Put a tourist in front of a camera instead of behind one, and you usually get some awesomely predictable results. From jumping in the air and posing with animals, to peeking out of a phone booth and pinching the Eiffel Tower, could we please -- as a species -- come up with just a little creativity? Is that too much to ask?
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Actually, go for it. Those guys don't have anything better to do. You know, other than protect the Queen.
With an animal
Could somebody please explain why anyone would pay a guy with a drugged iguana (or python, or cockatoo) any amount of money to pose with it? "Dude, my vacation to South Beach got so f&*ked up that I took a picture with an iguana!!! Seriously, it was THAT crazy".
The peace sign
Obviously nobody's against peace, per say, but do we have to throw up deuces in every picture? Also, can we agree to stop saying "throw up deuces" -- it sounds disgusting.
When you're not even famous. Although, to be honest, this dude does look pretty distinguished. Like an Asian Paul Newman.
If you ever drive down Abbey Road in London, add some extra time into your schedule. Inevitably, you'll have to wait for groups of tourists queued up to take this exact photo. Thanks for nothing, Yoko.
The get-a-room couple
"Dad, I think he's going to pork her!"
"He's not going to pork her, Rusty, just eat, okay?"
"I think he is, Dad."
"... He may pork her, Russ, just eat, okay?"
The hot dog legs
And speaking of eating, don't be surprised when a fellow beachgoer smothers you in French's. And we're not talking about kisses.
Seriously, if you have a picture of yourself in front of Machu Picchu taken from another angle (literally, any other direction), please pat yourself on the back. And do so twice if you hiked to the top of the mountain in the background and shot it looking down.
With a policeman/soldier
Perhaps there's an episode of Blue Bloods on that you could be watching instead of keeping the nice officer from doing his job.Also, again with the deuces?
We get it. You do yoga. Save it for the studio.
The coin toss
If we had a coin for every time a tourist lobbed one into Rome's Trevi Fountain, we'd obviously have a lot of coins.
Pinching the Eiffel Tower is possibly the most cliche of all tourist poses, and yet apparently no one has tired of it. We find this incredibly difficult to understand.
Chloe Pantaziis an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Admittedly she has peeked out of a telephone box once – but she’s British, so it doesn’t count. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.