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This Mind-Blowing Theory Will Change The Way You Read Garfield Forever

There's evidence that suggests Garfield died more than 30 years ago. Is creator Jim Davis hiding something?

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This June, everyone's favorite cartoon feline, Garfield, turns 37 years old.

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While the general populace prepares for the worldwide celebration, something dawned on me. I've never met, let alone ever heard of, a cat who lived past 30. Is there something a bit more sinister happening at Paws, Inc. than means the eye?

Research shows that the oldest cat to ever live, Creme Puff, only lived to 38 years old, which is the equivalent of 169 in cat years.

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Poppy (Pictured: Center) is currently believed to be the world's oldest living cat at 24 years of age. Which begs the question: Where's Garfield?

March 15th, 1980 a.k.a The Smoking Gun

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Garfield's less than two years old when this strip appears. While the cause of death is unclear (complications due to morbid obesity and/or poisoning via Nermal's kiss are both likely), the result couldn't be clearer: Garfield deflates, his organs all collapse simultaneously, and he dies.


Odie's saliva preserves Garfield's body.

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Garfield's fresh torso's lack of deterioration may trick the readers into thinking that he's still alive. However, notice how Garfield remains motionless from panel to panel? What living cat would have that reaction to a dog? It just doesn't make sense.


Remember this classic strip?

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Initially thought of as creator Jim Davis' commentary on the resurgence of dadaism in the early 1990s, it actually starts to make a lot more sense if you look at it from the angle of Garfield being dead, doesn't it?