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USA: Internet Cat Video Festival far from cat-astrophe01:34

USA: Internet Cat Video Festival far from cat-astrophe

United States, Oakland
May 12, 2013 at 10:44 GMT +00:00 · Published

USA: Internet Cat Video Festival far from cat-astrophe

Internet cat videos, those irresistible short films responsible for countless hours wasted online, were the theme of the second annual Internet Cat Video Festival in Oakland on Saturday. Feline viral video stars including Grumpy, Dusty the Klepto Kitty and Lil Bub were on hand, as was hirsute movie star Mr. Bigglesworth from the 'Austin Powers' films. Several thousand people attended, many dressed as cats.

The festival began with cat-themed crafts for kids and adults, feline-inspired music, aerial dancers, and cats available for adoption. Booths selling cat merchandise such as art prints of cats dressed like the comic book superhero 'Iron Man' and $12 (€9.25) packets of organic catnip shaped life a marijuana leaf called 'Meowy Wowyy' offered festival-goers mementoes for themselves and the four-legged objects of their affection.

Later, the cat videos that served as the festival's namesake were screened in the side of the 10-story Great Wall of Oakland, a 30.5-metre (100-foot) tall projection installation. Proceeds from the $10 (€7.70) adult admission fee to the festival went to the East Bay SPCA, an organisation that works to eliminate animal cruelty.

Tensions rose when a man attempted to walk into the festival with a brown Beagle, despite warnings that dogs were strictly banned from the festival. He later left without incident, prompting a sigh of relief from felines in attendance.

Internet cat videos, photos and memes can be lucrative for cat owners. In January 2007, Eric Nakagawa and Kari Unebasami created the site 'I Can Has Cheezburger?' featuring images of cats with humorous captions. The site was sold nine months later for a reported $2 million (€1.54 million) and now receives about 500,000 hits per day, making it the 776th most popular Internet site according to web traffic monitor Alexa.

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USA: Internet Cat Video Festival far from cat-astrophe

Internet cat videos, those irresistible short films responsible for countless hours wasted online, were the theme of the second annual Internet Cat Video Festival in Oakland on Saturday. Feline viral video stars including Grumpy, Dusty the Klepto Kitty and Lil Bub were on hand, as was hirsute movie star Mr. Bigglesworth from the 'Austin Powers' films. Several thousand people attended, many dressed as cats.

The festival began with cat-themed crafts for kids and adults, feline-inspired music, aerial dancers, and cats available for adoption. Booths selling cat merchandise such as art prints of cats dressed like the comic book superhero 'Iron Man' and $12 (€9.25) packets of organic catnip shaped life a marijuana leaf called 'Meowy Wowyy' offered festival-goers mementoes for themselves and the four-legged objects of their affection.

Later, the cat videos that served as the festival's namesake were screened in the side of the 10-story Great Wall of Oakland, a 30.5-metre (100-foot) tall projection installation. Proceeds from the $10 (€7.70) adult admission fee to the festival went to the East Bay SPCA, an organisation that works to eliminate animal cruelty.

Tensions rose when a man attempted to walk into the festival with a brown Beagle, despite warnings that dogs were strictly banned from the festival. He later left without incident, prompting a sigh of relief from felines in attendance.

Internet cat videos, photos and memes can be lucrative for cat owners. In January 2007, Eric Nakagawa and Kari Unebasami created the site 'I Can Has Cheezburger?' featuring images of cats with humorous captions. The site was sold nine months later for a reported $2 million (€1.54 million) and now receives about 500,000 hits per day, making it the 776th most popular Internet site according to web traffic monitor Alexa.