You know what they say about life, right? It takes a village. Well, when you head to your local superstore, be it a Superstore or some other regional business, you’ll end up seeing every member of that village during your trip. Superstores are known as being ground zero for every weirdness and oddity known to the human condition. Today, we are going to take a deep dive in order to showcase 38 of the funniest and weirdest pictures ever captured inside of your local superstore.
Hungry Like a Wolf
Have you ever had the overwhelming urge to howl at the moon? Do you find that your closet has been increasingly filled with wolf-themed clothing? Well, we have bad news for you. No, you’re not a werewolf, you just have a weird wolf obsession, like these people, we assume. There’s nothing wrong with that! Throw on your wolf costume and get your shopping done, we’re not going to judge.
For Choking Hazards, Call CPS
The great thing about going to your local superstore is that you are confronted by every type of parent imaginable. Oh, well, that does include THIS type of parent, too, doesn’t it? We’re not saying that putting bags over your child’s head is a bad idea. We’re just saying, hey, maybe don’t put a bag over your child’s head? As it turns out, your kid probably likes breathing.
Cupid is Real
Did you ever shake your head at the very thought of Valentine’s Day? Are you firmly on board with the idea that V-Day is just another Hallmark Holiday? Well, you might have thought you were right, but this picture is proof that you were wrong. After all, this dude HAS to be the real Cupid, right? Nobody would willingly dress up like this, would they?
We’ve got one of two things going on in this picture. Either this mom is really handcuffing her kid to the cart, or she’s an undercover cop and the boy in blue is secretly a 30-year-old criminal under 5-feet-tall. Okay, so the boy in blue probably isn’t a criminal, but we’re not sure that the mom ISN’T one, either. Is it even legal to handcuff your children?
Grandpas of Anarchy
If you are a ‘Sons of Anarchy’ fan, you know how important it is for a biker to always stay with their ride. We’re sure that this fella is just living the ‘Sons’ lifestyle. When you can’t ride your sick chopper, you have to make do. We would have loved to see him rocking the Gorilla Bars in the front, though we guess he’d still need his basket. Actually, alternative take for this photo: America needs to diet, more.
Just Wonderful Lighting
When you are a social media influencer, you always have to be ready for an impromptu photo shoot. We’re not sure if she’s doing a sponsored post for a cheese company, or if she just really likes the fluorescent lighting bouncing off of the tortillas, but here she is. Life can be hard in the era of social media, sometimes you have to hop onto a pile of Kraft singles in order to get the shot.
Therapy Starts Tomorrow
When boys hit a certain age, they start to get curious about … stuff. This picture shows a child coming face-to-face, pardon our expression, with a new period in his life. In the best-case scenario, he is merely looking up at his mom. In the worst-case scenario, well, maybe his mom should be looking after her pervy son. In either event, that kid is going to need a talking to from his mom OR a therapist.
Ride or Die
You can fall asleep anywhere, at least when you are tired enough. Why would falling asleep in a motorized chair in a superstore be any different? Actually, we might want to give this guy a wellness check. He’s either in a deep sleep or traversing through the afterlife. Either way, grab a mirror and make sure that he’s still breathing!
25 Cent Hair
We’re actually really impressed by the length of this lady’s hair. We’re also impressed by the consistent curls. A part of us has to wonder, though, what the point of it all is. Is she a diehard Rapunzel fan? Does she love Ramen noodles? Is she hiding something beneath those curly locks? We will say this, for all of the extreme hair that you’ll find in a superstore, at least hers looks clean!
Area 51 Escapee
We thought that everyone was joking about storming Area 51. Guess not. We have to assume that this giant bubble-gum looking person is actually an escapee from the mysterious government base. After all, who would willingly go shopping at a superstore while dressed like this? Actually, looking at the other pictures on this list, we can totally believe that this is just a regular shopper who loves superstores almost as much as dressing up like chewed gum.
Cheetara Costume (Alternate)
Cheetara was always one of our favorite ‘ThunderCat’ characters. Though the cartoon was notably silly, modern filmmakers are always looking for ways to give an old IP a gritty reboot. We suppose that this person is dressed like a semi-realistic Cheetara, right? Well, she’s not auditioning for the film.. She’s also not even doing a photoshoot. So, uh, she just… likes dressing like this. Huh.
