When I was a little kid, I kinda hated getting my photo taken. Going to the seaside was about the sea and not keeping my hair nice for twenty minutes while my father was getting a hold of his new camera. Christmas was also a drag. I mean, exchanging presents and sitting at the table was wholesome, but organizing everyone in front of the damn tree so nobody would fall out of frame -- not so much.

However, family photos aren't just for the people in them but for future generations as well. Someday, my children, nieces, and nephews will look at them and realize that my crooked smile doesn't mean I hate them. They'll realize I've had it since forever. And hopefully, it'll make it easier for them to get along with my grumpy old butt. They're about creating memories, documenting growth, and revealing character.

Awkward Family Photos is an online celebration of these things. It's a place that invites people to submit all the funny, cringy, and of course, awkward moments their family has caught on film, proving that we all know how to make a fool of ourselves, and our descendants will certainly get to enjoy that.

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"My friends Grandma's house. She put a magazine cut out of Leonardo DiCaprio over her late (not so nice) husband's face. The 80+ year old's version of photoshop."

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2WheelTravlr
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1 month ago

That is fantastic!

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Recently, Awkward Family Photos even released Cringeworthy, an outrageous adult party game of painfully hilarious, unbelievably awkward situations. But you could say the road to where the project is today started way back.

Mike Bender, one of the main people behind Awkward Family Photos, has always had a connection to awkwardness and comedy. "As a kid, I was very aware of awkward situations," he told Bored Panda. "I didn't exactly want them to happen but when they did, I was excited to have a new story to tell. I think it led me to become a writer after graduating college. I wrote my first movie at age 22 called Not Another Teen Movie and continued to work as a screenwriter for about 13 years."

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"My great-grandma in the 80's."

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Francis
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i want to be exactly like her when i am old!!

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When the film business began to shift, Mike started to search for opportunities online and saw there was a lot of potential for creative expression there. "Around that time, in 2009, I went home to my parents' house for the weekend and saw my mother putting up what was for me an awkward family photo from my teenage years. She had framed it and was going to hang it in the wall."

"I thought that was such a peculiar idea -- to memorialize this awkward moment. But I also thought it was intriguing. So I met with my writing partner and friend, Doug Chernack, who I grew up with in New Jersey, and he told me that his childhood home was full of awkward family photos. And so we decided to start a website and our only hope was that if we posted our awkward pics, others would do the same."

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“I took my 2002 Senior Year with my bird, Jeff. It made the yearbook. 10 years later, I caught him reflecting on our long history. Sentimentality in its truest form.”

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Aww, that is sweet/tweet.

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There were only a few blogs built on user-submitted material at that time, so the guys put up the site and within a week, it blew up, blowing them away, too. "We started receiving awkward photos from all over the world! It felt like something big was happening."

Now, Mike is 45, married, and has two kids. Awkward Family Photos gets hundreds of photos a week, focusing on the most surprising ones. Mike thinks their project got so big because we all can relate to these photos in some way. "Even if it's not their family. they see their family in others and there's something comforting about knowing that you're not alone."

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“Grandma wanted a photo with her Thanksgiving table settings. Nobody thought to check the mirror.”

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Elsker
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1 month ago

hilarious <3

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“My mom has this picture hanging on her wall in her house for everyone to see. She sends it to me every Mother’s Day. This is me when my kids were little. Apparently my kids needed me and so did the dog, while I’m on the toilet.”

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Vicky Zar
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1 month ago

What a good, beautiful Mom!

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"My daughter looks like a mom that regrets all her life decisions."

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Carole Reid
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1 month ago

So cute. So right.

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"My Great-Grandmother, born in 1899. Never met her, but definitely a legend."

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DforDorothy
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1 month ago

Definitely! :D

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“This old picture of my great-grandmother, far left, makes it look like the cameraman just stumbled into a secret meeting of the grandmas.”

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DforDorothy
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1 month ago

'you heard our super-secret cookie recipe! Now we have to eliminate you!'

