Festivals might conjure up all kinds of images for some, but the most incredible festival destinations around the world could be about to shine a whole new light on the events like never before.
Want to spend your day drinking and having fun with millions of other people for two weeks? Look no further! Oktoberfest regularly rakes in six million people a year meaning that it’s one of the most popular festivals around the world. There’s more than just drinking on the menu, too. There are also several food stalls, music, a funfair, and even a parade to keep visitors entertained.
Burning Man, U.S.
There are festivals, and then there’s Burning Man. This even it unlike any other in the world as thousands of people come together and form a community for two weeks of the year. The festival is found in the middle of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, and people are allowed to bring any kind of art they please. There is no schedule here, just people looking to learn from one another.
La Tomatina, Spain
Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like to take part in a giant food fight? Now could be your chance. La Tomatina takes place every year as thousands gather on the streets of Spain to launch tomatoes at one another. Thankfully, all the tomatoes used are over-ripe or poor quality meaning that no food goes to waste.
Snow and Ice Festival, China
If you want to see some of the most impressive snow and ice sculptures that have ever graced the planet, then it could be time to head to this festival in China. The sculptures can stand at more than 20 feet tall as artists from across the world come together to put their talents to good use.
Thai New Year is a time for many to wash away their sins. It started with some cleansing themselves with water but has since grown into a massive water fight amongst people from across the nation. People take to the streets as it’s every person for themselves throughout Songkran.
Festivals can be the perfect time to meet new people and make memories that are sure to last a lifetime – especially thanks to the most incredible festival destinations around the world.
Today, on the list of things that blew up on the internet simply because, is an Instagram account solely dedicated to the many weird standing poses people have developed in public. Let’s be honest — we’ve all stood in at least one of these poses at some point in our lives. We’ve gathered and featured some of the weirdest, funniest, and occasionally outrageous poses of people standing in public.
The Power of Heels
Although we hate the saying, “Beauty is pain,” perhaps it doesn’t apply for anything as strongly as it does for heels. If you’ve never had to walk around for an hour in a pair of heels, then you have no idea how horrible these torture devices can be.
Sure, they look super attractive, but they hurt your entire body in the process. A woman who can sit like that — balancing on one foot while wearing stilettos — should be feared. That’s extremely impressive.
Model in the Making
A baby’s first steps are naturally wobbly, but not this baby’s. This little one has a natural flair. Standing in its bright printed onesie, the baby leans against the couch with such fierceness; its piercing blue eyes gazing off into the distance.
This picture is too pretty to be true. With one leg bent at the knee, the baby strikes one of its best poses. We’re sure this child is going to be the most photogenic one in the family.
An Interesting Approach to Kissing
It’s always an amazing feeling to see your loved one after a long time. All you want is to hold each other in a warm embrace of hugs and kisses. One couple took their PDA game to a whole new level. The boy holds the girl tenderly as she stands about a foot away.
You can’t really kiss someone when they’re that far away? The girl responds by leaning against the boy’s body as he cranes his neck down to reach her face. Did her back not hurt after that?
Flexible All the Time
Life is busy. 24 hours — a day is just not enough time to complete all the errands on your list, we get that. Multitasking is an important skill that many people fail to master. Here’s someone who took the perfect opportunity to get multiple things done at the same time. Picking up a prescription from the pharmacy all whilst getting his daily stretches in!
He had to stand in line, which we assume would have been rather time-consuming. The heels of his feet are angled to provide him the support he needed to maintain such an awkward pose.
A rendition of the Eagle pose in yoga, this leg crossed stance is not as difficult as it looks. Although it appears complex and painful, it’s actually quite relaxing once you get used to it. However, for that to happen, you must have a certain level of flexibility — which this woman surely has.
To casually stand there in a yoga pose because you’re bored takes a different level of dedication. With that said, her outfit does make us think she’s doing a photoshoot and it’s not exactly a candid shot.
A Human Chair
Chivalry isn’t gone and this is proof. Pregnancy can take an extreme toll on the body. The more time goes on, the more health complications pop up. One of the more common issues of traveling as a pregnant woman is being on your feet.
You can’t walk for long without numbing pain shooting up your back. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to find a chair or bench in the middle of the city. So, this man improvised for his lady — he bent his leg to become a chair for his other half. Guys, this is the example to follow!