You Are Overencumbered
Could one image so capably sum up the state of daily life for the average American? Probably not, so we won’t try to make that implication. Instead, we’ll just say this, that scooter was NOT built for this kind of load. Also, if you can stand on the scooter, you probably shouldn’t be riding it, right? Wait, can we just take electric scooters whenever we want? Can I moto surf in superstores now?
Bret Michaels is Looking Rough
Bret Michaels is a legend in the glam metal scene. As the lead singer of Poison, Michaels has sold more than 40 million records around the world. Of course, time gets the best of everyone, eventually. Wait, you’re saying that this ISN’T Bret Michaels? Does this person at least like Poison? They’ve never heard of them? Oh, well, carry on then, I guess.
Shopping With His Best Friend
Remember that image two slides ago, where two women were sitting on the same scooter? Yeah, we don’t think scooters are made for that kind of double-riding. THIS kind of double-riding, however, is totally cool by us. Who wouldn’t want to bring their Iguana with them during a trip to a superstore? Look at how nice he is sitting! We don’t know anything about Iguanas, but this one looks hungry for a pretzel.
Buddy the Elf?
‘Elf’ is one of the greatest Christmas films of all time. Not coincidentally, Buddy the Elf is one of the purest Christmas characters of all time. With that being said, we do not think that this is Buddy. In fact, we’re pretty certain that if this IS Buddy, he has fallen on some pretty strange times. We’re going to pass on saying hello, though we dig the color motif.
The Hero We Need
All kinds of silly pictures go viral on the internet. With that being said, this picture actually deserves it. We’re not saying that we loved the show ‘Lambchop’ as a kid. We’re just saying that, well, given the opportunity to look at a cute little baby lamb, we’re going to take it and we are going to spread the word all about it. This is probably the purest image you could find in a superstore.
Cookie Monster Cosplay
We are a fan of the cosplay scene. Dedicated artists taking the time to craft a costume of their favorite characters underlies what cosplaying is all about. We’ve got to give two thumbs up to this gentleman. We assume that he is cosplaying as the Cookie Monster. At least, we hope so. Still, their cart certainly doesn’t have any cookies in it. Wait, this isn’t a cosplay? What’s going on here?
Dressed as ‘Tries Too Hard’
There are three types of people at a costume party. You have the standard person who buys a cheap costume but fits in. You have the lazy person who refuses to dress up. Last and definitely not least, you have the person who tries WAY too hard to impress with their costume. Who even dresses up for Christmas?
Battle Hardened Warrior
In the hit fantasy series, ‘Game of Thrones’, infamous warrior Khal Drogo grows his braid until he is defeated by his enemy. Basing this person’s hair off of that fictional world can reveal only one truth, this person is the ultimate warrior. of course, they might also love ribbons. Or bows. Or braids. Still, we like to imagine this person beating the heck out of Khal Drogo. Life is funny like that.
Wearing a Superstore Shirt
If you grew up kind of poor, you likely are already familiar with the infamous ‘Shirt’. Superstore shirts can come in a variety of different styles and designs. What holds these shirts together, however, is the fact that they have some kind of absurd text on them. We never see people actually wear these shirts, at least not usually. Here, we see this mad lad wearing a superstore shirt IN a superstore. Amazing!
Don’t Wait Behind Her
We built up the mythos behind the infamous superstore shirt and here we are showing you a SECOND one. Your lucky day, right? For some reason, we don’t really feel compelled to wait behind her in line. You can go right ahead of us, we’ll just go through the self-checkout. Oh, the self-checkout is broke? Well, I guess we’ll plug our noses.
Suspenders of God
If superstores wanted to get in on the suspenders market, this picture could be the perfect viral marketing promo for them. After all, those suspenders must have been tested by God himself in order to do what they are doing in this picture. Seriously, these suspenders are amazing, unless we’re really just looking at a naked guy underneath that big guy’s shirt.
Dracula Top, Schoolgirl Bottom
We are all for embracing our inner self. We love the idea of making the most out of our outfits in order to showcase our personality. Having said that, we’re pretty sure this guy might have more than one personality. Going from Dracula to a schoolgirl is just an odd transition.
Really? I Mean, Really?
We are big fans of trying out products before you decide to buy them. Of course, we are also big fans of changing rooms, too. This guy is either drunk, ill or in desperate need of a trip to the hospital. Either way, let’s get some pants on big guy.
Wait A Minute
Did you know that during feudal times, having children was an important way to improve productivity at home? It’s true! Being able to literally raise your own workers was a big deal. Having said that, we thought the practice might have died out. Nope, still alive and well at a superstore.
