Our passion for cats and their idolatry in popular culture far predates the Internet: people have lovingly shared photos of our beloved friends since ancient Egypt. Usually, we prefer to admire cats that are cute, funny or majestic. However, there is a moment in human history when we like to create their signs by spreading their butts doing something completely different.
Perhaps there was a certain sense of medieval humor that encouraged this trend. Perhaps it was an admiration for the way cats keep quietly clean in times of brutal violence, dizziness and illness. Or maybe some secret Da Vinci codes that provide clues to the location of the Holy Grail.
However, it is good to laugh today and in our age. This fun and strange eccentricity of the medieval art world was first noticed in the Tumblr Throw Images and has been surprising people ever since.
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Cats have been our faithful friends for a long time, well before even medieval times. According to Smithsonian.com, it has taken some time to piece together the riddle of cats and their domestication; they have come to a tentative conclusion that we have lived side-by-side with them for around 12,000 years.
“Some clues first came from the island of Cyprus in 1983, when archaeologists found a cat’s jawbone dating back 8,000 years, they write. “Since it seemed highly unlikely that humans would have brought wild cats over to the island (a spitting, scratching, panic-stricken wild feline would have been the last kind of boat companion they would have wanted), the finding suggested that domestication occurred before 8,000 years ago.”