If you’re over 30, you’re old enough to remember the good old days. Rotary phones. Having to drive somewhere to rent a movie. Dial-up internet. No internet. And of course, cameras. I’m talking about real cameras, with a film that you’d have to buy and once your 24 (or if you were a big spender, 36) pictures were taken, you’d have to buy another roll, and have the finished one developed. If you were lucky, you lived close enough to one of those little drive-up booths where you could drop off your roll of film and be able to see your pictures in as little as an hour! (The Robin Williams film One Hour Photo wouldn’t make any sense to young audiences today.)
With all the hassle and cost associated with taking pictures in the late 20th century (we’re not even going to touch earlier than that), you had to be frugal with the pics you snapped. See a nice tree or a funny-looking dog on the street? You’d better consider whether it’s worth the cost of development and a coveted square of film. If you snap that pic now, you might not have enough film to snap Kyle’s rendition of Tubthumping at karaoke next Tuesday!
Times have changed a lot since the advent of the digital camera, and the subsequent inclusion of a camera in every cell phone. Now you can snap pics of anything that even mildly catches your fancy without a care in the world. And you can review the picture immediately – no more weird surprises at the Walgreens photo counter! With everyone taking pictures of just about anything, it’s not uncommon for those weird, once-in-a-lifetime shots to make it onto film – er, SD card, or whatever our pics get stored on these days.
Sometimes you’re in the perfect place at the perfect time. These days, you’re almost guaranteed to have a picture to prove it.
Happy Cows Come From California
If you take a quick look at this pic, you might notice the cow appearing to crack up at the photographer, think, “Hmm, that’s funny,” and move on. Give it another glance. We’re not sure what exactly happened to the poor horse, but it’s facing into the enclosure (you can see that the trampled ground is on the far side of the fence) so it apparently backed itself into this situation. The whole thing just gets more perplexing the longer you look. The cow doesn’t care about the particulars, though. She’s just enjoying the show.
Genius, Billionaire, Playboy, Philanthropist,… Substitute Economics Professor?
As Doctor Yinsen lay dying at the end of the prologue to Iron Man, he told Tony Stark, “Don’t waste it… Don’t waste your life, Stark.” Certainly, he wanted the frivolous billionaire to do great things to further the human condition, but somehow we don’t think this is what he had in mind. Out of context, it’s hard to determine what exactly is going on here, but what’s maybe most striking is how downright bored the students look.
When You Gotta Go
Comedian Demetri Martin once told us, “I learned this summer that there’s a small but important difference between peeing in the pool and peeing into the pool. Location, location, location.” (He actually has quite a lot of material on peeing that you might consider checking out, after you’re done with this list, of course.) This guy looks like he’s really getting away with something and enjoying himself in the process. The ducks don’t seem to mind, either.