Happy Days

July 28th, 2009

Happy Days - Dad

Sit on it, dad.

(submitted by Sarah)

150 Responses to “Happy Days”

  1. kenth says:

    LOL. That poor child.

  2. Grant says:

    It may be a shadow, but does the dad have a black eye?
    “Don’t worry about re-scheduling, we’ll just have you in a 3/4 profile.”

  3. Alex says:

    The caption for this photo says it all – I reckon this is the best one out of all of them…The look on the girls face is priceless 😛

  4. graphicartist2k5 says:

    what’s funny is that dad does look like an aged potsie from happy days.

  5. ferfer says:

    one of the best shots on this site!!!

  6. Jennifer says:

    I think this is just sorta sad. I imagine that he was trying to do something different and unfortunately it just didn’t pan out. Well, it is different but in a bad way not a fun way. I hope they had a good laugh over this later in life.

  7. AZSally says:

    I think dad gave himself a fake black eye so he could look more like an authentic greaser.

  8. Raquel says:

    Daddy-O just doesn’t exude the “ehhhhhhhhhhh” cool that The Fonz did. Or maybe he was trying for Sha Na Na?

  9. Lacie says:

    God her face is absolutely priceless!!!

  10. Juls says:

    “Dad! I don’t care if you bought me the largest ice cream they had. Stop calling me Joanie!”

  11. Alekx says:

    I like how you can tell this was the dad’s idea
    by how he went all out in costume,
    but the girl only has that hair accessory and those silly
    props (that probably came with the photography company) to fit into the theme.

  12. sidekick says:

    “Sit on it” caption is the best. I’m having memories of little Joanie Cunningham.

  13. Marissa says:

    Looks like somebody’s flux capacitor had a little more than 1.21 jigowatts…

  14. Marianne says:

    “…and as icing on the cake, I’ll just put this hula hoop riiight here. There! Now it’s perfect!”

  15. SWMBO says:

    At least the dad didn’t give the “two thumbs up” Fonzy pose while mouthing “Heeeey” – my guess is that the photographer wanted him to do so.

  16. binkymae says:

    This is not a photographer’s set. Notice the tile floor. I’m thinking party at school that the parents got more excited about than the kids.

  17. Daisy says:

    Does anyone notice that dear ol’ Daddy has a nice shiner?

  18. Julie says:

    I think you mean “Daddy-o.”

  19. Gregorian says:

    There is a strange Alice in Wonderland scale weirdness going on here.
    Giant dice. Oversized icecream (or very small Olympic Flame), giant record on the wall.
    Tiny ‘Girlfriend’.

    It’s an image of a decent into insanity…

  20. Kristen says:

    So many adjectives here, this photo is a hit on all levels.

    The quality of the props; cardboard cutouts; magnum sized ice cream cone, and the curiously out of place die. All cheesy beyond words.

    The setting; “greaser” leaning on a jukebox, records on the wall, and the carefully placed hula-hoop. Utterly contrived.

    Now as if that double header were not sufficient. we have the body postures of the two models. The girl could not look more humiliated and scornful without wearing actual ice cream in her hair. The man with his creepy, trying to look hip, facial expression; on an entirely separate emotional place form the girl. This, right here, is the definition of awkward.

    The cheesy props and contrived setting does detract a bit from the natural awkwardness. However they do enhance the overall quality making this a superb example of glamour shot gone horribly awry.

  21. Jessica says:

    I think we have this all wrong, I like the little girl is just mad it took giving her dad a black eye to get him to play along “come one dad, don’t make me give you a matching set”

  22. Jessica says:

    Does the Dad have a black eye on his right side? Maybe he was in some sort of Westside Story brawl prior to taking the photo.

  23. MST says:

    The poor girl has no idea what ANY of this is about. I hope as payment she makes him pose for a photo in HER thematic choice.

  24. Jan says:

    Gotta love his white socks

  25. Lisa says:

    The caption is hilarious.

