#1 By: Boing Boing, July 1st, 2013 12:06
Scientists are trying to understand "cuteness agression" — aka, the urge we have all felt, at one point in time or another, to take something adorable and squeeze it until it pops. READ THE REST
#2 By: Peregrinus Phoenix, July 1st, 2013 12:25
I'd ascribed this to some innate mixture of fear of small creatures and a wrong-headed human instinct to treat small things in whatever manner we choose, some kind of power complex. When they misbehave, some people have inadequate executive control to prevent the urge from surfacing into action.
Note: I've never been mean to anything small. Can't stand it.
#3 By: bzishi, July 1st, 2013 12:33
My take from this article: you know those Hello Kitty handguns you see on the Internet? Yeah, they are an even worse idea than we thought!
#4 By: Tristan Eldritch , July 1st, 2013 12:38
I'm not gonna touch that one.
#5 By: Noah Django Gross, July 1st, 2013 13:47
something we've all felt, huh? sorry, I'm coming up blank on this one. this is a thing?
edit: ah, I was being literal-minded about "til it pops." i thought I'd dodged some kind of psycho kink that everyone else was afflicted with. i guess this is a figurative expression in your region?
#6 By: Cary, July 1st, 2013 14:34
I will name him George, and I will hug him and pet him and squeeze him, and pat him and pet him and, and rub him and caress him and rub him and pet him and squeeze him and rub him I will stroke his bill and rub his pretty feathers...
I will name him George, and I will hug him and pet him and squeeze him, and pat him
and pet him and, and rub him and caress him and rub him and pet him and squeeze him and rub him I will stroke his bill and rub his pretty feathers...
#7 By: Antinous, July 1st, 2013 16:41
My reaction to cute things is the urge to kill everything within a half mile radius to protect the cute.
#8 By: Peregrinus Phoenix, July 1st, 2013 16:52
That would make such an awesome patrol force, like the Angels of Mercy back in the 80s.
"Stand back - we're here to protect the cute!"
#9 By: Anton Gully, July 2nd, 2013 09:45
In a similar vein, there's Roman Dirge's Lenore:
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#10 By: Amilcar Machado, July 2nd, 2013 09:48
I totally felt this
#11 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, July 2nd, 2013 09:56
Yes. It's a figure of speech. Like when you tell the baby, "You are sooo cute that I am going eat your face." (Only sometimes, in that scenario, you maybe gum on its fingers or something, to show that you're kind of serious.)
#12 By: Boing Boing, July 6th, 2013 12:06
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