An enigmatic cartoon

Several people have sent me the following cartoon, and I’ve seen it on Facebook. I just got sent it again, and I’m not quite sure what it means. Please explain below. I suspect there are several reasons why people may find it funny, but until I understand it, I’m baffled:

58 Comments

  1. BobTerrace
    Posted September 30, 2017 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    I have no clue

    • jeffery
      Posted September 30, 2017 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

      It’s obviously, “Cat-o-lic”!

  2. Sabine
    Posted September 30, 2017 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    I think the photo suggests that the religion is worshipping the standing cat. I would be interested as well πŸ˜‰

  3. Posted September 30, 2017 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Priest cat blesses you.

  4. Posted September 30, 2017 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    I, for one, worship our bipedal feline overlords

  5. Posted September 30, 2017 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Sub

  6. Posted September 30, 2017 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    First it struck me as Sukkot, waving fronds. Then I thought it might be a visual pun: cats under wheat/grain/rye. I can’t finish it, but playing with the image might yield something. Katz NY would be closed today. Maybe a clue there, and a reference to rye bread.

    David E. Powers, Ph.D.
    dpowersdoc@gmail.com

    • Posted September 30, 2017 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

      Unfortunately, no palm fronds in the picture, nor any grains. The cat is attacking some ornamental grass inflorescence.

      • eric
        Posted September 30, 2017 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

        Yes the cat is actually attacking the stalks. But like David Powers, I was reminded of some sort of Egyptian-style theology where there’s cat diety in then center of the picture with slaves fanning him/her/it with big grass thingys.

        TutanCatmun. πŸ™‚

        • infiniteimprobabilit
          Posted September 30, 2017 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

          TutanCatmun?

          Nice! 😎

          cr

      • Posted September 30, 2017 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

        I thought too that the intention is to convey palm fronds. As in the Bible when palm branches were waved at Jesus upon his entry into Jerusalem.

  7. Garry VanGelderen
    Posted September 30, 2017 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    The cat-cher in the Rye ??

  8. Craw
    Posted September 30, 2017 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    If it’s good enough for cats it’s good enough for me. But there is something that feels Egyptian about the picture I cannot quite put my finger on.

  9. Posted September 30, 2017 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Once upon a time, a guy with the cat toy wrote a phone message to a friend, whether they want to join his religion. The friend, now curious, ask what religion and sees the cat picture send to him. β€œI’m interested.” the friend replies, interested in worshipping cats, too. THE END.

  10. Posted September 30, 2017 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    The cat says: Bless(er) you! (excuse my French).

  11. FB
    Posted September 30, 2017 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Palm Sunday

    On Palm Sunday, we celebrate the first joy of the season, as we celebrate Our Lord’s triumphant entrance into Jerusalem

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted September 30, 2017 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

      That was my take. Should be riding on an ass, though.

      • FB
        Posted September 30, 2017 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, but that’d be more like Shrek 2.

    • Gregory Kusnick
      Posted September 30, 2017 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

      Looks more pagan than Christian to me.

  12. Jenny Haniver
    Posted September 30, 2017 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    It seems suggestive of some sort of worshiping, but I don’t get it. Just for the fun of it, I searched for info regarding cats and grain, came up with nothing specifically relevant to this image, but did find this Wiki on cultural depictions of cats https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_depictions_of_cats, which has a bunch of interesting info and lore, including tails/tales about the cats of Jesus and Mo.

    Mo’s cat was aptly named Muezza (though I’m sure it’d be blasphemous to name a cat Muezza today — would imply that the call to prayer is nothing but caterwauling; yet one would simply be imitating the Prophet. “The most famous story about Muezza recounts how the call to prayer was given, and as Muhammad went to put on one of his robes, he found his cat sleeping on one of the sleeves. Instead of disturbing the cat he cut off the sleeve and let him sleep.” I bet neither ISIS nor Linda Sarsour would approve of that.

    “A similar legend states that when Jesus Christ was born, he would not stop crying no matter what anyone did, and what finally calmed him was when a tabby cat jumped into the manger, and its purring lulled him to sleep. The Virgin Mary petted the cat in gratitude, and the “M” on the forehead of the tabby cat is for her name.”

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted September 30, 2017 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

      Did a Google Image search for tabby cats and now I see the “M”. Never noticed it before.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted September 30, 2017 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

      Cats and grain? I think there’s a long traditional association. The cats were welcome around granaries and mills because they kept the mice down.

      cr

  13. Ken Phelps
    Posted September 30, 2017 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think it requires too much over-intellectualizing. It’s just a caption contrived as an excuse to share a picture of a cat looking like a tent preacher.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted September 30, 2017 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

      Spot on, I’d say.

    • Gregory Kusnick
      Posted September 30, 2017 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

      Agreed. It was meant to be a picture of a cat being teased with a stalk of grain, that happened to come out looking like a cat invoking the blessing of the harvest god.

      • Posted October 1, 2017 at 7:42 am | Permalink

        Great, leave it to the internet to create a religion based on a picture too grainy to interpret. This will only lead to sectarian strife in which people’s felines will get hurt.

