April 25, 2006

The department of silly pictures

One of the most famous Monty Python skits is The Ministry of Silly Walks. Spending any time going through Reuters pictures of the Middle East conflict and you'd assume that Reuters assigned a number of photographers to take silly pictures. A number of bloggers make a regular habit of using such pictures for fun.

For sheer absurdity I don't know if anything tops the picture a few weeks ago of a Palestinian man lying on a bed of nails with a pile of ceramic tiles on his chest. Another Palestinian man appeared to be breaking the tiles with his hands. And the caption describe the exercise as a "military" exercise.

Israelly Cool! has been doing this for quite a while and yesterday he didn't disappoint in Alternative Captions. He beat me to the punch with the picture of Ismail Haniyeh and the soccer ball.

And leave it to AbbaGav to note all the incongruities in a news photo and make lots of hay with them, such as in Giving new meaning to the term "Special" forces. And of course he's not above having a little fun with Photoshop either.

Elder of Ziyon has been running his Palestinian Police Photo Phunnies for a while but yesterday settled for noting that the masked guy in the picture appears to be a hockey fan.

And I wouldn't have expected it, because It's Almost Supernatural is usually serious, but he seems to have noticed a secret signal going around.

In the face of such creativity what can I do?

The caption reads (in part)

Armed Fatah militants demonstrate in the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip

Demonstrate? This is a posed shot. Notice how the guys on the right and left have their legs extended in perfect symmetry? No this looks more like the choreography for the latest remake of West Strip Story. (OK that's AFP, not Reuters.)


Here, our favorite red beard, Mohammed Abu Tir, wishes he could have had a V8. Why the page title has the text "Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert" is beyond me.

UPDATE: Featured in this week's Carnival of Satire.

UPDATE: Also at this week's Carnival of the Insanities.

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Crossposted on Israpundit and Soccer Dad.

Posted by SoccerDad at April 25, 2006 5:15 AM
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