Taking The Plunge

October 21st, 2009

Awkward Rule # 372: Souvenir barrel photos.

(submitted by Don)


154 Responses to “Taking The Plunge”

  1. norma says:

    aaaaaw. I just loved this guys!
    not awkward at all, they seem so happy

  2. james says:

    this pic is more realistic than the blue screen nonsense that you get now.

  3. Shoshana says:

    What a great picture! I love the family dynamic, and it’s really fun(ny)… I’d pay good money to have my family pic taken in that barrel, and I’d display it proudly :)

  4. Lollipop says:

    ok how did they all fit in there?

  5. Michelle says:

    Awww, this is so cute! I want to grow up in that family damnit!

  6. Don says:

    Wow! Thanks for all the neat comments!!
    The photo was taken in 1969… we were posing in one of those vacation photo props. No Photoshop work here… :-)

    Hillary Swank & Tom Hanks huh…??!! YEA!!!! (if you could see us all today!)

  7. Nikki says:

    Oh too cute! The shadow Dad is casting on the clouds behind him really sells the illusion. :P

    Now on to the singing!:

    We’re bobbing along in our barrel
    Some of us tip right over the edge
    But there’s one thing really mystifying
    Got me laughing, now it’s got me crying
    All my life I will be death defying
    ‘Til I know

    I wonder wonder why the wonderfalls
    I wonder why the wonderfalls on me
    I wonder wonder why the wonderfalls
    With everything I touch and hear and see

  8. Samantha says:

    good lookin’ bunch.

  9. Matt says:

    I LOVE this photo! Everyone is so happy and having so much fun! It may not be “awkward” but it’s still one of my favorites!

  10. Andrea says:

    This family is adorable!

  11. Lucie says:

    I love this family! So much fun!

  12. Curious says:

    Mom = Hilary Swank
    Dad = Tom Hanks?

  13. Dustin says:

    Is that Hillary Swank on the far left? HA!

  14. Lori says:

    i just took a similar pic with my son and his friend on our vacation there this summer lol….if you go to the falls, you HAVE to have this pic taken!

  15. maesie says:

    not awkward, just AWESOME. i think a family vacation to niagra is in my future.

  16. Shannon says:

    What a fun pic! Not awkward at all in my opinion.

  17. dawna says:

    BTDT – been there done that, no clue where the photo is (from the 70s)

  18. Anne says:

    How does the boy do that thing with his fingers?!?

  19. mjd says:

    I can’t be sure but I think this is photoshopped as the mist does not match the barrel and shadows are off. Please chime in, the pro’s out there.

  20. Sarah says:

    is that hilary swank?

  21. Cynthia says:

    Someone forgot to tell the family that they really ‘were’ going down Niagra Falls and Mom planned the whole thing.

  22. Becca says:

    I must have four or five pictures just like this from growing up going to Niagara Falls… what’s awkward about it?

  23. KitKatPaddyWack says:

    This is an awesome family photo. Everyone looks so happy.

  24. Jamie says:

    HAHAHAHA this made me laugh out loud!!

  25. Tim says:

    …this picture is like shooting fish in a barrel with a crossbow!

    (I know…i’ts a stretch, but hey – it’s been a long week, OK!? )

  26. Bruce says:

    This was the BEFORE they went over the falls photo…you don’t want to see the AFTER one..not a pretty sight.

  27. Marie says:

    Great picture! You are all right — what a wonderfully fun family!

  28. John says:

    This pic reminded me of the Hanscom family for some reason – love it!

  29. Leah says:

    The mom looks like Hillary Swank as Amelia Earhart!

  30. grimey says:

    Great pic…but if one had a serious panic look…this photo would have been priceless!

  31. OrlandoRob says:

    This is charming.

  32. lara says:

    Ha ha! This is excellent, it has a kind of Brady Bunch vibe to it! Kind of wrong but still cute!

  33. Piki says:

    The picture would be perfect if the 2 up front were looking down. Just a suggestion for all future barrel riders.

  34. cass says:

    Clearly photoshopped…..I seriously doubt that this whole family ACTUALLY went over Niagara Falls in a barrel and if so they wouldn’t be this happy.

    • FrancisJames says:

      My thought exactly. There’s some fuzziness around the bottom of the barrel. Not a professional photoshop job like the other photos.

    • Joe says:

      Let’s face it…THAT many people in a barrel and I’m supposed to believe it didnt tip over? Nice try picture, but shame on you.

    • Stephanie says:

      It’s not photoshopped – it’s a posed shot in front of a backdrop with a fake barrel cutout in front of the family.

      • carly cupcake says:

        hey, steph, the previous posters were being facetious….

      • Cyndee says:

        funny how people jump to the photoshop conclusion. Souvenir photos have been around a long time before photoshop. Definitely a fun photo for the family on vacation. I love how they all made the expressions.

      • hankoo says:

        Obviously, it’s done in front of a backdrop and and the people weren’t actually going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The previous comments are just funny replies to the picture and not factual statements. They are just playing on all of the accusations made against most pictures being photoshopped.
        I think the comments are hilarious but you loose a lot of the humor when you have to explain the joke to someone. This is sarcasm.

  35. nikki says:

    Souvenir barrel photos….with Hilary Swank

  36. This is awesome! I want to meet them!

  37. Chely says:

    Okay, now I want to go to Niagra Falls

  38. BP says:

    This cracks me up and has to be circa late 60′s / early 70′s with all those striped shirts. Love it though and look like they are actually havign fun!

  39. Jeff says:

    We’re bobbing along in our barrel…

  40. Pete says:

    i love this photo! what a great family

  41. Russ says:

    Hmmm….sure, great photo, but at what cost? Not a chance they all survived that plunge.

  42. roulette_dares says:

    This is what this website is all about.

  43. Romeo says:

    It’s good to see everyone happy in that kind of photo =)

  44. tracy says:

    by the look on her face, I think Mom is standing behind the barrell and pushing the rest of the family over the falls.

  45. Mary Ann says:

    I love this photo!! They obviously have a ton of fun together and don’t give a fig what others think.

  46. Michael says:

    Making fun of this photo is like shooting fi– no, no I won’t say it!

    I have to say, though: I’m a bit disappointed in Mom’s lack of commitment to the illusion. I would have believed, if I didn’t see her shirt peeking out of the side of the barrel!! A little photoshopping would have been acceptable in this case.

    I’m just sayin’

  47. gus jackson says:

    this is perhaps the best and most true family picture I’ve seen…I guess no one can really see Mom’s sinister smile….

  48. Seona says:

    They look like a very happy family. This is not that awkward, but cute.

  49. Cindi says:

    What a fun family!

  50. Jon says:

    This is such a HAPPY picture. These people are hysterical. Love ‘em!

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