An Inclined Plane
Is this an efficient stance? We’re not exactly sure. Will we be seeing a lot of it on this list? Yes. A man is leaning against a desk but his feet are nowhere to be seen. You can lean against a wall or table for support but this is the upgraded version of standing.
He must not have wanted to take a few steps forward to approach the table. Or, his legs turned into jelly and he can’t really move from that position. Either way, it’s somewhat unsettling.
This Is Yoga Style
Many of us subconsciously stand in this pose and we don’t even know that it’s a yoga pose. That’s right! If you used to or still do this pose naturally, rejoice because you’re doing your body a favor!
This pose is known as “Tree” and it improves balance and stability, strengthens your leg muscles, and more. However, we aren’t sure if this woman was doing it for the benefits or did it simply because she felt like it.
Another Yogi on the Road
Doing one thing at a time is for slowpokes! You have to master multitasking to be a true legend. We’re kidding! You don’t have to stretch in the middle of the road to work on many things simultaneously.
In fact, we wouldn’t recommend you do this in public. For starters, you could get caught on camera like this guy. Secondly, it’s quite dangerous if you do it in the middle of the street. In any circumstance where you have to act fast and move from your position, this pose would only slow your pace.
He Needed a Leg Rest
It’s hard to understand what this man was doing when he positioned his leg on the wall. What’s weird is how he seems to be perfectly balancing his entire weight on the folded leg.
However, he doesn’t seem to be feeling any sort of discomfort. The lady in the background is surely feeling it for him. Her expression is a mix of confusion and irritation.
Climbing the Counter
Canada is a land of wonders and this surely proves that! The man in this picture is halfway up the check-in counter. From the looks of it, he seems pretty anxious about something. With that in mind, we can’t totally judge him for propping himself up to speak with the airport staff.
Still, someone should probably explain to him that what he’s using as a ledge is really meant to be a counter that people can use to place their belongings while they check-in, or they can use it as a writing surface.
Nice Wheels, Dude!
The person in the blue suit was definitely interested in the car. But they also had their priorities set! You can inquire about a car or talk to the driver while getting your stretching done for the day.
It would be normal had they only leaned down to reach window level to the car. Add in the leg split and you have this picture. They also have their hands placed on their knees to support their total weight. Clever.
Rules Not Broken
The world is going through a health crisis at the moment. Strict rules have been established to stop the spread of the disease. Shops operating during this time generally protect their staff with plexiglass, masks, gloves, and the occasional “Don’t cross this line” tape.
Even after the sign is right there, some people choose to ignore that. Like this woman who could’ve perfectly explained her order from behind the line. What’s annoying is her feet are on the line while her upper body is supported by the countertop.
More Unrealistic Body Standards
Social media and beauty filters have morphed the idea of the “perfect body.” A thin waist, curvy hips, toned or skinny arms, but a fuller bottom. The idea of what’s beautiful has been twisted and turned to reach its final unrealistic form.
It’s sad how some people still preach this. This store might not have done it consciously but this still counts. The mannequin wasn’t assembled properly, with one of its legs fixed in three different angles. Imagine turning around and mistaking the doll for a human!
Ignore the Plexiglass
Reading and respecting signs isn’t that hard! Plexiglass isn’t going to reduce your volume — your words aren’t any less audible to the person on the other side of the glass. It’s truly unnecessary to lean down and talk through the hole in the glass.
It should be common sense that the hole is there for a reason. No, it doesn’t apply when your feet are in the standing zone but your mouth is positioned at the plexiglass cut. Doesn’t it defeat the entire purpose?
It’s Elliot Stabler
Fans of the NBC series Law & Order already know what this one is going to be. The man standing is Elliot Stabler, one of the main characters on the show. He went viral once for his “sassy” standing pose.
One of our favorite memes that’s come from this photo has to be, “When you’re a dedicated detective investigating a case but your crush walks by.” Hey, even if you’re on the job, your crush should be able to see your best angle. Pull a Stabler!
Weird Couples Yoga
Couples’ yoga is a great way for pairs to bond while working on their body. This, however, may not be the most efficient way of working out. The man is bent at the hips. His legs are pointed as he stands on his tiptoes and rests his head on his girlfriend’s back.
