By definition, stock images are professional photos that are used for commercial purposes, like complementing publications, adverts, etc. But in reality, we know very well that many stock pics out there are just so weird, they've become somewhat of a household name for bizarre, pointless, and lousy photographs that make them particularly laughable.

It's this precise quality of the wacky and wondrous elements of stock photography that makes you instantly realize that what you’re seeing is a stock image and nothing else.

Thanks to this subreddit which has 333k members, we now have the most "seriously?", "are they kiddin’ me?" "do u see what I’m seeing?" compilation that poses way more questions than it answers.

Sit back and enjoy these carefully stacked stock monstrosities and after you’re done, be sure to check out Bored Panda's previous post with even more stock goodness that you won’t be able to unsee. Ever.

#1

This Makes Me Feel Uncomfortable

This Makes Me Feel Uncomfortable

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me
Community Member
11 months ago

It would be weird if it didn't make you uncomfortable

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#2

Oh Damn You Caught Me Keeping A Bowl Of Crackers In The Fridge

Oh Damn You Caught Me Keeping A Bowl Of Crackers In The Fridge

_fukyachickenstrips_ Report

Emily Ashyn
Community Member
11 months ago

I'm embarrassed at how long it took me to understand what was wrong with this

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#3

Surfing The Web

Surfing The Web

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Tri Wahyu Yulianto
Community Member
11 months ago

See her face, the face of "why must i received this modelling offer from Shutterstock?"

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While scrolling through this post, you are very likely to start wondering in what kind of context someone would need a stock image of a man with a meatloaf mask blended into his skin, or a shot of a woman pointing a baguette at a chef in what seems to be a carefully staged... bakery robbery.

It all has to do with the demand for very specialized imagery which happens when a subscriber browses through the peculiar stock archive. But the photographers have to already be ahead of the demand and anticipate people’s imagery needs before they start typing in the keywords.

#4

Trying To Tell Your Wife Her Cooking Is Crap

Trying To Tell Your Wife Her Cooking Is Crap

joseag19 Report

Dr Nostromo
Community Member
11 months ago

Yeah... that's subtle.

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#5

This Stock Photo Illustrates The Dangers Of Shirt Hoarding

This Stock Photo Illustrates The Dangers Of Shirt Hoarding

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Bellatrix Lestrange
Community Member
11 months ago

Google female bullying and you will find more of these pictures with the same girls.

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#6

An Italian Having A Conversation With A Giant Nacho

An Italian Having A Conversation With A Giant Nacho

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me
Community Member
11 months ago

He looks like he's having a stern conversation with him like "I'm nacho friend, dude"

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According to The Atlantic, “Shutterstock's content team will do direct outreach to the site's top videographers, photographers, and illustrators 'to help fill specific content needs.'” However, the contributing photographers are the ones who figure out what the subscribers will be looking for.

These days, stock imagery has become kind of its own aesthetic category that’s posed and weird without any apparent reason. Incredibly, according to Shutterstocker Emily Goodwin, “it's the utilitarian content—the images that capture the banalities and absurdities of everyday life—that prove popular” on the website.

#7

I Think I’ll Go Snow Skiing In A Bikini; Ya Know, Since I’m Pregnant And All

I Think I’ll Go Snow Skiing In A Bikini; Ya Know, Since I’m Pregnant And All

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RU Sirius
Community Member
11 months ago

This is the girl from the fishing picture above now is looking for that fisherman after months from their encounter

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#8

Kermit Sacrifices A Potato?

Kermit Sacrifices A Potato?

MrBobDobolina Report

BusLady
Community Member
11 months ago

Mrs. Potato-head is now a widow.

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#9

Woman Is Robbing Bakery With A Baguette

Woman Is Robbing Bakery With A Baguette

JCMotors Report

Dr Nostromo
Community Member
11 months ago

Ok, buddy. Give me all your dough!

