Everybody deserves a holiday from time to time. For many of the world’s hardest workers, there is nothing better than spending a summer break as close to the beach as possible, usually with as much time to put their feet in the sand (and their heads underwater) as possible. It’s not uncommon to see social media feeds full of beach snaps during the festive season, and usually, these are only meant for the person’s followers, friends and family. But what happens when pictures go viral and end up being seen by millions of people? This usually happens when something funny or shocking happens. As the images here show, sometimes the people being photographed had no idea what they were about to get themselves into. If you’re looking for a nice chuckle today, you’ve come to the right place!
A Chair-ibble Problem
No matter who or where you are, having an incident with a chair is always going to be an embarrassing experience. As for the gentleman in this picture, our first thought is how he thought it would be possible for him to get into the chair to begin with. Perhaps he was tired from a long swim and decided to take the chance. Needless to say, there were onlookers aplenty, two of which were captured in the photograph itself.
When The Going Gets Tough
If your budget is a little bit tighter than usual, or you’ve spent all your extra cash on your children this month, that doesn’t mean that you can’t also enjoy the pleasures of swimming in the sea. Even if you don’t know how to swim (like so many people in the world), you shouldn’t be deterred from trying DIY options. As the man in the picture shows, where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Photobombers aren’t usually welcome, especially if you’re trying to take a picture of a sentimental moment. The girls in this picture probably wanted a memory for their social media feeds. What they ended up getting was so much more than that, when one of the dogs strolling on the beach decided that they wanted to be in on the action too. The result is this adorable snap, that was shared far and wide, creating an even more memorable experience in the process.
Only Partially True
Who hasn’t been in this position before? So many people do whatever it takes to be able to drive engagement to their Instagram account. As this guy illustrates, it’s possible to go to great lengths to create the illusion of being on the beach during your summer vacation. In reality, he was actually taking the snap in a playground around the corner of his house, and was only there for a minute. Sneaky, or genius? You decide.
Seagulls On The Attack
What was supposed to be a cute photo for social media, and the moment before one woman dug into a delicious doughnut she had just bought, turned into something else entirely in the space of just a few seconds. Seagulls aren’t typically scared of humans like some other birds, so they’re more than willing to come in for the snatch whenever the opportunity presents itself. We wonder whether the woman ate her replacement doughnut a little faster.
Seagull Shenanigans (Part II)
In case the first photo wasn’t enough for you, you might want to have another think about how you deal with food on the beach after seeing the next picture. For the family pictured here, a relaxing afternoon turned into something a little bit more frightening when a group of seagulls decided to take what they wanted without asking. Although the photo is hilarious, we can imagine that it was somewhat of a traumatic experience. It was certainly one for the history books.
A Ball To The Face
It’s not often you see a president in a compromising position, but when it comes to Bill Clinton, there are a fair amount of times and options to choose from. This lesser-known photograph of him shows why he is better suited for a life in politics, and not on the sports field. Whoever took the picture should get a lot of credit for their timing. As you can imagine, it has turned into a meme that has been shared millions of times over across the world.
Snow White Reincarnated
Everybody should take extra precautions when it comes to their exposure to the sun. Some people, especially those with a fair complexion, have got to be even more careful of sun damage. The woman in this shot is close to blending in with the sand itself. We hope that she only spent a few minutes there, otherwise she was bound to be running for the aftersun later that evening. Stay safe and hydrated out there, folks.
“Dogue” Magazine Worthy
There are so many Instagram accounts for dogs these days, that it can be hard to keep up. A lot of times owners share the more futile moments of being a pet owner, and sometimes, a photo like this one shows up. If ever there was a model worthy dog, this would be it. He gives Hansel from Zoolander a run for his money for sure. It almost looks like he could be walking on the catwalk (see what we did there?) at Paris fashion week.
