The Onion

July 28th, 2009

The Onion - Babies

This is what we like to call a “choose your own adventure” family photo.

(submitted by Nathan)

151 Responses to “The Onion”

  1. CrZyMaMa3 says:

    Oh my!!!!! I love this! “Choose your own adventure” I am dying!!!!!

  2. quirkycat says:

    Maybe this is an unusual opinion, but I like this more than the typical studio photographs out there!! I think the “traditional” everyone-staring-into-the-camera-and-sitting-like-statue shots are more awkward for me to look at than this. This one looks way more natural and comfortable to look at. At least to me!! 🙂

  3. Debra says:

    OMG I had to look this one up, thank goodness you explain them for us….I get The Onion part…so many layers to a family…enjoying my page a day calender.

  4. alexis says:

    what? i don’t get the title or caption! i agree it is a crazy looking photo and definately awkward.

  5. May Ann Naze says:

    Is that Bonnie Franklin?

  6. luu says:

    i think this is the photographers way of being “unique”

  7. David says:

    As a former professional photographer, I have declared that at least ONE person will claim that EVERY PHOTO EVER TAKEN HAS BEEN PHOTOSHOPPED. With beautiful lighting and composition, of course. I also am from the moon and have twelve kitten-children and am the president of Zimbabwe.

  8. Rebecca says:

    Love the dad in the background, comforting the baby who didn’t make the cut to sit with Grandpa. “It’s okay, Mariah. In this family, we all get our fifteen minutes, then we have to move on.”

  9. Marta says:

    I thought it was the Howard Dean family photo.

  10. Randy says:

    This is hilarious and such a fun picture. Im going with Adoption here, cuz nothing else works in my head…

  11. starsky51 says:

    Internal dialogue: ‘Keep it together, Ron… Don’t. Lose. Your. Cool.’

  12. Anne says:

    I love how Mom is enjoying the experience instead of stressing out, as she waits for each couple gets its’ kid(s) settled down before the “official” shot. The caption is hilarious, too.

  13. Sanz says:

    2/11 looking at the camera ain’t so bad.

  14. romchr says:

    None of these people are related.

  15. Heather B says:

    Thank you Nathan for submitting this photo and thank you to who ever came up with the caption. I don’t know why, but it made me laugh until tears were rolling down my face. Great family, great photo.

  16. julesss917 says:

    what an awesome photo caption

  17. Time says:

    !!! Why does this image having me laughing harder than anything else on this site. This is so strangely awkwardly perfect. I can’t see; I’m weeping with laughter.

  18. kat says:

    Couple 3 chjldren with mate= 3 grandkids

  19. graphicartist2k5 says:

    it looks like no one in the picture had a clue their picture was being taken.

  20. colin kilpatrick says:

    It’s like they were told to all look different directions and 2 of them picked the same spot!

  21. angierose says:

    Beautiful family, I bet they either foster or adopt kids. I think it is a lot better pic than some that you see where everyone is stiff and miserable looking. This was probably a goof shot, everyone moved just as the photographer was snaping the picture; I’m glad that the family decided to keep it. If it was my family, I would have this one hanging front and center.

  22. cheryl says:

    This picture is just so confusing to look at for my brain! 🙂

  23. Ruby says:

    Ahahahahahaha! Best caption EVAR

  24. Kelly says:

    “Okay guys, we want a nice family portrait, but we don’t want to look posey…ready? Go!”

  25. S_Rose says:

    Love the photo! Love the caption! Love this family! I would TOTALLY buy this portrait, if this were my own family! It’s wonderful!

  26. April says:

    I’ve been saying it for a while, but never before has my sentiment been more true – the photo captions ROCK!! This is by FAR the absolute best picture caption yet!!!

  27. Jeff says:

    I think what happened is the photog finally just gave up trying to get the toddlers to look at the camera, said “screw it” and told everyone to gander hither-thither-and-yon. Friggin’ hysterical!

  28. Pookie says:

    Strike a pose?

  29. David says:

    Well it is a recession… I guess sharing one giant photo would be cheaper..

  30. Hannah says:

    I just love that Grandpa is hip enough to sit on a chair backwards.

  31. Alekx says:

    My official wallpaper now.

  32. stephanie says:

    “Where is freakin Waldo?”

  33. j says:

    this is the funniest one in a long time. i am struck with awe.

  34. Sparkle Plenty says:

    I spent some time studying this image and it is really quite beautiful and an accomplished photo. each individual is perfectly lit.
    I am an image editor and I seriously doubt this was assembled from different photos

  35. Wendy says:


  36. nite owl says:

    why is this called the “onion?”

  37. BAM says:

    “I swear we did not do this on purpose!” haha

  38. Rachel Wahlman says:

    HIL-AR-I-OUS. I lovie!

  39. Rachel Cookston says:


  40. Mandy says:

    “Choose your own adventure”. LOL

  41. emm says:

    what in the world is even going on in this picture??? i am stumped.

    • emm says:

      okay, this is what i get for looking at the pic and reading from the bottom up. i get it now. well, as much as there is to get… 🙂

  42. mjd says:

    I smell something, who did it?

  43. Smelvis says:


    It’s like a promo poster for a new season of Lost.
    Or a Royal Tennenbaum’s sequel.

  44. OneOboe says:

    Nothing like a collection of unrelated individuals looking in different directions to wake you up. I wonder how long they had to stay like that while the assistant stood on a ladder saying hey! hey! to the baby.

  45. vangie says:

    best photo and caption in a long time. those who claim this is photoshopped need to get a life. is that your answer to everything – photoshop? it doesn’t even make sense for this pic, nothing was made to look perfect, funny or incredible. it just turned out funny… naturally.

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