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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.

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?
Paws Inc. / Via Facebook: Garfield

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.

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?
Guinness World Records / Via guinnessworldrecords.com

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?

My theory: Garfield is likely already dead!

Don't believe me yet? Let's look at the evidence...
Paws, Inc. / Via Facebook: Garfield

Don't believe me yet? Let's look at the evidence...

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

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.
Paws, Inc / Via Garfield.com

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.

It starts to add up...

Above we seen a botched burial attempt by Garfield's owner, Jon Arbuckle, about three years after Garfield's death by deflation.
Paws, Inc. / BuzzFeed / Via Garfield.com

Above we seen a botched burial attempt by Garfield's owner, Jon Arbuckle, about three years after Garfield's death by deflation.

Over time, Jon becomes increasingly frustrated.

After the botched burial attempt, what other option does Jon have than to keep Garfield around?
Paws, Inc. / BuzzFeed / Via Garfield.com

After the botched burial attempt, what other option does Jon have than to keep Garfield around?

Odie's saliva preserves Garfield's body.

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.
Paws, Inc. / BuzzFeed / Via Garfield.com

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.

How do you explain this?

This comic strip ran 12 years after the one before it! And Garfield still hasn't moved!
Paws, Inc / BuzzFeed / Via Garfield.com

This comic strip ran 12 years after the one before it! And Garfield still hasn't moved!

Remember this classic strip?

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?
Paws, Inc. / BuzzFeed / Via Garfield.com

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?

What are you hiding, Jim Davis?

Here's one theory...
Vince Bucci / Getty Images

Here's one theory...

*mind blown*

Vince Bucci / Getty Images/ BuzzFeed

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