Yesterday morning I was talking with my brother on the phone and one of us brought up a picture our dad used to carry in his wallet. This was when we were very young, but both of us remember it vividly. It was a weird-looking man, or possibly woman, with a very long neck. And he would supposedly tell people it was a picture of his wife and take pleasure in watching them struggle to come up with a diplomatic response. He found great joy in their discomfort and the general awkwardness of the moment.
And while we were talking I did a simple Google search for “ugly woman,” and there it was! The same exact photo, on the very first page of results. Do any of you know it? Was it some famous thing from the 1960s? Is it something that went viral during the Johnson administration? I’d love to know more about it. Had you ever seen it before today? If you know anything, please help me out.
I sent the picture to my dad’s smartphone, which he still hates and complains about on a consistent basis. He was forced into using one by his pay-as-you-go provider, and he’s extremely resentful. But I gave him ten minutes to see the photo and called him up. I asked if he remembered it, and he said, “Oh yeah. I carried it in my wallet for several years. I still have it. I saw it in a drawer just a few days ago.” He couldn’t remember where he got it but assumes a friend gave it to him somewhere along the line. I asked him why he carried it, and he confirmed that he liked to tell people it was his wife. When I asked why he stopped he said, “I don’t think your mother appreciated it very much.” Ha!
He wanted to know how I had it, and I attempted to explain. But I don’t think he really understood what I was saying. Then he asked a very good question: “How in the hell do you remember that? It was from 50 years ago.” I told him I wasn’t sure but have been thinking about it. I now believe I remember it because it’s kind of twisted, and also something to do with my dad. You know, a couple of the things I’ve always loved?
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OMG I love your dad! That’s hilarious! I think it’s a guy – looks like there’s an Adam’s apple. I can’t stop laughing… I would remember something like that, too. You just can’t forget a photo like that.
Oh and first if anyone care’s.
Probably along the lines of the “here’s a photo of my Pride and Joy” which was an actual photo of Pride and Joy dish washing liquid. It must have been some sort of thing at the time.
The acorn etc. etc.
That is hilarious and now I want to know what it’s from to.
Off to Google Image search…
Reverse Image search didn’t have jack. The image has been appropriated a fair number of times, including by someone associated with (or in love with) The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Randall B Robinson says
I miss the nostril tales and I’m still disappointed that you didn’t get a crime scene artist to do a rendition of the lovely couple
Some of these should still work:
What kind of world is it when it requires a photograph of the soul of the Secretary of Commerce to bring Knucklehead out of the terre selvagge of Italy, and sunshine out of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia on the same day? It’s always a pleasure to hear from them both and rarely a pleasure to take a long look at the internal workings of Will-Burr, who might know lots of words but slumbers through meetings.
Again John, you lost me on that one. I have to investigate now. Happy New Year!
Phil Jett says
First thing that came to me when I read this fine tale is my Dad giving me “the talk”. It started with showing me where he kept condoms (in a dresser drawer with his WWII and Korea memorabilia) and finishing with, “Remember, you never pull out until the job is finished”.
Coach Kuhl used to carry that pic around too. Told people the same thing!
Happy new year friends. Just got my 2nd dui in five years sunday. Im gonna go to jail. But drug dealers and wife beaters go free. Canada doesn’t sound so bad now.
AWG, that sucks; if you need a character witness to get the charges reduced, I’d be happy to Skype into the legal proceedings, although in Florida jail time might be safer than Community Service. Good luck.
Farmer’s Daughter says
JTB, you are one cool dude. Some times I don’t understand your posts (too high brow for this flyover country girl) but they usually bring a smile.