We all grew up watching Garfield on TV and reading his comic strips, but there's a lot we don't know about the famous orange cat.
For instance, where did Odie come from and how did he first meet Garfield? You may think that Jon Arbuckle bought him at a pet store like Garfield, but that's not the case. And after learning the real answer, fans only have more questions.
It turns out Jon isn't Odie's originally owner. The dimwitted dog once belonged to Jon's roommate, Lyman.
Wondering why you've never heard of Lyman? The character only appeared in the late '70s and early '80s before disappearing from the strip altogether, and leaving his dog with Jon. So far that's not so strange, but Garfield creator Jim Davis' explanation for why Lyman left in the first place has raised a few eyebrows.
In a 20th anniversary collection of Garfield strips, Davis gave a number of reasons for Lyman's exit from the comic. See how #1 makes you feel:
Pretty creepy right? Thing only get weirder from here...