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The Goofiest Photos of the Year…

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I’ll admit my blog isn’t very good, but without goofy photos it would be far worse. Trust me. So this is the big day when I reveal the five goofiest photos of 2009. Below are two through five, in no particular order.

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You will now cluck like a chicken!

I’ve got something odd to ask, your Holiness!

You may kiss the bride… No thanks!

Schcuse me… Is thish the schtable?

And now, for the moment we’ve all been waiting for, GOOFIEST SHOT OF THE YEAR, which I’ve saved just for today. The envelope please… It is the only known photo of a U.S. first lady giving the stink-eye to an earthworm. It don’t get no goofier than this!

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President Barack Obama talks with White House Photo Office Executive Assistant Nora Becker during the White House staff picnic on the South Lawn of the White House, June 26, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The Dalai Lama jokes with a nasal spray after being asked his opinion on the swine flu during a press conference after his first lecture in Lausanne August 4, 2009. REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud

Don’t drop it yet, I’m not focused!

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Blog Guy, it’s me, the aspiring photojournalist you’ve been mentoring! You’ll never guess what! I’m at the WHITE HOUSE, doing a trial assignment. I’m so excited, I can’t…

reggie crop 240Oh wait, Blog Guy, there goes President Obama’s personal assistant, Reggie Love, loaded down with packages and stuff. I’m gonna run across the lawn and help him open the door before he drops something.

Which half of ‘em is naked?

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Okay, I’ve got another small quibble with our photo captions. The actual caption for the pictures you see here begins, “People take part in a half naked “Santa run…”

While it is true that most of them are not wearing shirts or pants, I don’t see anybody I’d call “half naked.” I just see people who aren’t fully clothed.

Where there’s a Will, there’s a way…

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Blog Guy, my favorite actor is Will Smith. Can you post some photos of him in your blog, please?

Sure thing. This photo shows him at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony today in Norway.

Is this Sax Fifth Avenue?

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Lots of readers ask me, “Bob, if that famous author Franz Kafka, who wrote very, very weird stuff, had decided to do something else, what would it have been?”

And I always tell them, he would have been a photographer, and people would now talk about Kafkaesque photos instead of Kafkaesque stories. Here, you can see an example of the kind of picture Kafka would have….

It’s tough in the slammer…

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Blog Guy, you wrote about the Swiss chalet where director Roman Polanski may stay under house arrest while he fights extradition over a case of unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl. The farmer in the driveway was a nice touch, but…

What else did you want to see?

It’s in Gstaad, in the Swiss Alps! Could we please see how the chalet looks with a dusting of snow?

Who WAS that masked man?

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Dammit Johnson, you call yourself a NEWS photographer? I send you out to shoot a government official at a press conference, and THIS is what  you come back with? Half his face is missing!

Sorry Boss, but there are problems with his mouth…

Oh? He doesn’t have one?

Yes, he has one, but I believe his lips are covered in giant cold sores, and he has a purple rash all over his chin, and, uh, most of his teeth are either missing or rotten, and his gums…

Will he have a valet at the chalet?

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Blog Guy, I’ve been closely following the case of that creepy director Roman Polanski, who apparently will be released under house arrest in Switzerland soon, but I wonder if you can clear up some details for me.

Well, I’m no lawyer, but I’ll do my best.

Thanks. So he’s going to be staying in a Swiss chalet, from what I’ve read. Any idea what it looks like?

Aren’t these elevators going awfully fast?

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Hold it right there, Blog Guy! I’m calling you out on something! Yesterday, you had a supposed beauty pageant shot where the contestants were all standing in front of a faraway building. Was that the ONLY picture you had from that event?

No, of course not. In addition to the So Far Away They Look Like Ants photo, we did cover the other portions of that pageant. Have a look:

Hey, look at the balconies on those chicks!

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Blog Guy, I’m back again. It’s me, the aspiring photojournalist you’ve been mentoring.

How do you keep finding me? I’ve had my death notice put in several newspapers!