Friday, August 10, 2012

Spirituality and Nyan Cat

So you all know Nyan Cat, right?

In case you don't know, I will quote at you from Wikipedia:
"Nyan Cat is the name of a YouTube video uploaded in April 2011, which became an Internet meme. The video merged a Japanese pop song with an animated cartoon cat with the body of a Pop-Tart, flying through space, and leaving a rainbow trail behind it. The video ranked at number 5 on the list of most viewed YouTube videos in 2011."
Also, this:

Why? What were YOU expecting?

Count yourself lucky if you haven't experienced Nyan Cat. OR! Count yourself lucky if you've experienced Nyan Cat, but your autistic kid hasn't decided that THIS PARTICULAR MIND GRATING THING is what he wants to obsess on for the rest of time.

(Right now he is looking over my shoulder saying, "I want to watch Nyan Cat. Please? Please?" He was alerted to the topic when I accidentally opened the video to link to it here and the three seconds of Nyan Cat music traveled across the house to his waiting ears. If you don't want to experience that, just imagine that picture above, but with the stars passing by and the most obnoxious music you could possibly think of.)

(And NOW he is sitting on my chair, giving me suggestions on what to add to this post. NO, JACK! I WILL NOT TELL THE INTERNET THAT YOU HAVE SPIRAL EYES!!!!)

(Curses. I played right into his hands.)

Jack's eyes were opened to the existence of Nyan Cat when Sam had a friend over who cued it up on our computer before we even knew what was happening. Seriously, y'all, don't ever let children out of your sight when they're online. You could end up with a kid in the clutches of predators, or you could end up with a kid with a dangerous Nyan Cat obsession.

Also, he could end up perseverating on the name of that first video he saw: "Nyan Cat on crack! Nyan Cat on crack!" over and over, which is less bad than some of the stuff he ended up scripting during that brief, ill-fated period when my husband decided it was okay to let Jack watch Futurama, but still it's not what I want him to bust out with at school.

He did, however, infect every kid in his camp class with the Nyan Cat bug. Sorry about that, other parents. To pay me back, one of the teachers told him about a Nyan Cat iPhone app.

Well played, vengeful teacher, well played.

The reason I am telling you all this, other than to complain, is to give you the backstory for the conversation we had in the car the other day. Quinn has been talking about our late cat Izzy a lot lately and how she is in heaven, which is cool, I guess, even though I'm not a big believer in heaven myself.

Well, Quinn's heaven sounds awesome, full of Izzy cats and rainbows. It is not your conventional heaven though, and maybe I should invest in some theological teaching for my kids, because based on the conversation that followed, something is getting lost in translation for them.

Quinn: "Do you know that when cats go to heaven, they become Nyan Cat?"

Sam (outraged!): "Not unless the last thing they ate was a Pop Tart!!!!!"

Then came the vigorous debate over whether Izzy had ever eaten a Pop Tart and whether Nyan Cat was actually real.

(No. And no.)

I'm not a religious person, but even I know that this is not the usual track that conversations about heaven are supposed to take.  Sometimes I feel like I am failing them in the "teaching them options about religion" area and sometimes I just want to make shit up so that they say crazy things when their friends talk about heaven.

Although I'm guessing they might not need any help in that department.


  1. Megan (acorndreaming)August 10, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    I utterly fail to understand the appeal of Nyan Cat. Ace loves it and keeps trying to show it to me until I admit it is cool. That is never gonna happen.

  2. What about Maru?  He's a real cat, ... I think. 

  3. You better not tell them that you saw a unicorn that played the Nyan cat theme song out of its ass...

  4. Now I am imagining cat priests, administering the last rites Pop-Tart.

  5. Thank you, sincerely, from the bottom of my Internet heart. I will be avoiding those videos with every scrap of my being.

  6. I of course just HAD to click on the link and see what the hell this was all about. Ethan recognized the music immediately from the other side of the room, told me he had seen it, but thought the whole thing was stupid.  Jake (autie boy) came running over to see what it was, but was unimpressed, requested angry birds instead. (Whew! Disaster averted.)

  7. In my house it's the 7yo girl, not the ASD boy, who lurrrves her some Nyan Cat.  C got her a Nyan Cat poster from an anime con and we have a Nyan Cat bumper sticker on our car.  It does make it easy to spot our car in a parking lot.  

    I've had some interesting conversation about heaven and jesus with Q.  I don't know if the ideas she has are exactly what her friends have told her.  Or if it's her interpretation.  She went to bible camp with a friend and now wants to "take church". You know, like you take ballet or piano.  I'm just afraid she would be so disappointed to find out that most church services are nothing like bible camp  

  8. Has Nyan Cat reached the UK yet? Hasn't reached our house at any rate. Just checked out the link and am THANKFUL for this!

    Best aspie 'religious' question ever asked in our house..."Who would win a fight between Darth Vader and Jesus?"  Apparently it would be a close run thing but Jesus has God on his side so has the edge...

  9. I live in the UK and we have Nyan Cat, but we have kept my son safely away for now...  I do really like the Pixies song Monkey gone to Heaven, so we get a lot of weird conversations about heaven as well.  One time after he peed and pulled his pants back up, he told me "penis gone to heaven"  I nearly died laughing.

  10. My son with ASD is obsessed with Cracker Barrel (the restaurant). He MAKES us go to church, or the "talent show" as he calls it, but I think his sole purpose is to try and convince us to go to Cracker Barrel for lunch. So, as far as screwing up your kids spiritually, you're in good company. Although I do like the idea of pop tarts in Heaven.


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