Funny Guinea Pig Photos & Cavy Memes - LOL Guinea Pigs (lolguineapigs)
LOL Guinea Pigs (or lolguineapigs) are a spinoff of LOL Cats (Laugh Out Loud Cats) – those famous photos of cats on the internet which have funny captions on them. You might remember lolcats as early as the 1990s, when they first started being shared on email and social media.
Often lolcats have slang in them, but the most interesting ones have an original message on the photo that everyone can relate to, usually anthropomorphic, which is the attribution of human characteristics to animals.
There are some lolguineapigs already out there, but the slang doesn’t suit many people, most of all guinea pig lovers. An example might be “See dis? Iz my paw. Nao u canz talk to it”.
As a guinea pig owner myself, these lolguineapigs are certainly not what I’d want to share with my friends, because they’re not cute or witty, and are lacking the adorable anthropomorphic personalities often bestowed upon pet piggies. In this hub, I’ve created some new, more suitable lolguineapigs for general public use.
Feel free to share and enjoy!
Lolguineapigs should not be confused with lolpiggies, though guinea pigs are often referred to as “piggies” by their owners.
If you perform a Google search for “lolpiggies”, you will find mostly pig and piglet images, with a few guinea pigs thrown in for good measure.
The Origin Of Lolcats
Lolcats are photos of cats with funny text captions on them. Originally the text captions were grammatically incorrect and were often a type of “lolspeak” or “kitty pidgin” slang, intended to be funny or witty, though occasionally interpreted as angry, violent or degrading.
They were designed for social media, sharing, forums and other applications, to make social conversation more visual and interesting. Many were used as email updates or status updates, allowing sharers to make visual statements about how they were feeling at a particular moment.
Eventually, lolcats started having proper English put on them and became more attractive to a mainstream audience, dropping the angry ghetto slang to promote wit, humour and office jokes.
Lolcats that don’t contain cats, but might have other animals in them are often called “lols” or "lolpics", but I feel that each genre of animals is entitled to be lolsomething, just like the cats. It would sure make them easier to identify as a species in a Google search!
At the time of writing, there are only a few searches you can make to find lolguineapigs in Google. They are “lolguineapigs”, "funny guinea pig photos", "funny cavy photos" and “lolcavies”. There are not many lolguineapigs on the internet yet, but I've been collecting some on my Pinterest board.
Did You Know?
The word “meme” was first introduced in 1976 by biologist Richard Dawkins, who formed the word from the Greek “mimema” (meaning “something imitated”). Dawkins described memes as social or cultural ideas which travel quickly from person to person.
Lolanimals & Memes
There are lots of other lolanimals on the web, including loldogs, lolrabbits, lolbears and even lolsloths. Since the lolcats became popular, the idea has transcended species, and now includes funny animal antics or weird animal photos with captions on them.
Just as a side note, lolpics are also known as memes, which are popular images, videos, text or other media that are copied and spread rapidly from person to person, often with anthropomorphic or genuine human characteristics, antics or messages.
There are thousands of other types of memes on the internet besides lol ones – an example might be selfies, where one person did it and it became popular and suddenly everyone was doing selfies.
Memes spread best through social networks, blogs, forums, emails and websites. They may belong to different internet cultures and subcultures. Memes are a kind of DIY internet thing; you see something you like and put your own personal stamp on it and then share it with family and friends to create your own.
If you want to see hundreds of interesting lol memes, a Google image search of “memes” will bring up quite a lot to look at!
In this hub, I’ve tried to create cute and funny guinea pig memes that would be attractive to guinea pig owners. As mentioned before, we’re not really a ghetto slang type of group, because we’re into cuteness, cuddles and the joy of petting little furry animals.
Do you think LOL pics play an important part in cultural identity and human evolution?
Memes In Evolution
Memetics is a discipline which provides a way to study evolution by cultural information transfer (eg memes). An idea or concept which belongs to one or more people can be transferred to the entire human race.
For example, a meme can be spread virally on the internet, causing tens of thousands of people to view it, absorb it and potentially share, copy or imitate it. The more popular a meme is, the quicker it is passed on to larger audiences, becoming a distinctive cultural icon, like lolcats.
If we were to trace the history of lolcats since they first appeared to what they are today, we can see many patterns in the imitations. For example, we can see that the lolcats that express human emotions in an interesting way that everyone can relate to, tend to be shared and duplicated faster than ones that don’t.
Thus the popular lolcats that are shared the most tend to reflect the desires of the majority and can be noted as being of cultural significance.
Memes are just one of many cultural concepts developing on the internet, but it is interesting to watch history in the making by looking at what is shared most!
Thank you for taking the time to look at my lolguineapigs. Feel free to use these on articles and websites, as long as the photo attribution (on the photo) remains intact. If you have an idea you’d like made into a lolguineapig, leave a comment here and if it’s a cracker, I will endeavour to make it up for you!
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