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Jun '14

Do You Wanna Be the Thief or the Drunkard?

SUBMITTED BY: The Cole Family of Colorado     LOCATION: London, England (2014) It’s not truly a family vacation until you’ve been publicly humiliated, right? Stockades are a staple photo-op of historical theme parks, whether it be commemorating the sadistic Pilgrims at Plimoth Plantation or even the Disney version of Revolutionary War America. But England’s Warwick Castle […]

May '11

A chiropractor’s fantasy

SUBMITTED BY: Ari Zackin    LOCATION: Hebron, Connecticut (2010) Hey, the Pilgrims didn’t have a monopoly on public humiliation. The Europeans were huge fans of exploiting shame, too. Between the squeezed rib cages of women in corsets and the sore necks of suckers posing for this photo-op, the Renaissance Faire is a perpetual goldmine for chiropractors. […]

May '11

Puritan Justice

SUBMITTED BY: Darren Garnick   LOCATION: Plymouth, Mass. (~1978) Why is it that so many “living history” theme parks glorify the hazing and humiliation of the past? Sticking your kids’ wrists between two slabs of wood was the 17th Century equivalent of taking away video game privileges for a week. Yesterday’s torture is today’s charming nostalgia… […]

Nov '10

When Disney endorsed public humiliation…

SUBMITTED BY: Stacy G.      LOCATION: Orlando, Florida (1976) If only the Puritans knew that their preferred method of torture and humiliation would become a favorite amusement park photo-op centuries later. (Tacky Tourist Photos would love to receive so-called “vintage” travel photos from your childhood, like these Disney pics or this other stockade gem from Williamsburg, […]

Dec '09

Sibling Torture: The Colonial Williamsburg Syndrome

SUBMITTED BY: Steve Mandich  LOCATION: Williamsburg, Virginia (1975) The Stockholm Syndrome is when a hostage starts to empathize with his or captors. The Colonial Williamsburg Syndrome is when a torture victim has no memory of being tortured. Five-year-old Steve Mandich is seen here lifelessly dangling from the stockades as sister Cheryl, 10, sticks out her […]