Thanks to the internet, there is no shortage of class photos that are so absolutely priceless, they make us wish we hadn’t already graduated college. As fall rolls in and students everywhere are adapting to new schedules and getting their grasp on more homework and papers to write, it’s becoming every parent’s favorite time of the year: picture day.
I distinctly remember picture day growing up. It wasn’t as fun as it might have been for my non-uniformed peers who got to wear their favorite outfits and immortalize their youthful sense of fashion with academic backdrops of chalkboards and children’s books. But believe me when I say that the year I rocked braces and glasses was priceless enough, both for my memory all these years later and for my parents who received proofs of my ugly duckling “phase” in the mail.
And while I just shudder to think of those photos and whether my family even purchased any that year, other students are delighting the world — or at least, the internet — with their creative, hilarious, and inspiring attempts at picture day.
Addison’s class photos went viral when her mom, Laura Pyle, posted about them on Facebook.
Y’all. THIS IS THE BEST [SCREW] UP I HAVE EVER DONE.
I let Addison pick her dress out for picture day. She picked a green dress. I didn’t think anything of it… Until I received the email with her proofs in it.
THERE ARE 87 STYLES. I NEED THEM ALL.
I originally ordered the purple.
And Laura even shared a sneak peek into these 87 ingenious pictures.
It’s not exactly obvious from these headshots what makes the photos so incredibly unique and priceless, but if you’ve read about Addison’s outfit carefully, you might be able to imagine what’s coming.
Yup, that’s right. Her favorite dress, which Laura told Distractify “is currently a sparkly green number,” blended perfectly into all the academic and pastoral settings the photographer switched out for the green screen backdrop the class photos were taken against.
“I told her she could choose her picture day outfit and that’s what she asked to wear,” her mother told us.
So imagine her surprise when she opened an email attachment from the school and realized just how incredible her daughter’s class photos were:
I mean… WOW. It doesn’t matter if the photo’s shot in landscape or in portrait, with a backdrop scene of foliage or a patriotic American flag. It’s sheer perfection that actually only gets better the more class pictures of Addison you see.
My personal favorite part of these pictures is how her dress shimmers no matter what color it turns into.
I asked Laura how she felt about her daughter’s sartorial choices, down to the beautiful necklace she chose to pair with her green dress. Laura says the necklace was one her “mother selected for [Addison] when she was a baby, before passing from cancer.”
As for the photos? “I was completely surprised,” she told Distractify. “I wasn’t thinking, and it never crossed my mind that her photographer might use a green screen.”
Come to think of it, this might be a modern technique, because I’m pretty sure school photographers brought their own classic blue-white-ish seamless that they rolled out and placed on a stand before asking us all to say “cheese.”
“I posted a few screenshots on my page to give my friends and family a laugh at my mom-brain fail, and only made it public when a few asked to share,” Laura continued. “We still find her photos hilarious, we laugh every time we see them.”
To be honest, so do we. Especially at that impressive shimmer. As for Addison’s reaction to going viral?
She is “loving all the wonderful comments she received from all over the world,” gushed her mom.
The pictures are absolutely priceless, and I hope she keeps enough of them to be able to tell her kids how she became internet-famous at such a young age.
“We all have a healthy sense of humor, so we absolutely love them,” said Laura of the Pyle family. “And I love that so many people are getting a chuckle from my screw-up.”
We commend Addison for her incredible foresight, which led to the most hilarious class photos to unintentionally grace the internet.
I even asked the mom if Addison would keep her personal green-screen trend going up until high school graduation, as that would make for an amazing photo album over the years.
“She already asked me if she could,” she replied. “Now that she knows what happens.”
Keep up the viral fame, Addison! We look forward to your photos next year.
We’ve all been there, literally grasping at the computer screen after sending an email that shouldn’t have been sent out, as if we could physically pull it back into our drafts folder.
Sometimes, it’s to that person we’ve been thinking about after listening to too much Drake (always a big mistake) and we send them that message that was definitely better left unsaid and unread.
Other times, it’s that super unprofessional, not-thoroughly-proofread-assignment to a college professor who holds the outcome of your academic career in the palms of their hands.
Unfortunately for Zoey Oxley, it was the latter and she accidentally submitted a paper through Turnitin with a very inappropriate filler name for her professor whose last name she couldn’t remember.
The thing about using fillers and placeholders is that you have to be conscientious enough to actually go back and change them when you’re done doing the other work. Zoey wasn’t.
Thankfully for us, she screenshot and uploaded the “series of unfortunate events” to her Twitter account so the rest of the internet could relish in her personal embarrassment and misfortune.
It all starts off innocuously enough – if you’ve ever used Blackboard or submitted work for a college course online before, then you’ll realize that nothing is out of the ordinary here.
That is, however, until Zoey clicks on the assignment, that’s when we realize the work she just uploaded via Turnitin actually includes a grave error.
Now either Zoey is going to a very, very interesting school with a colorful staff, or she just made one of the biggest rookie student mistakes ever: not proofreading her work before submitting it.
