Donate to the Spelling Bee and Get A Cheez Journal!

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Hi Burgers,

We’re just days away from our first ever comedy Spelling Bee! We hope any Seattle Burgers will join us this Thursday evening at the Showbox SODO at 6pm for an evening of laughs at the expense of ten Seattle celebs and community influencers. If you’re in, head here to buy tickets, a delicious Marination Station meal is included!

We’re also making one final push for donations to each of our spellers. We would love to throw in a little bonus gift for donations, so if you donate $10 or more, we’ll send you a handy dandy, super technologically advanced, official-as-can-be Cheezburger notebook!

Check it out!
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I know, it’s awesome, try not to freak out.

Even though you didn’t ask for it, I’m going write a haiku in every notebook. Don’t worry, they’ll be terrible.

I’ll keep track of anyone that donates, but feel free to leave a comment here if you donate anything. On Thursday I’ll get email addresses from people and get addresses to send out your thank you gift.

Before I go, if you don’t know who to donate to, please consider donating to my main KOMO weatherman, Seth Wayne, he’s a good dude with probably the toughest job in Seattle.

All proceeds go to Powerful Schools to help Seattle kids get a better education!

Thanks everyone!
Cheezburger

 

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A Little Baseball Anyone?

Hi Burgers,

I don’t have a Featured User this week, but last night marked a monumental moment in baseball history, so let’s just dedicate today’s post to Mike, long time blog commenter, member of the Cheez World Cup Team and self proclaimed baseball fan.

Say what you will about the New York Yankees, the team’s legendary and freshly retired captain, Derek Jeter, delivered a Hollywood ending to a storied career last night with a walk off single to fend off the Baltimore Orioles.

No way. Who writes the script for these kinds of moments? Even if you’re not a fan, you have to enjoy that. It’s good to see some sports news that doesn’t involve legal transgressions of some kind.

In other baseball news, the Mariners won their first game in the last six, leaving Seattle residents clinging to the hope that they will make the post season for the first time since 2013. This is exciting because the seats at M’s games at the beginning of the year looked like this..

Look at that, so few fans the players don’t even have to play. Just having dance-offs. Or possibly fending off bees?

These days the stadium looks a little more lively.

There’s literally lightning every night, that’s how excited people are. Maybe the flashes are what caused the five game losing streak.

Any other baseball fans out there? How’s your team doing?

Cheers,
Cheezburger

 

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Be Prepared!

Hi Burgers,

September is Disaster Preparedness Month which obviously extends to our furry family members too! The ASPCA is working to get the word out about keeping your little monsters safe if catastrophe should strike. Head to the ASPCA site to check out a thorough plan for your pets.

The good people at ASPCA were also kind enough to create a couple these new fangled memes (pronounced mémé, I believe) for us to share. Feel free to use them and spread the word.

Have any of you experienced a pet emergency during a disaster? Any tips?

Cheers,
Cheezburger

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Read A Banned Book

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Hi Burgers,

If you didn’t know, and I didn’t until this morning, we’re halfway through Banned Books Week. Celebrate your freedom to read whatever fascinating, illuminating, controversial, titillating (that’s right!) piece of writing you darn well please!

This list contains the 10 most challenged titles from 2013. Captain Underpants has topped it for a couple of years, which is understandable considering all of our young children have now shed their dungarees for a life of anarchy.

1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence

2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit

7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

What do you guys think of this list? Seems like there are a lot of ‘unsuited to age group’s in there. Are you reading a controversial book and subverting the man? What is it, I want to read it too!

Cheers,
Cheezburger

 

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Before You Do Anything, Gif-Together

Hi Burgers,

It’s almost October, which means I need to start thinking about how I want to embarrass my dogs this year on Halloween.

Sorry dudes.

What’s new with you guys?

“I Decided to Colorize Banana Head (Freddie Mercury)”

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I think more people need to join in on these GIF Togethers.

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This one is for you Mike. The more beer you have, the more dangerous a baseball game becomes.

Anybody have any others?

I’m acting as fashion police around the old watering hole.

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Cleaning out the cupboards

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I ate the whole cake, hopefully no one will notice.
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Sea Otters And Mythbusters

Hi Burgers,

It’s a busy day around here.

Today is Sea Otter Awareness Week! While we all know sea otters are awesome, You might not know that they’re helping to fight climate change! The good people at Take Part have the scoop!

In celebration of these hand holding eco-heroes, we want you to caption this photo! Click and use our builder to add your best caption before 12pm PT Friday, 9/26. The top entries will be published by Saturday morning for you to vote and decide whose was the best!

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Even if you don’t enter your own submission, click here to see all the captioned submissions.

By the way, if your more of a fan of captioning marsupials, stay tuned for another contest this Wednesday (9/24).

We also have some Mythbusting going on in the ICHC community today. There are plenty of explosions happening, but they’re scientific, so it’s fine. Check out the myths that have been tested so far and feel free to submit any others.

