You don’t get to hold the cat for nothing.
(submitted by Brendon)
(title submitted by John)
Why didn’t anybody smile?
Mr. Bigglesworth is upset. And when Mr. Bigglesworth is upset, PEOPLE DIE!
OMG… still laughing! Far-away look in kitty’s eyes…. can’t type LOL!!!!
Brett says it’s his picture but at the top it says “submitted by Brendon”. ??
Dad kind of looks like a youngish Col. Sanders. I hope that cat is not a new secret ingredient….you know, recession chicken.
still better than recession bunny
I actually got the feeling that these “men” were all actually Cats somehow partially transformed into humans. Part of some evil plan of world conquest.
Here they are posing with their Imperious Leader.
I see an xmas card for Meyer & Sons Construction, Inc.
OMG some people at work were showing me this website the other day and how funny it was. so im sitting here showing eric and whose picture do i see…??? hahahahhahahaa omg thats f****** awesome. + 10 agility lol
I always thought Olan Mills was some fancy photography chain. Nice to know the wealthier relatives go to a place like K-Mart for thier photos! Love the image of the guys in suits and cats walking through there. Way classier than the people of WalMart.
Beautiful kitty! Don’t know why it’s in the picture, but it sure is cute.
Brett I can’t believe how many people comment on this gem already. I know Brett and this is all real. They took many of these photos….this was just the best one.
Simply adorable…esp. the cat’s expression.
Now i REALLY can’t get the theme tune to ‘Top Cat’ out of my head! I will be singing it all day…
Uncanny family resemblance. Without the differing hair, could we tell these gents apart?
I love that Ryan looks about 20 years older than he actually is. Men with beards are winners. This photo and the whole photo session is genius. Studs, all of you.
That is one squicked-out looking Bengal cat. I can’t imagine why she seems so distressed.
cairman of the beard?!?
we all know the cat is the one calling the shots!
What’s your dad’s secret to keeping cat hair off the suit? Seriously. I can’t even look at my cat without becoming covered in cat hair.
Dad wanted to stand, but the sons forcibly held him down by the shoulders long enough to snap the picture. “You’re gonna sit there with the cat until we say you can get up!”
Walking through KMart, in suits, with a cat…classic American awkward.
Isn’t the guy on the right Ron Livingston? Office Space, Band of Brothers…
Uh, no. Not even close.
If you all ever shave, please take another picture and this time bring one of those hairless cats.
OMG that made me laugh as much as the pic!
oh crap, that is hilarious!
Budget cuts affect the casting of the chief villan & henchmen in the next James Bond film.
Nothing says “Sensitive New Age Guys” like getting your portrait taken with your cat. This is awesome.
This is one of the first photos in a long time to make me laugh out loud. The effect of scrolling down, first i was like wow these three are awkward, then I saw the cat and just lost it!
Yes, the scroll down effect had me screaming with laughter. Totally not expecting that.
Looks like the cat got the memo about holding the dreamy, far-away eyed pose. Sweet!! My cat would never cooperate…
Anything that makes me burst out laughing at work has to be good. All of it–just perfect.
haha….that cat looks truly thrilled to have his picture taken
“No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die…”
If only the cat would grow a sick beard now too…
Given everything that’s going on in this little gem, I believe if you look up “awkward” in the dictionary, this photo accompanies the definition.
Um . . . please explain the cat.
I love that these nicely suited, bearded, serious gentlemen think so much of their cat that it just *had* to be part of their family photo. Fantastic.
But why didn’t the guy on the left grow a full beard? He doesn’t match! *OCD twitch*
LOL! I was totally thinking the same thing!
its not that he didn’t… bret couldn’t…LOL forever cowering in the shadow of ryan’s facial hair
Comment win, Nikki!! I couldn’t breath for a couple minutes after I read that! But you know that should be “CDO” which is OCD, only with the letters in alphabetical order like they’re supposed to be….
The seated gentleman (dad?) has no pocket square! He should have put the cat into his pocket.