The Handstand Gone Wrong
We’re not about to enter the gymnastics competition in the Olympics anytime soon, we can surely spot a handstand fail from a mile away. Although it’s always fun to be bouncing and jumping around on the soft sand of the beach, it can also go wrong. Very wrong. We hope that this poor woman didn’t end up with any broken bones after this trapeze experiment went wrong. Hopefully, the other woman in the shot was able to help her get back up again quickly.
Devoid of Logic
Although this one is technically a road picture, it counts because we’re pretty sure that the people involved were on their way towards a day of fun in the sun. Pity, it didn’t start out as well as they had hoped. We’re sure that the insurance company had a field day with this case, which probably included a claim for both pieces of precious machinery. A devastating day for the man of the house, that’s for sure.
Find Something Else To Do
Talk about sending mixed messages! In this picture, a series of four signs can be seen. We can’t quite tell if it was done to be sarcastic, or if it is really the case that flying a kite was allowed at some point, but is now banned. Either way, this photo has done its rounds online, and people always chuckle when they see the lengths that someone went to in order to send a simple message.
No Getting Out Of Payment
This sign is definitely a little more tongue in cheek. We like seeing this kind of creativity, especially when it comes to something that is usually quite a serious topic. We’re sure that many tourists have enjoyed seeing this snap, which reminds them that “come hell or high water”, they should remember to pay their bills. We like the third rule the most out of all of them. We wonder how many people would stick to the first two in the case of a real tidal wave.
Playing Tricks On The Mind
We love seeing people get creative with different perspectives. In this shot, it might seem like a giant has come to attack the beach, but it’s actually just a young family having a bit of fun. We’re glad to see she takes protecting her child as seriously as this (even though the baby doesn’t look all that impressed). It probably also made for an awesome memory, which is certainly stuck up on their fridge back at home.
Don’t Steal My Valuables
There’s being cautious about your security, and then there’s taking things to the next level! One person clearly didn’t want to have their flip flops stolen, not even while they were taking a dip in the sea. Maybe the shoes are of sentimental importance to the owner, or perhaps they just don’t like having their personal things nicked by other people. They might be slightly insane according to some, but kudos are given to the lengths they have gone to to secure their property.
We can’t imagine that this guy brought a pull-out sofa to the beach. If he did, he might win the award for the most dedicated lazy person on the planet. Whether he dragged it here only to plonk himself down for the entire afternoon, or if he found it on the beach, it’s clear that he is enjoying the moment. Who said you can’t get a tan and catch some shut-eye at the same time? A for effort, sir.
Not Peppa Pig
Who would have thought that you would ever see a picture of a pig during the sunset on the beach? Nobody ever said that only dogs were allowed to enjoy long walks on the soft sand. If anything, this pig looks very pensive and dramatic in the photograph, which must have been taken by the owner himself. You can’t fault them for wanting to capture a beautiful moment, which has now gone down in viral history online.
Careful Who You Feed
Most beaches have signs discouraging people from feeding the birds. In other places, you may have the same situation with wild monkeys. It’s not as if the guy in the picture is doing anything wrong, but it’s still bizarre to see someone feeding raccoons of all things on the beach! Considering the way they’ve lined up, we’re half expecting him to pull out his magical flute and lead them away with a harmonious song at any moment.
Just in case we haven’t covered enough odd animals on the beach, we thought we’d sweeten the pot by sharing this picture of cows having a relaxing day near the ocean too. These two were clearly tired from a long trip (just like humans would be) and wanted to spend some time in the shade of an umbrella. Naturally, it opened up the chance for a once in a lifetime photographs that this woman will always remember.
Smile For The Camera
For most tourists, this kind of picture can take hours to pull off. Many places don’t even allow you to get so close to the animals anymore, even if they aren’t threatening. For this lucky lady, the patience to pull this off was worth the wait. Who can say that they’re taken a selfie with a turtle? This turned into the perfect Instagram moment, which was appreciated by thousands of people online after it was shared.
Finding Humor In Unexpected Places
It’s not often that you see something that can make you laugh out loud. Better yet if it wasn’t even done on purpose. In this wonderful beach pic, a woman is enjoying her time in the sun with a book in her hand. Little did she know that the cover was busy bringing so much joy to other people on the beach as well. With that expression, who can blame them for staring! This is truly an unforgettable moment.
