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Wed
7
Oct '09

Beware of the Gaudy Gaudi Dragon

SUBMITTED BY: Betsy Hoffman   LOCATION: Barcelona, Spain (2009) Looks like a flamboyant gekko, but this costumed character is actually a touchy-feely dragon. It’s the Gaudi Dragon, Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi’s iconic mosiac fountain in Barcelona’s whimsical Parc Guell. According to Wikipedia, British author George Orwell reportedly hated Gaudi’s work — and what motivation could [...]

Tue
6
Oct '09

Spain Week: Winnie the Knockoff Pooh

SUBMITTED BY: Laura Molta   LOCATION: Madrid, Spain (2009) The tentacles of the Disney legal department infamously have no boundaries, so it was shocking to see this rogue Winnie the Pooh operating so brazenly in the open. We respect the rights of mascots to have oxygen, but the extremely large eye holes (filled with emptiness) make [...]

Wed
30
Sep '09

Ralph Nader’s Biggest Nightmare: Cuddling With Cell Phones

SUBMITTED BY: Tacky Tourist Photos    LOCATION: Manchester, New Hampshire (2007) Not to go all Michael Moore on you, but there really isn’t that much difference between a child hugging a giant walking cell phone and a child cuddling with a giant walking rat at Disney. One caveat: All those conflicting medical studies warning us [...]

Fri
14
Aug '09

Grinning Gladiators

SUBMITTED BY: Darren Garnick     LOCATION: Caesar’s Palace Hotel, Las Vegas (1995) Never leave your wife alone with two scantily-clad European guys! Notice the provocative knee bend. (Darren Garnick is a co-founder and curator for Tacky Tourist Photos.com)

Mon
3
Aug '09

Troops have a wild night out with Hello Kitty

SUBMITTED BY: Kevin Garnick    LOCATION: San Antonio, Texas (1989) While the rest of their Air Force unit marched to the red light district for more traditional company, Airman First Class Kevin Garnick (right) and his buddy were satisfied with the intellectual stimulation of Hello Kitty. This photo was actually taken five weeks into basic training [...]