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10 Funny Photos
Not all the photos I take are scenic, or historic, or educational. Some of them are very odd and/or funny -- as are the stories behind my taking them. And so I thought I would cheer you up with some of my funniest photos.
WARNING. Some readers may find some of the below photos to be disturbing or offensive. Discretion advised. I affirm these are original unstaged photos, all taken outdoors ... what you see is what I saw.
I relegated this one to number ten, since it is already posted in the Berlin Gallery. I encountered this little billboard just a short distance from the Siegesaule, and I could not for the life of me figure out what this was selling. One thing's for sure, though, it was designed to catch your attention.
This one rates as a you-gotta-be-there, but I thought it was funny that not once, not twice, but three times in the same damn city in the same damn day I tried to take a picture of a beautiful nature scene with a small flock of geese in front of it, only to have the geese suddenly get up and run after me!
What do the Danes feed these things?
I admit it... I HATE MODERN ART!
Think about all the beautiful statues and monuments that I present in this website. Now imagine the Blue Danube River being graced at riverside by a whole bankfull of these hideous abstract piles of metal ... to RUST! The dudes who commissioned this project probably bought the products sold in the billboard above.
#7. Are You SURE You Can Handle That Thing? (from Geneva, Switzerland)
While traveling in Geneva, I came upon the gated entrance to the United Nations headquarters. After taking a shot of the flags, I turned to leave when I encountered an old Asian couple who eagerly offered to take my picture in front of the gate. I thought that it would make a lousy picture, so I initially declined. But they insisted.
Using the preview window on my camera, they instantly knew that the first shot came out a little, er, crooked, and therefore doubly insisted I go back and pose again. And again. Thank God electrons are cheap.
#5. Attention Shoppers! (from Zurich, Switzerland)
Because Swiss rivers are shallow and crystal clear, you occasionally find some strange things thrown in them. But I can't for the life of me figure out the motivation behind this.
#4. Stock Up On Your Sins Before Confession... (from Heidelberg, Germany)
... or start ringing them up for the next Sunday!
I admit that I completely cracked up when I saw this scene the day I first moved to Europe and took my first walkabout in the downtown. Of course, nowadays finding sex shops and the like are no big deal -- yet I still rarely see them so close to a church like this.
#3. Condoms Here! Get'cher Condoms Here! (from Zurich, Switzerland)
On the other hand, only once have I encountered a sex-goodies shop this brazen. Those long balloons you see are topped with rubbers, and many of the items in the storefront window shall not be described here. :-)
Hey, boy, have a got a job for you! Easy money! All you have to do is wear a simple thematic costume and parade around the old main square of a major European capital.
Good news is, this is the perfect job for someone with a hangover from the night before. Judging from the jagging this gentleman was walking, that may very well have been his state of mind at the time.
And like Zurich, Odense gets two pictures in this month's list!
The real odd thing was that this café was sophisticated, and fronted a posh shopping arcade. One wonders what got lost in the translation from Danish...
(Yes, I realize it really says "Eye Flicking"..., but you must admit reading it right required a triple-take, right?)
(c) 2003 Tom Galvin