With a wide smile on her face, the woman bears the situation. He looks like a child begging his parents for ice cream and after he was denied, he threw a tantrum. Refrain from doing this in public, people.
Like a Ballet Dancer
Is he training to be a ballet dancer? This is how ballet dancers typically warm up — they put their leg up on the barre and stretch out. This guy’s foot is pointed in the wrong direction but we’re just trying to focus on the positives.
In all seriousness, we don’t necessarily understand why he was in this stance in the middle of the airport. His luggage is next to him and he seems to be checking his boarding pass. He might have been trying to relieve a charley horse cramp in his calf.
The Classic Stance
This might be the quintessential dad pose. Dads stand in this position when they want to show that they’re deep in thought, and it works. The old man looks comfortable in his pose as one of his legs is placed on the TV cabinet and the other helps him lean forward.
He has a natural swagger, too! One of his hands is stashed in his pocket while the other hand rests under his chin to emphasize the whole look!
Are You Looking?
Would it be wrong to assume the man is trying to flaunt his buttocks to the camera? He might not even be aware that this photo was being taken but his pose does say otherwise. Here’s another possibility — he lost his balance and tried to regain his composure by making whatever pose would help him stand.
From the surroundings, it can be assumed that he’s a teacher. And while he may be a perfectly nice one at that, we have a feeling that his student feels somewhat uncomfortable with the lack of distance between their faces! We know we would!
Indoor Swimming Classes
When you can’t afford to take swimming lessons and you have to compromise; this sentence sums up the picture perfectly. When you’re the weird one in your friend group; that’s another sentence that could apply.
The other boys are seated normally with a judgmental look on their faces as the man in question bends over the desk and lets his head fall on the surface. It doesn’t seem like he was making an effort to stand up so we’re going to assume this was on purpose.
A Helpful Pose
While this may seem like a photoshoot-worthy pose, there’s actually a bit more to it. Traffic regulators have to stand on their feet for hours without many breaks. This can negatively affect their bodies in ways more than one, the primary one being back and leg pain.
A pose like this soothes many of the body’s pressure points, relieving stress. It stretches the foot’s calf muscle and alleviates pain. So, although it appears like they’re choosing a funky stance, they’re simply trying to reduce pain.
Jack, I’m Flying!
If you’re wondering if this is a scene from the movie Sky High, it’s not — it’s an actual man floating into the air. Of course, we’re only kidding. After all, his feet are pointed so he’s definitely putting his weight somewhere.
Still, when he extends his arm like that and looks directly into the camera, we’re forced to believe that he’s a superhero preparing for takeoff. Someone commented that he might have taken too much helium!
Cure or Cause
Many of the elevated leg poses mentioned here are done by people to reduce pain from standing for too long. Here’s the catch. While these poses can definitely soothe pain in your back or legs, they can also cause pain or tension.
Stand in a weird position for too long and your body will start to ache — that’s natural. The man in the picture is all decked up in a suit only to have one of his feet up to stomach level. This is how pants rip in unspeakable places.
Somehow Oddly Comfortable
Although we don’t want to believe it, the internet claims this pose is weirdly comfortable. There’s little to no reason to believe this stance would be anything but awkward.
His legs are crossed but he’s standing on his tippy-toes. To make it worse, he’s putting the weight of his upper body on the desk. Beware that you don’t tip the desk over, sir! It’s weird that the people next to him have no reaction to him or his strange stance. Perhaps he does this frequently.
Acting Normal With Your Crush
Have you ever had one of those spine-chilling moments that get ingrained in your memory because you handled it so badly? The majority of these happen because we were trying too hard — perhaps even attempting to impress someone. The guy in the photo may be a victim of this exact situation.
He’s holding onto a sign while attempting to do a split in the middle of a parking lot. There’s a woman in front of him with an amused smile on her face. Was he doing this to impress her? Was she impressed?
Just Squeeze in There
Well, it would be wrong to say that this is the man’s fault for standing in such an awkward position. Who positions an ATM behind a pole? The pole isn’t straight either and is, in fact, protruding out of the wall.
Anyone who wants to operate the machine has to squeeze themselves in there and withdraw money standing in that annoying stance. We have to say that the man is handling this much better than we would have expected.
One Leg Raised
Poses like this — in which someone stands with one leg raised against an object while their torso leans against it — are actually comfortable. We recommend you give it a try but somewhere where you aren’t being watched.
