“We think that there’s something cathartic about sharing your uncomfortable family moments,” says Mike Bender, co-founder of AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com and AwkwardFamilyPetPhotos.com. And yes, all the photos come from contributors all over the Internet.
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Say cheese! “Our theory has always been that if it surprises us in some way or makes us laugh, then it deserves a spot in the book,” Bender says.
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Sometimes, the response is simply this: Yikes!
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BIRDS OF A FEATHER
“One thing we’ve learned is that, to the pet owner, it doesn’t matter what kind of animal they have,” Bender says. “Bottom line: They love their pet and they’re proud of it.”
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MARSUPIAL ON YOUR SLEEVE
Spot – and count! – the sugar gliders!
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Are people who have rabbits more awkward than people who have dogs or cats? “It’s impossible to say one kind of pet owner is more awkward than another,” Bender says. “They’re all awkward in their own glorious ways.” In other words, everybody wins!
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Take us to your leader!
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The subjects weren’t being so cooperative about looking at the camera.
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You never run out of dance partners this way.
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They’ve got their hands full. Literally.
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HANDLE WITH CARE
The look on their faces says the skunk may have done something skunklike.
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FISTFUL OF CHIHUAHUAS
He has a lot to offer the world.
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And somehow, everybody sat still for their portrait.
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Staring contest: Go!
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FRONT & CENTER
The capybara may get the place of honor in this shot, but let’s not forget the two smaller rodents in the back row.
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Someone got into the sleepy stuff in the top drawer.