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“My hubby is a teacher. I’m a stay-at-home Mom. We have 5 kiddos, 4 of them adopted through foster care. A long time ago, I heard our pastor point out that when it comes to kids, rules without relationship = rebellion. From that day forward, I made a promise to myself to always make relationship with our kids a priority. And that means having fun with them and having a sense of humor. We want to teach our kids that being able to laugh at yourself (not in a bad, degrading way, but in a good way) is a wonderful attribute. So, we always do crazy photos for our Christmas cards. This year, we decided to make an awkward family photo.”

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Diellza
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1 month ago

Lol we love a family with a sense of humour!

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“During a cousins photo shoot, my brother fell off the stool mid-temper tantrum and the photographer managed to catch all of my cousins’ reactions.”

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Oh, those trousers from the 90's.

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"Reason #82 why dads shouldn't be left alone with their kids."

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

This is adorable!

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#12

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“Grandma fell asleep. Then the tide came in.”

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Tee
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1 month ago

When your done with 2020

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“This picture was taken at my daughter’s preschool. I think the photographer thought having her hold a flower would make for a really cute and innocent picture.”

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Jo Choto
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1 month ago

The demon is strong in this one.

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“My parents keep this framed on the wall. It’s a poem written and illustrated by my brother in second grade.”

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

I love the illustration. It is so succinct.

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"My swag peaked in 1987."

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postboredom
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1 month ago

...and then Mrs. Michelle told us to colour in the picture, absurd isn't it? May I have another shot of this no-preservatives fruit juice, please?

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"I found my spirit animal at a very young age."

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postboredom
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1 month ago

it looks like the little girl is breaking off their friendship.. and the hippo still wants to be her friend

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“One year my mom made my brother and I outfits from the drapes that came with our beautiful couch.”

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago (edited)

There is nothing like blending in with the upholstery.

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"My friend's baby pictures look like Mrs. Doubtfire."

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

She does, indeed.

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"My mom and dad in DC in the late 80s."

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

I mean, it was the 80's. Your parents make a great looking couple, by the way.

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“Her husband went to the pregnancy room with her to cheer her up.”

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Francis
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1 month ago

he did cheer her up :D

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"My friend's three-year-old son in preschool today."

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Adam C
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1 month ago

awesome outfit, and that make up is just perfekt.

RaroaRaroa
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1 month ago

But does he know who he's portraying? Surely he's not been allowed to watch IT at his age.

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Jace
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1 month ago

That's clearly a Pennywise the Clown costume. On a preschool kid. WTF, parents? :-D

Cathrine Aasen
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1 month ago

Hahaha! Coolest parent ever..!

Oskar vanZandt
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1 month ago

Nope... not creepy at all! YIKES!

Monica Reed
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1 month ago

Hehehe a mini Pennywise

Jessica Jeffery
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1 month ago

I'm amazed a 3 year old is putting up with that makeup for so long

HempFairy
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1 month ago

Cool and terrifying.

Finch
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1 month ago

Pennywise the preschool years.

Randomcthulu
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1 month ago

This was taken from a thread about a Japanese girl who wore this costume a couple of years ago, someone always digs it up for these threads...

Holly Allen
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1 month ago (edited)

If his teacher wasn't scared of him before....

Daria Z
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1 month ago

So cool!

madasyn le'Von
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1 day ago

im gonna do that to my kids

Larkyn Blue
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3 weeks ago

XD

Sheri O'Sullivan
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1 month ago

Keep him away from small animals.

Azure Adams
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1 month ago

Best parent ever!! None of that cutesy crap. Real halloween at a good young age.

Mia Cardenas
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1 month ago

Pennywise! Great outfit and makeup

BusLady
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1 month ago

I'm glad to see that there is not a red balloon.

Emily Barnes
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1 month ago

Awesome!!

Tyler Boyce
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1 month ago

Perfectly sized to.

kjorn
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1 month ago

that's just a gorgeous costume!