Don’t do this in the middle of the road because you might wake up the next morning as a viral internet meme. It’s funny how the man is totally unbothered as he watches something on his phone. To have that level of confidence!
Keep a Healthy Distance
There are so many things going on in this picture. Firstly, we can say that this picture was taken after lockdowns started across the world. People were told to maintain a bare minimum social distance to contain the spread of the virus.
There are multiple signs saying “Keep a healthy distance” to remind people of the pandemic. One man took “social distancing” to a whole other level — to the point that he’s even keeping distance between his legs…
Top Ten Bad Decisions
And here, this picture was taken moments before a disaster occurred. The man may have gotten bored of waiting around and thought to himself, “Why not spice things up?” Needless to say, this position can’t be that comfortable for him.
Just a second of being careless and he could totally injure himself. We have a hunch that he couldn’t find a place to sit and decided to improvise.
You Must be Tire(d)
Look at the men resting their feet! They must have been tire(d). Ha, get it? There would be nothing weird about this particular pose had both guys not stand in it for the photo.
Also, their legs are so spread that it almost looks as if they’re both about to break into a set of lunges!
An Overenthusiastic Pose
We would like to name this pose the “Overeager beaver.” The man in question is literally climbing on top of his little desk despite the fact that his seat has plenty of space! One of his feet is firmly planted on the ground while the other is curled up on the chair, allowing him to rest on his tiptoes.
Moreover, he’s also leaning a little to accommodate this weird posture. The person right next to him is seated nicely, though. What could this guy have been possibly trying to hear or see?
That Must Be Painful
That pose will make many people uncomfortable and rightfully so! Ankle twists are extremely painful. You could get a sprain or end up injured if you don’t take proper care of your joints! There’s absolutely no scenario that pops into our head where this pose would be necessary.
In fact, he might just hurt himself badly in the process. Many people can twist their ankles on command and it doesn’t hurt them. However, it’s shocking for the rest of us.
Seconds Before Disaster
The corporate world can be stressful. Confined to a cubicle, forced to go through never-ending bundles of paper and ever-demanding lists of clients. This man is moments away from throwing his phone, jumping over the desk, and running out of the office towards freedom.
At least that’s what his stance tells us. His face makes us think he was somewhat agitated. But, even if he is, he has to be careful about where he steps —otherwise, he might trip and send all the writes around him into a frenzy. If that happened, equipment worth thousands of dollars would be on the floor.
One and the Same
Couples that stand together, stay together — and this couple takes that sentiment to another level. Is it just us or are you equally annoyed when people step on furniture with their shoes on?
You just added to what was already a long list of things to be cleaned… congrats! Instead of trying to fake a power pose by putting their legs on the chair, they could have sat down comfortably instead.
Sciatica or Comfort?
Sciatica is back pain caused by an issue with the sciatic nerve. The large nerve runs down the back of our legs, from the lower back. If you are injured in that region, the pain can spread to the hips, legs, and buttocks.
In that case, standing in this position can help alleviate the ache. Keep in mind that the woman could also be doing this because it’s comfortable. Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with it. However, this does attract a lot of attention to her.
Always on the Grind
For people that suffer from pain because of spine injuries, this pose is a lifesaver. You’re basically distributing the gravitational pressure across your whole body.
Just have a look at how his hamstrings are popping! He surely hits the gym twice or thrice a week. A lot of tension is gathered near the muscles, which helps increase lower body stability in the long run. That being said, this isn’t the most appropriate pose to try in public.
It Does Count
A request to all readers — please never try this; not at home, not in public, or anywhere. It’s extremely dangerous! It’s only this man who makes it seem so effortless.
His head is resting against the wall as he props himself upward in an incline position with the help of his heels. It would only take a split second of losing his balance and he would fall directly on his head. We don’t have to elaborate on how painful it would be to land on your head.
Upside Down Business
The fact that this was the pose the man went with while in the bathroom honestly makes us question his intellect. He should know better — everything is going to dribble down right onto his nose, maybe even seep into his nostrils and mouth (ew!).
Of course, we can only assume that this photo was taken as a joke. We’re guessing that this guy just wanted to prank everyone that came in and out of the bathroom; the reactions had to have been priceless!