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"Oh Long Johnson" (real name unknown)
Other name(s)"Oh Long Johnson"
Speciescat (Felis catus)
Known forGrowling to another cat in "human-like gibberish".
OwnerUnknown
AppearanceBlack & white
Named afterGrowling the phrase "oh long Johnson"

Oh Long Johnson is a viral video of an unnamed black and white cat growling in a manner that sounds like "human-like gibberish",[1] including the phrase "oh Long Johnson".[2][3]

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The cat was a housecat that was disturbed by something. It first appeared on the scene in 1999 and with the cations, it appeared to be saying, "Oh Long Johnson", "Oh Don Piano. Why I eyes ya".[4] After the success of it and the excess of 6.5 million views by 2012, it caught the attention of the South Park producers. According to an article about the cat on Týden.cz, this lead to memorabilia which included T-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, dog clothes, teddy bears, magnets and badges being sold.[5] It has its own article page on the Know Your Meme website. Additionally some info on "Don Piano" is included.[6] There many uploads of Long Johnson-related songs on the SoundCloud website. Among these are work by The The Belvoir House Band and Miss Caffeina.[7] The title of the Miss Caffeina album was inspired by video cat.[8][9] It was in the Spanish charts for ten weeks, peaking at #1 in March 2019.[10][11][12]

Screening history[edit | edit source]

The video first appeared on television on America's Funniest Home Videos in 1998. In 2006 it was posted to YouTube,[1] and by 2012, videos of the cat had been viewed 6.5 million times.[13] For a while it was a craze.[14] The clip was included in the 2019 Cat Video Fest which was held at the Vancity Theatre in Vancouver on the 20th of April. There were to be five consecutive screenings of the videos.[15]

Video[edit | edit source]

Even though the cat appears to be saying "Long Johnson" and may appear to be talking in English, this is not what the cat is saying. And The Vancouver Sun says that it's not, but it is more fun to believe otherwise.[16] In the clip, the cat is growling in reaction to the presence of another cat. Strangely, it sounds like human gibberish.

Imitations[edit | edit source]

The original video has been widely imitated,[17] with remixes and merchandise. The video has also found recognition in non-English-speaking countries.[2][18]

In popular culture[edit | edit source]

It had made its way info the Faith Hilling episode of the animated television show South Park. In the episode, people are putting themselves in precarious situations and saying "Oh long Johnson".[19][20][21] It has also been included in The Daily Show in 2013, 2017 and 2018.[22][23][24] In 2010/2011, Convicted Killer Scientists put out a single, "Oh Don Piano.[25][26] A band from Spain, Miss Caffeina have taken the words "Oh Long Johnson" as the title for their new album.[27][28] In an interview for Crazyminds.es, band member Sergio confirmed it was from the Long Johnson cat internet meme.[29] The album was in the Spanish charts for a total of ten weeks, peaking at #1 in March, 2019.[30] It's mentioned in Verena Mermer's 2018 novel, Autobus Ultima Speranza.[31]

In a March, 2019 Hot Press article about music group, Black Midi, and talking about musician Greep and his vocalization, writer Ed Murphy said it sounded like he was channeling his inner "Oh Long Johnson" at times.[32]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 The New Zealand Herald, Monday May 30, 2016 Top 5 classic cat videos
  2. 2.0 2.1 Techinsight.jp 2015年05月01日 15:45 【海外発!Breaking News】喋って歌うネコ。呂律の回らないオジサンみたいな動画が大人気。 by Joy横手
  3. Bustle, Aug 25 2015 6 Animals Who Appear To Speak English And What They're Trying To Tell Us By Suzannah Weiss
  4. The Washington Post, January 19, 2017 - Think your dog talks like people? Scientists say you might just be right - By Avi Selk
  5. Týden.cz, 15.05.2012 (Translated) - VIDEO: Talking cat conquers the world. She also played in South Park
  6. Know Your Meme - Oh Long Johnson
  7. SoundCloud - Search results for "Oh Long Johnson"
  8. Betevé - Miss Caffeina, del mem a , ConvictOh Long Johnson’
  9. 20 minutos, 25.07.2019 - Miss Caffeina cumplirá en el Low 40 conciertos de Oh Long Johnson: "Nuestra mejor gira, estamos más unidos que nunca"
  10. Acharts.co - Oh Long Johnson, HISTORIC PERFORMANCE, Spain Albums Top 100
  11. Trendencias, 17 Marzo 2019 - Charlamos con Miss Caffeina sobre su disco 'Oh Long Johnson' (y descubrimos el significado de su título)
  12. iTunes Charts - Miss Caffeina - 'Oh Long Johnson' Chart Statistics, Spanish iTunes Chart Performance
  13. Tyden.cz, 15.05.2012 Podívejte se, VIDEO: Mluvící kočka dobývá svět. Zahrála si i v South Parku
  14. The Washington Post, January 19, 2017 - Science, Think your dog talks like people? Scientists say you might just be right By Avi Selk
  15. The Vancouver Sun, April 11, 2019 - The cats came back: feline video festival returns to Vancity Theatre - Harrison Mooney
  16. The Vancouver Sun, April 11, 2019 - The cats came back: feline video festival returns to Vancity Theatre - Harrison Mooney
  17. TV Guide, Mar 30, 2012 Matt's TV Week in Review by Matt Roush
  18. Apollo, Piektdiena, 2016. gada 10. jūnijs 10:39 Konkurss! Laimē vērtīgas dāvanas sev un savam mīlulim!
  19. We Got This Covered, 31 Mar 2012 - South Park Season 16-03 'Faith Hilling' Recap
  20. CliqueClack TV - South Park – Aren’t Internet memes so 2000 and late? by Keith McDuffee
  21. Komputer Świat, 4 Dec 2015 - 50 najważniejszych filmów w historii YouTube – te klipy kształtowały internet - Łukasz Gołąbiowski
  22. The Daily Show, March The Daily Show With Jon Stewart : COM : March 21, 2013 - The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  23. The Daily Show - Comedy Central
  24. The Daily Show, May 22, 2018 - Comedy Central
  25. Jamenda Music - Oh Don Piano (Single)
  26. Deezer - Convicted Killer Scientists
  27. Betevé - Miss Caffeina, del mem a , ConvictOh Long Johnson’
  28. 20 minutos, 25.07.2019 - Miss Caffeina cumplirá en el Low 40 conciertos de Oh Long Johnson: "Nuestra mejor gira, estamos más unidos que nunca"
  29. CrazyMinds, 06/03/2019 - Miss Caffeina: “Nos sentimos más libres que nunca para hacer música”, ¿Qué origina el curioso título del álbum y a qué es debida la elección del mismo? - por Javier Decimavilla
  30. Acharts.co - Oh Long Johnson, HISTORIC PERFORMANCE, Spain Albums Top 100
  31. Autobus Ultima Speranza, Verena Mermer - SCHNEEWARNUNGEN
  32. Hot Press, 13 Mar 19 - SXSW 2019: Black Midi Are London’s Best Kept Secret - By Ed Murphy

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