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Félicette, the First And Only Cat in Space, Finally Gets Her Own Statue Memorial in France

On October 18, 1963, a cat named Felicette (Then designated C341) was blasted off to space from the Sahara desert by the Centre National d’études Spatiales (CNES), the French version of NASA. 12 min following launch, her capsule parachuted back down to Earth, after a very successful flight. Félicette was then turned to the French space program’s laboratories for three months of further study during which she was sadly euthanized so the scientists could study the effects of space travel on her body.

But Felicette’s heroic story has been largely forgotten, passed over by history. Very few people are even aware that a cat went to space at all.

Thanks to this space-loving guy, the astrocat finally gets the memorial she rightly deserves.

Story Via: Smithsonian

On October 18, 1963, a cat named Felicette (Then designated C341) was blasted off to space from the Sahara desert by the Centre National d’études Spatiales (CNES), the French version of NASA. 12 min following launch, her capsule parachuted back down to Earth, after a very successful flight. Félicette was then turned to the French space program’s laboratories for three months of further study during which she was sadly euthanized so the scientists could study the effects of space travel on her body.

But Felicette’s heroic story has been largely forgotten, passed over by history. Very few people are even aware that a cat went to space at all.

Thanks to this space-loving guy, the astrocat finally gets the memorial she rightly deserves.

Story Via: Smithsonian

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There Was A Black Panther Roaming Around Rooftops In France

There’s a small French town called Armentieres that were in for quite a surprise this week. Why? A BLACK PANTHER was spotted on residential rooftops! 

One resident was able to capture pictures of the panther right outside his balcony window and uploaded it to Twitter. 

The Twitter user, Anton Bundle, posted the photo that shows the wildcat casually strolling by as if not a solitary care in the world.

It wasn’t long until the authorities got involved, firefighters and police set up cordons to help keep people safely away from the panther as they thought of a plan to capture the panther safely. 

A security source spoke to The Sun, describing the panther as “calm and well domesticated.”

“It took two hours to get her in a position where she could be trapped, and then a vet used a gun to fire a hypodermic tranquilizer at the animal as it tried to climb into a window.”

The security source continued, “She was taken to an animal refuge center and is in good shape. Her owner is known to police but has gone on the run.”

Turns out, as if it were a surprise to anyone, that the wild animal didn’t have any registration documents, meaning that she was more than likely a “black market animal” who had been trafficked to France illegally.

Thankfully, the panther is now being held safely at the Protestant League of Lille (LPA) and spend the night in a blacked-out cage, which is known to reduce stress in wild animals. 

An LPA spokesman said the panther is “quite young” and “like Labrador.”

The LPA has already contacted a nearby zoo in the hopes the panther can find a new home.

Story via The Sun

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Coming Clean: The French Government Has Admitted That The Eiffel Tower Is Meant To Be A Statue Of An Elephant But It Sucks

A shocking truth has just emerged about one of the world’s most iconic landmarks: The French government has admitted that the Eiffel Tower is meant to be a statue of an elephant, but it sucks.

Wow! This is a startling admission that has turned the Eiffel Tower from a symbol of French pride into a humiliating indictment of their people’s artistic ability.

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“It is time to admit that in 1887, the French government commissioned the architect Gustave Eiffel to build a large statue of an elephant, and the result was the Eiffel Tower, the absolute worst sculpture of an elephant in the world,” said French president Emmanuel Macron during a press conference in Paris this morning, in which he admitted that the Eiffel Tower “totally sucks ass.” “The structure was originally intended to be called ‘The Elephant Of Paris,’ but the name was changed once it became obvious that the sculpture was a complete debacle that looked nothing like the intended animal. Many people wanted to destroy the tower and have a different artist make a better elephant, but too much money had already been invested in the project to start from scratch, so they had to just try to make the best with what they had.”

“The tower vaguely resembles an elephant, but only if you imagine that the pointy part at the top is the trunk and the elephant is looking straight up into the sky, and even this is a massive stretch,” Macron continued as his wife and several top-ranking government officials stood solemnly behind him. “You can kind of see what the artist going for with the four legs at the bottom, but it’s really unclear what he was thinking with the big weird hole in the middle, as elephants do not have holes. Even if you give it the benefit of doubt, the fact remains that the Eiffel Tower is just the shittiest and most embarrassing statue of an elephant that has ever existed.”

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Yikes. This is definitely not a good look.

It’s unfortunate for the people of France that now whenever tourists come to Paris to gaze at the Eiffel Tower, instead of marveling at it, they’ll be laughing their asses off at how shitty of an elephant statue it is. But kudos to the French people for swallowing their pride and owning up to this regrettable reality. Here’s hoping they’ll be able to move forward and accept the pitiful truth behind their most iconic landmark.

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