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Funny and Weird Stock Photos that Will Make you Feel Uncomfortable

Stock photos are professional photos used to complement print and online publications. Yet some stock photos have a particular look; a weird, posey cheesiness often blended with ludicrously bad editing that instantly makes them recognizable. The moment you see a stock photo, you know it’s a stock photo. Since these images were designed primarily for sale, it’s unlikely anyone would choose them, even if they were free stock photos.

Why stock Photos are so weird 

One of the reasons for these strange stock photos is that people’s interests are changing, or in more specific terms, becoming weirder. A picture of a smiley office worker holding a coffee cup might have sold a company’s product a decade ago, but to this day, it brings nothing to your page. More than ever before, social media users are sharing their everyday lives on the platform. Additionally, consumers disengage from generic advertising and prefer a more tailored experience in their interactions with brands. Often, stock photo buyers have very specific requirements and will choose something that stands out among the rest over high quality by any other standard.  Increasingly, brands and consumers are looking for unique content over the uniform, bizarre over formulaic.

 From a woman throwing spaghetti in the forest with her supernatural hands to a man drowning a disabled lady after proposing to her, these hilariously weird stock photos require explanation and motive behind the creativity.

#1 Grandma teaches blond children important life lessons

Grandma teaches blond children important life lessons

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#2 Guy reaches through computer screen and types backwards while a surprised cat looks off into the distance

Guy reaches through computer screen and types backwards while a surprised cat looks off into the distance

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#3 “A centaur has met the wrong half. he was very puzzled.”

"A centaur has met the wrong half. he was very puzzled."

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#4 Cat with a bouquet at the feet of mistress

Cat with a bouquet at the feet of mistress

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#5 Woman throwing spaghetti in a forest

Woman throwing spaghetti in a forest

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#6 Excuse me miss, but that’s my d you’re sitting on

Excuse me miss, but that's my d you're sitting on

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#7 This proposal

This proposal

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#8 “Hey lady, your computer isn’t even switched on”

"Hey lady, your computer isn't even switched on"

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#9 Umm, yeah, i think we found the murderer

Umm, yeah, i think we found the murderer

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#10 This boy installing the newest piece of software

This boy installing the newest piece of software

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#11 Cat snake cooking a magical potion

Cat snake cooking a magical potion

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#12 No potatoes while i’m working please

No potatoes while i'm working please

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#13 Male human holds his blobfish

Male human holds his blobfish

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#14 Need to get home before the storm, but i’m hitting all the cat lights

Need to get home before the storm, but i’m hitting all the cat lights

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#15 I searched for “a large bird” on google and was not disappointed

I searched for "a large bird" on google and was not disappointed

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#16 Hitler with potatoes and a picnic blanket looking dress

Hitler with potatoes and a picnic blanket looking dress

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#17 Lol stop struggling and let me stab u

Lol stop struggling and let me stab u

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#18 Should i call the ambulance already? (notice the hand)

Should i call the ambulance already? (notice the hand)

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#19 “Hacker” stockphotos are the best

"Hacker" stockphotos are the best

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#20 Drinking and driving taken to a whole new level

Drinking and driving taken to a whole new level

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#21 Catanic featuring leornado dicatrio and cate winslet

Catanic featuring leornado dicatrio and cate winslet

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#22 Real art

Real art

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#23 Child breaks the fourth dimension and creates a loophole, sending his legs into a different dimension and breaking his back, all while laughing about it.

Child breaks the fourth dimension and creates a loophole, sending his legs into a different dimension and breaking his back, all while laughing about it.

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#24 How to keep your kids safe on the internet

How to keep your kids safe on the internet

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#25 Goodbye you slimey freak

Goodbye you slimey freak

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#26 Just taking a bath

Just taking a bath

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#27 Memory loss is more painful than you might think

Memory loss is more painful than you might think

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#28 African american snake at job interview

African american snake at job interview

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#29 She’s just a little moody, now get the f*cking pickles

She's just a little moody, now get the f*cking pickles

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#30 Woman tackling a mugger who forgets he has two hands

Woman tackling a mugger who forgets he has two hands

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#31 Man with a cake as a pillow

Man with a cake as a pillow

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#32 Asian woman spits on a cock

Asian woman spits on a cock

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#33 Dead chickens dancing on earth

Dead chickens dancing on earth

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#34 Doctor has a special advice for you

Doctor has a special advice for you

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#35 Old man uses toilet paper as binoculars

Old man uses toilet paper as binoculars

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#36 This is a search result for “evolution” – pretty much sums it up

This is a search result for "evolution" - pretty much sums it up

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#37 Sad man no stop oil

Sad man no stop oil

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#38 What we need is a picture of a blindfolded woman in lingerie holding a pomegranate with a octopus on it. oh and could you set up a mirror in the corner showing another woman sulking? perfect. thanks

What we need is a picture of a blindfolded woman in lingerie holding a pomegranate with a octopus on it. oh and could you set up a mirror in the corner showing another woman sulking? perfect. thanks

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#39 Man photoshopped onto egg

Man photoshopped onto egg

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#40 Bald man chisels his way into your privacy

Bald man chisels his way into your privacy

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#41 This

This

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#42 Astronaut asking for wishes from a horse genie

Astronaut asking for wishes from a horse genie

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#43 Man has relax time inside of washing machine

Man has relax time inside of washing machine

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#44 If you rub this potato on your skin, you’ll live forever!