It doesn’t take much for baby elephants to be adorable, but this picture definitely takes the cake. Seeing one of them rolling around playfully on the beach is not exactly something that happens everywhere in the world. This little elephant is having the time of his life, similarly to how children enjoy frolicking in the sand or near the sea waves. It’s safe to say that this is an inspirational meme-worthy picture if we ever saw one.
Could You Take A Picture Of Us Please?
If you live in a touristic town, you might have been asked hundreds of times to take a snap of a couple on vacation. This photo shows this and so much more. One couple got more than they bargained for when asking someone from an older generation to take a shot of them. What ended up happening was a selfie-mode shot of the person, including the couple in the reflection. It’s not like they didn’t get the result they wanted – it was just a little different than they imagined.
The Naughty Floatation Device
This certainly isn’t your everyday scene, that’s for sure. The gentleman in question clearly didn’t want to have to buy an actual floatation device for the sea, so he chose to grab something from home instead. There’s no shame in owning an inflatable doll these days, but surely some of the families turned their heads at the sight. We just hope that he kept things kosher (if you know what we mean), especially as he was in a public space.
The Perfect Photobomb
These beautiful ladies got more than they bargained for when an onlooker decided that he wanted to be a part of the action. If you look closely, there is someone mimicking the women in the distant waters of the ocean. Whether he planned to do so, or decided in the spur of the moment, this is an iconic photobomb that deserves all the attention it got online when it was eventually shared. He even got the pose perfect in the process too.
Couch On The Beach
Contrary to our earlier example, this beach couch wasn’t carried onto the ocean. Instead, it was designed from the sand itself! Talk about a great idea, especially if you’re planning on spending a long stretch of time relaxing with your family. We wonder if it was close enough to be hit by an ocean wave at some point, or perhaps someone else decided to use it the following day. Either way, this is a genius idea that more handy people should think about when they next visit the beach.
The Innovative Headrest
Everybody loves a good nap in the sun, especially if you’re on vacation. Most of us are prepared enough to make sure we have the necessary back and neck support, or can easily get crafty with some sand and a towel. In this shot, this gentleman was so well prepared that he brought a nifty stool, designed to protect his hair from the sand. A highly organized genius, or someone that took things a step too far? You decide.
Wear Sunscreen, Kids
Day drinking on the beach often leads to complications. And we’re not even talking about the fact that it’s pretty much illegal in most countries in the world. For the gentleman in the picture below, it led to more than just the usual trouble. He forgot to put sunscreen on before relaxing with a bottle of wine on his chest. The result was a tan that he (and the many people that saw this picture online) will never forget.
Jack And Jill Went Up The Hill
We’re pretty sure that Jack or Jill ended up falling down the hill at some point in the fairytale. This “little Jill” had the same experience when she found herself running a little too excitedly down a steep embankment. The result? A facepalm that is forever captured in a series of photographs. Hopefully, she wasn’t hurt from the fall, and luckily it seems like she has a concerned parent right behind her to help out just in case.
Some Alone Time
Privacy can be hard to come by on the beach. For this innovative group of friends, the ultimate solution was to dig a deep hole, and to cover it with their LGBT friendly umbrella. This not only encourages other people to think out of the box, but spreads a message of inclusion and positivity in the process too. We just hope that a giant wave didn’t end up spoiling their fun a couple of minutes after this was taken.
Man’s Best Friend
As if we need any more reasons to love these furry four-legged creatures, this picture proves yet again why dogs are man’s best friend. Loyal and obedient, this dog agreed to be a part of a sandy experiment that probably provided everyone with a lot of entertainment and joy. We just hope the owner gave the dog a lot of treats (and cuddles) for being so obedient during the process of creating this piece of art.
