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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9 months 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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9 months ago (edited)

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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months ago

This is adorable!

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

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Tee
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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months ago

awesome outfit, and that make up is just perfekt.

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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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months ago

it ain't stupid if it works:D

That Guy
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8 months ago

Yeah. Modern problems require modern solutions

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
9 months ago

Why not? No point buying a whole new piece of furniture and chucking the tv away when you can save money and recycle the tv to do what a tv stand would do.

Francis
Community Member
9 months ago

a good way of recycling i guess

Raine Soo
Community Member
9 months ago

What's wrong? My family does that too.

Cassie
Community Member
9 months ago

I like it. The juxtaposition of old and new is also practical. No waste, no strained back, and it works.

CatWoman312
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9 months ago

Modern problems require modern solutions

Carlota
Community Member
9 months ago

Looks good, empty the old one snd put dome plants in it

Katy McMouse
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9 months ago

Thrifty.

Jennifer
Community Member
9 months ago

makes sense. those oldies weigh about 500 lbs.

WildBerry
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9 months ago

Nope. I recently lifted one with my brother and moved it down a flight of steps.

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John Montgomery
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9 months ago

To be fair, older TVs looked much cooler. I could see wanting to keep it as decoration. I essentially do the same thing with a rotary phone I've had since I was little. It still works, but it's more for display.

Brian Leahy
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9 months ago

I'm pretty sure Jeff Foxworthy did a joke about this. "If your TV stand is your old, broken TV - you might be a redneck..."

Matthew Smith
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9 months ago

My broken dvd player performs the same function for the TV in the kitchen.

boredpanDaman
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9 months ago

thats a crime! the old tv looks fantastic

James F. Wilson Jr.
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9 months ago

And you should see what she did with her first husband

WildBerry
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9 months ago

LOL !!!!

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Missy Barton
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9 months ago

My grandparents had that same television with a smaller television on top of it

Liz
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9 months ago

ngl that's a pretty cool TV stand

M Dream
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9 months ago

great idea!

madasyn le'Von
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7 months ago

if that aint redneck i dont know what is

Phaedra Kalis
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8 months ago

clever

Kathy Murray
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9 months ago

Old people do that

Donna Mixon
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9 months ago

That’s what we did

Brian Rasmussen
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9 months ago

Better than an Apple stand to 999$

Jean Thompson
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9 months ago

makes sense ...

Courtney Christelle
Community Member
9 months ago

My grandma did this.

Brandi VanSteenwyk
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9 months ago

I can guarantee you she ain't the only one.

Anor Anor
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9 months ago

I bet the lower one still works and the top one doesn't.

Tim Skeens
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9 months ago

Make the old tv into a fish tank

Steven Essex
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9 months ago

It's a vintage "Television" stand!

Rita Maneata
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9 months ago

I was just mentioning that my grandparents did this also.

Sue Knerl
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9 months ago

So do I.

Bob Belcher
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9 months ago

There's a Jeff Foxworthy joke about this. I think you know how it goes.

marnidarr
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2 months ago

Make her a fish tank out of the old set.

Diane Johnson
Community Member
8 months ago

Didn't everyone do that???

Randy Klefbeck
Community Member
8 months ago

The cabinetry is nice. Take the old tube out, replace it with a piece of plexiglass, a put a movie photo, advert for popcorn, onesheet, or .....awkward family photo it in framed by the the old T.V.

Fran Stateler
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8 months ago

Waste not, want not.

Maureen Laneski
Community Member
8 months ago

We had that up North. Like, in the realtor photos, the TVs were still like this.

KATELYNN MACHOWSKI
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8 months ago

oml my grandparents do that!!!!!!

Liz Sahlin
Community Member
9 months ago

Practical.

Go Hawks
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9 months ago

Sturdier than most entertainment centers!

Calvin Currier
Community Member
9 months ago

2 NFL games at once

Paulina
Community Member
9 months ago

I love the idea!

Kim Bush
Community Member
9 months ago

Retro chic

LadyAna
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9 months ago

Hey, throw a cute table covering over the old TV and no one will even know the difference!

Martyna Gawron
Community Member
9 months ago

Zero waste in practice

jenjie.newt
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9 months ago

My parents use their 1970s microwave as an end table

Wbezkys Pwqaku
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9 months ago

To quote Jeff Foxworthy: "If your working TV sits on top of your broken TV, you just might be a..... "

Isaac Rose
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9 months ago

they don't call it an "up"grade for nothing...

Susan Reaves
Community Member
9 months ago

My parents did this too!

Brenda Johnson
Community Member
9 months ago

I would have made it into a dog or cat bed, or maybe a terrarium with a light.

Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
9 months ago

Waste not, want not

Moose Face
Community Member
9 months ago

We had a big colour TV with no sound, and a smaller black and white one on top with sound. Worked fine.

Naomi Cline
Community Member
9 months ago

That’s up cycling at its finest! I recommend throwing a table cloth over it first though. Or removing the tube and making it into a mini bar.

Shopper East
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9 months ago

At last! Someone who understands the concept of "Backups"!

Dorothy Cloud
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9 months ago

Waste not, want not!

Jaybird3939
Community Member
9 months ago

Getting rid of those old tv's is practically impossible. Might as well us it for some other function.

Marnie
Community Member
9 months ago

Is that abnormal? ;-) I had that setup for a while.

Cecile Desjardins
Community Member
9 months ago

Very design

Regina Phalange
Community Member
9 months ago

damnit where the hell is the new one???

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
9 months ago

The reflection on the top one must be distracting..but she does not want to bet rid of her nice piece of carved furniture .Maybe a soft long cover over the old screen would be best!!

Jace
Community Member
9 months ago

Practical repurposing of a... TV furniture. Also, the [now adult] kids can still play their retro game systems on that lower one.

glowworm2
Community Member
9 months ago

My modern computer screen sits on top of the old modem of a previous one.

Catlady6000
Community Member
9 months ago

Take out the tune and the guys, paint or stain the inside, put down padding, and you have a really nice pet ebd

Catlady6000
Community Member
9 months ago

"tube" and "bed"

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Tyler Boyce
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9 months ago

2 TVS

Louloubelle
Community Member
9 months ago

Love practical old ladies.

kjorn
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9 months ago

why not? Don't need to buy stuff

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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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9 months 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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9 months 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
Community Member
9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months 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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9 months ago

I s your name "Alice"?

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