On May 14th, 2019, the world lost a role model, an icon, and a meme goddess when Grumpy Cat died at an early age. But while you're probably familiar with her face - and maybe her Target line - there's more to this grump than meets the eye.
Despite being known the world over as Grumpy Cat, that famous title wasn't her real name. It was actually "Tardar Sauce," which is slightly less descriptive. According to Business Insider, she got her original moniker from owner Tabatha Bundesen's daughter Chrystal, whose mom had just made her try the condiment. At the time, Tabatha was a waitress at Red Lobster. She told Mental Floss,
"[Chrystal] was like, 'Ew, no!' and I said 'Honey, you have to try it! It goes with fish!' So it was fresh in her mind when the kitten was born."
Chrystal evidently thought the kitten's orangeish-colored fur resembled Red Lobster's orangeish-colored tartar sauce. But after fame and fortune, Tardar Sauce's family mostly just called her by her popular name, with Bundesen admitting in 2013,
"It's pretty much Grumpy all the time now."
Watch the video for more of The Untold Truth Of Grumpy Cat!
That's not her real name | 0:15
She's fine, thanks | 0:59
Haters say it's fake | 1:46
The Grumpy Cat business | 2:39
More Grumpy Cats? | 3:14
Her very own entourage | 3:54
Grumpy Cat's daily dish | 4:40
Was she being exploited? | 5:21
Grumpy Cat's safety first | 6:16
Please hold for Grumpy Cat | 6:59
Her lifetime achievement award | 7:48
The face that launched a thousand products | 8:32
She was worth millions | 9:28
The litter box in the sky | 10:07
Jun 13, 2019