12 meme questions with Nyan Cat creator Chris Torres

12 meme questions with nyan cat creator chris torres nyancatcity

Last night, a gallery in the NoHo neighborhood of Manhattan transformed from a blank black box to rainbows and pixels in order to accommodate the beloved Internet sensation, Nyan Cat. The colorful pop tart cat is one of the most recognizable memes the Internet has to offer, and it’s the first (at least in my recollection) to have its own pop-up shop dedicated to its followers. The opening reception was so happening, even Scumbag Steve himself made an appearance.

12 meme questions with nyan cat creator chris torres scumbag steve
Left: Scumbag Steve (real name Blake Boston). Right: Nyan Cat creator Chris Torres

Now we could tell you about how Chris Torres, the creator of the painfully addictive Nyan Cat and his adorable soundtrack, became inspired to make this colorful feline, or how his life has been since Nyan Cat hit the Web. But, it’s a lot more fun if we tested the accidental meme creator with his knowledge of the meme world. Without further interruption, here’s the most Internet way to have a quickfire Q&A with the Nyan Cat mastermind himself.

Digital Trends: Hi Chris! What a soiree Nyan Cat has thrown together. We just have to know, is this real life?

Chris Torres: As real as David after dentist would say!

DT: I guess, but can I haz cheeseburger?

Chris: You can most definitely haz cheeseburger.

DT: Cool, I’d like mine with bacon please! Speaking of bacons, Y U NO LIKE DOGS?

Chris: Cats are the best things ever! The Internet is run on cats.

DT: That is very true. Have you completed the Cinnamon Challenge?

Chris: No, because I’m afraid to try it! I saw that one video with the woman who had it coming out of her nose and I’m like, “No way.”

DT: I feel you. If there’s a Nyan Dog, would you be mad, bro?

Chris: There is a Nyan Dog, it’s Toaster Dog! But I ain’t even mad.

DT: So, magnets. How do they work?

Chris: I don’t know, something about the Insane Clown Posse. I think they have something to do with it.

12 meme questions with nyan cat creator chris torres wallDT: Man … okay, well, do you even lift?

Chris: Ugh, this isn’t even my final form.

DT: Fine, but would you rather fight one horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses?

Chris: Probably a 100 duck-sized horses. They’re small, you can just kick a whole bunch of them around.

DT: Fair enough. Wait a sec. How is babby formed?

Chris: Babby is formed from the cave man. Yes, they are.

DT: What’s the most scumbag thing you’ve ever done?

Chris: I made Scumbag Steve drink a lot of Patron at 10 in the morning once. That was pretty bad.

DT: Geez! On a scale of one to McKayla, are you impressed with this event?

Chris: Yes, super McKayla!

DT: Lastly, other than Nyan Cat, what is your favorite meme of all time?

Chris: Keyboard Cat! I gotta kick it with the cats! Keyboard Cat, and a tie with Grumpy Cat – it’s the new thing coming.

Emerging Tech

How 3D printing has changed the world of prosthetic limbs forever

When he was 13 years old, Christophe Debard had his leg amputated. Here in 2019, Debard's Print My Leg startup helps others to create 3D-printed prostheses. Welcome to a growing revolution!

Mortal Kombat 11 DLC characters reportedly leaked: Who’s next after Shang Tsung?

A datamine on Mortal Kombat 11 reportedly revealed all the DLC characters that will be added to the game's expansive roster. The leak corroborates the hint that the anti-hero Spawn is on his way to joining the fighting game.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Netflix in March, from Buster Scruggs to Roma

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Emerging Tech

How MIT hacked horticulture to cultivate a hyper-flavorful basil plant

At MIT, Caleb Harper used his personal food computers to alter the climate in which he grew basil. Exposing it light for 24 hours a day changed the flavor profile of the plant, making it spicier and stronger.
Smart Home

Miele stuns with wireless probe, self-descaling java pot, and other new products

Miele rocked KBIS 2019 with waves of new appliances and features. The annual Kitchen and Bathroom Industry Show is all about product launches and Miele's appliance reveal was like New York Fashion Week with a single designer.

Shark, Ecovacs, and Roomba robot vacuums get price cuts for spring

The weather's getting nice again, and we're all emerging from our winter-long hibernation. So it's time once again to also start on that spring cleaning you've been putting off. But who really wants to clean when you'd rather be outside? We…

Amazon and Best Buy smash prices on August smart home security locks

Amazon and Best Buy have the lowest prices for two August smart home door locks during a limited time sale. August was one of the first smart door lock companies designed specifically for smart home convenience and security.
Smart Home

Echo Plus (1st-gen) vs. Echo Plus (2nd-gen): How exactly do they compare?

Which Echo Plus should you buy? This guide compares the first-generation Echo Plus its latest successor, allowing you to get a better idea regarding the ins and outs of each device.
Smart Home

Making hard-boiled eggs isn’t hard — here’s how to do it perfectly every time

With the help of science or some kitchen gadgets, making hard-boiled eggs can be a little easier. It may not be the hardest task in the world, but a few of these methods are foolproof.

The best Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals: Everything you need to know

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is still a few months off, but it's never too early to start preparing. We've been taking a look at the best discounts from previous Prime Days to give you our predictions of what to expect this year.
Smart Home

Get baked while you bake with these clever cannabis cooking gadgets

Ready to step up your edibles game? Here are the best cannabis cooking gadgets for your kitchen, from an "Instant Pot" for your cannabutter to the best grinders and decarbing devices on the market. Check out the full list for more.

This hybrid tiny home sauna gives hotbox a whole new meaning

Tiny homes seem to come in all shapes and forms these days, and Igluhuts are no exception. While the homes look more like a hobbit might come out of one on the outside, inside, there's a modern and sleek look aimed at relaxation and…
Smart Home

Can new laws protect you from smart home security breaches?

To help combat smart home data breaches, state and federal lawmakers are exploring ways to protect consumers. California, Oregon, and members of the U.S. Senate all have proposals to protect people's data.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Robots that eat landmines and clean your floors

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it's fun to gawk!