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9 BONKERS Stock Photos That Are…Supposed to Inspire Travel (!?)

The lockdown is putting quite a few things in perspective, these images not included.

Photos are important. Generally speaking, yes, but specifically to us here at Fodor’s as we rely on striking, quality images that’ll inspire you to see the world every time you gaze upon them. Our standards are high, and because of this, we peruse photography stock websites for beautiful images of people, places, and things to help bring our work to life. With that said, there have been more than a few occasions where we have encountered photographs on the aforementioned websites that, well…don’t really make sense. And to be honest, the nonsensicalness is at times so overpowering that it needs a place of its own. A place to call home. And what better home for such mystifying imagery than a dedicated article? In addition to looking at bizarre photos, we have added a few questions, answers, and observations that might help both you, reader, and us, try to make sense of the chaos.

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PHOTO: Cathy Keifer/Shutterstock
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Some Truly Wild Wildlife

The Search That Led Us Here: We just wanted to see as many animals you might encounter on an Amazon Rainforest tour as possible. That’s all!

Official Description of Photo: “A waxy monkey tree frog is sitting on a branch and seems to have the head of a puppy.”

Immediate Questions You Had When You Saw This Photo:

  • “What is this and why does it exist?”
  • “How do I feel now that I’ve seen this?”
  • “Wait, what sort of signature sound would this animal make?”

Headline for the Kind of Article This Photo Could Actually Be Used for: Animals You Didn’t Know Existed

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PHOTO: Patrick Breig/Shutterstock
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See Spike Motorbike

The Search That Led Us Here: We were honestly just looking for unique activities to do at beaches around the world.

Official Description of Photo: “Weird biker. Strange biker on a moped driving along the seashore.”

Immediate Questions You Had When You Saw This Photo:

  • “Who is this man?”
  • “What is his story?”
  • “Is this activity—motorbiking along the seashore—offered as a tourist attraction somewhere?”
  • “If this is indeed a tourist offering, is the motorbike at least electric (eco-friendly) and the area contained?”
  • “If this is not a tourist activity, however, should I flag down a lifeguard and/or the local authorities if I see this man?”

Headline for the Kind of Article This Photo Could Actually Be Used for: This Beach Has a Road That Extends Into the Ocean

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PHOTO: conrado/Shutterstock
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Just a Couple of Guys Being Dudes

The Search That Led Us Here: We were just minding our business, trying to put together a few tips on having a fun beach vacation with friends.

Official Description of Photo: “Two funny guys on deckchair.”

Immediate Questions You Had When You Saw This Photo:

  • “What makes these guys so funny (they’re clearly laughing at something/someone else, which, objectively, does not make them funny)?”
  • “First of all, why are their chairs facing away from the water?”
  • “Is that something I should be doing when I go to the beach?”
  • “Why do they look so…aggressive?”

Headline for the Kind of Article This Photo Could Actually Be Used for: 10 Ways to Avoid Becoming the Worst Type of People-Watcher

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PHOTO: Marina Kryuchina/Shutterstock
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Explosion at the Wig Factory…Which Is Located in the Forest?

The Search That Led Us Here: We cannot get enough of Finland’s majestic open spaces, so we were simply searching for photos of its landscapes when the cursed thing in front of you popped up.

Official Description of Photo: “View from the road to the group of objects that looks like people in the field. Finland. Hiljainen Kansa.”

Immediate Questions You Had When You Saw This Photo:

  • “What exactly are these ‘objects?'”
  • “Why are they decorated to look like people?”
  • “What’s the endgame here?”
  • “Is this something from Midsommar (2019) that was left on the cutting room floor?”
  • “Can I go here?”
  • “Should I go here?”

Headline for the Kind of Article This Photo Could Actually Be Used for: 5 Forests in Finland to Steer Clear of

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PHOTO: Nomad_Soul/Shutterstock
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'Crawl' (2019)

The Search That Led Us Here: Believe it or not, we write about Florida quite a bit, so we were innocently looking for shots of its native wildlife.

Official Description of Photo: “Karateka fights with crocodile.”

Immediate Questions You Had When You Saw This Photo:

  • “Karateka…as in the 1984 video game?”
  • “Why would anyone actively fight a crocodile?”
  • “Does this man think he’s going to win this fight?”
  • “What’s the ancient temple in the background?”
  • “Wait, is this some sort of ritual?”

Headline for the Kind of Article This Photo Could Actually Be Used for: A Crocodile Challenged Me to a Match and I Accepted. Here’s My Story

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PHOTO: EB Adventure Photography/Shutterstock
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'Here Boy!'

The Search That Led Us Here: We stumbled on this gem while searching for places that are great if you’re traveling with your dog (not to be confused with Places to Not Travel With Your Dog).

Official Description of Photo: “Bizarre picture of a man holding an umbrella and petting a dog in a frozen lake.”

Immediate Questions You Had When You Saw This Photo:

  • “Why is this man in a frozen body of water?”
  • “Why is he calling his dog INTO a frozen body of water?”
  • “What purpose does the umbrella serve?”
  • “Is this a metaphor for love?”

Headline for the Kind of Article This Photo Could Actually Be Used for: Bring Rain Gear When You Enter This Frozen Body of Water

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PHOTO: EverCollection/Shutterstock
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'Fake Ostrich Pushing Boy in Stroller'

The Search That Led Us Here: Research on animal sanctuaries. Also, we’re big fans of animals and cute babies, so maybe this find was inevitable?

Official Description of Photo: “Fake ostrich pushing boy in stroller.”

Immediate Questions You Had When You Saw This Photo:

  • “Is this…um…a tourist attraction?”
  • “What makes this ostrich qualified to look after children?”
  • “The photo is clearly made to look like it’s an antique—did ostriches of yesteryear offer babysitting services?”

Headline for the Kind of Article This Photo Could Actually Be Used for: Surprising Ways in Which Wild Birds Care for Human Children

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PHOTO: robertzwinchell/Shutterstock
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‘Help, My Wig’s Been Snatched!’

The Search That Led Us Here: We dove headfirst into an exploration to find the best off-the-beaten sights in Atlanta.

Official Description of Photo: “Weird things found in a forest in Atlanta.”

Immediate Questions You Had When You Saw This Photo:

  • “Are weird things often found in the forests of Atlanta?”
  • “Upon third glance, are we sure this is a wig?”

Headline for the Kind of Article This Photo Could Actually Be Used for: There’s More to See Than Just Flora and Fauna in Georgia’s Forests

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PHOTO: Benevolente82/Shutterstock
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The Lover of Logs

The Search That Led Us Here: We were looking for cozy hammocks for all you happy campers out there as part of a gift guide.

Official Description of Photo: “Outlandish, funny, crazy, foolish man sleeping in hammock with huge wooden log at nature among trees.”

Immediate Questions You Had When You Saw This Photo:

  • “What’s so special about this log?”
  • “Is that hammock going to fit both of them because it’s awfully small.”
  • “I like nature—should I be giving logs this much attention?”

Headline for the Kind of Article This Photo Could Actually Be Used for: 8 Ways to Bring Out Your Inner Tree Lover

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