offices. We’ve worked with Internet advocacy orgs, we’ve worked with zoos, etc. It’s a powerful mechanism for companies like us to keep diversifying our content and reach out to new audiences and make existing ones feel good.

Q: I’m interested in the connection between online and offline (the real world). Can you both share your thoughts on how social channels and humor can be used to motivate action, connection, and behavior change offline?

Ben: To build positive relationships, you have to create several positive touchpoints over a long period of time. One giant nice act vs. small kind acts over a long term, the small acts win, according to social research. Brands and social must behave the same way. Imparting small, emotionally positive engagements via social improve the brand image. Then it’s time to call for action once you’ve built that relationship. Too soon and you break trust.

Geof: humor is key. inconvenient truth was great, but only reached some portion of the audience. consumers want message of hope, and the movement has been very dour. we also need to think of different messengers to carry our story. programs like this q and a are a good first step in the right direction. i would also like to see more pro enviro messaging infused into pop culture entertainment i.e. TV, that then could be used to drive debates on social media.

Q: how can the internet help people living around protected areas to realize ways that they can benefit and help convserve wildlife?

Geof: great question. its all about storytelling. we tend to get too deep in the science and not tell more relatable stories. we have to tell more deeply emotional stories about the benefit of these local areas, and what happens if they degrade.

Geof: hey Ben, buddy. what’s the weirdest animal thats been featured on your site?

Ben: This is pretty awesome: Teeth Cleaning Fish, but humans, by far are the weirdest.

There lots more questions on the Nature Conservancy’s Facebook page. Head over to check out the full Q&A, just look for the post with Ben and Geof’s picture.

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The Internet is a tool of ultimate power! Too much? Maybe, but considering all of the ways it brings people together, maybe not. In that vein, our own Ben Huh is going to sit down with Geof Rochester from The Nature Conservancy for a Facebook Q&A on the topic of how the Internet can save the animals.

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Please be sure to spread the word and then head to the Nature Conservancy Facebook page on Wednesday July 23 to discuss how each one of us can help.

I know this topic is near and dear to many of our hearts in the Cheezburger community, so I hope to “see” you all there.

Think how proud your cat will be…

And how rare that is.

Cheers,
Cheezburger

 

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Could You Be An E-Athlete?

Hi Burgers,

On my way to work I sometimes pass through the Seattle Center, home of the Space Needle and several other Seattle landmarks, and today the whole area was jam packed with e-sports fans gathered to watch the final match of The International Dota 2 Tournament.

If you’ve never heard of it, DoTA 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena video game released by Valve Games and The International is a tournament between the best teams in the world.
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This tournament drew a crowd of 17,000 people to Seattle, selling out the Bernaroya Hall in 90 minutes, and the grand prize is a solid $5,000,000! You can win $21,000 just for getting 14th place. It’s like a golf tournament. ESPN even jumped on the e-sports bandwagon and the whole thing is being televised on ESPN2 and online. You can check out the final match here.
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There you have it, the spotlight is yours gamers, no need to threaten your ACLs and MCLs in your quest for competitive glory and wealth, though carpel tunnel syndrome is now a very real e-athlete threat.

I wonder if e-sports are about take their rightful place in the sporting world. I better download DoTA 2 for “research” purposes.

Cheers,
Cheezburger

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It’s Pronounced Chech, Not Cheech Or Czech

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Hi Burgers,

This week’s Featured User is a veteran, an award winning novelist and a world traveling candid kitty photographer. Chech1965 has walked with lions in Africa, trekked through a volcano crater and tried to extract money from a very particular Russian ATM, but I’ll let her tell the story.

We’d love to hear the story behind your username!
When I was young, there was a little boy in our neighourhood would couldn’t pronounce my first name (Lesleyanne) so he started calling me Chech. I have no idea how he came up with that. I have four older brothers and they latched onto it like big brothers would and it has stuck. Even my nephew calls me that (which was a problem in customs once when the officer asked him what my name was and he said Chech).

One thing I notice is that people who see the word on a page like to pronounce it Cheech as in Cheech and Chong or Czech as in a citizen of the Czech Republic. It’s actually pronounced Chech as in Chechnya, the Russian republic.

How long have you been a member of the Cheezburger community and what made you want to join?
I joined in January 2008. I remember laughing hysterically at some captioned cat pictures someone had sent to me and I wanted to see more, so I found my way to ICHC. It was so new, I was able to read all the LOLCats front pagers going back to day one. My ribs still hurt.

What do you look for in a Cheez friend, and what’s the best way to make a new friend?
I think I gravitate to other cat lovers, but will friend anyone who likes animals…including dogs! Like some others, I’m a tad shy, but I love making new friends all over the world. I actually didn’t have my first Cheez friend until the fall of 2008. I had noticed other Cheez peeps had dozens of friends, so feeling a little left out, I made a lol saying I had no friends and I got snowed under by friend requests from a lot of wonderful Cheez peeps.

What is your favorite site on Cheezburger and why?
Without question, it’s LOLCats. I pretty well spend ninety-nine point elebenty per cent of my time there. I pop into the other animal sites from time to time and make the odd non-cat lol but I’ve never really loitered far from the cats. For me, no other animal has such a range of expressions. They can go from head-exploding cute to pure zombie evil.

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We Need Your Help!

Hi Seattle Burgers!

We are currently hard at work here at Cheez HQ redesigning our mobile app and we want to know what you think with some face to face feedback.

We’re looking for volunteers who are willing to come into our Seattle office (in Lower Queen Anne) to test out some of our mobile products.

If interested, please email contactus@cheezburger.com with your availability over the next two weeks (7/21-8/1) during the hours of 10am-4pm, Monday-Friday.

See you soon IRL! Thank you for your time!

Cheers,
Cheezburger

We need all the help we can get.

 

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Cheezburger Won Because Of Sylviag

Hi Burgers,

Let’s go back to the Internet World Cup tournament that we recently won for a second. What was the key to victory? Tenacity? Skill? The lack of other teams to play? Sure, these things all played a role. However, the real secret to success was Catorade. Specifically, the Catorade distributing skills of our very own Sylviag, otherwise known as the “Gatorade Gurrl!

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She can actually hear dehydration. Before you even know that a molecule of moisture has evaporated from the tip of your nose, she’s there with her trusty Happy Cat adorned bottle of magical Catorade. You’re welcome.

Thanks Sylviag, we owe it all to you.

Cheers,
Cheezburger

 

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