A Quiet Stroll

October 28th, 2009

A Quiet Stroll - Siblings

“The Louisville Zoo, circa 1988. My mother was attempting to take a picture and my sister jerked my stroller back, sending me tumbling forward just as my mother snapped the picture in a panic.”

(submitted by Melissa)

105 Responses to “A Quiet Stroll”

  1. gab says:

    love the dad’s shoes

  2. James says:

    Poor kid! She looks like she is about to be punted

  3. Tori says:

    Is it sad that I’m more concerned with what the parents are wearing than I am about this poor child?

  4. rick says:

    That sneaker and short ensemble is poppin’!

  5. Tim says:

    The picture shows further evidence of another shooter on the grassy knoll…

  6. kwil says:

    I’d be interested to find out where this was taken.
    It looks like the St Louis Zoo circa 1985

  7. Silverfish says:

    I laughed so hard.

    All of you talking about how heinous this is because of how OMG TRAUMATIC it looks, you’re the type of parents who are going to make your kids over-sensitive basket cases who can’t handle criticism or reality. Incidents happen. You put on your big girl panties and get over it.

  8. Kate says:


  9. Jamie says:

    Not awkward.

  10. Patti says:

    the face of the woman in the technicolor shorts is priceless…I sure hope the kid was ok though. But it it funny, sorry, I laughed. I must be bad.

  11. nite owl says:

    pretty much sums up my childhood.

  12. John says:

    Looks like she hit the eject button

  13. Laylah says:

    You know what? It almost looks to me like the kid was climbing on the fence to get a better view, and then fell. Awkwardly. Maybe the parents were even trying to get a picture of the kid on the fence, and captured this thing of beauty instead.

  14. Jeff B. says:

    Little Megan’s seizures were blamed on the psychedelic shorts. The high-tops, meanwhile, only gave her nightmares…

  15. Raines says:

    Many people wonder how America became the litigation-happy society it is today.

  16. Nancy says:

    That stroller sure does need a seatbelt!

  17. Natty says:

    This pic makes me nervous! Can the submitter please write in and let us know what the story is here and if that kid was really okay??? (I’ll admit, though, some of the comments made me LOL!)

  18. Ken says:

    You put your left foot in… you put you left out… you put your left foot in and you shake it all about… you do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself a—-….. UH OH!

  19. Hahaha says:

    So flame me. I laughed …out loud… at this photo. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Xtina says:

    Looks like she was trying to jump into the lion enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo.
    Sheeesh, when will children learn??

  21. Cindi says:

    My sister dropped me on my head while pushing a stroller. I have got to show her this one!

  22. Freak Speely says:

    That is one weird way to fall out of a stroller!

  23. CarrieMac says:

    I appreciate the parenthetical remark about the child not being hurt, but I’m willing to bet her future SAT scores would be just a smidge higher if this hadn’t happened.

  24. Tan says:

    Whoa…live action awkwardness!

  25. connie says:

    No, this is what happens when you let pwecious wittle snowflake get her way and not make her sit DOWN in the stroller.

  26. gina says:

    I think the kid was out of the stroller and throwing an epic hissy fit (or maybe doing her imitation of Linda Blair in The Exorcist).

  27. Zack says:

    Yea right…no one was injured…except that KID! Boy, they sure do start contortionist training early over there! “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!” LOL

  28. Sommer C. says:

    I hate when that happens.

  29. Dory Dirtbag says:

    At least she didn’t fall INTO the tiger exhibit.

  30. Jakob says:

    Your computer was tricking you by my count.

    This seems more FAIL than awkward.

  31. Wavy-Gravy says:


  32. mthrndr says:

    JAMS and Hi-tops!

  33. laurie says:

    “Oh no, dear, she’s about to fall! Quick! Grab ‘er! …the GIRL, not the camera! Well…that works too.”

  34. Whoa says:

    People only watch stroller races to see the crashes.

  35. I bet she was standing up in the stroller, mom told her 100 times to sit down! Now look what happens, and everyone will blame the mother, *tsk*.

  36. Matt K says:

    I sort of looks like they are at a zoo. Perhaps a carnivore thinks there will soon be a feeding.

  37. caleb says:

    youch. this just makes me cringe.

