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Jan '16

Channeling the Harlem Globetrotters… in the Stone Age

SUBMITTED BY: Ben Cole    LOCATION: Los Angeles, California (2015) The “Levitated Mass” sculpture by Michael Heizer is a photo-op magnet at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Most goofballs pose with two arms pretending to hold up the floating boulder. But Ben wanted to put his own unique spin on the place. Get [...]

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Feb '12

Chocoholic

SUBMITTED BY: Bill Malie  LOCATION: Niagara Falls, Ontario (2011) In the grand tradition of Eating Big Things (“Golden Gate Appetizer,” “World’s Largest Popcorn” ), Bill takes a chunk out of Canada’s Largest Candy Bar in front of the Hershey Store near the Falls. Does ANYONE eat the candy bar with the wrapper still on? (Bill [...]

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Jul '11

Lobster Dinner

SUBMITTED BY: The Heater Family   LOCATION: Kensington, PEI (2011) If there were such a thing as lobster filmmakers, there would be plenty of human-themed horror movies. We pluck these creatures from their homes, boil them alive and then suck out their insides. At the Prince Edward Island Lobster Festival, it was time for a little [...]

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Jan '11

Wedding Crashers — Vietnam Edition

SUBMITTED BY: Barrie and Ilya Mirman   LOCATION: Vietnam (2011) If you think this picture is a cute affirmation of warm U.S.-Vietnam relations, wait till you see the honeymoon photos!

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9
May '10

I, too, invented Microsoft!

SUBMITTED BY: Barrie Mirman LOCATION: Redmond, WA (2010) Yes, the founders of Microsoft revolutionized the Information Age and forever changed our daily lives. But they didn’t know how to take a snapshot. Bill Gates (bottom left) had his body cutoff in the original group photo. Kudos to Barrie for seamlessly blending into this iconic picture [...]

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Mar '10

Hands off the Painted Ladies… but elbows are OK

SUBMITTED BY: Nancy & Brian Pearson  LOCATION: San Francisco (2009) Nancy and Brian thought that this famous row of Victorian San Francisco houses — a.k.a. “Postcard Row” –  looked like a scale model or movie set… It was so perfect that Brian felt compelled to jump in there and play Godzilla. Nice finesse, guys. As [...]

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Mar '10

I’ve got the whole world in my hands… NOT!

SUBMITTED BY: Ankura Singh, Andy Odgren, Debra Cohen LOCATION: Orlando, Florida (2010) Some tourists make trick photography — in this case the “forced perspective” illusion of holding an object — look really easy.  Take a look at the amazing poise and finesse displayed by this casual cliffwalker in Zion National Park and these architecture buffs [...]

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Nov '09

Kissing Up to the Celtics Dynasty – Locking lips with Red Auerbach

SUBMITTED BY: Al Kaufman    LOCATION: Quincy Market, Boston Some of our Boston readers were horrified when they saw this tourist aggressively pick the nose of bronzed Celtics legend Red Auerbach. So here’s Celtics fanatic Al Kaufman to balance out the negative karma. “Just because I’m a heterosexual man doesn’t mean that I can’t show love [...]

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5
Nov '09

Squish you like a Beach Bug

SUBMITTED BY: Leanna Battista    LOCATION: Hampton Beach, New Hampshire (2009) No matter what your age or size, it’s kinda humiliating to be crushed by a monster wearing purple nail polish. (Leanna Battista, a sweet mother of two, loves to vacation on the New Hampshire seashore).

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14
Oct '09

Big Fat Lies: Is there any link between tourism and obesity?

Tourists do consume a lot of fried dough, candy apples and cotton candy. But where is the scientific evidence that tourists are any more overweight than their non-vacationing peers? If you are as outraged as we are about this hateful stereotype, please send a donation to the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance in our [...]

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24
Sep '09

Fight Like a Girl: Meet the New Goliath

SUBMITTED BY: Michael Graham   SECRET LOCATION: Somewhere in Israel (2004) These Israeli troops are not the same ones featured in Maxim Magazine’s infamous “World’s Sexiest Soldiers” bikini photo spread. But the question remains: Are there any other militaries which rival the Israel Defense Forces in popularity as tourist props? Michael was in Israel to audition [...]

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27
Aug '09

Dedicated to every schmuck who’s ever shelled out a year’s salary (or more) for an engagement ring

SUBMITTED BY: Michael Mirman      LOCATION: Berlin, Germany Aren’t we all big schmucks for buying into the precious jewels premise in the first place? (Michael Mirman is a happily married software engineer with no regrets over any of his jewelry purchases).

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18
Aug '09

Thank God for politically incorrect zoos

SUBMITTED BY: Paul Garnick   LOCATION: Mendon, Massachusetts (2009) Massachusetts is a place where animals at state-funded zoos were recently threatened to be put on Death Row because of budget cuts. It is also a place where gorillas throw their dung at elected officials. With those two irrelevant Bay State zoo facts out of the way, [...]