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Sat
24
Sep '11

World’s Largest Chair?

Vermont's largest Basin Harbor Adirondack Chair resides on Lake Champlain. (Click the picture to learn how BHC chairs differ from regular Adirondacks).

SUBMITTED BY: Ursula K.   LOCATION: Lake Champlain, Vermont (2011)

Oh yes, there’s been a century-long battle to claim the World’s Largest Chair, a virtual arms race amongst fake oversized furniture makers.  Gardner, Massachusetts, aka “The Chair City,” has been making grown tourists look like Munchkins since at least 1910, based on this vintage postcard.

According to Roadside America, there are rival World’s Biggest Chairs in North Carolina, Tennessee, New York, Alabama, Mississippi and Italy.

But in Vermont, this Adirondack chair is Queen, serving as the perfect billboard to sell “mini” ones that will better fit your tush.

(Ursula K. is a prolific Tacky Tourist Photos contributor with a passion for fiberglass cows).

Sun
14
Mar '10

Is European bird poop any classier than American bird poop?

Italian pigeons play the role of tourist props as submissively as their British cousins.

Italian pigeons play the role of tourist props as submissively as their British cousins.

SUBMITTED BY: Douglas Mack    LOCATION: Venice, Italy (2009)

The pigeons in New York and Boston are virtually flying rats, perhaps the filthiest birds in the urban biosphere. So what makes their brethren any more appealing in London’s Trafalgar Square or Venice’s Piazza San Marco?

Why would anyone want to channel their inner St. Francis of Assissi at the risk of being showered with milky white pigeon poop?

According to travel writer Doug Mack, who is now boldly touring the continent using his parents’ tattered 1963 copy of “Frommer’s Europe on Five Dollars a Day,” the Pigeons of the Piazza are just as mandatory as the gondolas and canals for cliched Venice tourist poses.

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“The pigeons are only too happy to pose for the camera,” he says. “All I had to do was stand still for a few seconds and put my arms out a bit, and they fluttered up.”

Adds Mack: “It also turned out to be a great way to meet people — as such silly tourist scenes often are. I held my camera out to a woman who happened to be standing nearby, and she took my photo; then the birds flew to her and I returned the favor.”

Allegedly, it is good luck to have pigeons defecate on you. Mack seems quite happy staying dry.

(Doug Mack is a travel writer currently on an ambitious quest to sneer at poet Robert Frost and take the Road Most Traveled through touristy Europe. Read about his latest adventures at his “Europe on Five Bad Ideas a Day” blog.)

Mon
9
Nov '09

Straightening the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Bending Cliches -- There's something to be said for the tourist who doesn't want to replicate the poses of the zillions of tourists before him

Bending Cliches -- There's something to be said for the tourist who doesn't want to replicate the poses of the zillions of tourists before him

SUBMITTED BY: Kris Lucius    LOCATION: Pisa, Italy (2003)

It’s not as edgy as the Leaning Miniskirt of Pisa, but you have to give Kris credit for wanting to fill his vacation photo album with something different than the “Holding Up Pisa” cliche.

Not that there’s anything wrong with the people who do enjoy Holding Up Pisa.

We just applaud those who strive to push the barriers of Tacky Tourist Photos.

The Genie Pose

The Genie Pose

Check out these other classic photo-ops at Pisa:
* San Francisco’s Leaning Houses of Pisa
* The Leaning Miniskirt of Pisa
* The Leaning Tourist of Pisa
* The Leaning Goldfish of Pisa

Fri
21
Aug '09

The Leaning Miniskirt of Pisa

Elevating (or descending) to a new level of tacky tourist photography: Pretending to hold up the rear end of a tourist pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Elevating (or descending) to a new level of tacky tourist photography: Pretending to hold up the rear end of a tourist pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

SUBMITTED BY: Brad from The Terrible Catsafterme blog    LOCATION: Pisa, Italy (2009)

It takes a visionary to visit a tourist trap where everyone takes the same cookie-cutter photo and walk away with a shot that’s fresh and provocative.

It takes a sexist visionary, but who are we to point fingers after the Jessica Simpson “waxual harassment” debacle?

In case you’ve been living under a rock, the tourist flock here pretends to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa all day long (notice the people appearing to do tai chi). Brad caught his naughty friend, Chris, holding up a stranger’s miniskirt as she holds up the tower.

Get someone to hold up Chris’ rear end, and you have a brilliant spin-off of this classic Eugene Mirman museum pose.

For the record, we’re not sure if that is a miniskirt or a pair of microshorts. Any fashion experts in Tacky Tourist Nation who can help us out on this one?

Check out these other classic photo-ops at Pisa:

* Straightening the Leaning Tower of Pisa
* San Francisco’s Leaning Houses of Pisa
* The Leaning Miniskirt of Pisa
* The Leaning Tourist of Pisa
* The Leaning Goldfish of Pisa

(Brad’s offbeat travelogues, celebrity encounters, and historical pilgrimages are archived at The Terrible Catsafterme.)

NOTE TO OUR VALUED FEMINIST READERS: Tacky Tourist Photos does not endorse imaginary sexual harassment in any form, but we do take our commitment to document these incidents very seriously. For the sake of equal exposure, if you know of any egregious tourist poses happening at Michelangelo’s David statue, please keep us in the loop!

Tue
28
Jul '09

The Leaning Tourist of Pisa

Perhaps the most iconic tacky tourist pose of all time.  Next stop for Liz: The Rocky Steps in Philadelphia

Perhaps the most iconic tacky tourist pose of all time. Next stop for Liz: The Rocky Steps in Philadelphia

SUBMITTED BY: Liz     LOCATION: Italy (2009)

Would be great to set up a time-lapse video camera in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa for a year to document how many millions of photo albums contain this hokey photo gag.

Ironically, Liz and her husband Mike were unfamiliar with local tacky customs in Pisa and were curious why so many of their fellow camera jockeys were posing in midair for no apparent reason.

Even more amazing: That Liz’s gimungous black purse didn’t tip her over.

Fun Real Estate Fact: The Leaning Tower of Pisa dates back to 1174 — meaning that for centuries, tacky tourists here had to keep the “holding” pose for hours for a souvenir oil painting.

Do you have a pix like this in your vacation album? Please submit it here for a possible Leaning Tourist gallery!

Check out these other classic photo-ops at Pisa:

* Straightening the Leaning Tower of Pisa
* San Francisco’s Leaning Houses of Pisa
* The Leaning Miniskirt of Pisa
* The Leaning Goldfish of Pisa