    • Posted September 30, 2017 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

      Yes.

    • Posted September 30, 2017 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

      After all, it *is* from “Shitheadsteve.”

  14. Posted September 30, 2017 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    I could explain it to you, but then I’d have to kill you…
    (no, seriously, I’m baffled, though it seems a bit cat-holic πŸ˜‰

  15. dogugotw
    Posted September 30, 2017 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    All religions have trappings that identify thar religion.
    All religions are made up.
    This religion identified by bats swatting at wheat interest this person.
    The religion based on cockroaches driving tiny trains interests some other subset of humanity.

  16. Edward
    Posted September 30, 2017 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    I found this but I’m somewhat confused.

    http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/whats-your-religion

  17. CassidyHarley
    Posted September 30, 2017 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    It`s just a really odd meme. Pictures can be different, phrases “what`s your religion” and “I`m interested” stay the same.

  18. Randy schenck
    Posted September 30, 2017 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Whatever it means can easily be ignored by Hitchen’s Razor.

  19. BJ
    Posted September 30, 2017 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    I think it’s pretty clear. It’s not referring to any specific religion, it’s just that the cat looks like he’s either blessing an audience or demonstrating some sort of holiness. The plant coming from the side of the frame is suggestive of some sort of ritual.

    The second I saw it I guffawed because that’s exactly what it looks like: some kind of worshiping ritual in which the cat is either high priest or the one being worshiped.

  20. Posted September 30, 2017 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Bast post ever.

    /@

  21. Posted September 30, 2017 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

  22. Sastra
    Posted September 30, 2017 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    The β€œreligion β€œ apparently involves a bizarre, cult-like worship service having to do with standing cats and palm leaves. Someone looked at the photo and thought it resembled something ritualistic and ecstatic (pagan corn worship? Palm Sunday?) The joke would probably work with any strange-looking photo β€” an old lady happily eating ice cream on a tricycle while wearing a beanie hat and oversized sunglasses, say.

    Come to think of it, I’d join that one.

  23. Posted September 30, 2017 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    And Jesus-Cat said “worship me, meow.”

  24. Posted September 30, 2017 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    It appears to be something Japanese, and if it relates to a meme of the Japanese culture then it’s no surprise that it doesn’t make sense to us Westerners. Try a Google search for this:

    かしこ みか しこみ 猫

    (I have no idea what that says.)

    Highlight it, right-click it, and click on “Search Google.” Then switch to Google Images.

    • Serendipitydawg
      Posted September 30, 2017 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

      It says, “Kakoshi Mikake cat” according to Google translate.

      I am no wiser πŸ™‚

  25. Posted September 30, 2017 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    I remain baffled by all religion – perhaps that is the point?

  26. Kelcey BURMAN
    Posted September 30, 2017 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Clearly to a logical rational mind all religious practices are incomprehensible and noensical and since this picture it totally baffling it therefore must be a religous practice. That is if a=b and b=c then a=c. Simple

  27. Posted September 30, 2017 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    Perhaps people sent it to you because you have such a love/infatuation with cats. We always had cats as a child, and I have to say that I find them rather attractive creatures, but in Australia (where I now live) and New Zealand (where I was brought up) feral cats are a huge problem, decimating the wildlife. This has altered completely my attitude towards domestic felids.

    • BJ
      Posted September 30, 2017 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

      I thought it’s sheep that people from New Zealand find attractive…

      πŸ˜‰

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted September 30, 2017 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

        Disgruntled Aussie punter (after yet another New Zealand horse has won the Melbourne Cup):
        Why do those damn Kiwi horses run so fast?
        A: They’ve seen what happened to the sheep.

        cr

  28. Eric D
    Posted September 30, 2017 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    For the same reason this is funny:

    (I’d join either religion)

    • mrclaw69
      Posted October 1, 2017 at 6:21 am | Permalink

      Viva il Puppa!

  29. Posted October 1, 2017 at 4:31 am | Permalink

    Speaking of cats…I have so many cats in home . I always carried them and sometimes my neighbors said that ” HEY! THE CAT MAN IS HERE AGAIN!”. And I just replied, “meowwkk meokkkw meowww”, and they laughed so much. πŸ˜€

  30. Roger
    Posted October 1, 2017 at 5:49 am | Permalink

    Maybe the person’s name is literally “Interested” but they forgot to capitalize their name and everyone thinks it’s hilarious that they forgot.

  31. George
    Posted October 1, 2017 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Is it the cat in the picture asking the other cat to join her cat religion? Or is the cat’s human asking another human to sign up for a cat cult?

    The former is funnier to me.

  32. Michael Waterhouse
    Posted October 1, 2017 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Isn’t as simple as cat on a cross rather than, Christ on a cross?

    • Michael Waterhouse
      Posted October 1, 2017 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

      Isn’t ‘it’ as as simple as, that is.

  33. Posted October 2, 2017 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    Way too much over thinking things here.

    It looks like a simple cat meme, and the religion is secondary: people love cats so much they’d think about joining any religion that was based on them.

  34. Posted October 25, 2017 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    No clue at all why that’s funny…!


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