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The Internet Ensures that Bad Photos Never Die

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David Silversmith
David Silversmith

Once upon a time, embarrassing photos might have been shared with a handful of people and then forgotten.  But today, if you have the real photos or even the desire to make some convincing fake ones, you can embarrass your friends in front of millions on the Internet.

Now, if you have lost those embarrassing photos there is no need to worry as you can create your own. Find a picture of yourself looking straight at the camera and then go to YearbookYourself for a good laugh. The Yearbook Yourself site morphs your picture into classic looks from 1950 - 2000. See yourself as an 80s maven, a '70s hippie, and a '50s nerd.  Big hair, big glasses, mullets, even the dreaded turtleneck - it's all there!  New for 2009 you can even take several photos and create an image of your entire group of friends as they either did or might have looked decades earlier.

You can also move back to the past on the ultra modern iPhone with OldBooth. Have you ever wondered what you'd have looked like in another era? How about your friends? Be a lady from 20s or a funky hairy hippie. Now you can turn into in the fastest way ever. Just choose a picture from your library or take a new one with iPhone camera. Move, scale or rotate your images. You can also flip the picture and for a perfect result, adjust brightness. Less then minute and you are done. Send it to friends and make them smile, use it as avatar and share it with family, or even set to your contacts.

Whether the photo is real or created, Facebook, email, MySpace and more will make it easy for you to share your photos.  If you are lucky or unlucky, you might even put your photos on Awkward Family Photos which is run by Los Angeles screenwriter Mike Bender.  The photos on this site range from the embarrassing to the bizarre.  Bender believes that at some point in our lives someone close to us has made us pose for an uncomfortable photo. He offers you the chance to share your family’s awkwardness with the world. Submit family photos, wedding photos, vacation photos, engagement photos, baby photos, etc!  Bender notes that "Although this site is all about having a sense of humor, our intention is not to be mean-spirited."  He claims that "This is a celebration of awkwardness" though if you read the comments on the site it looks like the line between humor and mean-spiritness is a fine line.

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