Welcome Boston’s Weird New Celebrity: "Stroller Cat"
The internet is a weird, weird place.
A disagreement between a woman who brought her cat onto the T in a baby stroller and some disgruntled riders foundÂ its way from the real world to the internet Tuesday (as most cat-related things do.) And from this little public transit spat a Boston internet star was born: Stroller Cat.
As BostInno’s Steve Annear ably recounts, a few T riders took toÂ TwitterÂ to complain that they’d seen a woman with a very large stroller on the T during peak hours.
â€” AH (@whineandboos) October 30, 2012
Meanwhile, the cat owner herself, who tweets as @abyaday, took to Twitter to complain, probably unaware of the conversation going on about her cat, that she’d encountered some snippy T riders.
â€” Coco Koh & Aby-a-Day (@abyaday) October 30, 2012
Actually, those in the know quickly recognized the cat as one whose owner regularly documents her cat adventures throughout the city on a blog (which we screenshotted above) called The Daily Abyssinian. A sample entry:
I love riding the T with Jacoby.Â Itâ€™s fun to watch other people watching him, and itâ€™s fun to watch him on the train.Â At times, he just seems so jaded. ‘Ho hum, here we are on the train. Yawn.’
Boston’s webizens are apparently a very, very bored group of people because the hashtag of one disgruntled rider,Â #strollercat,Â quickly became a place where the rest of the internet chimed in on the debate over etiquette. Finally, and somewhat inevitably, someone created a parody Twitter account for @StrollerCat, and thus does Boston have a new internet celebrity.
This is a very strange city. We think The Globe’s Michael Morisy probably says it best:
â€” Michael Morisy (@morisy) October 31, 2012
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/2012/10/31/bostons-weird-celebrity-stroller-cat/