People Find Surprise Selfies On Their Phones And They’re Hilarious
Cell phones today are equipped with locking technology aimed at keeping your private information safe. But one feature that never gets locked is the camera, which is why people who lose and then find their phones occasionally end up with unexpected photos.
From animals doing human things, to disturbingly humorous jokes, get ready to be entertained beyond belief by some of the photos that people have discovered on their lost and found cell phones…
A man found this picture on his phone after he lost it in his backyard. It seems like the dog went out looking for sticks to gather and he found something way more interesting instead. It’s still pretty impressive that he was able to take the picture with his paws.
The crazy thing about these two pictures is that the phone is owned by the guy on the left. Yes, someone was trying to take a selfie with him while he was sleeping in the library.
The person who posted this picture said that the nurse took this selfie with his phone while he was having surgery to have his finger amputated. Wouldn’t it be amazing if the nurse used the man’s finger to unlock the device?
This terrifying picture has been taken on the phone of the man who is paragliding. Though it was likely just a joke, the picture shows us why we should never make our significant others angry.
A woman lost her purse and phone in an Uber and she couldn’t come to pick it up right away. It looks like the Uber driver ended up returning it, but had some fun times with the purse before she came and got it.
A man lost his phone next to a bunch of chickens and before he could figure out where it was, the chickens took a couple of selfies. Undoubtedly, they were planning on sharing it to their Instagram page.
Lost And Found
“Hello! Hope you got your phone back – and you have a great festival,” wrote Alex and Rob, who found a phone at a music festival. They took a selfie on the missing phone with their note after they took it to the Lost and Found section.
The man who posted this epic picture says that he has no idea how it ended up in his photo gallery. The only thing he knows is that he had a wild night in Las Vegas.
A guy was going out with his friends and he left his girlfriend at home, and apparently didn’t bring his phone. Little did he know, she was keeping her eyes on him.
This picture was taken by an app that automatically snaps a photo of the person who inserts a wrong pin number. What do you think the cat wanted to do with the phone?
Dutch Police Officers
This is the picture that a man found on his phone after he lost it in Amsterdam. