The Solemn Newspaper Picture Hall of Shame

There are some things in life that are always funny. Like people inhaling helium and then talking. Or that really shocked looking cat on YouTube. Or James Naughtie’s ‘Jeremy Hunt’ slip up on Radio Four.

Personally, I’ve developed a fascination with those pictures, usually found in local newspapers accompanying unfortunate stories, where people look really solemn while pointing at/ holding the object relating to said story. You know the ones.

I find them hilarious and I don’t know why. I’m not talking about horribly tragic things– I mean the ones where you can almost hear the photographer saying: “Yeah, try and look a bit sad and that– tug on the readers’ heart strings”.

Like these beauties here, here and here. As a colleague of mine quite correctly pointed out, that last picture also has an added ‘pets looking like their owners’ angle.

So, to get into the spirit of things, here is a picture of me pointing at the empty space where our bikes used to be, before some upstanding member of society decided to break into our shed and steal them.

In the meantime, my ongoing search for Solemn Newspaper Pictures will continue…


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