Nyan Cat

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Nyan Cat is a moving image on the internet which became famous. It has a cat with a Pop-Tart (a type of food) for a body flying through space, with colorful lines behind it. There is also a song that you can hear when watching the moving image. Nyan Cat was the 5th most watched video on YouTube, the place that has the video, in the year 2011.[1]

Origin[change | edit source]

Animated GIF[change | edit source]

On April 2, 2011, a person named Christopher Torres put the moving picture, without the song, on his place in the internet. The place is called LOL-comics, and the picture is still there.[2] Torres was making pictures, and two different people wanted him to make a cat and a piece of food. He combined the two to make a picture, and then made it a moving picture a few days later.[3]

The Song[change | edit source]

The song was made in Japan and put onto the internet.

YouTube video[change | edit source]

Someone on the internet who called herself "saraj00n" [4] put the moving picture together with the song and put it onto the internet on April 5, 2011. saraj00n called it "Nyan Cat". Torres wanted the cat to be called "Pop Tart Cat", but because of saraj00n now it's called "Nyan Cat".[5]

Popularity[change | edit source]

The original moving picture that saraj00n put onto the internet was seen 90,000,000 times as of January 1,  2013 (2013 -01-01). It's very well known, so other people made their own Nyan Cats. People made songs for their phones, pictures for computers, and progress bars.[6] There are also things for iPhones,[7] Android phones, [8] Windows Phones,[9] and HP webOS.[10] There is also a game about Nyan Cat called "Nyan Cat Adventure".[11] Nyan Cat was in ninth place in a contest for best moving picture on the internet in 2011 by Business Insider. [12]

References[change | edit source]

  1. "Talking Twin Babies, Nyan Cat among YouTube's top videos of 2011". Los Angeles Times. December 20, 2011. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/12/talking-twin-babies-nyan-cat-and-friday-top-youtubes-most-watched-videos-of-2011.html. Retrieved December 20, 2011.
  2. "Pop Tart / Nyan Cat! by prguitarman on LOL-comics, April 2, 2011.". http://www.prguitarman.com/index.php?id=348. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  3. "From Meme To Memory: RIP Marty, Nyan Cat's Inspiration". petslady.com. November 2, 2012. http://petslady.com/articles/meme_memory_rip_marty_nyan_cats_inspiration_59757. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
  4. "Profiles in Geekdom: Chris Torres, Creator of Nyan Cat". PCWorld. February 4, 2012. http://www.pcworld.com/article/249299/profiles_in_geekdom_chris_torres_creator_of_nyan_cat.html. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  5. "POP Profile: The Guy Behind The Viral Phenomenon "Nyan Cat"". Pop goes the Week. April 19, 2011. http://popgoestheweek.com/2011/04/pop-profile-the-brains-behind-the-viral-phenomenon-nyan-cat/. Retrieved October 28, 2011.
  6. Brandrick, Chris (2011-07-13). "Nyan Cat Invades Windows 7, Dances Along Progress Bars". PCWorld. http://www.pcworld.com/article/235674/nyan_cat_invades_windows_7_dances_along_progress_bars.html. Retrieved 2011-09-22.
  7. Dredge, Stuart (May 14, 2011). "Apps rush: Nutkin, Nyan Cat and more". The Guardian (London). http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/appsblog/2011/may/13/apps-rush-thomas-friends-squirrel-nutkin. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  8. "Galactic Nyan Cat for Android". https://market.android.com/details?id=com.chasinglemons.galacticnyancat. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  9. "Nyan Cat strays into the Marketplace". wpcentral.com. http://www.wpcentral.com/nyan-cat-strays-marketplace. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  10. "Nyan Cat for HP webOS". Developer.palm.com. http://developer.palm.com/appredirect/?packageid=com.taytabbb.nyan&applicationid=9147. Retrieved 2011-07-04.
  11. "Nyan Cat Adventure (Xbox 360 – Indie Game) Review". thegamerplex.com. http://thegamerplex.com/temp/nyan-cat-adventure-xbox-360-indie-game-review/. Retrieved December 21, 2011.
  12. "Top viral videos of April: What's A "Nyan Cat"?". May 3, 2011. http://www.businessinsider.com/top-viral-videos-of-april-2011-5. Retrieved November 13, 2011.

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