The Mightiest Mullet
Business up front and party in the back, that’s what a mullet signifies, right? Well, this is no regular mullet, you mere mortal. This is the Mightiest Mullet of all time. We’re simultaneously impressed and turned off by this image. It gives us a feeling deep in our gut that we just can’t ignore.
We all have hobbies and passions that make us unique. Some people like soccer, other people like grilling out. Some people like wearing five fox tails on the back of their cargo shorts while they shop in their sandals and a dragon stylized button-up shirt. Isn’t life just weird and wonderful?
Tough Shopping Trip
While we question this guy’s wardrobe choice, we don’t question his need to lay down. Whenever we finally swipe our card at the checkout, we want to fall down and cry, too. Of course, it probably wouldn’t have hurt if this guy waited until he at least got to his car before doing this. That’s an image that you can’t un-see.
Drunk Frito Fight
Have you ever been so inebriated that you had to fight a giant display of Frito Lay products? No? Really? Well, I guess that just leaves us and this drunk dude in relatively lonely company. We would have probably squared up on some Doritos though, at least if it were us.
No UPC Code
We have a couple of thoughts about this picture. First and foremost, we’re pretty sure that this baby doesn’t have a UPC code. He isn’t gonna scan! Second, grocery store scanners are absolutely disgusting. Why in the world would you put your child on one of them? Nobody wants this, not even the mother.
Old Country Road to a superstore
Listen, if you live in Texas and you need something at a superstore, you find a way to get there. If your car is broken down, all you really need is one horsepower. We’re not sure how this guy is going to work the cart. Or where he is going to park his horse. Or… actually, maybe don’t take your horse to the store.
Got Yer Belly
This man is either proud of his belly or incapable of understanding how t-shirts work. Honestly, we’re not sure which scenario bothers us more. In any event, pull your shirt down bud, you’re not exactly rocking a solid six-pack right now. He IS wearing a watch and glasses, so he understands how other clothing accessories work, so that’s good.
Homeless Man Who Helped a Woman Turned Out to be a Hoax
The story of the homeless man who helped out a woman needing gas for her car by donating his few dollars went viral on the Internet and had hundreds of people wanting to reach out and help. They did so through a GoFundMe site that ended up generating a sizable amount of charity and gifts. For those who gave money, it made them feel better instantly. There was only one problem. The story was made up. The man was not homeless, and the woman had never run out of gas.
Instead, the two were involved in an online scam that ended up defrauding folks out of approximately $400,000 in online money gifts. It was not only enough to trigger a serious crime, the pair got themselves charged with a federal conspiracy case and ultimately pled guilty in a New Jersey federal court. Johnny Bobbitt and Katelyn McClure both separately admitted their crime of wire fraud. Given their involvement and degree of actions, Bobbitt is looking at a potential 10 years in federal prison and $250,000 in fines. McClure for her part faces a bigger sentence of 20 years and a similar financial penalty. Both will find out for sure when they are sentenced. In addition to the federal charges, the pair also have a second round of trials to go through with state charges as well. It was a blunt, cold ending to a story and scam that started in 2017 and took off like wildfire, far better than Hobbitt and McClure thought it would.
The story was plausible and reasonable enough. A couple told their story online about how they wanted to help a homeless man who helped them. McClure and her partner posted that Bobbitt realized McClure was in trouble, stuck in Philadelphia without gas. She needed to get home, and Bobbitt, who was nearby, realized the problem. He then gave her his only $20 to buy gas so she could travel again. To show their gratitude, McClure and her boyfriend were trying to raise $10,000 to help Bobbitt out as a thank you. The story took off.
Unfortunately, the media got involved. Loving a story out of the norm with a good newsworthy ending, they showcased the story on TV, and it got big attention. All of a sudden, what was supposed to be a little scam turned into a big one, raising some $402,706 with the added attention in a short three weeks. While Bobbitt did get $25,000 set aside by McClure and her partner, the rest of it was burned like kerosene on fire via clothing, trips, a car, vacations, gambling and more. However, Bobbitt didn’t appreciate the small share, and sued the pair for more, arguing he should have gotten $75,000 at least. GoFundMe got involved by trying to avoid bad press and making sure Bobbitt, the alleged homeless person, got his fair shake.
