There's something about stock photos that make them instantly recognizable as a genre, a weird, posey cheesiness often unified by hilariously bad photo editing. When you see a stock photo, you just know that it's a stock photo.

Trying to represent so many different topics, ideas, concepts, and scenarios into single photographs make the job difficult for photographers and actors, and how they fail is a source of absolute comedy gold. The hashtag #BadStockPhotosOfMyJob, originally started by scientists, has been going around and it is a perfect collection of the times when stock photographers clearly had no idea what they were doing with their weird photos. The fails, along with the funny photoshop, inherent cheesiness of the weird stock photos and the indignation of those whose jobs are woefully misrepresented, combine for a perfect storm of funny photos!

Scroll down below to check out a list of Bored Panda's favorite funny stock photos!

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johnthevet Report

Gabriel Proulx-Jalbert
Community Member
2 years ago

Notice the stethoscope is not even on his ears.

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XtremeRPh Report

C
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2 years ago

This actually looks like an exhausted pharmacist after people have been showing him their rashes all day.

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MikeSidel Report

Pepper
Community Member
2 years ago

i wish i could sometimes

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DrJenGunter Report

birdhouse
Community Member
2 years ago

What the hell is this?

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skepticpedi Report

Reggie Kraken
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2 years ago

haha this is the best.

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tauntz Report

Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

Moreover, you obviously use a font size of 22pt or more when coding. This must lead to solid code!

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medievalismish Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

you've rented it for the day, why not get your money's worth

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James_W_C Report

C
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2 years ago

This looks like every CSI episode ever

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firefoxx66 Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

that's what all the funding goes on, making teeny tiny tweezers

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Trouty_Trout Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

i thought he was a tree doctor...

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JuliusGoat Report

athornedrose
Community Member
2 years ago

what is it supposed to represent?

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ShannaGermain Report

glowworm2
Community Member
2 years ago

Take a letter, Maria. Address it to my wife.

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JimMFelton Report

Fire Bird
Community Member
2 years ago

Safety glasses on just in case a rogue meteorite hits him in the eye. Safety first.

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Samanticka Report

Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

Even more: slytherins with firearms!

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DrSCubed Report

Magpie
Community Member
2 years ago

This one made me laugh too much! :D

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#16

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carlson_natasha Report

Cactuar Jon
Community Member
2 years ago

#chillinatthebeachwithmypetpottedplant #thatsjusthowiroll

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LizTunbridge Report

David Lyon
Community Member
2 years ago

How does this guy eat an ice cream? Helix it!

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Duke_of_neural Report

Kjorn
Community Member
2 years ago

from everything i learn in Tampax commercial is that blue liquid is nothing seductive

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leofromtherock Report

Pan Da
Community Member
2 years ago

Well having recently left academia for this very reason ... I'd say it's pretty accurate

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_JohnnyJones Report

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
2 years ago

And off came his jaw...

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#21

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Botanygeek Report

noitall man
Community Member
2 years ago

JImmy forgot the damn gloves! Oh well, just take the pic and let's move on.

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Andrew_AL98 Report

Jan Feline
Community Member
2 years ago

This one made me laugh.

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#23

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Nicole_Paulk Report

Lou Wow
Community Member
2 years ago

He’s sciencing. Stop poking fun.

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#24

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craftmike Report

Kristy Neame
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm crying!

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#25

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tara818 Report

devi L.
Community Member
2 years ago

God damn it Jessica!

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bmarcus128 Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

fun fact: the brain named itself

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engineerchick85 Report

C
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2 years ago

Her pen looks like Cruella's cigarette

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c00kiekobold Report

Chris Pitch
Community Member
2 years ago

Let us go through the drill one more time

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AnnemariebArt Report

Giorgio Prodoti
Community Member
2 years ago

mmmh... paint brush...

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#30

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the_only_RN Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

is she calling Aquaman?

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blendertom Report

Christine Blackburne-Kowal
Community Member
2 years ago

I typically point all of my lights at my ass, I can't have the model looking better than me.

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Sim0nRedfern Report

Usernameofgag
Community Member
2 years ago

Where I bury my bone last time?

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MicrobiomDigest Report

Fred Burrows
Community Member
2 years ago

Wonder Twin powers , Activate.

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#34

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astefanowitsch Report

Lou Wow
Community Member
2 years ago

Well somebody has to do it I guess.

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#35

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fluorescent0 Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

i don't know what it is, but I wanna do it as a career...

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ChristaTrex Report

Magpie
Community Member
2 years ago

Is it just me that has an overwhelming urge to put gloves on that mouse ? Is that caused purely by the sight of blue liquid ?

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DrCarnivorous Report

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
2 years ago

He's obviously poked his eye out too many times with the microscope.

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#38

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kasson_wvu Report

David Lyon
Community Member
2 years ago

Hope that isn't a Mandrake. "The cry of the Mandrake is fatal to anyone who hears it." —Hermione Granger

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doegox Report

Monilip
Community Member
2 years ago

This is too painful to watch. I almost smell burnings...

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_njd_ Report

SykesDaMan
Community Member
2 years ago

I broke my glasses so...

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#41

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VernonSys Report

Lou Wow
Community Member
2 years ago

The transmogrification experiment actually worked, much to everyone’s surprise. Now they had to get their professor back as he is now clearly a chicken.

Nick P
Community Member
2 years ago

They might be asking the chicken who came first; the Chicken or the Egg...

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Dian Ella Lillie
Community Member
2 years ago

C'mon, the goose could do it: you can too - lay us a golden egg!