    • Emily says:

      Agreed. I scrolled through looking for someone to mention that. I smiled at the photo, but laughed out loud when I read the caption.

  26. KatieMB says:

    Another example of an idea that seemed good before it was executed…

  27. Whoa says:

    Let the Fifties go, Dad, let them gooooooooo……

  28. Wes says:

    She would look much happier if that ice cream cone were real… and if her dad wasn’t wearing a wallet chain

  29. Modine says:

    I would have looked way happier if that was real ice cream. Her expression of crashing disappoinment is completely understandable.

  30. Jimbo says:

    Sad on so many levels. The jukebox is even a cardboard cut out. The photographer should learn the concept of ‘masking angles’.

  31. Annie says:

    She looks thrilled


    very creepy *_*

  33. Suz says:

    Joanie does not love Chachi…and since were giant dice and ice cream cones considered 50s?

  34. julie says:

    I’m speechless on this one.

  35. Cincoflex says:

    sure it’s awkward if it’s her dad. Even more so if it’s not–

  36. Debbie Smith says:

    guess the mom made these two take this picture as a form of punishment…. i bet it was because hubby over here didnt buy a regulation size casserole dish..hmm

    • Daler says:

      Good reference, Debbie! It could also be that he brought 15 pounds of cold, lumpy mashed potatoes–in the oversized blue dish.

  37. Joyce says:

    The jukebox isn’t even real.

  38. Tim says:

    From the Hard Rock Cafe to the School of Hard Knocks in one snap of the shutter, Joanie prayed her dad would eventually forget about this picture.

  39. GuardMama says:

    I don’t think that juke box would play even if Fonzie there gave it a good thump.

  40. neverfirst says:

    AAAAAYYYYY! (the Fonz’s signature, NOT ‘hey’) Be kind to me in your future therapy sessions.

  41. Wavy-Gravy says:

    …just glancing at this photo one can really tell these are indeed, “The Happy Days”.

  42. laurie says:


    This father has jumped the proverbial shark of family photos and has entered into awkward-dom.

    Is the jukebox a cardboard cut-out…?

  43. M2 says:

    What’s with the giant ice cream cone?

  44. that guy says:

    I love how every prop is made of cardboard. They need a cardboard poodle skirt and muscle car to complete the 50s look.

  45. My opinion says:

    This isn’t really that bad–alot of the ‘awkward’ pictures aren’t really all that ‘awkward’. Some are but alot are cute.

    • IthoughtIwasAwkward says:


    • stepstranger says:

      Are you kidding me? The hunched shoulders? The almost apologetic grin?
      The look of utter disdain? The JACKET? The white socks and loafers contrasted with her
      Sketchers? The giagantic ice cream cone????? Awkward is as awkward does. I don’t even
      think that makes sense but how do I make you understand that THIS IS UBER AWKWARD?

    • Long Gone John says:

      Thresholds for awkwardness vary from person to person (and family to family). My thesis is that the more family pictures you take, the the more it takes for a photo to really strike you as awkward since all family photos are awkward really, just to a greater or lesser extent.

  46. Iamcurrentlyonfire says:

    Hurray for cut out jukeboxes!

  47. Kelly says:

    Daddy Daughter dance gone bad.

  48. Jennifer says:

    Ok, now this one is a very cute idea. Execution not good, but I do like the 1950’s theme here.

    • Chritter says:

      It’s kind of sad that all the props suck so bad! Even the Wurlitzer Juke Box is Flat Cardboard! At the very least they could have used a “box” style to give it some dimension!

  49. Binky says:

    I get that it’s a prop- but why does the ice cream cone have to be gigantic?

    • Tocsnai says:

      In the 50s, radiation caused many daily items to become oversized. That vanilla cone later went on a rampage in downtown Des Moines.

      There’s a basic physics lesson in the irradiated die, too. Its matter became thinner due to the expansion, causing it to be unstable for use in sitting. The father’s reacting to that fact here.

  50. John D says:

    “Dad, this Michael J. Fox thing is just not cool any more.”

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