Because she passed the deadline for submitting her assignment, she couldn’t upload another draft, which meant that she had to go the old-fashioned email apology route and explain, awkwardly, how she messed up so badly.
Notice how in the email she didn’t mention precisely what the error was and that her default “placeholder” name is “whats his nuts”. It was obviously the pro move on Zoey’s part, I mean why would you call attention to that unnecessarily?
If you’re wondering how her professor, whose last name is Hendel by the way, responded, well, just take a look at this tweet he sent out commenting on the entire incident.
Thankfully for Zoey, Professor Whats his Nuts seems to be taking the whole thing in stride. He even changed his Twitter profile name to the filler moniker she came up with for him.
The story’s receiving tons of attention as well, with Hendel’s tweet about the whole thing racking up over 52k retweets and 344k likes. Not bad for a Blackboard error.
If Zoey’s still feeling embarrassed though, she can console herself with the fact that she’s not the first (and certainly not the last) student who mistakenly emailed her professor something stupid.
Like this one student who thought it’d be a good idea to email her professor after getting her wisdom teeth removed and being goofed up on the painkillers she was prescribed to deal with the nasty oral-ouchey after-effects.
Her professor, thankfully, took it easy on her and responded in a pretty cool manner, and correctly assumed that the email was sent post-ingestion of said wisdom teeth medication.
Then there was Alex Bennett who, instead of submitting his homework, accidentally turned in a photo this cat making what is quite possibly the weirdest face in all of cat history.
Even though our friend was understandably freaking out after accidentally submitting the photo of that grimacing cat instead of his homework, it ultimately ended up working in his favor.
Turns out that Alex’s little meme-pic made his professor’s day and not only did he get to turn in his assignment, but he got a perfect score on it and his teacher is now looking for a cat that makes weird faces like that for her own home. She has to settle for keeping it as her wallpaper right now, though.
Have you ever had an embarrassing moment with a college professor? One time I carefully walked into their office during “open hours” when their door was slightly ajar. They were taking what looked like a fat hit from a bong and I quickly walked out of there, so I kind of know what these students went through.
Well, I’ll be damned. Just when I thought I’d scraped the bottom of the internet when it comes to paranormal reality and overlapping dimension stuff, it turns out (thanks, internet!) that I was just getting started.
There are a lot more people out there spotting difficult-to-prove versions of themselves and their friends, and the stories are truly freaky!
Below, 11 different people try to explain how they stepped out of reality and into a dimension where they spotted themselves or their friends, and no one’s really sure how to make sense of it.
This story gives me goosebumps.
How many Rebeccas are out there?
Actual strangers on a train, though.
Wait — weren’t you just…
Glitchy wife, husband AND phone.
Doesn’t sound like just another day at Walmart.
This creepy AF story completes a memory she had years and years ago.
Unborn dreamer saves her own pregnant mom’s life.
Oh, this is so uncanny it’s practically casual.
Fiancé’s father accidentally calls for her before she was born.
Whatever just happened in this hospital, I’d prefer not to get treated there.
This article contains sensitive or potentially triggering content related to suicide. If you are struggling with suicidal ideation, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
This has been an incredibly tough and triggering week, especially for those who struggle with mental health issues, suicidal ideation, self-harm or are mourning the loss of someone from suicide. With the tragic deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, we are reminded that these issues do not discriminate and that mental health is something that needs to be prioritized.
Unfortunately, there is still a great amount of emotional invalidation, stigma, and shame surrounding the topic of suicide. That’s why it’s so important to continue the conversation.
It’s important to talk about why suicide attempts and ideation occurs. It’s important to destigmatize the suffering of those who may be shouldering their pain in silence. It’s important to be mindful of how we treat those who choose to share their struggles and to be mindful that not everyone may not be as open in coming forward or reaching out for help.
Here are five reasons why people attempt suicide and how we, as a society, can be more mindful of how we engage in this dialogue:
1. Perceived burdensomeness and depression.
Perceived burdensomeness is the feeling of being a burden to others and it places already vulnerable people at an even higher risk of suicide. Depression and mood disorders are one of the number one risk factors for suicide, and they can skew your perception of reality, leading to an amplified sense of perceived burdensomeness.
What people don’t understand is that suicidal people aren’t acting out of selfishness – on the contrary, they feel that the world would be better off without them. They are struggling with feelings of isolation, worthlessness, shame and a strong desire to end the pain they’re feeling. So the next time you feel tempted to tell a suicidal person in a judgmental or guilt-tripping way what they would be leaving behind and who they would hurt, remember that their willingness to leave everything behind is actually an indication of how severe their pain must be.
What to do: Don’t tell them they’re being selfish, or say, “But you have so much to live for!” or “How could you even think that way?” Yes, they do have a lot to live for, but the truth is, someone who is suicidal is not in the state of mind to feel that way and this can come across as invalidating. Invalidation and judgment can cause this person to further withdraw, feel like more of a burden to their loved ones and feel ashamed of their feelings.