If you rub this potato on your skin, you'll live forever!

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#45 Bare chested man with tattoos, wearing butterfly wings

Bare chested man with tattoos, wearing butterfly wings

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#46 A young boy trying to kill himself with a barcode scanner

A young boy trying to kill himself with a barcode scanner

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#47 Potassium just goes right through me

Potassium just goes right through me

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#48 “Lemme help you out with that!”

"Lemme help you out with that!"

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#49 Still in denial about his hair loss

Still in denial about his hair loss

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#50 Average rooftop rainday showdown

Average rooftop rainday showdown

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#51 A man stands with two gourds in hand, wearing nothing but a speedo

A man stands with two gourds in hand, wearing nothing but a speedo

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#52 Melon man.

Melon man.

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#53 The unconventional birth of a pineapple

The unconventional birth of a pineapple

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#54 Why istock? i searched “finance”. came up in the first page of results

Why istock? i searched "finance". came up in the first page of results

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#55 Disgusted dietitian nutritionist checking examine sweet roll bun with stethoscope. because why not?

Disgusted dietitian nutritionist checking examine sweet roll bun with stethoscope. because why not?

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#56 Chasing streaker through head cabbage field

Chasing streaker through head cabbage field

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#57 “I asked you how you like your eggs!”

"I asked you how you like your eggs!"

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#58 A dwarf hairless rat unzips her friend to reveal a crested gecko underneath

A dwarf hairless rat unzips her friend to reveal a crested gecko underneath

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#59 Stock photos of a hostage except the girl unable to pretend she’s not into it

Stock photos of a hostage except the girl unable to pretend she's not into it

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#60 Large pants

Large pants

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#61 Stock photos you wish you could use

Stock photos you wish you could use

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#62 Man in awe of some guy peeing

Man in awe of some guy peeing

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#63 Like the father so the son

Like the father so the son

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#64 Young girl glued to the wall with duct tape, so daddy can relax and have a beer

Young girl glued to the wall with duct tape, so daddy can relax and have a beer

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#65 This nun praying to the celestial being of the seas

This nun praying to the celestial being of the seas

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#66 If samsung released a laptop

If samsung released a laptop

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#67 Soccer mom

Soccer mom

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#68 Moving out

Moving out

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#69 How did stock photos beat bojack to this scene?

How did stock photos beat bojack to this scene?

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#70 If this isn’t me, i don’t know what is

If this isn't me, i don't know what is

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#71 Electric carrot

Electric carrot

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#72 “I get it, you vape”

"I get it, you vape"

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#73 Ajit pai attempts to destroy the internet

Ajit pai attempts to destroy the internet

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#74 Car salesman won’t take no for an answer

Car salesman won't take no for an answer

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#75 Frog dog

Frog dog

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#76 Guy casually smiling while taking a smoke break and talking on the phone. also there is man tied up in his trunk.

Guy casually smiling while taking a smoke break and talking on the phone. also there is man tied up in his trunk.

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#77 Why is he so puzzled by that broccoli

Why is he so puzzled by that broccoli

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#78 This woman, who is checking out her own ass which has been cut off from the rest of her body

This woman, who is checking out her own ass which has been cut off from the rest of her body

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#79 Ghost riders granny has dementia, watch your ass

Ghost riders granny has dementia, watch your ass

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#80 This man not quite realising the situation he is in

This man not quite realising the situation he is in

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#81 Harry potter and the philosopher’s malware

Harry potter and the philosopher's malware

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#82 Disturbed teenager grinding carrots

Disturbed teenager grinding carrots

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#83 Naked businessman with briefcase in office

Naked businessman with briefcase in office

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#84 Three-eyed cat

Three-eyed cat

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#85 Contemplating corn

Contemplating corn

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#86 I “kneed” to know what is going on here!

I “kneed” to know what is going on here!

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#87 Happy older couple selects perfect elephant butt replica

Happy older couple selects perfect elephant butt replica

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#88 Watch out!

Watch out!

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#89 Cyclist rides with samurai sword

Cyclist rides with samurai sword

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#90 Man putting banana into car exhaust pipe

Man putting banana into car exhaust pipe

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#91 Oh no not santa

Oh no not santa

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#92 Give me the money

Give me the money

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#93 Carefree man smoking on a rocking horse

Carefree man smoking on a rocking horse

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#94 Little boy eating a herring. it is a dutch tradition to eat a herring like this

Little boy eating a herring. it is a dutch tradition to eat a herring like this

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#95 Eyeteeth

Eyeteeth

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#96 Mom’s spaghetti

Mom’s spaghetti

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#97 A man growing flowers instead of a beard

A man growing flowers instead of a beard

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#98 Feeling tired? recharge by simply putting a fork into the outlet

Feeling tired? recharge by simply putting a fork into the outlet

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#99 Young woman drinking orange juice in pain while being strangled by the throat

Young woman drinking orange juice in pain while being strangled by the throat

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#100 Come on, y’all, let’s take the tennis courts back from the jocks!

Come on, y'all, let's take the tennis courts back from the jocks!

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