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Pictures From Our Readers: Their "Pants"

Ransom Riggs
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Last week, we asked our ever-growing army of reader-photographers to send us pictures of their "pants," which was our in-jokey way of referring to some funny, absurd or incongruous thing in their neighborhood. (Why "pants"? This post explains.) So this past weekend, flossers from all over the country scoured their 'hoods, cameras in hand, and now the frequently-hilarious fruits of their labor are in! So without further ado ... these are your pants. Many of the submissions fell into a few categories, which is how I'll organize them here.

Pictures Relating to Psychics and Religion

Reader Ellen spotted this graffiti on the outside of a bar in Towson, Maryland. I'll be up all night trying to figure out what it means.

psychic-manger.jpg
psychic-manger.jpg /
hillshaveeyes.jpg
hillshaveeyes.jpg /
restarea.jpg
restarea.jpg /
signs.jpg
signs.jpg /
alien.jpg
alien.jpg /
adult-movie.jpg
adult-movie.jpg /
soleman.jpg
soleman.jpg /

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cellphone.jpg
cellphone.jpg /
log.jpg
log.jpg /
topiary.jpg
topiary.jpg /
topiary-ass.jpg
topiary-ass.jpg /
selleck.jpg
selleck.jpg /
stop-chicken.jpg
stop-chicken.jpg /
wooden-head.jpg
wooden-head.jpg /
fish.jpg
fish.jpg /

Graffiti

thatsright.jpg
thatsright.jpg /

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live.jpg
live.jpg /
hippie-house.jpg
hippie-house.jpg /
house.jpg
house.jpg /
mailbox.jpg
mailbox.jpg /
Charlie-Brown.jpg
Charlie-Brown.jpg /
treecaughtinbars.jpg
treecaughtinbars.jpg /

Unsettling Juxtapositions in the Workplace

suggestionbox.jpg
suggestionbox.jpg /
duckies.jpg
duckies.jpg /
bank-signs.jpg
bank-signs.jpg /

(1) Their sheer redundancy. There's nowhere that you can stand to
see the leftmost/furthest sign that you can't also see the middle one.
Moreover, the two perpendicular signs on the corner (the middle and
right ones) could easily be replaced by a single sign extending
diagonally from the corner of the building. And yes, they all display
the same logo and time/temp on both sides, for a total of six displays
on a single building.

(2) Though you can't tell from the photos, all of the signs always
read exactly 10 degrees F higher than the actual outside temperature,
as confirmed by the other two bank time/temp signs within a two-block
radius and the weather.com report. They've read high since installed
last summer. It's beyond me how a professional sign installing
company can post 6--six! displays and not calibrate the thermometer (I
suspect a central feed, as all always read the same time/temp). At
least the time is correct."

Thanks to everyone who participated (and apologies if your photos weren't included in this challenge -- we'll getcha next time!) Anyone interested in participating in our next photo challenge, leave a comment here and let me know!

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