Instead, do let them know that you’re there for them if they need it. Do tell them that you care and love them. Do make them feel like they matter and that their recovery matters. Spend time with them and make time for them. Refer them to helpful resources. Note what you most love and cherish about them. The key is to remind them that their existence is valuable and has a positive impact, without guilting or shaming them about their authentic emotions.
2. Their pain outweighs their sense of hope or coping resources.
There are many complex reasons and factors that go into a suicide attempt, but possibly the most simple way to explain it is that the individual’s perception of their pain outweighs any hope they may have for the future.
Yes, it does get better and there is support out there – but that doesn’t necessarily mean the person in question feels that way. The reality they may be living in might be quite different from the way you perceive their life from the outside.
It’s easy, for instance, to look at a successful, seemingly outgoing and happy person and think that they are doing okay. But we honestly have no idea what people go through – whether they’re suffering from depression, acute loneliness, anxiety, or another mental health issue that may be affecting their day-to-day functioning. Until you’ve been in a suicidal person’s shoes, it can be difficult to discern how excruciating their pain might feel.
What to do: Be a supportive, listening ear and offer encouragement from a non-judgmental stance. Avoid saying judgmental things like, “I would never kill myself over something like that” or “That’s a small issue” if they bring something painful up. This is their pain and you have no right to invalidate it.
What is painful to one person may not be as painful to another, but that can be due to a number of factors such as the presence of a trauma history, a history of depression or differences in personality.
Do find ways to remind them of how loved they are. Let them know how important they are to you. If you don’t understand their pain, it’s okay to say, “I am not in your shoes so I have no idea how terrible that must feel. I am so sorry you’re feeling so much pain. I am here for you. What do you think would help you most today?”
3. A history of trauma or complex trauma.
One of the factors I rarely see mentioned in the dialogue about suicide prevention is the presence of a complex trauma history. Yet research has told us that those who have four or more adverse childhood experiences are twelve times more likely to be suicidal. Early childhood trauma can literally rewire the brain, making it more vulnerable to stress and pain in adulthood. When one trauma is layered upon several other traumas, it can cause the person in question to feel as if the pain will never end. When one suffers from the symptoms of PTSD or Complex PTSD, suicidal ideation can enter the picture quite easily.
When someone has been terrorized again and again, it can lead to a sense of learned helplessness in which the person feels unable to escape their adverse circumstances. Knowing this, people should realize that they cannot judge someone’s suicide attempt as selfish. You have no idea what they have been through nor do you know what factors later exacerbated the traumas they experienced.
What to do: Give them the space to share their story, only if they want to – and let them know you’re always there to listen if they feel comfortable doing so. Let them know you’re there for them no matter what. Acknowledge any adverse circumstances they may have been through that you may be aware of. Research the effects of trauma so you are equipped with a better understanding of why a person with a trauma background may be feeling this way. This will help you to give compassion without judgment.
4. A history of abuse.
While this factor is inextricably connected to “a history of trauma,” it needs to be emphasized. Research has shown that domestic violence survivors are at a higher risk of suicide, with 23% of domestic violence survivors having attempted suicide. This includes not only physical abuse but also emotional and verbal abuse. The tragic suicide of Jessica Haban illustrated the ways in which domestic violence could take a person’s life all while leaving the abuser’s hands clean.
What to do: If you suspect someone may be a victim of abuse and is suicidal, refrain from judgment on both fronts. Abuse survivors already struggle with deep feelings of shame due to stigma of society. Again, we have no idea what happens behind the closed doors of another person’s life. Someone may be an abuse survivor and you may not know it.
Remember that abusers manipulate, coerce, threaten, stalk and harass their victims even after the relationship has ended, so it is not always easy to leave. If someone reveals to you that they are in an abusive relationship and that they are feeling hopeless, it’s important to be validating and understanding.
Let them know that that help and support is out there should they need it, and that while it may be difficult, they can create a better life for themselves without their abuser. Don’t try to pressure them to leave if they’re not ready – instead, provide them with resources and emphasize that they are not alone in this.
5. Struggles with addiction.
Addiction can be a silent killer and is another leading cause of suicide. Not only does substance abuse increase the likelihood that someone will attempt suicide, it may even be used as part of the attempt. When people are under the influence of drugs and alcohol, their inhibitions can be lowered, their impulses can run the show and any existing mental health conditions can also be exacerbated.
What to do: Like the other factors mentioned, it’s the stigma that prevents people from getting help or reaching out. Learn the signs of addiction. If you know someone who has addiction issues, be mindful of the fact that they may be suffering in ways you may not know about.
While you cannot fix the addiction for them or take responsibility for it, you can encourage them to get help and help them remember that they are absolutely worthy of getting quality care. Find healthy, sober activities you can do together that place a focus back on self-care. Remind them that you’re here for them and you support their commitment to treatment and recovery.