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Jun 26, 2006

Ear buds

This little dude's ears are gonna blossom. Can you imagine him with two flowers, one on either side of his head? Don't even get me started on the whisker puff.


Ran M. from Israel writes he took this photo in the Galapagos islands—WHERE CUTENESS HAS EVOLVED!

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and his freakin' nose is heart shaped! definite redonk.

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 07:43 AM

omg so cuteeeeeeeeee

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 07:43 AM

And he's wearing makeup to make his ginormous beautiful brown eyes even bigger! Oh the irresistibleness of heeeeeeee!

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 07:44 AM

Aaaah so cute! cute cute cute!

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 07:46 AM

Looks like Mr. Hydrodynamic has been into the chocolate stash. Naughty sweet tooth.

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 07:50 AM

squeeee the cuteness

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 08:05 AM

Squeeee! ia right!! Soooo so so so so cute! And you can tell by looking at his eyes that he's smiling. :3

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 08:09 AM

Yeah, he's cute, but I bet he's got really bad breath.

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 08:16 AM

*Gives a Seal of Approval*

What? Someone had to do it!

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 08:20 AM

First I thought, "Oh no, what happened to his eye? And is that a worm coming out of his ear?"

Then: "I want to pet him."

Deckard Canine
 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 08:22 AM

I think I have died and gone to cute heaven!

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 08:24 AM

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeek! Another moist nosicle!

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 08:25 AM

I used to wear my eye make-up that way.

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 08:32 AM

aw man somebody already posted this but... i love his nose, its a little heart ♥

and plus, hes smiling at you, see? hes all like please adore my cuteness, i'll give a cute puff cheek smile ☻

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 08:34 AM

What is it???????? Does it have legs?

Foamy boy
 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 08:43 AM

What is it about seals?.... They just scream give me hugs and love me.... and the face... the please love me face.... oy!

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 08:45 AM

I believe this is a sea lion, rather than a seal, because of the external ears.

Aside, I saw a little nest of three 11-day-old gray and white kittens at "my" boxcar cat feral colony this weekend. They looked like little sea lions. (Kicked myself for not getting a photo. BTW Theo - uploading photos will have to wait till later this week - I'm off to Montreal for a couple of days.)

Laurie C
 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 08:49 AM

OK. Fine. I've updated the Glossary.

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 08:59 AM

LC -- we'll wait. Have fun in Montreal.

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 09:00 AM

"Fun" - not a word I would use to describe collective bargaining. Sadly, not a pleasure trip.

Laurie C
 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 09:05 AM

Well then, here's hoping that you'll at least be able to take breaks & check in on Teh Qte™ while you're out in the field.

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 09:10 AM

Foamy - no, they don't have legs. When seals are born their flippers have not developed, and they move across the rocks powered purely by Cute. Darwin first observed this on his expedition to the Galapagos Island on HMS Beagle, and developed a formula based on Newton's First Law, which is that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. It works roughly like this:
The animal's absolute value of cute, multiplied by the mass in kilograms, divided by the relative local value of skwee (expressed as a percentage) determines the velocity of the animal over any given surface expressed in metres per second.

In this instance:
Absolute value: 9
Mass: 50
Local value of skwee: 87

So (9x50)/87 = 5.17, so he can move at 5 mps. If you put him in an environment with a higher local value of skwee (a petting zoo, for example, or a basket full of fuzzy kittens), the skwee field would be much stronger, and thus he would move more slowly, although his maximum speed would never be lower than 4.5 mps on account of the mass to absolute cuteness ratio. However, as he grows older his absolute value of cute declines, while his mass increases, so a fully grown adult seal would be able to move more quickly even through a strong skwee field.

Sadly Darwin's research into this was put on hold while he worked on The Origin of Species (where keen-eyed readers will notice that he barely touches upon the subject of Cute, so as not to wreck sales of the later book), and his notes on the subject have only recently come to light. The Fellows of the Royal Society of Cuteologists (a secret society to which Darwin belonged) are currently working on publishing this new book. Order early for Christmas.

Tony James
 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 09:12 AM

TJ -- I've found the perfect Cuteologist's lab coat for you. What shipping address should I use?

(it's humor, of course... don't post real address, of course...)

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 09:16 AM

T-oh - great idea, except there is a strict dress code at the Society, so we are restricted to plain white lab coats. However, being the fun-loving group of people that we are, we have our Society names silk-screened on the backs fo our coats. One of my colleagues is from Motor City, so he has "The Poit from Detroit" on his coat, while our head of research hails from Ireland, and is thus referred to as The Ballymorgle Snorgle. Given that I am currently on secondment to the New York office, I delight in the soubriquet Manhattan Trans-Fur (apologies to our younger readers who may not get the reference).

Tony James
 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 09:38 AM

I want to stroke the smooth head!!