Patty Stier
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5 hours ago

Too spooky!!

Mr_Person
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3 days ago

Watch out! 😳

BoredDragon
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5 days ago

Heheheh

🐺MoonShadow 😍😘😈
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2 weeks ago

i bet the teachers like, "Okay, Then?"

Randy Klefbeck
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2 weeks ago

It.

ArhomR
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3 weeks ago

Chucky!!

Maureen Laneski
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1 month ago

I cannot with this! Tears.

Liz Sahlin
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1 month ago

Halloween party?

Calvin Currier
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1 month ago

That witch be scary tho

Mildred Thompson
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1 month ago

Aw right - what's next!

Alivia Johnson
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1 month ago

SCRY

Patty Leaton
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1 month ago

the beginning

Barb Braun
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1 month ago

Well, that's just super creepy!

Kim Bush
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1 month ago (edited)

Trying to get that makeup off a 3yr old is going to be the bigger nightmare

PanditoBandito
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1 month ago

I want to be friends w that kids parents!

Raya Todeva
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1 month ago

Wow!

t clark
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1 month ago

That is AWESOME!!

Tugg Ster
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1 month ago

Holy shiznit

Elizabeth Gardner
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1 month ago

The joker ?.....has yet to grow up !

23AClark
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1 month ago

I'm not sure if this little one is happy or not.

Lynda Nesbitt
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1 month ago

"IT-the early years."

Judith Wilson
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1 month ago

Yep. He's lovin it !

Marnie
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1 month ago

I see nothing awkward or funny. It's a great costume.

Natasha Arceo
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1 month ago

his makeup is on fLeEk

Chris DiFonso
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1 month ago

Why? Why do this?

Michelle Alexander
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1 month ago

Omg coolest picture ever!!! I laughed so hard......what I wouldn't do to meet the awesome parents.....so very cool

Patty Hyde
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1 month ago

Poor kid

Kimberly
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1 month ago

Oh my gosh my nephew and him would be BFFs! He is 4 and has the full costume as well. They did an activity in preschool where the teacher wrote down what everyone wants to be when they grow up beside their names. My nephews said Pennywise! :D

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
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1 month ago

IT at kindergarden?

Courtney Christelle
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1 month ago

Terrifyingly adorable.

Anor Anor
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1 month ago

If he grows up to be a serial killer - the Mom should be jailed.

BusLady
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1 month ago

Naw. She'd be his first victim.

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Vicki Perizzolo
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1 month ago

kid's going to have a complex later

Judie Mindrum
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1 month ago

I bet all the other kids were terrified of him, Chuckie is here!

Dave Emilio
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1 month ago

I want that wig/mask!

Daniel Callaway
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1 month ago

WOW!!

🐺MoonShadow 😍😘😈
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1 month ago

best costume ever!

Toea Muresan Iulia
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1 month ago

little Joker...

Cybele Spanjaard
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1 month ago

I did NOT want to be a Chucky

Cindy Roth
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1 month ago

In.

Pandola
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1 month ago

uuuuuuuuaaaaaaaaaooooohhhhhhhhh...it's baby IT

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“This is me and my dad 1977 Coney Island. He would be vilified and in jail today for this.”

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DforDorothy
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1 month ago

I can't decide if that is laughter or fear on your face.

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"When your Grandma looks like Taylor Swift and your Grandpa looks like Hugh Hefner's Brother."

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Phoebe Bean
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1 month ago

Taylor Swift, yes!

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"My mom with her brothers and sisters in the 1980s."

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

This looks like a soap opera advert.

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“Bring a toddler to a wedding, they said. It will be cute, they said.”

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

The kid looks like possessed spawn.

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"My dad teaching math in Southern California, late 70's/early 80's."

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Thea Leval
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1 month ago

Tbh if I had this guy in math I might actually enjoy it

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“My mom said this was one of my favorite things to do as a child.”

