If you've seen at least one of our articles on WTF stock photos, you probably already know there's no shortage of them. (Thankfully.)

But there's one Facebook page that's really pushing the limits, trying to see just how deep the pool of sites like Shutterstock and Pixabay goes—it's called 'Every day, I upload one weird stock photo.' Given the self-explanatory name, I'll skip the introduction and just say that it's been going for over 1,000 days now (which equates to nearly three years), and has shared quite a few questionable images.

Continue scrolling to check them out!

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DUN DUN
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2 weeks ago

LMAO We had this pic in our pfp's during a presentation on Ocean threats and Management. We got extra marks for this.

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DUN DUN
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2 weeks ago

"A CATERPILLAR!"

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We managed to get in touch with the person running 'Every day, I upload one weird stock photo' and they said they started this fun online project about 3 years ago when they were sharing funny images with a friend, and the friend explained just how much he likes strange stock photos.

"We went on Google and saw that there was a ton of them," the creator told Bored Panda. "Then, we came up with an idea to make this page, and share one per day, since people like daily posts. At first, it wasn't successful but after [we were featured on a few] bigger pages, it started to blow up in popularity, attracting more and more followers for cursed stock imagery and it still does to this day."

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Chinmayee Kalghatgi
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2 weeks ago

I never knew Hitler had a job of potato peeling

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nedac08
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2 weeks ago

veggie tales irl

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DUN DUN
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2 weeks ago

Lol Snapchat gets inspiration from these

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"I usually look for content on Google images, but sometimes also take a picture from other similar communities ... as well as grabbing them directly from actual stock websites, after searching them using certain keywords, such as 'weird', 'cursed' or 'wtf.'"

As writer Sean Coughlan pointed out in BBC, in these websites, no emotion is understated; they pioneered 'post-truth' before it was adopted by politicians, and they express both triumph and disaster with... perfect dentistry.

"Even if you wanted to avoid it, you'll have been there," Coughlan said. "News websites and social media have spread the air-brushed nirvana of stock pictures further than ever before. They are part of the click-bait culture, exaggerated and attention-seeking."

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Return of Saturn
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2 weeks ago

Priorities!

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Chinmayee Kalghatgi
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2 weeks ago

Synchronised drowning in sand

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June’s Very Own
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2 weeks ago

This was the kids face BEFORE the cameraman told him to pose 🤣

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Lady Beluga
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2 weeks ago

Why is she wearing a swimsuit?

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But Coughlan also highlighted that not all companies go down this path. Jaguar Land Rover and the photo agency Getty Images, for example, are deliberately countering the ridiculousness by producing their own, more realistic stock images.

But most stock images remain heroically stage-managed and follow their own rules of engagement.

"It's a place where even in the most terrible of circumstances, make-up is always perfect and no one has messy hair," Coughlan said.

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DUN DUN
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2 weeks ago

Human Bob Square Pants

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Deutschland Mädchen
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2 weeks ago

What anti-vaxxers think getting a Covid shot will be like

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Chinmayee Kalghatgi
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2 weeks ago

What on mars is this?

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Rabbit Carrot
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2 weeks ago

This is what revenge looks like.

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Coughlan came up with a few categories that he thinks are the pillars of stock image providers:

Everything is awesome. Everything is positive. This is a land without shadows. Getting old? You're still in the driving seat. You're still going places. Show them you're happy with a really natural-looking thumbs up.

What does a 'clever woman' look like? Light bulb, pigtails, and a business suit. Obviously. She's got glasses and a pen and notebook too, so that's even more intellectual.

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Chinmayee Kalghatgi
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2 weeks ago

A photo representing the moment fish got out of water millions if not billions of years ago

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just a random panda
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2 weeks ago

this keeps getting worse and worse the longer I look at it

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over it already
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2 weeks ago

Unsee juice!!

