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Archive for the ‘Tacky Pop Culture Worship’ Category

Thu
18
Aug '11

Immigrant Barbie

SUBMITTED BY: Peggy Dillon and Adrienne Lopes   LOCATION: Ellis Island, New York (2010) A brilliant exercise in historical product placement, Mattel and Ellis Island have teamed up to let you explore your ethnic heritage through cocktail dresses and itsy bitsy pairs of shoes. “Wouldn’t Barbie have had a pink boat, complete with a hair […]

Wed
3
Aug '11

Gonna Fly Now… in Miniature!

SUBMITTED BY: Darren Garnick   LOCATION: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2010) Everyone knows how to retrace the historical steps of Sylvester Stallone. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is a lot more accessible to tourists than the snowbanks of Siberia — if you have your heart set on recreating Rocky IV. But did you know that you can run […]

Mon
1
Aug '11

Tacky Tourists invade the playroom

Looks like Buzz Lightyear, Jessie and Woody are trying to blend in as tacky tourists on their latest Toy Story adventure. Coming soon to your child’s playroom:  A Leaning Tower of Pisa for Barbie to hold up?

Fri
8
Jul '11

Prince William: Canada doesn’t suck? Who knew?

Check out today’s CBC headline: “Prince William says Canada ‘far exceeded’ expectations“ Translation: “I thought this place was going to be kinda lame.” Canada can do far better for a celebrity tourist endorsement. Meanwhile, Prince William and Princess Kate Middleton each received a ceremonial white cowboy hat upon entering the city of Calgary — a […]

Fri
8
Jul '11

For $2, Princess Kate could’ve become Anne of Green Gables

According to the CBC, Kate Middleton revealed herself to be a huge fan of Canadian folk hero Anne of Green Gables during the royal vacation to Prince Edward Island. But how big of a fan could she possibly be? If Princess Kate were truly die-hard, she would have picked up one of the braided hats […]

Sun
12
Jun '11

Rocking out in Oklahoma

SUBMITTED BY: Ilya Mirman    LOCATION: Pryor, Oklahoma (2011) Perhaps one of the country’s most prolific photographers of wax museum scenes (Jessica Simpson‘s patriotism, George Clooney‘s wedding, Tiger Woods‘ shenanigans, etc.), Ilya ironically stumbled across humans who pose like wax figures. The body language and facial expressions of the Gypsy Pistoleros almost seem too perfect, […]

Tue
31
May '11

Prohibition on the Planet Gamorr

SUBMITTED BY: Bill Burke   LOCATION: Lake Buena Vista, Florida (2011) According to the Wookieepedia, the Gamorreans were “porcine humanoids from the lush jungle Outer Rim planet of Gamorr, where their technological level was equivalent to lower technology periods that human civilizations experienced more than 25,000 years before the battle of Yavin.” The piglike militants “also […]

Wed
13
Apr '11

Don’t Chew on This: World’s Largest Crayon

SUBMITTED BY: Ari G.    LOCATION: Easton, Pennsylvania (2010) Lots of kids chew Crayola’s non-toxic wax, so we suppose the plexiglass prevents the World’s Largest Crayon from being decorated with teeth marks. (Ari G. is a frequent TTP model who recently yanked the Liberty Bell from its hinges.)

Thu
24
Mar '11

The least intimidating Darth Vader ever

SUBMITTED BY: David Pryke   LOCATION: Carlsbad, California (2010) We’re usually blown away by the realism captured in most official LEGO sculptures, but the essence of the Evil Empire isn’t looming over LEGOLAND. Whether they fight with light sabers or their bare hands, our bets are on the mild-mannered guy in the plaid shirt and shorts! […]

Sun
13
Mar '11

Cuddling with Europe’s most notorious liar

Tweet SUBMITTED BY: Mariel Backman    LOCATION: Berlin, Germany (2011) Early on in a dating relationship, how important is honesty in your man or boy toy? (Travel buff Mariel Backman recently had fun “Crashing the Cold War” at the Berlin Wall).

Sat
5
Mar '11

Bewitched in Salem

Tweet SUBMITTED BY: Alexandra, Brian and Chloe Pecci   LOCATION: Salem, Massachusetts (2010) TV Land commissioned a statue of the most gorgeous witch of all time, Elizabeth Montgomery, to celebrate the pop cultural significance of the 1960s comedy “Bewitched.” The statue is controversial, even attracting the ire of vandals, because some say it is insensitive […]

Tue
19
Oct '10

Imagine there’s no tourism…

SUBMITTED BY: Tammie Lowry LOCATION: Havana, Cuba (2004) Probably not too bright for a silly Web site to take a controversial political stand, but Tacky Tourist Photos hereby calls on the Obama administration to IMMEDIATELY lift the Cuba travel embargo so we can go see 1950s cars, see some raw baseball talent and eat sugar […]

Sun
10
Oct '10

Cloning Anne of Green Gables

SUBMITTED BY: Alyssa Jamal   LOCATION: Prince Edward Island (2009) The “Anne of Green Gables” series might have turned out dramatically different if author Lucy Maud Montgomery were into science fiction. As an aside, this costume booth may be the only one in the tourist world that doesn’t try to squeeze your wallet dry! (Alyssa Jamal […]

Wed
6
Oct '10

Naked Cowboy for President?

The only lingering question about the Naked Cowboy’s campaign for president is will he take a page out of the Obama-Clinton playbook and name the Naked Cowgirl as his Secretary of State? Despite their shared love for shocking Manhattan tourists, the Naked Dynamic Duo are actually bitter rivals. As for offbeat presidential candidates, our pick […]

Thu
30
Sep '10

“Lord of the Rings” Cliffhanger

SUBMITTED BY: Amanda Williams    LOCATION: New Zealand (2008) Fantasizing about cliffhanger life-or-death moments is not just confined to the Grand Canyon. “Lord of the Rings” fan Amanda Williams tracked down the very same cliff from the second movie, “The Two Towers,” where Aragorn seemingly plunged to his untimely death. “It’s a dangerous business, going out […]