An Unexpected Visitor
Who says that baby seals can’t wait in line to use a public restroom near the beach? This one certainly thought it could. It’s hard to imagine a cuter visitor than this, and especially one that looks so happy that it even gives the camera a quick smile. Talk about a once in a lifetime moment, and we hope that this adorable baby made its way back to its mother shortly after departing from the area
My Little Pony (Beach Edition)
Although many little girls bring their My Little Pony dolls to the beach to play, this is on an entirely new level. In this photograph taken somewhere between Virginia and Maryland, a pack of wild ponies from the nearby region were spotted frolicking on the beach. They tend to be relatively tame, and enjoy the company of people, often finding a quiet spot in the shade to rest for a few hours. The people who took this picture must have been thrilled to make some new animal friends on the day.
We’ve got to give the maker of this sign some props for thinking out of the box here. In this sign from a Lithuanian beach, visitors are told that if they urinate on or near the beach, the CCTV footage will be shared online on YouTube. If there is one way to deter anybody from doing something, it is to threaten to humiliate them online to millions of people. We wonder how well this has worked for them, as perhaps there are other cases where the message may come in handy.
Penguins Get Hitched
This picture ranks right up there in terms of the cutest thing you will see today. Penguins are renowned for their adorable nature, and for the fact that they are a species that welcomes same-sex pairings as part of the way their DNA is wired. Although this is a more “traditional” wedding scenario, it is certainly a scene to behold. We’re sure that they must be from a nearby sanctuary, and thousands of people have enjoyed seeing this online since it was shared.
The Power Of The… Vape?
There is never a shortage of wacky things that happen in a public space. When humans are involved, funny things happen all around us. This photograph proves this in so many ways, showing a man deciding to capture a sunset still of his beloved vape of all things. We can’t say he doesn’t deserve some credit for innovation and commitment. Hopefully, the effort was worth it, and he was rewarded with a lot of interaction online.
A Low Landing
In some places, airports are located very near the coastline, especially on small, touristic locations. In St. Maarten in the Netherlands, this airport is so close, that when planes come in for their landing, people on the beach can look up to see the plane. Naturally this is very distracting, and can wake anyone relaxing on the beach! Aside from this, it does offer a unique experience, and the opportunity to take a photograph that isn’t possible in traditional circumstances.
Queen Of The Sea Shore
Wherever creativity meets human nature, brilliance shows up. This photo perfectly encompasses why it’s important for us to follow our talents and gifts. In this incredible sand design, a woman is shown napping next to the shore. Her hair is made of seaweed, and she looks like she is perfectly at peace with where she is. This undoubtedly inspired some creativity in others, and now that it has been shared online, it can inspire even more people from all corners of the world.
Talk about good timing! In this photo, a young ballet dancer taking part in a shoot was captured welcoming a bystanders cat with open arms. The result was this memorable moment, which the owner now cherishes over and above that it was the cat’s first visit to the beach. Posting about it online, she joked that the situation probably confused her cat even more than being on sand for the first time in her life.
A Blubbery Tan
This wrinkly creature is no stranger to the joys of spending hours in the sun. Unaware that only humans are supposed to use the loungers, this seal took the liberty of securing a spot before the beach was too crowded on this day. As a result, he got more than he bargained for, and even ended up on the local news. Talk about being a master at drawing attention to yourself! Perhaps this was the first and last time he did it.
The Proposal Of A Lifetime
Sometimes, looking at something beautiful can change the entire course of your day. In this snap, which will only be hilarious if you don’t believe in marriage, a woman called Angela was surprised with a design that she will remember for the rest of her life. It must have taken hours to compete, and hopefully, she ended up giving a positive response. If not, there’s still the fact that her picture went viral shortly after it was shared to draw happiness from.
No To The Water, Thank You
In this perfect moment, depicting how cats hate water in general, a cat curls up its body to avoid being touched by an incoming wave from the ocean. As humans, we’ve all been there if the water was a little colder than anticipated! For cats, the water is always a bad idea. This photograph proves that no matter what, it’s best to keep your cat away from the short. Otherwise, you may end up with an angry kitting for a few weeks to come!