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June’s Very Own
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2 weeks ago

Can you imagine what the job description of this must have sounded like? “We want you to strip, get into the pool and hold this eggplant. Then we want you to hold it up to your face and pose” lmao

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Why have they glued my hands to my head? In stock photos, bad news or stress is always expressed through the hands. They hold on to their heads. If it's really bad, then it's two hands.

Mental health campaigners have actively warned against the 'head-clutcher' image that seems to have become a visual marker for depression.

Technology is always fake in stock images. Just as stock image people often live in empty rooms, the gadgets they use are blanks. Images showing 'good news' are baffling on every level. It's hard to tell if they're portraying good news or tragedy.

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Matthew Lindeman
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2 weeks ago

“Bet you can’t find me!”

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DUN DUN
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2 weeks ago

So this is what they meant when they said robots gon take over the world someday

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nedac08
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2 weeks ago

disney gone wrong

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Getting wrecked by DIY. Stock image actors are probably just filling in before that big break in Hamlet. But they know what disaster really looks like. A strange artificial room and an elaborate sense of desolation. It's Beckett with stepladders.

Spelling it out with pictures. None have had a pay rise for years, despite all the corporate blather about sharing success. Now, they want fewer sticks and a few more carrots. And with a lovely sincere smile.

Don't forget the classic meeting where the laptop isn't really turned on and some maniac with vegetables has sketched a meaningless bar chart on the wall.

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June’s Very Own
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2 weeks ago

“Let’s eat grandpa!” Taken seriously

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muffin woman
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2 weeks ago

this is so..... relatable??

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Toodles ️
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2 weeks ago

🤷

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GSMountainWolf
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2 weeks ago (edited)

*appears in bath* “I have come to talk to you about your car’s extended warranty.”

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So it's all over then. They thought things were looking bad for their relationship when they walked into the living room in a business suit and carrying half of a broken heart and a portable partition. But they have to keep strong.

'Business meeting, diverse.' Diverse, maybe, but completely bonkers. Imagine going to a conference with smiling zealots. And any real meeting has at least half the participants surreptitiously checking their mobiles. This is a glimpse of the end-times, with flipcharts.

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Chinmayee Kalghatgi
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2 weeks ago

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room shall we?

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Erika Jones
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2 weeks ago

When you get to hell and they give you your eternal assignment

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Daniel Atkins
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2 weeks ago

That’s not how the saying goes Dave.

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Have you ever had a pain in your knee that felt a bit like a headache? No? Then stock photos will show you how it, and countless similar devastating conditions look like. They resemble an unsuccessful Harry Potter special effect, but get the point across: you're screwed.

And the part of the staple diet of stock photos, fake signposts and words on keyboards.

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ami
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2 weeks ago

Me as a little kid:

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Bored Birgit
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2 weeks ago

Try to imagine a context where I might need this photo. 🤔

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Chinmayee Kalghatgi
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2 weeks ago

Don’t do potatos kids

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You can find many of these 'genres' on 'Every day, I upload one weird stock photo' as well. "I noticed that our fans really like guns (even though Facebook does not), people in costumes, or people doing their job wrong, or people doing weird things while on their job, think a gynecologist eating a sandwich," the creator of the page said, adding that the latter was actually a post from a while back which went super viral.

"I'm trying to aim for these the most, but sometimes I just share whatever I find, as long it has not been posted before, which is becoming harder and harder to keep track of as the page gets older." However, the stock image market continues to expand. Maybe not as fast as the universe, but it still gives me hope that 'Every day, I upload one weird stock photo' will continue doing its thing.

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Matthew Lindeman
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2 weeks ago

Wrong sport. Though would be fun to bowl with a golf club

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Chinmayee Kalghatgi
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2 weeks ago

Tell me who came first: the chicken or the egg?

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Return of Saturn
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2 weeks ago

Try the grey stuff it´s delicious!

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Aunt E
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2 weeks ago

D- that is, in fact, a sandwich

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nedac08
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2 weeks ago

lol this makes me think it's a mcdonalds commerical

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