A Fine Morsel
 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 09:44 AM

You are indeed a master. Kudos from the CO para-admin-at-large; I am not worthy.
[bows down a la "Wayne's World"]

- The Overload on the Road

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 09:56 AM

Theo - where are the pictures of the new addition to the family? Wewannaseedakitty!!!!

Tony James
 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 10:09 AM

WOOK AT DHAT FAAACE! Hello-o-o-o, HANDsome!!!!

Absotively, Posilutely the cutest face I've seen today!!!!

Thank you Ran M. for sharing. (~:

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 10:10 AM

they have cute seals in La Jolla. Not sure they compete with this one tho :)

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 10:39 AM

TJ -- erm... maybe you're thinking of someone else? Still 2 cats and one rabbit here; no new kitters.

We *will* be doing kitten fostering, but that hasn't started just yet. Resident cats are all caught up on their shots now, though (finally).

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 10:42 AM

Tony James - You were already Da Man, now are you ElDorado Caddy? (Love that group.)

Laurie C., I feel your pain. My last CB finished up three months ago and the *contract expires at the end of July*, we're already doin' it all over again. I can quote the damn thing. Sigh. This is why I'm addicted to CO - I Needs the Cute!!!!

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 10:53 AM

Oh my gosh, I think I just had a heart attack! Look at those shiny bulbous eyes!

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 10:54 AM

Oohh, such soulful eyes. (Shiny, bulbous, and yet soulful!!)

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 10:55 AM

squeak, my last negotiations (of the stone dungeon frigid caucus room) was only relieved by coming back to the hotel in the evening, firing up the laptop and diving into CO. Aaaaaaah.

Laurie C
 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 11:02 AM

Theo - almost a month has passed since you brought us up to date with the alterations to The Manor to accomodate the new FosterFuzz. Are you expecting the jury to believe that since then there has not been the shuffleshufflethumperthumperthumperswiiiiiiiiishCRASH of new kitten paws in your home? M'lud, I put it to the court that the defendant has wilfully and maliciously concealed the presence of the FosterFuzz from the other members of this forum in order to have sole snorgling rights, in direct contravention of Article 5, paragraph 17, of the Common Skwee and Snorglage Act of 1927, wherein it clearly states that "Theo will upload pictures of the FosterFuzz RIGHT NOW." Wewannaseedakitty!!!!!!!

Tony James
 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 11:09 AM

court concurs.

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 11:38 AM

Uh Mah Gah! I want to SNORGLE this adorable baby! I can't believe Ran was able to get so close to her! I lurf her.

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 11:39 AM

[sound of gavel rapping in box of unused kitty litter]

The court will adjourn until 0900. (whenever that is...)

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 11:50 AM

TJ...I wanna be on the jury! :)

BTW...this picture brought me back to my pre-teen years when I went to South Dakota with my family for vacation. Went to an aquarium somewhere out near Rapid City, and you could take your picture with a seal/sea lion. I was a little shy, but the sea lion actually took his flipper and put it around my shoulders! LOL Like we were buds or something. Anyway...great shot here. Totally cute!

Jan Spencer
 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 11:51 AM

Do y'all honestly think I'd *withhold* kitten pix from Cute Overload???

[raises right forepaw, places left upon Glossary]
If I had 'em, YOU'D have 'em. Stheriously.

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 12:13 PM

Can't decide who I love more, Theo or Tony James. Humor poured over cute is irresistable.

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 12:20 PM

Hmmm...alright, Theo, we'll accept your defence. But we're releasing you on your own cognisance, so as soon as there are kittenpix we expect them to be delivered to the Clerk of the Court's office within 24 hours.

Tony James
 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 12:22 PM

Yes, here be a sea lion. It's lovely seeing them around the Channel Islands out here. In fact, there is a WEALTH of cute in the ocean: wee fishies, otters, sea lions, fat harbor seals and wonderful dolphins. Jaypo, I will now rip the gavel out of your hands and demand a recess so we can find some dolphins. They are too happy-making.

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 12:48 PM

Wait a minute... the which-what Act, of *when*?? [mini-scowl]

(And check it out, TJ... we're teh SHIZZ, d00d!)

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 12:59 PM

Another phenomena that would gross out people but not in animals: lack of neck.

The lack of neck just adds to the cutey power!

The Guy Over There
 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 01:08 PM

d00d, we iz da shizz - but we already be knowin' dat. F'shizzle, m'tizzle.

Tony James
 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 01:28 PM

I'm kinda partial to the heart shaped nose myself. And ear buds!!

Marshmelococoa [Heidi]
 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 02:26 PM

In the cuteness justice system, Theo is represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the kitten police, who investigate accusations of keeping photos-in-the-fist; and the cattorneys, who prosecute the flooffenders. Who also wannaseedakitty. These are their stories.

 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 02:26 PM


 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 02:30 PM

LOL @ Aubrey - you slay me, man!

Tony James
 |  Jun 26, 2006 at 02:47 PM

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