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Think You’ve Seen Some Weird Stock Photos? Think Again!

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Sophie Monks

Senior Social Specialist

Finding creative commons photos can be rather tricky, but on the plus side, when browsing these websites you do come across some absolute gems. By gems though, we don’t mean stock photos that perfectly match the topic we’re searching for.

Oh no. We mean real “what the f…otograph is that?!” types of pictures.

Here are just a few of the weirdest stock images that we’ve come across this week:

Happy/sad

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A man covered in flour making happy and sad faces; just what I need for that article I was writing about identical twins working in a flour factory that exploded (and only one of them enjoyed their job).
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Female Eugene Levy

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Finally! A stock image for that blog about what would happen if Eugene Levy had hormone replacement therapy. At last! But, is she lying down on grass and clover? She is? Excellent!

Posh and risky

3

Need an image that perfectly demonstrates how politicians can relate to the common man? It could well be this one.

Because you’re Hulk it!

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Umm, maybe? Our only guess was that the artist created this for a specific campaign. Either that or they have a bit of a Marvel fetish going on.

Banana man

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Finally, the perfect stock image for businessmen having a fruit fight! Other uses for this image include:
•    A PG version of Pulp Fiction
•    Articles talking about the danger of bananas
•    Showing the mental impact of working into old age

You messy boy!

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It’s the look on his face that really makes this photo; is he upset? Worried? Stressed? How has a fully grown man managed to make such a mess of his doughnut? How did he manage to drop the jam perfectly in the center of his tie? There are just too many questions to answer here!

Too literal

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Apple computers, we get it. Thanks for really driving this point home with the most literal image ever.

Love of work

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Don’t know about you, but while I’ve come close, I’ve never gone full throttle into the throes of sexual ecstasy while carrying a pile of binders around my workplace. To each their own, though. We think this takes loving your work a little bit too far.

Girl in replica uniform with a wolf

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Why wouldn’t you need a picture of a girl in a replica military uniform stroking a wolf? I mean there have to be thousands of uses for this picture aren’t there?

Smoking a… carrot?

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There’s very little that can be said about this. I mean, it is a carrot isn’t it? Why would you smoke a carrot? Who needs it as a stock photo? It’s all so confusing!

How can we make creepy, creepier?

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Looking for a creepy image of a child’s doll? Want a Warhol version? You got it! Lucky you.

Drugs kill!

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Clearly some people feel strongly enough about drugs to carefully construct images with white powder to tell others just how dangerous they are. While you could easily find uses for this picture, is a cocaine skull really the best way to deliver the message?

That’s not how Paint works…

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Imagine just how angry this chap is going to be with himself when he comes off his acid trip and realises he’s ruined his MacBook with a very lovely oil painting.

I can’t even…

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Why would this photo even exist as a stock photo? This is the kind of picture you take of your mate on a stag do, not a model in a ridiculous shirt.

Beyond words

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What a world we live in!

Bloody hell!

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Fantastic! I’ve been struggling to find a half decent stock photo of a blood-soaked maniac.

I hate it when a boulder with a face crushes my car!

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I’m beyond even trying to understand some of these photos.

Seriously hard-boiled egg

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Need a stock photo to describe an overdone hard-boiled egg? Here you go! You can thank us later.

Forget smartphones, here’s my dumb phone!

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Hello? Hello? Hello? God, I get such rubbish reception on this new phone! It can’t even download apps! Why am I using it? At least I’m unique because nobody else has one of these phones, other than 3 year olds, obviously.

Because… bikes.

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Who doesn’t love mountain biking on the beach… in a thong… That’s it, I can’t look at any more of these insanely weird stock photos! If you come across any on your internet travels be sure to show us on Facebook or Twitter!

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Sophie Monks

Senior Social Specialist

Sophie has over 6 years of experience in the social media and content space, working in both in-house organisations and agencies. She has worked with exciting established brands in her time such as Campari, Aperol Spritz, Oppo Ice Cream and PayPal Australia. She enjoys the content creation process – from mapping out the shot and…

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