Grumpy Cat. The Stalking Cat. Maru. Each one is a cat that has achieved celebrity status around the world for a quirk their owners were able to capture on film. Have you ever wondered when this trend began? Well, it turns out that the originator of the cat video worked for Thomas Edison. Here is his short film, entitled “The Boxing Cats.” Timestamp: 1894—a year when nothing much happened because everyone was too busy watching and rewatching “The Boxing Cats.”
ELSEWHERE: The First Cat Video Ever Made Dates Back to the Dawn of Film
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Martyn Jones is a Chicago-area writer with abiding interests in phenomenology, reformed theology, and contemporary fiction. Since graduating from Wheaton College in 2010, he has worked for Apple, written for Groupon, and received his M.A. in philosophy from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. Marty writes sporadically for supercurriculum.blogspot.com, and you can follow him on Twitter: @martynwendell.