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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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?

aw man i'm all outta cash
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2 months ago

Oh my god. Thank you

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Katy McMouse
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2 months ago

"So I says to the guy, that's not a moose, that's my wife."

Bacony Cakes
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2 months ago

And so, he says, "You ARE a moose! We're all mooses!" and then, i'm all like "No, the plural is meese!" and then...

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Ms.M.
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2 months ago

Looks like one of my work associates who's a 50+ year old man! :-D

Jaybird3939
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2 months ago

Customer said he couldn't afford the car. I told him "you can't afford NOT to buy this car."

glowworm2
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2 months ago

Looks like a tiny business man.

IzzieM
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2 months ago

Aaaaaw!

Levi Baker
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2 months ago

And then I said to da guy...

Jean Shultz
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2 months ago

Well see....you need to get a hedge fund account.

WildBerry
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2 months ago

Looks like he's a mini Truman Capote.

Got Critters?
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2 months ago

But what about his hand? Does anyone else see the fingers?

S
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2 months ago

"So 2 guys walk into a bar..."

kjorn
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2 months ago

87?... this looks like 67 for me

Misterscooter
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2 months ago

The Far Side kid.

Pandola
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2 months ago

adorable little man

Mildred Thompson
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2 months ago

My Mom talked with her hands too!

mo 모
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2 months ago

how is his finger doing that

Jose Ortiz
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2 months ago

Looks like a pastor that's about to take everyones money

La La Lynch
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1 month ago

That's actually a pretty granny-dress.

Liz Sahlin
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2 months ago

A young Churchill?

heystobit1231
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2 months ago

Boss baby of the past

Natasha Arceo
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2 months ago

is that a 50 year old man in a kids body

Caroline Driver
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2 months ago

4 going on 68

Max L.
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2 months ago

Ceo is born

saskgayle
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2 months ago

Looks like a politician. What a love.

Cybele Spanjaard
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2 months ago

The real little man

Grumble O'Pug
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2 months ago

#Winning!

Tor Rolf Strøm
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2 months ago (edited)

aunt and mini-aunt

OCDRobot
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1 month ago

lmao he looks like a grown man yet still a kid somehow.

Candice Stanner
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2 months ago

So I says to Mabel I says

Mildred Thompson
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2 months ago

Well, at least you had one.

Patty Leaton
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2 months ago

oh my limos is waiting out side

Kate
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2 months ago

Truman Capote?

Kim Bush
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2 months ago

Looks like he's giving a toast at a wedding, after all he does look like the best man

ALEXANDER BARNES
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2 months ago

She looks like she just saw a scorpion

Blue
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2 months ago

He has his speech all ready for the toast.

Lynda Nesbitt
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2 months ago

Bill Gates at an early Microsoft meeting.

Shopper East
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2 months ago

"... so yeah. I got tired of being poked in the ribs at weddings and being told "you'll be next" by my old aunts, so now I do it to them at funerals ..."

Chris DiFonso
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2 months ago

He has a way with the ladies!

Erica Kendrick
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2 months ago

I got a picture of my son as a baby pulling off the Elvis sneer

Elaine Mattingly
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2 months ago

Awsome!

NWB
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2 months ago

100% bet there is booze in that cup! hahaha the 80s were great!

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

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postboredom
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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 months 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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2 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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2 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
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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 months ago

I s your name "Alice"?

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