Site of the week: enjoy caps-lock laughs with Animals Talking in All Caps
Animals Talking in All Caps capitalizes (pun intended) on the well-known fact that people find pictures of animals amusing, especially when captions are involved. Make the captions all caps and vaguely pop culture-based and the blunt force of humor is increased.
Begun in July 2011 by a self-described lonely twenty-something alcoholic, ATIAC has since accrued quite the dedicated following of animal lovers, comedy nerds, and media junkies alike. Although you might associate a certain kind of goofy humor ala the BBC Walk on the Wild Side series with anything animal + anecdote-based, this tumblr has a more complex and caustic take on the internet culture’s animal obsession. While some posts match the image with the caption perfectly, others get their comedic effect from the absurd and arbitrary pairings—like one featuring an Alaskan king crab that isn’t gay, but would definitely hook up with Anderson Cooper, or a wolf with an internet addiction.
What perhaps began as one insomniac Google image searcher’s pastime has become a successful satire of run-of-the-mill scenarios made mockable by ridiculous-looking animals. With at least once-daily updates, the blog’s archives are now extensive, ranging from adorable baby hedgehogs suffering from hangovers to dolphins sassing their roommates about the cable bill. No matter the human concern, ATIAC has found an animal to make it laughable and a capital letter one-liner to ground it in pop culture references, from Carey Mulligan look-alikes to the best Applebee’s appetizers.
Hey, if you don’t like a good Ikea joke, at least you get a silly animal pic out of the deal.