From the photographs that moved us, to the leaders who shaped our world, people everywhere are beginning to commemorate and celebrate the best, the brightest, and the most influential of the year past.
Yes, that's right. We're talking about cats .
Last week, Buzzfeed released its list of the "30 Most Important Cats of 2012" -- and we, like feline fans everywhere, looked back at the year that was with sighs of nostalgic joy.
Remember Shishi-Maru, the Instagram superstar? The Hedgehog Mom Cat? Or Venus, the stunning chimera cat who stole our hearts? How about Lil Bub, the perma-kitten with no teeth? They were all celebrated as a few of Buzzfeed's favorite furry felines from 2012.
But the top spot went to an unlikely contender.
Buzzfeed's top cat of the year is none other than Tard, the grumpy cat, the "undisputed Curmudgeon of the Year."
"Never before has peevishness and irascibility been so cool as it is now, and we have one legendary animal to thank for that," wrote Buzzfeed in explanation of its decision.
MSN has also jumped onto the kitty celebration bandwagon, publishing its own list of the "Most Influential Cats of 2012" earlier this month.
But yet again, no one could topple Tard, the grumpiest of the grumpy, from her winner's podium.
Is Tard truly the top kitty of the year? Tell us in the comments below.
Click through this slideshow of some of this year's "Most Important/Influential Cats" and tell us what you think in the comments below.
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/28/shishi-maru-scottish-fold-cat-instagram-star-photos_n_2019833.html#slide=1688104">Shishi-Maru</a>, the scottish fold cat who took Instagram by storm, is number 29 on Buzzfeed's list of 2012's"Most Important Cats" and number 4 on MSN's "Most Influential Cats" list.
Oskar the Blind Kitten
Coming in 8th on MSN's list of 2012's "Most Influential Cats," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/19/oskar-the-blind-kitten-friskies-best-cat-video_n_2161362.html">Oskar the blind kitten</a> is an Internet star. After making his debut in 2011, the inspirational cat has won the hearts of many around the world. This year, Oskar clinched the "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/19/oskar-the-blind-kitten-friskies-best-cat-video_n_2161362.html">Best Cat Video</a>" at "The Friskies."
This cutie <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/07/lil-bub_n_1656204.html">perma-kitten</a> came in second on Buzzfeed's list
Cat Pushing A Small Cart
It's not clear why this <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/07/30/cat-pushes-tiny-cart-in-japanese-youtube-video_n_1718104.html">cart-pushing cat</a> made Buzzfeed's "Most Important Cats" list.... but we're so taken with the adorable absurdity of it all that we don't even need a reason. The cat pushing a small cart came in 17th.
Angry, furry and hell-bent on world domination, Colonial Meow squeezed into the top 5 of both MSN's (5th) and Buzzfeed's (4th) lists of cats.
Hank the Cat
Ranking 19th on Buzzfeed's list and 13th on MSN's, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/09/hank-cat-senate-third_n_2101887.html">Hank the Cat</a>, who ran for Senate in Virginia, will always be remembered for looking snazzy in a bowtie.
Henri the Existentialist Cat
Henri, the existentialist cat, haunted us this year with his depressing musings about life and its futility. Eerily, he came in 3rd in <em>both</em> Buzzfeed's and MSN's lists... What does this all mean?
Venus the Chimera Cat
Stunning <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/25/chimera-cat_n_1826002.html">Venus</a>, the chimera cat, clinched the 10th spot on MSN's list of influential cats. She also came in 18th on Buzzfeed's list.
The Cat Who Sits Like A Human
'Nuff said. This <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/12/chillest-cat-ever-_n_1875626.html">super chill cat</a> came in 10th on Buzzfeed's "Most Important Cats" list.
And of course... <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/10/tard-the-grumpy-cat-speaks-pretty-freaking-adorable_n_2273523.html">Tard the Grumpy Cat</a>. The top cat of 'em all.
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