It would seem that innocent pictures can be much more “abnormal” than you think. And it makes us realize how important context is and that we should never judge a book by its cover. There are secrets hidden behind cute smiles and many “skeletons in the closets” of happy people. And don’t forget that even the villains laugh and have fun.
Reddit user KermitTheFraud92 started a fascinating thread about the hidden sides of “ordinary” photos. He asked people to share photos that have an ambiguous backstory or hidden context.
Today we decide to present for you 10 seemingly banal photos that no so banal and hide horror stories.
Photo #1. Made by Dawn_Amber.
Look at the guy in the background, top left. And then look at what is in the background, top right. You can see the tanks approaching.
This is the same guy who stood in front of the tank in Tiananmen Square. Supposedly this is student Wang Weilin, and this picture was taken a few minutes before that very famous shot appeared (on the cover of this post).
This guy was very brave and blocked the way of the tank column. However, no one knows what happened to Waylin. Perhaps he was executed, perhaps he is still in prison, perhaps he fled to another country.
This picture captures Auschwitz employees enjoying a pleasant weekend. They look like camp counselors, but their job is to kill people. It is likely that they did so both before and after this picture.
And in this photo, Jewish children holding hands unknowingly walk to their deaths in the gas chambers of Auschwitz.
Photo #4. Submitted by Andromeda321.
At first glance, this photo simply shows several astronauts posing in weightlessness. Meanwhile, they have no idea that their space shuttle is incorrigibly damaged and in fact they will be dead in a few days during re-entry into atmosphere.
Photo #5. Kay_Elle.
And this, at first glance, is an ordinary girl – a modern-day Mowgli. Ginny became a “wild” child because all her childhood she was tied to a chair in her room and punished when she made noise.
She was found, rescued from her insane parents. She had a new family. They tried to teach her to talk, and she did manage to learn to communicate a little. From everything we now know, she was curious, intelligent, and eager to learn, but despite that, she never caught up with her peers in development.
Photo #6. Tinkrman.
This smiling young man in funny shorts is physicist Harold Agnew, holding the core of the “Fat Man” atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki in 1945.
The bomb killed about 80,000 people, many of whom died of long-term effects caused by the bomb, such as radiation sickness and leukemia.
Photo #7. KermitTheFraud92.
This smiling fellow was less fortunate than the previous one. Thirteen hours after this photo was taken, on May 18, 1980, St. Helens Volcano erupted, killing 57 people, including volcanologist David Johnston (who is pictured).
Photo #8. KungThulhu.
This photo was taken by a group of survivors of the crash of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 in the Andes. It looks like nothing special: people on picture just sitting, hugging, smiling.
Except that in order to survive in the icy, deserted mountains these people became cannibals! And just in this photo they may be smiling that they ate one of the passengers!
What’s interesting: after a long search, these people were rescued and returned to their normal lives.
Photo #9. TheButterBug.
This is a photo of USA First Lady Rosalynn Carter in 1978 shaking hands with… serial killer John Wayne Gacy (!), who was active in politics at the time. By that time he had already killed more than 20 young men! He had an “S” on his jacket lapel, issued to him by the Secret Service as a sign that he had been granted security clearance. The photo was even signed, “To John Gacy with best wishes, Rosalynn Carter”.
Photo #10. OutrageousMix5145.
In this photo, John Lennon autographs his killer, Mark Chapman, just hours before the murder. Chapman even had a gun with him at the time.
That’s all, friends. Just to add, this creepy collection of photos proves once again that we never know what to expect from life and the people around us.