Garfield The Cat Day: 6 Fun Facts You Need To Know About Garfield

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When it comes to famous pop culture cats, Garfield is one of the undisputed kings of the scene.

This proudly plump and happily lazy ginger cat has regaled the world with his sarcastic humor and penchant for feasting on lasagna since he debuted in 1978.

In honor of June 19 being recognized as Garfield The Cat Day, let’s round up some vital Garfield facts any true fan should know.

1. The Origin Of Garfield’s Name

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Garfield was created by cartoonist Jim Davis, and he named his portly feline after his own grandfather, James Garfield Davis.

Garfield’s character is said to be a composite of some of the cats Jim Davis grew up with.

2. The Location Of Garfield’s House

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The Garfield cartoon strips have been successfully syndicated around the world.

But if you want to get specific, Garfield resides in the city of Muncie in Indiana, which has a population of just over 70,000 people. (The city’s cat population is currently unknown.)

3. Garfield Or Gustav?

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Garfield’s face and name is known around the globe, but over in Sweden, he’s officially called Gustav.

The countries of Norway and Finland also changed the feline’s name to reflect their local customs.

4. Garfield Holds A Guinness World Record

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According to the official record books, Garfield claims a Guinness World Record for Most High Fives Given By A Mascot In One Minute.

The total he achieved was a whopping 194 high fives.

5. Garfield’s Canine Connection

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Garfield is a fan favorite with cat fanatics, but the franchise also co-stars a beagle named Odie.

According to the lore of the comic strip, Odie was originally owned by Jon’s roommate, Lyman, before Jon decided to adopt the canine.

6. Garfield’s Online Legacy

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The official Garfield website, www.garfield.com, hosts an archive of classic comic strips.

You can search by date to check out what sort of shenanigans Garfield was up to on your birthday!

Do you have a favorite Garfield comic strip or scene? Are there any other facts we should know for Garfield The Cat Day? Then share with us in the comments below!