When you are building out a website and you have no content, the default text to fill space is Lorem Ipsum. This dummy language has been the standard filler text for publishing and print since the 1500’s. Its origins stem from Latin, dating all the way back to some lines of Cicero.

Instead of “content here, placeholder here,” publishers want a dummy text that looks more like actual, readable English. “Lorem Ipsum” goes on for paragraphs, making it look like actual words.

 

The coolest part about Lorem Ipsum is that even though it was born in the 1500’s at the start of printing, we still use it today–and we use it on the web! This dummy language has lasted longer than several real languages, and its transition to the web has been absolutely impressive.

 

But with something this old, and something that gets used this often, web designers were starting to get bored. They wanted more. They wanted their dummy text to have personality. Check out these funny alternatives to your 1500’s Lorem Ipsum and when to use them:

1)Cupcake Ipsum: http://www.cupcakeipsum.com/ This one is for those with a sweet tooth! With the tagline “sugar-coated lorem ipsum generator,” don’t use this on an empty stomach. The site gives you options for short, medium, or long text, and you can opt to have it begin with “cupcake ipsum” or let it randomly generate. The text is just a bunch of candy names, making it fun and sweet.

 

When to use it: When you need a pick-me-up.

 

 

      2) Bacon Ipsum: http://baconipsum.com/ This lorem ipsum generator is NOT kosher, but it does deliver some pretty hearty dummy text. You can choose between “All Meat,” which will give you literally all the meat names that you can imagine in your text, or “Meat and filler” which is meat words with some regular lorem ipsum thrown in.

When to use it: When you need to tick off your Jewish mother-in-law.

 

3) Hipster Ipsum: http://hipsum.co/ We are in the 21st century, and nothing gets by without taking a stab at hipsters (especially lorem ipsum, which is too mainstream). This laid-back text generator has a button labeled “Beer me!” and it generates all the buzzwords of the cool kids that you find in West Midtown.

When to use it: When you are feeling extra misunderstood.

 

4) Cat Ipsum: http://www.catipsum.com/ This “furrier lorem ipsum generator” truly understands the life of cat owners. With lines like “This human feeds me, i should be a god when in doubt, wash and intently stare at the same spot,” this generator is more of a hilarious rendition of a cat’s thoughts than a simple dummy text placeholder.

When to use it: If you have a cat, you should use this all the time. If you don’t have a cat…you won’t get it.

 

5) Zombie Ipsum: http://www.zombieipsum.com/ This undead lorem ipsum generator is truly a work of art. It is mostly non-sensical words, but if you look closely, they are actual words like “mindless creatures” made to look like latin words like “mindeless creaturas.” The generator is fine, but the artwork on the generator is really spectacular.

When to use it: Halloween and during the Zombie apocalypse.
Happy typing!

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