Paul K. Johnson
Community Member
2 years ago

"Hi mom, just wanted to let you know I finally got my big modeling break." "The job? Not sure... all I know is I wear a lab coat and stare at a chicken with a bunch of other models."

Rob Holliday
Community Member
2 years ago

Actually, this is a cut scene from the straight to DVD sequel of "The Men Who Stare at Goats". Needless to say, Clooney wasn't impressed with the script.

Pam Baich
Community Member
2 years ago

So, Mr. Chicken, why did you cross the road???

May Be
Community Member
2 years ago

I think the only one in the photo who is a scientist is the chicken.

Patricia Ross
Community Member
2 years ago

QUIET! He's about to reveal the meaning of life.

Ildiko Okido
Community Member
2 years ago

She...

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Peter Kealey
Community Member
2 years ago

The chicken finally revealed to a spellbound audience, why it crossed the road.

Helen Wood
Community Member
2 years ago

One day, this chicken will tell us why it crossed the road.

Lily Robertson
Community Member
2 years ago

Who stared first? The chicken or the egghead?

Tony Moon
Community Member
2 years ago

As a geologist I can now see where I went wrong....

Ginge
Community Member
2 years ago

It seems it's telling quite an interesting story

Usernameofgag
Community Member
2 years ago

What come first, chicken or egg...

lia minou
Community Member
2 years ago

based on the eager looks on their faces it seems more like the chicken is giving a very interesting lecture..

Dan Gerszewski
Community Member
2 years ago

The lesser-known sequel to "the men who stare at goats"

Nick P
Community Member
2 years ago

They might be asking the chicken who came first; the Chicken or the Egg...

Monica O'Rourke
Community Member
2 years ago

We finally ask the source on that pesky "what came first?" question.

htweeo
Community Member
2 years ago

Maury - and you are the father

Paizleypie
Community Member
1 month ago

Chicken says "A watch-egg never lays".

Shanna Fitzgerald
Community Member
5 months ago

I think they are waiting for the chicken to lay the egg. It's like waiting for the water to boil.

Tamás Polyák
Community Member
1 year ago

So which came first?

Kurt Kessler
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe the chicken's presenting a paper.

Debi Warford
Community Member
1 year ago

Waiting to see which comes first...

Jim Blanas
Community Member
1 year ago

See, now this is a proper Chicken Drop. I don't know WHAT the thing with the mouse and blue fluid was about.

Cookie
Community Member
2 years ago

So chickens came first. The egg is still nowhere to be seen.

Kat K
Community Member
2 years ago

that is one good looking chicken!

Bobby Jones
Community Member
2 years ago

this was the first idea for the movie, the men who stare at goats - "People in lab coats who stare at chicken"

Jose Baeyens
Community Member
2 years ago

Adoration of the hen after she's produced a full egg box.

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

Year 3000. They've never seen a chicken before, until they cloned this one.

Hamlets twin
Community Member
2 years ago

The eternal debate of which came first continues on

Kelly Horrigan
Community Member
2 years ago

The beginning of the "Free Range" chicken

LSR
Community Member
2 years ago

What? They probably never saw a big cock before...

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
2 years ago

But if you don't wear the lab coat it doesn't count.

panda
Community Member
2 years ago

Who came first egg or chicken??

mbergen
Community Member
2 years ago

Maybe they are playing chicken $hit bingo?

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luketharrington Report

Kjorn
Community Member
2 years ago

damn. i have to put back all those letters on the page again!

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Creatrix5 Report

James Butterworth
Community Member
2 years ago

And the trackpad is MUCH easier than a mouse or pen tablet, clearly! Also, coloured tape and 4 scissors because.

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UrsulaV Report

alwright
Community Member
2 years ago

Aw Waldo finally has a family! Good for him.

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mariekeriethof Report

Jennifer Powell
Community Member
2 years ago

And forgetting to include NEW ZEALAND.

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ncdominie Report

Lou Wow
Community Member
2 years ago

Let’s hope students can read complex maths backwards!

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nuclearkatie Report

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

And don't forget your cell phone. You might get a call

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ladyjulbug Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

my homework?! the dog ate it? no? oh... well I swam in it??

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nuclearkatie Report

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
2 years ago

These atoms are much bigger than when I was young.

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Samanthosaurus Report

Lou Wow
Community Member
2 years ago

When hypnotists play a prank on you and you don’t find out until a few days later when you’re eating bowls of dirt.

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concernecus Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 years ago

"He's dead, Jim!"

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scarynetworkguy Report

Carmen McLellan
Community Member
2 years ago

Just heard the Windows joke again.

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SheepishSophie Report

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
2 years ago

Surely that would be a farmeress...

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GEO_Schultze Report

Jaded Queen
Community Member
2 years ago

Just unleash hell on the innocent non suspecting families. Muahahaha!😈

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LorijnSZ Report

Sally Appleton
Community Member
2 years ago

*David Attenborough voice* Much like the hermit crab, that baby will soon outgrow its tube and begin looking for a new place to stay.

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AKM0711 Report

Vaida Kuodytė
Community Member
2 years ago

And gilded scales. For cocaine, presumably :D.

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darnea1232 Report

C
Community Member
2 years ago

"Armed teachers" HAH

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waiterich Report

Talia Johnson
Community Member
2 years ago

Might help with thinking faster...just sayin...

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orvphotos Report

S Herdman
Community Member
2 years ago

while blinding my subject...

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mcnees Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

wait, so you DON'T do it like this?!

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elleryfrahm Report

Fred Burrows
Community Member
2 years ago

Jurassic park is contemplating adding Neanderthals .

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DeermanHunter Report