Puppies, kittens, and those adorable little babies better beware—if you're far too cute you inspire some serious aggression! Run for your lives! Nobody's chubby, squeezable cheeks are safe from the pinching that would put your grandmother's to shame!
Research at Yale University tells us how merely seeing something cute brings on a strong, aggressive feeling, known as “cute aggression” (a rather fitting name). The experiment was to show participants slides of cute, funny, and normal animal pictures while they held bubble wrap in their hands. They were told to pop as many or as few bubbles as they wished while looking at the pictures. Those looking at cute slides popped many more bubbles than the others.
The researches explain that it doesn't mean we want to harm cute things, though some things are simply so cute we can barely stand it. It may actually be a protective response, or the brain venting extreme feelings of happiness. These are just theories, though. We're still not sure why that cat wearing a little butler uniform makes our head want to explode and fingers become clamping lobster claws.