Because banal is the new black, spend some time with Stocking is the New Planking: an extremely important project from some Texas designers who, after countless hours spent trawling absurd stock photography, decided to stage frivolous re-creations, then post them side-by-side with the originals -- basically, life imitating lifelessness
Some of the stagings are fairly simple, like a pair of eyes peeking curiously above a tabletop (for an uninformative online article about…dwarfism?), or a trio of women laughing hysterically while drinking coffee (possibly for "Why Your Sugar Might Actually Be Cocaine"), and a pair of video-game players wearing happy-but-possibly-really-really-angry expressions, which actually makes total sense if they're on Rainbow Road in Mario Kart.
Meanwhile, a greater degree of difficulty has produced a pair of handbag-sized hounds recreating the exact same pose as their stock counterparts, and an office drone climbing a house-sized pile of papers, a Sisyphean task he could saddle someone else with doing if only he were a little boulder.
Hoping to kickstart the trend, the blog's creators are actively encouraging reader submissions, even offering cash prizes for the best mimic of one of three stock images: office chicks pulling office dudes' ties, a baby with spaghetti dumped on its head, and a plunger-wielding granny, clearly about to commence an even extremely-er important project.
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