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Jumilicious
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1 month ago

I'm actually crying laughing :,-)

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"Just thought I'd share this old picture I found of me and my dad. Hopefully you guys enjoy it as much as I did."

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DforDorothy
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1 month ago

Mini Me.

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"My mother and grandmother demonstrating safety standards in the 1960s."

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Tee
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1 month ago

NOPE! Wait who is taking the picture?

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“There’s a reason why my sisters were accepted into private school and I wasn’t.”

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DforDorothy
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1 month ago

It's always the youngest :D

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"Our social distance Easter photos turned out terrifying."

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago (edited)

That is one scary Easter Bunny, looming in the distance.

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“My great-grandmother worked for a photography studio in the 80’s. She was watching us one day and decided to surprise my mother with professional photos of the three of us. This gem was one of the pictures. I love how my sisters look so cute in the corner of the photo while I am in a food coma floating in the sky.”

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Phoebe Bean
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1 month ago

"Food coma"! (I´m sorry to say that´s accurate...)

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“My friend managed to make this bubble.”

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DforDorothy
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1 month ago

Bubbled*ck!

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“I was baptised when I was about 10 and yes, those are my legs.”

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Scagsy
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1 month ago

This could be mistaken for an exorcism

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“There was a moth in our kitchen.”

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Francis
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1 month ago

how to occupy four living creatures at once - 101

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My grandfather sent me this photo, which he took in celebration of his eightieth birthday.”

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Stew Leckie
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1 month ago

Are those fig leaves? I would be in the hospital 10 minutes later ! lol....

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“If your mum wasn’t making herself into a ramp for your new BMX, did she even love you? 1980’s.”

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Phoebe Bean
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1 month ago

Wonder Woman!

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“Got my 10-year-old daughter dressed up for a nice New Year’s Eve dinner and tried taking a pretty picture of her. I got a haunting photo that looks like she is missing her evil twin.”

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Francis
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1 month ago

i thought you tried on pupose to make it look like the shining...

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“Meet Uncle Jack, the goth uncle.”

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Sioux White
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1 month ago

My sister was going through her goth stage when my daughter was born. My partner called her the Auntie Christ.

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"My Mom took me to a Glamour Shots in the mall when I was 11 years old. I walked out as a middle aged woman who wants to speak to the manager. This is framed in my parents living room."

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DforDorothy
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1 month ago

11 going on 35.

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"That moment you realize you're not the only child anymore."

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Tyler Boyce
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1 month ago

Did he have the baby

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"My great-aunt uses her old television as a stand for her new one."

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Elsker
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1 month ago

it ain't stupid if it works:D

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“We had the worst wedding photographer in the world. I think this says it all.”

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DforDorothy
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1 month ago

Your husband was Gollum and you were his 'prrrecciiioous'?

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“My adorable son was a wee bit chubby as a baby.”

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RaroaRaroa
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1 month ago

He looks like he's just evolved in the sink and is now climbing out.

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“Halloween 1994, when my parents told us they were a sock and a sock box, and asked us to put on our white pajamas, because we were dryer lint.”

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Tee
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1 month ago

Sure...socks

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“Not sure what grandma and her friend are up to.” 

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Tovah Roche
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1 month ago

"Take Your Grandma to Work Day" at Area 51.

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"This is my friend’s husband inside a pumpkin bounce house. Nothing better than a family outing where you see a live breech birth.”

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Sabse
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1 month ago

Pumpkin... sure, a pumpkin....

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“My siblings and I were forced into a ‘pet look alike’ competition. It still haunts us.”

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DforDorothy
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1 month ago

Do you still wake up howling in the middle of the night?

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"My Mom's bed hung from chains, and she had a mini bar for a headboard. 1972."

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Phoebe Bean
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1 month ago

Cat: "I don´t want to be here"

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"Me picking mushrooms in Belarus in 1987, one year after the Chernobyl meltdown in neighboring Ukraine."

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Carole Reid
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1 month ago

I s your name "Alice"?

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