SUBMITTED BY: Marty Karlon LOCATION: Cape Cod, Massachusetts (2010)
Sharing a first name with a concrete bear is no guarantee he won’t attack you.
(Marty Karlon is a seasoned journalist and communication professional with a soft spot for community theater and a low tolerance for cookie-cutter press releases).
SUBMITTED BY: Al Kaufman LOCATION: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2012)
It’s always a “Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” when you get to sit on Mr. Roger’s lap!
It’s a fitting pose to pay tribute to the PBS sweatered icon. Good thing that sculptor Robert Berks did his research and didn’t believe the urban legend that Fred Rogers was a U.S. Marine Corps sniper or a Navy SEAL.
SUBMITTED BY: Rick Broussard LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada (2012)
Chorus of the Gods? Rick’s melodic enthusiasm has little effect on his stiff back-up singers!
(Rick Broussard, head honcho at New Hampshire Magazine, is the editor of “Live Free or Die, Die, Die!“, a short story anthology of pulp detective fiction set in the Granite State. Follow him on Twitter @broussard)
SUBMITTED BY: David H. LOCATION: Boston, Massachusetts (2012)
Fenway Park is strangely not a happy place these days, but tongue-wagging Dave is having more fun than a dog hanging his head out the car window!
Any other MLB ballparks have these photoboards?
SUBMITTED BY: Ellie and Michael Mirman LOCATION: Tel Arshaf (Tel Aviv), Israel (2012)
Tourist sites are equally guilty of romanticizing the Vikings, but these Crusaders seem more likely to want to swap recipes than slit your throats!
For the benefit of our Tacky Tourist history buffs, here’s the scoop on the Crusader fort just outside Tel Aviv: Continue reading "Your Friendly Neighborhood Crusaders" »
SUBMITTED BY: Ben Cole LOCATION: Kauai, Hawaii (2012)
So please remind us: What exactly is so romantic about waterfalls?
As baseball purists, you know what makes us want to vomit, Ben? The fashion faux pas of wearing a Boston Red Sox hat with a Colorado Rockies jersey!
(Ben Cole is a Colorado sixth grader who last charmed the Tacky Tourist community by impaling himself on a plaster stalagmite)
SUBMITTED BY: David Meerman Scott LOCATION: Krakow, Poland (2012)
Salt MINES? People used to risk their lives for table salt, even though the oceans are filled with the stuff?
Apparently so, and now the Wieliczka Salt Mines, home of an underground Catholic chapel carved out of salt and all-salt sculptures of Pope John Paul II and Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper,” is one of Poland’s top tourist attractions.
Whatever you do, don’t lick the walls!
SUBMITTED BY: Traci and Matt Suppa LOCATION: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2012)
Imagine getting crushed by a giant domino — like some kind of sadistic Batman trap staged by The Riddler or The Joker?
We’re assuming that steel rods prevent this nightmare from happening.
But the outdoor location certainly make these the World’s Grimiest Dominoes as well!
(Traci and Matt Suppa run the “Go BIG or Go Home” blog, reporting on “What Happens When A Small-Town Family Visits the World’s Largest … Whatever!”)
Q: What do you call a hairy shirtless guy in a tutu lying on his back in the middle of the street?
A: If you’re in Times Square, you call it Tuesday.
Brooklyn photographer Bob Carey got some quizzical stares from New York City Police, who asked him if he was “well” based on his dress. You might think that this costume would be a yawner for the cops, who see far more ludicrous fashions displayed every day in His and Hers versions.
Carey is the mastermind and fashion model for “The Tutu Project,” a fundraising campaign to honor his wife Linda’s ongoing battles with breast cancer. He’s done similar shoots in forests, corn fields, amusement parks, beaches and even an Italian castle.
SUBMITTED BY: Tacky Tourist Photos LOCATION: San Diego, California (2012)
The two biggest draws on the Old Town San Diego Trolley Tour are the free Mormon Battalion Museum and the free bottle of souvenir Hot Sauce.
As you might suspect, free religious literature is also available in unlimited quantities.
SUBMITTED BY: Ben Cole LOCATION: Los Angeles, California (2012)
Since 1984, UCLA athletes have won more gold medals at the Olympic Games than all but four countries.
And this Bruins mascot has bitten more tourists than all other bear statues in America combined.
We made up that last statistic, but the Olympics thing is true.
Kudos to Ben for his improvisational acting skills!
(Ben Cole is a transplanted New England sports fan living in Colorado).
(In honor of the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary and the recent delivery of three boxes of Thin Mints to Tacky Tourist Photos headquarters, we are rerunning this classic submission from yesteryear.)
SUBMITTED BY: Kris Carlson LOCATION: Savannah, Georgia (1997)
When Kris Carlson and her husband-to-be Phil were looking for a romantic honeymoon destination, they skipped over the Vegas chapel and Niagara Falls heart-shaped hot tubs and went straight for the National Girl Scout Museum.
Kris is a s’more-loving Brownie leader who just couldn’t resist posing next to GSA founder Juliette Gordon Lowe.
“I’m sure the only reason Phil agreed to participate was because we were on our honeymoon,” she says. “Notice his happy smile. Can’t imagine him letting that photo be taken now!”
We’re impressed by the Teddy Roosevelt Rough Rider fashions that the earliest girl scouts wore. We’d be even more impressed if Phil modeled the modern lime green uniform to surprise Kris on their next wedding anniversary.
(Kris Carlson is the author of “The Sweet Spot,” a young adult novel about teen angst and romance on a family-owned golf course. She’s also written elementary school nonfiction books on Ancient Egyptian Myths and Colonial Army Weaponry. Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at http://www.krisasselin.blogspot.com/)
SUBMITTED BY: Christy Day LOCATION: Ross Sea, Antarctica (2005)
The world of travelers can be divided into two distinct groups: Those who can’t get to the South Pole fast enough for some old-school frostbite and those who say ‘No way, I’d rather spend my $10K at Disney!”
Traveling by Russian icebreaker, for which she occasionally served as the emergency brake, Christy took a “Wonders of the Ross Sea” tour of Antarctica — visiting icebergs, ice fields, ice-clogged waters and historical huts (from explorers Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton) surrounded by ice.
During her expedition, she also snooped around McMurdo Station (America’s science research facility) and introduced herself to various penguin colonies.
The birds are nonplussed by the tourist paparazzi.
(Christy Day, of Amherst, NH, seeks to travel to the farthest reaches of the earth. She teaches English at Salem State University in Massachusetts.)
SUBMITTED BY: Noelle Boc LOCATION: Rumney, NH (2012)
At Plain Jane’s Diner, James Dean is just waiting to be swept off his feet by the right woman.
And given that he weighs about 9 ounces, it’s not a tough task.
(Noelle Boc, a.k.a. “The Kissing Librarian,” most recently locked lips with a Giant Fish.)