All of the financial attention caught the eye of the Feds who started investigating McClure. They seized well over 60,000 digital messages between the couple, which included admissions that the whole story was made up – a smoking gun text in the fraud conspiracy. Interestingly, McClure’s partner, although he enjoyed the spending of the money with McClure, was not charged or seen as involved in the conspiracy. The Feds went after McClure and the alleged homeless partner, Bobbitt, for the fraud. And GoFundMe yet again found itself in the middle of a crazy criminal scheme gone public and bad, stealing money from people who wanted to help others online. It turned out to be an odd, miserable ending to what many had hoped would have been a story of human charity done right.
Drones, COVID-19, and Girl Scout Cookies: How One Virginia Troop Made It All Work
Nestled in the heart of Montgomery County is Christiansburg, VA. A small town with just over 20,000 within its city limits, Christiansburg was first founded in 1671. Hundreds of years later, the city continues to thrive despite the COVID-19 pandemic that has been wrecking so much of our day-to-day life.
One particular group of Christiansburg locals made it their goal to deliver Girl Scout Cookies no matter what during the pandemic and Google’s parental company, Alphabet Inc., decided to help them out.
Cookies From the Sky
During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, it seemed unlikely that there would ever be a time when the pandemic would end. As economies shuttered and businesses quarantined, people had to get creative to continue working their trade. A team of Girl Scouts in Virginia was determined to deliver their famous cookies this past year, but due to COVID restrictions, they knew that this would bed difficult.
Lia Reich is a global communications lead at Wing, a subsidiary of the company Alphabet Inc.. Wing develops drones for Google, and it was through their futuristic work that Thin Mints would rain down from the sky. Lia says of COVID restrictions impacting the Scouts, “Selling cookies outside (grocery stores or shops) is difficult this year.”
According to Lia, sales within the Girl Scouts have dropped more than 50%. Lia would go on to tell the team at USA TODAY during an interview, “It was a natural fit to partner with the Girl Scouts.”
Despite soaring vaccination rates and loosening COVID restrictions, the drone program would get launched through the Wing App and its corresponding website. According to Reich, the plan at Wing is to help deliver more than 3,000 total boxes of cookies via its drone delivery service, if not even more.
For the Girl Scouts, cookie season typically begins in January though flavor availability and onset will vary based upon the region. For the longest time, Girl Scouts have prioritized selling their goods in residential neighborhoods, outside of grocery stores, and even through company programs at local businesses.
Unfortunately for the Girl Scouts, the COVID-19 pandemic would put an end to convention. In March 2020, the Scouts would suspend all of their traditional cookie booths and door-to-door sales campaigns. To make up for this loss in action, the Girl Scouts of Virginia would prepare virtual cookie booths through their online social media campaigns to partner with their drone-delivery methods.
Considered one of the largest girl-led programs for entrepreneurs on the planet, the Girl Scout Cookie drive is immensely important for multiple reasons. Not just an important institution, the Girl Scouts are a defining one.
Take Flight With Wing
While the Girl Scouts of Virginia will enjoy drone flying assistance with their cookie deliveries, they won’t have to worry about running the controls themselves. As the first drone delivery company in the country to earn Air Operators Certification from the FAA in 2019, Wing has used the Scouts delivery service as a way to showcase just how far drone flights have come.
According to Reich, “COVID gave people who might not have a reason to try drone delivery, and we saw deliveries increase by more than 500% in 2020.”
Reich’s assertion was backed by a local survey released by Virginia Tech. The survey found that Christiansburg locals enjoyed the idea of a residential drone delivery company with support coming in at 87% in favor of the idea.
Are you ready to start ordering your Girl Scout Cookies through drone delivery services? How about your next grocery order? As it turns out, the sky might be the limit!
Shaq Goes On A Shopping Trip, Surprises Stranger By Paying For Engagement Ring!
Shaquille O’Neal is one of the most famous sports figures in history. Known for his dominance inside of the paint for the Los Angeles Lakers and his undeniable charisma, Shaq would go on to enjoy a Hall of Fame career within the NBA while simultaneously developing his brand into one of the most encompassing in all of the major sports. Now happily retired and ready to sell his smile on television during the big games, Shaq seemingly likes to spend his free time giving fits to those in need and making people smile along the way.
One such experience happened inside of a Zales jewelry shop between Shaq and an unsuspecting (but very grateful!) stranger.
A Gift For a Stranger
Do you remember the day that you got engaged? Do you remember all of the thought you put into the big moment, the care that went into selecting your engagement ring, and the nerves that went into the experience? For this stranger in Zales, the story he would share in the future would blow away even the most imaginative of engagement ring purchases.
