Have you ever had difficulties trying to get a baby to sit down and pose for a picture? It’s a huge headache now, but it was even harder for mothers in the Victorian era, when camera technology made posing for photographs difficult. These weird photos will show you how these mothers got their kids to calm down to get their pictures taken. Babies had to be held by their mothers who, with the best of intentions, hid themselves in quite peculiar and creepy ways so they could calm their child and also stay out of the shot.
Some of the kids on this list, however, sound so creepy that you have to wonder whether they just might be growing up to be terrifying psychopaths. This list was collected from mommies and daddies posting the weird stuff they’ve heard their kids say on Reddit. The Reddit thread is full of stories about seemingly possessed kids, kids who see dead people, and kids who are harboring murderous tendencies.
There is now a Twitter account called @FacesPics dedicated to just that – pictures of random stuff that looks like it has a face. Seeing faces in random objects is called pareidolia, a term for giving random or unrelated stimuli (mostly vision or sound) meaning. Many theorize that pareidolia is a hard-wired mental feature that has helped us quickly recognize and identify human faces and make sense of the world around us. Judging by these pics, all it really takes is two eyes and a mouth to make a face.
How sure are you of your geographical knowledge? Buzzfeed recently put Americans’ geographical knowledge to the test with a survey in which participants had to write in countries’ names on a blank European political map. Unfortunately, they didn’t fare too well, but some of their responses are hilarious (or hilariously mis-informed).
Stuff On Scout’s Head is a blog run by Jen Gillen, a woman of patience, and her dog Scout, who could blow any circus poodle off the stage with his master balancing skills. On Stuff On Scout’s Head, Gillen posts pictures of, you guessed it, Scout balancing things on his head. Not only can he hold a roll of toilet paper on his head (which is how it all started), but he can hold a laptop, a bucket of paint or even a vase as well. Scout is so well-trained that not even a slice of pizza or a pyramid of burgers can distract him.
Moscow-based designer Ilya Kalimulin has created a series of images imagining what the weirdest products by well-known companies and brands might look like. His imagined products have gained a viral following on a number of Russian-language art and deign blogs, which in turn have gathered the ideas of other creative designers as well.
French photographer Sophie Gamand decided to create a natural and very cute photo series of dogs getting wet during their grooming procedures. What makes the fittingly-titled Wet Dog photo series so funny is how realistically these little fellows react to water and shampoo. Some fur balls remain stoic and pretend that everything’s OK, but others don’t even try to hide their emotions, and you can see the misery, surprise and even anger in their eyes. Don’t worry, though – not a single doggy was harmed during this photoshoot.
History can be a heavy subject, but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s an awesome collection of photographs from the 1920s-1940s covering something a little bit more light-hearted and everyday – women’s beauty products and procedures. People had regular everyday lives back then as well. They worried about many of the same things then that we worry about now. However, curling your hair or smoothing your wrinkles 60-70 years ago looked a lot different than it does now.
New York-based artist George Ferrandi has put our tolerance for strangers to the test in her quirky and fun photo project “It Felt Like I Knew You.” The premise of Ferrandi’s project is simple – she pretends to fall asleep on a total stranger on the NY subway system, and her associate Angela Gilland captured their reactions on her phone. Some commuters let Ferrandi snooze, while others either woke her or moved their seats.
What if Isaac Newton had Instagram when he discovered gravity, or if DaVinci posted Instagram teasers while working on the Mona Lisa? This is the idea behind Histagrams, a site created by designers Gusto NYC and Gavin Alaoen that features instagrams posted by some of history’s biggest players. What if Isaac Newton had Instagram when he discovered gravity, or if DaVinci posted Instagram teasers while working on the Mona Lisa?
Damien Greenhalgh, Labour County Councillor for Glossop and Charlesworth, became a Twitter legend after he posted a picture showing “How to look like Batman, using your cat.” The hilarious photo has already received more than 19K retweets, and the guy was named “CATMAN”. It’s not clear whether it was inspired by the popular cat-bearding trend, but it will definitely inspire a new trend!
You’d think that a food company would want to do some research to make sure that their food isn’t ridiculed or doesn’t seem repulsive, but some of these guys don’t seem to have gotten that memo. Some of these are lost in translation errors – we can only hope that that Chinese food company isn’t selling shredded children. Others, like the Brits’ faggots in sauce, seem funny only because modern slang has re-appropriated their names.