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This Chrome Plug-In Turns All Your New Tabs Into Art Cats

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Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 1:21 p.m. ET

Posted on July 22, 2015, at 7:09 p.m. ET

What if every time you opened a new tab in Chrome, you saw a cat?

The Favorite Cat, by Nathaniel Currier (1838–46)
Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Favorite Cat, by Nathaniel Currier (1838–46)

Not just any cat. Fine art cats.

Cat and Butterfly, by Xu Gu (19th century)
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Cat and Butterfly, by Xu Gu (19th century)

That would be pretty great, wouldn't it?

A cat statuette from the Macedonian-Ptolemaic period (332–30 B.C.)
Metropolitan Museum of Art

A cat statuette from the Macedonian-Ptolemaic period (332–30 B.C.)

Lucky for you, Emily McAllister, a recent graduate of the Cornell Tech MBA program, built a Chrome plug-in that does just that!

Hollyhocks and Cats, by an unidentified Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) artist
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Hollyhocks and Cats, by an unidentified Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) artist

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It's called Meow Met, and she made it while interning at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's MediaLab.

Black Cat and Narcissus, by Zhu Ling (19th century)
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Black Cat and Narcissus, by Zhu Ling (19th century)

"The way the internship works is you spend a semester working on a project that integrates tech with fine art," McAllister said.

Pendant in the form of a seated cat
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Pendant in the form of a seated cat

"I was spending a lot of time in the exhibits, and noticed I was seeing cats everywhere."

Woman Tuning a Shamisen and a Cat Looking at Its Own Reflection, by Yashima Gakutei (mid-1820s)
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Woman Tuning a Shamisen and a Cat Looking at Its Own Reflection, by Yashima Gakutei (mid-1820s)

"Cats just resonate across all these years and cultures."

Girl and Cat, Louis Marin Bonnet (1769)
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Girl and Cat, Louis Marin Bonnet (1769)

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"You can find 17th century tapestries of cats being idiots."

A Woman and a Cat, by Kitagawa Utamaro (ca. 1793–94)
Metropolitan Museum of Art

A Woman and a Cat, by Kitagawa Utamaro (ca. 1793–94)

Or playing instruments!

Concert of Cats
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Concert of Cats

You can use the plug-in to play a game we're calling Cat Roulette.

Cat
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Cat

It's when you just open and close new tabs just to see what kind of cats show up.

Download Met Meow here.

Winter: Cat on a Cushion, by Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen (1909)
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Winter: Cat on a Cushion, by Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen (1909)

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