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Cheers,
Cheezburger

 

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The Meowfia Has Feline-Ethnobiologist’s Back

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Hi Burgers,

This week’s Featured User is doing important work. Feline-ethnobiologist is helping to bridge the gap between cats and their humans. Daunting? Sure. Terrifying at times? Absolutely. The head bonks make it worth it though and with the Meowfia on her side, Feline-ethnobiologist has made a powerful ally.

We’d love to hear the story behind your username!
I used “catlady” on other websites, so cheezburger needed something more specialized. “feline-ethnobiologist” explains that I observe what cats do, study why they do things, and interpret what it means to us hoomins, as best I can.

Seems like I’ve been observing and interpreting cat “language” for my whole life (48 years). But I don’t claim to be an expert. When observing them, I wonder, “Where is the line between house cat and wild predator?” Also, “Can we hoomins make assumptions about certain groups of cats – such as whether most tuxedo cats have sudden mood swings, or whether most tabby cats are especially good hunters?” Body posture and movements are key; for example, cats seem to express thoughts with their ear positions, and feelings with their tail movements.

How long have you been a member of the Cheezburger community and what made you want to join?
I registered in October of 2011. Remember Grumpy Cat’s snarky holiday cards?

Before cheezburger, friends would visit me and ask, “Didn’t you say there are 5 cats here? We don’t see any.” So I took photos of the cats to prove they exist. Under each photo I made a comment about it. Then my friend said, “Go to cheezburger. You can caption your photos.”

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We’re Having A Spelling Bee!

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Hi Burgers,

Can your cat spell better than you? If so, then you’re good to go and need not read further. If not, you might want to check out our Spelling Bee.

First, let me give you the details. Cheezburger is teaming up with the non profit Powerful Schools to throw the very first Celebrity-Tech-Community Spelling BEE! The event will take place October 2 at the Showbox SODO in downtown Seattle. All proceeds and donations to the event and the individual spellers go directly to Powerful Schools and their mission to reduce the academic achievement gap by creating strong partnerships with public schools to help children thrive.

The BEE itself will be run by The creators of Broadway’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee! These hilarious veteran improvisors will put our spelling acumen to the test while providing you with non-stop laughter, suspense and obscure vocabulary! There’s nothing better than obscure vocabulary.

This should be an awesome time for a good cause. Tofu and myself will be there representing the Cheezburger community and of course handing out swag. If you’re a Seattle Burger or are going to be in the area, we’d love to see you! Each ticket comes with dinner from Marination Station (so good)! You can buy tickets here.

Whether or not you can go to the event, if you want to support the cause please donate to our individual spellers! Every dollar counts and as spellers raise money they unlock various cheats so they can keep playing even if they can’t spell ‘esquamulose’. The spellers consist of various Seattleites in the social spotlight including our local KOMO weather man Seth Wayne (Donate to him!) and Will Braden, the human behind everyone’s favorite cat in an existential crisis, Henri. Check out the full list of spellers here.

Thanks for your support everyone and we hope to see you there. It would be awesome if you’d consider sharing this with your friends too. If anyone has questions about the event, let me know in the comments.

Cheers,
Cheezburger

 

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Happy National Cheezburger Day!

Furrgetmenot, we salute you!
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Hi Burgers,

Fact: Cheezburgers fuel the cats that fuel the Internet.

In celebration of this important holiday and because you all probably have the day off, we’ve hidden 5 Cheezburgers throughout various images on Lolcats, I Has A Hotdog and Animal Capshuns. They’ll be posted throughout the day. See if you can track them all down.

Is there any real reason for this? Absolutely not, but you are welcome to come back here and gloat about your investigative prowess when you find all the burgs.

Cheers,
Cheezburger

As far as I know, Toolbee and Chris10a are the first ones in. Looks like Toolbee is suggesting a Cheezburger in paradise to celebrate?

 

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Are You Going To Cat-Con?

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Hi Burgers,

What are you up to on the weekend of June 6-7 next year? No plans? Thought so. If you’re going to be in the Los Angeles area consider making a pilgrimage to one of the greatest gatherings of crazy (and not so crazy, if you prefer) cat people the world has seen.

Cat-Con LA is essentially like Comic Con for cat people. I’m thinking it’s going to be like Cheezburger IRL, which is awesome!

Our founder Ben Huh will be attending and talking at the conference as well as many other fat cats of the Internet Famous feline world. Lil Bub and his dude Mike Bridavsky and Will Braden, the man behind the feline philospher, ‘Henri Le Chat Noir’ are among the many allies of the cat tribe that will also be attending. In addition to celeb appearances, more than 150 exhibitors will showcase their cat-centric wares, all of which will be for sale to the public. It’s going to be an all around good time.

There will be more info posted as the date nears. There isn’t much to see now, but you can keep the Cat Con LA site bookmarked, as it will be the place for updates.

Cheers,
Cheezburger

 

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