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The Internet uncovers the ancestors of LOLcats

The LOLcats’ great-great-great-grandparents. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress)

Before there were LOLcats, perhaps there were GUFFAWcats. Yes, it seems history has always had a soft spot for silly pictures of little furry things that meow. Plus, check out items on Liam Neeson, light beer and more in this weekend edition of Blog Log, your window into what’s going on online.

“After gazing upon the vintage ‘meme,’ we can’t help but wonder if an affinity for funny felines is the thread that’s holding humanity together.” — blogger at philosophizes about a 1915 book called “The Little Folks of Animal Land” by Harry Whittier Frees. The book compiles photographs of small pets — mostly kittens — dressed up like humans doing human things, such as celebrating a birthday, working out and operating a cannon. Because obviously.

“This is one of those near-perfect, peeled-onion, airplane-hijacking thrillers in which each removed layer brings you closer to a single, happy tear.” — Wesley Morris at lauds “Non-Stop,” which stars Liam Neeson as a federal air marshal, who must stop an on-board killer. “This is Agatha Christie doing the nasty with Alfred Hitchcock,” Morris writes. Perhaps one must see it to believe it.

“I know it’s still freezing out, but dignity demands that we put away the mayonnaise hot toddies and the pulled pork stouts…” — Will Gordon  at advocates getting in shape for spring by switching to light beer, so he ranked 24 of them. Bud Light Lime landed at the bottom of the list, and Molson Canadian Light earned the top spot. What do you think is the best light beer? Tweet us @WaPoExpress or leave a comment below.

“Now I have an excuse for why it took so long to lose my virginity.” — commenter leftocracy at reacts to an infographic that illustrates the habits of those with high IQs. Besides being avid readers and critical thinkers, those with high IQs are less likely to lose their virginity in their teenage years.

“Now if only I could write a 223-Page Novel In Just 77 Minutes…” — commenter ianeassonrogerscom at wishes he could write a novel as fast as some people can read one with the aid of Spritz, a speed-reading technology that works by reducing the amount of time your eyes spend moving around the page. But to rush through a 223-page novel, you’ll need to practice — to cover it in just over an hour, you’ll have to Spritz through it at 1,000 words per minute. According to Spritz, the average reading speed is 220 words per minute.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.



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