September 10th, 2011

Backdraft - *AFP Hall Of Fame*

Feel the heat.

(submitted by Clint)

74 Responses to “Backdraft”

  1. JMAllup says:

    Whenever I am sad, this picture makes me laugh hysterically. The comments below are even funnier. As much as I have looked at this picture I never noticed the tie until I read the comments.

    This picture is priceless.

  2. Medic says:

    Ladies and Mentlegen; Meet the Pyro.

  3. m hunt says:

    See that’s how bullies where fought off in the old days! …no guns required.

  4. Vicki says:

    Plausible scenario?
    “Mr. Photographer, sir…there’s..there’s a fire…behind you…no, really…REALLY.”
    {boy grabs fire extinguisher]
    Camera: “click”

  5. Huge says:

    Call that a light sabre, Darth? That’s not a light sabre. THIS is a light sabre.

  6. Kelly says:

    For anyone wanting a backstory on this, this is a picture of my brother, he graduated 1988 and when getting his senior pictures taken he was goofing around, I dont know who Clint is or how he got the photo but this is PRICELESS!! and classic Keith.

  7. Nomes says:

    Aww! I love him.

  8. Stephy G. says:


  9. Scott says:

    Boom goes the dynamite!

  10. jackie says:

    Somebody please find “Clint” (the submitter) and find out the back story. I am baffled and really feel the need to know just WTF is going on in this photo….seriously.

  11. Skyler says:

    I love how he’s turning it on like he’s actually gonna use it.

    The more you study this picture, the more there is to laugh at.

  12. Megannno says:

    What was the theme here besides awkward teenager with awkward prop?

  13. Zusie says:

    How long is that tie?!

  14. Rachelle says:

    “Well, we weren’t PLANNING on using a prop, but you really don’t want the stuffed animal we use for the little tykes? Here (grabbing the tank off the wall). I happen to have this. That’s masculine enough, right?”

  15. WILLO says:

    That is definitely a smegmometer.
    I would say circa ’88 or ’89.
    Manufactured by “Good Names, Inc.” of Detroit, MI.

  16. AlyssaDC says:

    proud to say I know this man personally.

  17. Sean says:

    Hey–a photo of my gastroenterologist as a teenager!

  18. LT says:

    It looks like his shirt is burned. No?

  19. Sarah says:

    This picture is certainly awkward. His clothes don’t fit him (shirt too big, tie too long) and the fire extinguisher is just plain strange.

    I truly wish we had a back story on this one.

  20. Spanky McStupid says:

    Skippy just knew he had the answer for Glade’s Industrial Bathroom Deodorizer.

  21. Pipergirl says:

    This year the fundraising committee couldn’t decide whether we wanted our charity calendar theme to be firemen or geek chic – when you see September you’ll agree we found a good compromise…

  22. Pipergirl says:

    “Oh Clint, what do you mean you forgot your clarinet? Your parents have paid for a full portrait package of you…what….oh no, that’s not a prop, it’s my fire extin….actually, it might work, you’re right.”

  23. Brian says:

    It’s obvious this kid has never seen this contraption in his life, instead of holding the hose like he was going to save your life, he looks as though he is going to water a hanging flower basket.

  24. kelly says:

    I bet know whats going on here. Clearly the kid helped put out a fire at one time and wanted to commemorate his act of heroism in a photo. I knew a guy who once put out a fire as a teen. He talked about it and talked about it. The story got better and better every time. Every stranger he met, within five minutes he was telling them the story about putting out the fire. You could tell he had rehersed it in the mirror and everything, adding dramatic gestures and voice influctions.

    Hell. This is probably his photo.

  25. April says:

    it should be required that when someone submits a photo they MUST include the backstory!!

  26. seen enuf says:

    “You said the grommet. What exactly is a grommet?”

  27. Mike says:

    Trepidation, faint disgust, awkwardness, pride, and a can-do spirit. Truly the photographer has captured what it is to be a teenage boy with an explosive tube in your hand.

  28. bwahahahaha says:

    It’s the guy from “No Country For Old Men” in his younger years. Please hold still sir…

  29. Dave says:

    liar, liar, pants on fire!

  30. Misty1377 says:

    Fire Marshal Bill-the early years.

  31. gigi says:

    He didn’t make the cut for the Village People auditions.

  32. Marie says:

    I would love to know the background story on this one.

  33. peg says:

    hope that’ a shadow under his arm, not a scorch or blood!

  34. AK says:

    Well they call me the fireman, that’s my name.

  35. lisabeth says:

    Somehow, this picture screams,”WTF?”

  36. Mike says:

    Looks like John Cusack.

  37. Melissa says:

    I’m not sure that’s a fire extinguisher….it looks more like a CO2 canister or oxygen tank to me. But it still leaves the question, What is he doing with it ?

    • JA says:

      It’s an extinguisher all right. Also known as a water can, its pressurized with an attached hose. It’s also refillable, and only needs air & water

  38. KenG says:

    Actually it looks like his rear end is on fire from the the glow in the background.

  39. Dr. Octagonapus says:

    The comment for this one is just perfect.

  40. Becky says:

    who thought this was a good idea?

  41. christine says:

    if there’s really a fire, he needs to rool up his sleeves….OFF HIS KNUCKLES!!!…fire hazard…ask any fireman that dress business casual for a day on the job.

  42. Valerie says:

    I said I wanted you to look “distinguished”, not “extinguished”!

  43. Douglas says:

    I think he’s just feeling a little spacey after a few hits off that hookah.

  44. kacy says:

    It looks like someone set his gaseous emissions on fire!

  45. Amber says:

    Awesomeness. I dig it.

  46. Eva says:

    Why on earth???

  47. bart says:

    Wow, he has one huge tie!

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