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#10

Alligator Attacking Businesswoman In Office Cubicle

Alligator Attacking Businesswoman In Office Cubicle

JCMotors Report

Julia Atkinson
Community Member
11 months ago

Sign on break room wall: It has been 0 days since the last alligator attack

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#11

Forbidden Affair

Forbidden Affair

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Truth Monster
Community Member
11 months ago

Legless Child Traumatized By Parent's Woodland Furry Romp

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#12

Apple

Apple

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Degucat
Community Member
11 months ago

Just because you can use photoshop doesn't mean you have to

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#13

After Many Weeks Lurking, I Have Finally Found A Wtfstockphoto

After Many Weeks Lurking, I Have Finally Found A Wtfstockphoto

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Ty Stratton-Quirk
Community Member
11 months ago

They're not smiling back.

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#14

I Have No Idea What This Is Supposed To Represent

I Have No Idea What This Is Supposed To Represent

DrGonzoDog Report

Bellatrix Lestrange
Community Member
11 months ago

potatoes equal money.

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#15

She Doesn’t Have A Spine

She Doesn’t Have A Spine

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Full Name
Community Member
11 months ago

I'm thinking it. You're thinking it.

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#16

Dads When Gas Prices Go Up 1 Cent

Dads When Gas Prices Go Up 1 Cent

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Tri Wahyu Yulianto
Community Member
11 months ago

"Sir,your gas tank port at your right. It's your first time fill gas?"

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#17

Yes Grandma I Want Some Ice-Cream

Yes Grandma I Want Some Ice-Cream

LittleDuckk_ Report

Dr Nostromo
Community Member
11 months ago

Who managed to get a hold of my family photos??

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#18

Please Nurse, Do Your Job

Please Nurse, Do Your Job

SReddit1904 Report

Truth Monster
Community Member
11 months ago

She'll conch you right out

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#19

It's Like I'm Really There!

It's Like I'm Really There!

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Ty Stratton-Quirk
Community Member
11 months ago

Ironically, the program running right now is "Experience in the Emergency Room".

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#20

Ok, Love You Too

Ok, Love You Too

DistortionPuddle Report

Ty Stratton-Quirk
Community Member
11 months ago

I know they're supposed to be shorter than the other fingers, but rule of thumb clearly doesn't apply here.

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#21

Bubble Wrap Fun

Bubble Wrap Fun

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Dr Nostromo
Community Member
11 months ago

If they got into a fist fight, I bet it would sound hilarious!

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#22

When No One Shows Up To Your Victorian Themed Whoville Party

When No One Shows Up To Your Victorian Themed Whoville Party

H3ro0fTime Report

me
Community Member
11 months ago

Is that a giant plate behind her?

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#23

Congratulations On Your New Husband!

Congratulations On Your New Husband!

ItchyUnfavorableness Report

Zophra
Community Member
11 months ago

So so creepy.

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#24

Man With A Meat Loaf Mask Blended Into His Skin Or Whatever This Is

Man With A Meat Loaf Mask Blended Into His Skin Or Whatever This Is

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Helen Haley
Community Member
11 months ago

What fresh hell is this.

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#25

Burger Baby

Burger Baby

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Full Name
Community Member
11 months ago

Dude you're supposed to chew 25 times per bite. You're going to need some Alka Seltzer. You must've looked like a pelican when swallowing that.

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#26

So... I Came Across This Picture

So... I Came Across This Picture

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me
Community Member
11 months ago

She's giving me the silent treatment!

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#27

How To Properly Censor A Dingdingdong

How To Properly Censor A Dingdingdong

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Full Name
Community Member
11 months ago

She doesn't like putting pricks in her mouth.

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#28

Man Poking A Gpu Card With A Soldering Iron

Man Poking A Gpu Card With A Soldering Iron

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HalfShelli
Community Member
11 months ago

You’ve gotta love the fact that he’s clearly never held – or perhaps even seen – a soldering iron. In his entire life.

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#29

I Don't Even Know What To Say

I Don't Even Know What To Say

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RU Sirius
Community Member
11 months ago

The baby does not come out, let's try attract him with a pineapple

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#30

Warning Sign

Warning Sign

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Kate Yeti
Community Member
11 months ago

Russians? Rabbits? I need to know!!

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