Shaq had been shopping at a local Zales earlier this year while looking for new earrings. During his search, Shaq would bump into a kind man who had been shopping for his engagement ring. The two men would share a few words and the sweet moment would end up captured on camera, culminating in Shaq offering to pay for the man’s engagement ring!
Appearing on an airing of NBA on TNT, Shaq would talk about the viral video that had caused so many kind words of support. Shaq described the stranger in the store as “shy” when he overheard the man ask the counter, “How much do I owe to pay off my ring?”
Upon hearing the request, Shaq would step in and ask the shopper how much he had left on the purchase. Shaq would say, “I’m not going to say the amount – but it’s not much for me.”
Man of the People
Shaq and the stranger would end up in a polite argument as the shopper continued to rebuff the offer saying, “I can’t do that sir” before describing the layaway plan he had put in place. Still, the Big Diesel was relentless with his kindness. Shaq told the shopper, “I’ll take care of it. Tell your girlfriend, I got it.”
O’Neal went on to describe how happy the man had been for the gift, admitting that he hadn’t intended for the moment to go viral. In fact, Shaq had hoped the video wouldn’t make it onto the internet. Shaq said on TNT, “I don’t do it for that — I try to do a good deed whenever I leave the house.”
While this moment of kindness may be unforgettable for the stranger at Zales, it is far from the only time that Shaq has stepped up to help an individual in need. Shaq has repeatedly made large and small donations to individuals and charities alike. Additionally, Shaq made headlines a year prior when he pulled over beside a car wreck to help folks who had crashed in Florida. A spokesperson for the Sheriff’s office in Gainesville said of the event, “He didn’t stand around for any accolades, he got in his vehicle and left.”
Dog Trapped For Four Days on Detroit River Adopted by Heroic Rescuer
Dogs are man’s best friend, so it stands to reason that we should look out for them wh never we can! A dog was found recently and rescued from the Detroit River after being stuck on the frozen, ice-covered surface for at least four days. Four days of exposure in the freezing cold could have left any pup sick, disabled, or potentially deceased. Fortunately for everyone involved in this story, the Miracle dog once named Alfonso would survive and find his forever home in the process!
Meet Miracle the Dog
Originally known to the world as Alfonso, Miracle would come into the public spotlight after his rescue from the Detroit River. Alfonso had been just over a year old when he ended up getting chased onto the waterway, then covered in ice, by what appeared to be a coyote. The poor puppy would spend the next four days on the frozen ice fighting against both the biting cold and the wild elements just to survive. Throughout the process, nearby citizens worked their hardest to rescue the little critter.
Thankfully, Jude Meade of J&J Marine would show up to the Detroit River with a plan, an airboat, and a team to help him save the animal. Jude owns a marine construction company based out of Windsor, Ontario, and his airboat would be used to approach the island where the dog was stranded, quickly capturing the puppy in the process. According to Dr. Lucretia Greear, a veterinarian at the nearby Woodhaven Animal Hospital, the pup had been hiding onto the island alone, thankfully unharmed by other wildlife.
Finding a Forever Home
Fortunately for Miracle the Dog, a trip on Jude’s airboat would lead to an invitation to a new forever home. Jude would take Miracle to the nearby Woodhaven Animal Hospital for treatment whereupon the puppy was rejuvenated and restored back to full health. The dog had been suffering from frostbite across the pads of his paws as well as his underbelly, with dehydration and pancreatitis also manifesting. Fortunately, these issues were put in the past.
The River Rouge Animal Shelter considered adopting the puppy before deciding that Jude should have the opportunity, should he want to take it. Sure enough, the story would culminate with Jude coming back to adopt the puppy. The shelter wrote on social media, “Miracle could not ask for a better more ideal family to love him!”
When Miracle had been discovered, they found that he was not wearing a tag or a collar, nor did he have a microchip showing ownership to another family. The River Rouge Animal Shelter would release several updates on the story through their social media page detailing Miracle’s adjustment period. The post read, “Today the story came full circle, as the Miracle Dog was placed into the hands of the hero who had saved his life.”
Couple’s Home Gets Quarantined After Finding Unusual Object On A Beach
Imagine going for a stroll on a typical beautiful evening then coming upon the strangest thing you’ve ever laid eyes on. A huge rock, but was it a rock?
Not only that, you end up being stuck outside your house because the authority figures you called in to deduce what it is came in droves and quarantined your home.
Yes, this is hard to fathom but one couple lived it after deciding to do more than look at the strange object but to seek help.
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