n Monday, NPR staffer Christopher Dean Hopkins posted onto NPR's Facebook account about Ramona, who was fussy about toys and hugs but loved cats.
A few hours later, Hopkins deleted the post with the note, "EDIT: This post was intended for a personal account. We apologize for the error."
But the mystery of "Ramona" had only just began.
This simple sentence sent Facebook into an uproar.
As a social media editor, Hopkins had made a huge mistake posting his personal affairs on his workplace’s social media account. That wasn’t what people were mad about, however…
They wanted more Ramona. Lots, lots more Ramona.
Monday was a historically bad day, and people were fatigued from hearing awful news. They wanted something to lift their spirits.
They wanted a fussy little cat.
In people's minds, Ramona was a very specific character.
She was a cat who hated hugs. Five seconds was okay – probably – but anything after that was touch and go. She’d squirm out of any and all unwelcome advances, and the internet waited with bated breath to see what she’d do to the obnoxious offender that ignored her wishes.
She had discerning taste.
Ramona was – presumably – very specific about her toys. Being a cat of good taste and high selectivity, she’d indulge a substandard toy for twenty seconds max before discarding it.
She LOVED other cats.
But they didn’t love her back. Maybe it was her “shrieking, spasmodic joy.” Maybe they could sense she was overeager and not cool enough to be cat friends with.
Either way, other cats ran when Ramona showed up.
Which only made people love her more…