  38. gabeaux says:

    “Honest, Mom, last time she landed on her feet!”

  39. Allison says:

    How did she fall out with the way the stroller is unless she was sitting on it wrong. She couldn’t have flipped out like that with her legs in the stroller. Poor girl. I would like to know the story behind this one.

  40. JJ says:

    Shame on you AFP for posting this one. She may not have been injured, but a fall like that hurts! The child’s position looks painful. You’ve crossed a line, AFP.

    • Sgt Hulka says:

      Lighten up, Francis.

    • dramaking says:

      Shame on me too for laughing? 🙂

    • I agree says:

      AFP has posted a few that have made me uncomfortable to look at. Children in dangerous situations and positions is never funny.

      • jnmcnally says:

        I’m with you – it’s like the funny videos on TV where you wonder if sick parents encourage the children to do harmful things so they can win a prize. I know that’s not what’s going on with vintage photos like this, but we have seen parents do sick things for their 15 minutes of fame. I hope AFP will exercise some discretion when it comes to modern – possibly staged – photos.

      • DeannieDorko says:

        Bah! It’s always funny until somebody gets hurt–then it’s HI-larious!!

    • Etraking says:

      Yeah lighten up, what trauma? If all falls we had as kids caused some stupendous trauma I wonder what would have been of most of us…geez!

    • KG says:

      Get over it cry-babies…. this picture is hilarious. Someone took some similar tumbles as a kid.

    • becca says:

      This is just as good as face slide

    • MN says:

      Who’ll think of the chiiiiildren???!!!! Seriously, lighten up. The kid is fine. The picture is funny if you are into that sort of humor (fact: most folks find falls funny), and had it been an adult, no one would have been so outraged because they aren’t precious little hot house flowers.

      • Rachel says:

        “Most folks find falls funny” is an awesome sentence!

        • MN says:

          LOL! Thanks!

          It’s true, though. None of those funniest home video shows would have lasted more than a few episodes if people didn’t think falls were hilarious. And really, if you look at anything involving even light physical comedy, it involves a fall. There’s nothing wrong with laughing at it if the person isn’t seriously injured. It’s just human nature.

    • Julie says:

      My toddler takes spills all the time. In the midst of it them, they look horrendous. Unless I freak out, she gets up and goes on her merry way. Sheesh! If this kid ended up a quadraplegic, you think they would have posted it?

  41. babyibby says:

    The way the toddler is contorted and landing on her head precludes any laughs for me. This is the first time I’ve felt this way on this site. The photo captured what had the potential to be a traumatic childhood head injury (so I appreciate the parenthetical comment about no one being hurt).

    • Sarah says:

      Looks to me like the kid was already in a position with her head on the ground (like a tripod or attempting a headstand) and someone grabbed the camera but by the time they pushed the button the kid lost the pose.

      • yeah that... says:

        you’re clearly wrong Sarah… that kid fell frontward out of the stroller.. no ifs, ands, or buts about it…

    • Denise says:

      My toddler falls regularly. I bet if I caught even one of her incidents on camera mid-fall, it would look like this or worse. It happens, and sometimes it looks funny.

  42. Susan says:

    Are you sure nobody got hurt? I clearly see head hitting pavement…………….

  43. Candie says:

    OMG! That poor baby!!! Looks like she stuck the landing…. on her NECK! Ouch!

  44. JeV says:

    There isn’t a single face in that photo… what ‘oops’ expression do you mean?

  45. steve says:

    Breakdancing kids? Or did see she her parents shorts and immediately go into convulsions?

    • Goliano says:

      I’ll go with break dancing. It’s good to see the youth haven’t totally abandoned 80’s hip hop culture for the crap being churned out today.

  46. Gee says:

    I’m interested to know whether mum had a pair of funky shorts on too. If not? Why not?! (way to let the rest of the family down!)

  47. Boppie says:

    Oy. I remember those Jams shorts. They could definitely blind you to any cracks in the pavement that might overturn a stroller.

  48. Fyaa says:

    BBBAAHHAHAHAHAH I like that “OOPSS” expression… XD

  49. yolinda says:

    the patterned shorts are clearly the most awkward thing about this photo….

  50. TIM says:

    One full somersault in the pike position, she gets an 8.5 because she didn’t fully complete that last rotation.

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