Chicago Tribune Accidentally Publishes a Placeholder Cat Photo on Front Page


This is awesome: someone over at the Chicago Tribune made a hilarious mistake this morning, accidentally publishing a placeholder photograph of a random cat on the newspaper website’s front page. For 16 glorious minutes, visitors to the site were greeted with what’s seen in the screenshot above as the featured headline story.

The Tribune is the 8th largest newspaper in the United States by circulation, and its website is one of the top 500 websites in the United States by traffic. Brian Barrett of Gizmodo calls this “the best Internet mistake of the day.” It’s certainly one of the funnier photo-related mistakes we’ve seen.

(via Jacqui Cheng via Gizmodo via Coudal)

  • Raymond Larose

    Bet it wasn’t an iPhone photo… So there’s that.

  • Jeff Camp

    Is this the same paper that recently fired most of its photo department? And replaced them with iPhones?

  • Michael Zhang
  • Pat David

    reddit is going to love this…

  • John

    To be fair having worked in the newspaper industry I’ve seen a lot of this, pages with “hdg hdg hdg hdg hdg hdg hdg” as captions etc. Happens more often than you’d think.

  • Tommy Sar

    Whatever happened to Lorem Ipsum?

  • Mike

    They fired the Lorem Ipsum guys, too. Anybody can paste placeholder text today

  • AdminHarald

    That’s what FPO images are for. They say “FPO” on them. Idiotic but great at the same time.

  • Victor

    I wonder if they had rights to the photo.

  • Z

    It should have said “Meow, meow, meow, meow, meow…”

  • nikonian

    Chicago isnt winning any brownie points with their “print” media

  • Stephen Robb

    If it was in print, I could see it being a big deal, 16 minutes online, not so big.

  • AgNO3

    Wrong paper. Sun Times fired its photographers

  • olafs_osh

    so true :]

  • jkantor267

    I like cats.

  • Mike

    Did I say anything about photographers, Mr. Silver Nitrate?

  • Bill McKenzie

    Me too, but sometimes I can’t eat a whole one.

  • AgNO3

    No one seems to even know what FPO means anymore. So once its out of the graphics dept the would probably publish it with FPO right in the middle of the graphic.

  • SiriusPhotog

    I like turtles…