[Photo Thomas Preymesser.]
My first job out of college was at I Can Has Cheezburger, where I was paid ten dollars an hour to format posts in WordPress. That might not seem like a lot, but this was 2009, and adjusted for inflation today, that would be $10.94.
On my first day, I learned two things. One was the company motto: to make people laugh for five minutes a day. The second was Cheezburger’s only rule: No Sleeping Cats.
My boss, Emily, explained that readers might confuse sleeping cats with dead cats, and the last thing we wanted to do was upset our audience with a potentially dead cat.
“Never any sleeping cats?” I asked.
“Never,” Emily said.
“Not even if they’re really cute?”
The Awl, Kevin Nguyen : “No Sleeping Cats”.