Brett, you guys are too much. Definitely belongs with these other photos. That cat looks a bit surprised; I hope everyones fingers are where they’re supposed to be.
I’ve been to that Olan Mills. A fine establishment, indeed.
That cat is absolutely adorable! I’d include him in my family picture, too!
o.m.g. that’s amazing.
The only reason the cat is in the photo is because the goat canceled at the last minute….
I’m scream laughing at your comment!!!
I like the cat’s expression. Priceless.
The cat was merely doing his “Commanding Humans with your mind 101” homework and was totally surprised when his mental manipulation exercise actually worked!
There was much boasting in class the next day!
I like the fact that the explanation makes taking a photo with the cat seem like a perfectly natural consquence of growing beards 🙂
that cat looks so frightened!! its eyes are practically bulging out of its skull!
to bad your cat got jacked!!!
LOVE the expression on the cats face. LOL
The hand shelf!! Cool!
I’m sure if you just give the guy with the cat a little more time, their love will surely grow.
Shouldn’t the title be Chairman of the Beards.
No, because it is a pun on Chairman of the Board.
Yes, it should be. Grammatical this and that and the other I’ll save myself the embarassment of explaining, lol.
@ Dee: me too…and the funny part is the cat’s whiskers resemble the guys’ mustaches too
I don’t know about anyone else, but I really want the story behind that photo.
The story was that we all grew sweet beards and talked dad into taking the picture. The embarassing part was that we went to Olan Mills in Redlands California to take the picture…. which we thought was a respectable establishment. Turns out Olan Mills is a tiny room in the back of Kmart. Imagine our embarassment when we had to walk through Kmart in suits with the damned cat. How awesome are we. http://www.facebook.com/brettos.meyerfire is proof that the photo is really me. Sad thing is that I submitted it to this website over 2 months ago when we actually took the picture. But Im glad it finally made it.
Funny! Because when I looked at the picture and then read the title, I had to look twice to make sure it didn’t say “chairman of the BEARDS”
Ok – awkward picture to document the beards, but what was the purpose of the cat??? Did the cat grow one too? 😎
Cat made the picture +2 awkward and rounded out the picture with her own whisker moustache. 🙂
cats come with beards naturally.
Best story ever! Thanks for the explanation. 🙂
Congrats on making AFP, Brett! But I’m sure even you gotta agree – kitty’s rocking the meanest goatee of the bunch!
Hey it’s great to hear from the actual “poster” of the picture. At least they can’t say you photoshopped it! (Well, someone probably will, but anyway..)
Thanks for sharing!
Ok but why the cat?
No offense, Brett, but the picture turned out a little creepy. Blame it on Olan Mills!
The story is as awkward as the photo! Congratulations!
Oh, I LOVE this picture! Thanks for making my day, Brett!
Thanks for the explanation!
Hmm, that explains why so many Olan Mills shots end up here…
This photo is pitch-perfect. You three are handsome guys, and the serious looks in the suits might hint at pretension, but then there’s dad holding the skinny little cat in the middle of it all! Just makes me smile.
If you are indeed the poster of this photo, why do you have the exact same photo on your facebook profile, that is not proof – you could have taken it from this site… change your profile picture so that it has some other photo of you, that would be proof!
Besides – where is the Olan Mills mark on the photo???
No im not the poster. I submitted it way back when we took it, but they didnt post it then for whatever reason. But I am one of the guys in the photos, Im the one on the left. Look on my facebook profile at the date when I posted it… way before it was ever posted here and look at the rest of my facebook pictures. Theyre all me 🙂 Im the one on the back with the gross moustache and not a full beard. Anyway glad I could help and answer any other questions about the picture. Im on the left, my name is Brett, the guy on the right is my younger brother ryan and the guy sitting down is our dad. The cats name is Nala. Shes 6 years old and a Bengal. Glad to help.
I had the same look of fear and dismay as the cat the last time I went to K-Mart too.
You guys make for a handsome bunch, but the cat looks like it should have a thought cloud over it’s head with “HELP ME!” in it. =)
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