Happy 35th birthday Garfield the cat.. pretty good life span for a feline who lives mostly on lasagna!
Garfield was my absolute favourite when I was growing up -- I had books, posters, videotapes, maybe a stuffed animal -- and still makes me chuckle. He is lazy, sarcastic, hates Mondays, loves lasagna, hates diets, eats obsessively, hates mornings and is the self-appointed centre of the universe.
Garfield was first published on June 19, 1978; the comic was created by Jim Davis, and the snarky feline's biography says he was born on this date in Mamma Leoni's Italian Restaurant.
As of 2013, Garfield is syndicated in roughly 2,580 newspapers and holds the Guinness World Record for being the world's most widely syndicated comic strip. It has spawned books, TV specials and series, two mediocre movies with Bill Murray as the voice of Garfield, and generates about a billion dollars of merchandising each year.
Happy birthday Garfield... feel the love!