Happy 35th Birthday to Garfield!

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Garfield creator Jim Davis came up with the idea for a comic about a lasagna-loving cat in 1978 – and he made his first appearance 35 years ago today (June 19th) in 41 newspapers. The name came from Davis’s grandfather, James A Garfield Davis. Since then, Garfield has become the most-syndicated comic in the world, appearing in more than 2,500 publications. It has also spawned at least two television series and two feature-length films.  Happy birthday!

Here are some of the cat’s best sayings:

• If you want to look thinner, hang around people fatter than you.

• I’m not over-weight, I’m under-tall.

• I shall now attempt to eat a diet lunch consisting of one leaf of lettuce lightly seasoned with … one quart of Mayonnaise.

• Show me a good mouser, and I’ll show you a cat with bad breath.

• All I do is eat and sleep. Eat and sleep. Eat and sleep. There must be more to a cat’s life than that. But I hope not.

• Anybody can exercise . . . but this kind of lethargy takes real discipline.

• Avoid fruits and nuts: after all, you are what you eat.

• Eat every meal as though it were your last.

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