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Jan 04, 2006

Rule of Cuteness #12: Fuzz + floppy limbs are cute

If there's one thing I know, it's everybody loves a friendly, floppy, fuzzy limb. We just want to reach out and grab it for some reason. Why do we do that? It may relate to Rule of Cuteness #2; look helpless. Does a floppy limb look 'helpless' and need 'support'? Who knows.


Like, check out this floppage from Laura Richmond's family hamster and "Porkchop's" lil' tail from Jen Mulson:


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Did you know you have two rule #11s?

Amanda Weeks
 |  Jan 04, 2006 at 05:27 PM

The hamster leg is a riot.

 |  Jan 04, 2006 at 05:45 PM

The New York Times ran an article today entitled The Cute Factor, which reports on scientific inquiry into exactly what constitutes "cute" -- that is, which features and behaviors are perceived as cute, and why.

See http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/03/science/03cute.html?oref=login

A. Collins
 |  Jan 04, 2006 at 06:02 PM

That pug-tail is just the cutest!

 |  Jan 04, 2006 at 07:00 PM

I like the pug tail too!

 |  Jan 04, 2006 at 08:20 PM

There have now been 3 pugs on this website and i am thrilled! Pugs are the epitome of cute!!

So are hamster babies! And penguins and...

 |  Jan 05, 2006 at 01:09 AM

Penguin cuties!

I only wish the 'be fuzzy' rule worked for me.


 |  Jan 05, 2006 at 07:56 AM

I would have circled his little paws clutching the shoe. TOO CUTE!!

 |  Jan 05, 2006 at 08:54 AM

That cute little hamster just looks like he got in from an all-night drinking binge!

 |  Jan 05, 2006 at 09:14 AM

Whenever one of my bunnies lies on their side with the hind legs draped outwards, I'm always compelled to grab a leg, or at least touch it. They hate that, but it's so cute!

My parents also used to have a dog who would lie at the top of the basement stairs and frequently his paws would dangle over the edge. Same thing - must touch paw...

 |  Jan 05, 2006 at 12:45 PM

These cute creatures are so very cute!!!!!!!!!!! I nearly fainted when I saw them. Could anything possibly be cuter?????!!!!

 |  Jan 05, 2006 at 02:44 PM

Baby penguins just turn me to mush. Never fails. Thank you--I can never see too many! :-)

 |  Jan 05, 2006 at 09:41 PM

I think they're all adorable! This is definitely the place to come when you need a sugar high! You know - I included this blog in my Friday Features segment - so feel free to stop by and check it out any time you like. Really, really fun place to visit!

The Fat Lady Sings
 |  Jan 05, 2006 at 10:11 PM

i have always loved hamster tails, they kill me.

 |  Jan 07, 2006 at 12:56 PM

i have a leg fetish too. i used to hold paws with my old kitty (who died, sniff sob) and sometimes when she was cleaning her bum i'd try to grab her leg that she stuck up in the air, is that mean?

 |  Jan 08, 2006 at 11:48 AM

What ramps up the cute factor with the pug photo (for me) is not so much the floppy tail but the apparent mis-match between the extra-large size of the pug's head and his wee widdle arms.

 |  Jan 11, 2006 at 04:35 AM

that is fluff

 |  Feb 04, 2006 at 05:25 PM


 |  Feb 20, 2006 at 06:39 PM

I love the puggy! It's sooo cute!!

 |  Feb 24, 2006 at 01:42 PM

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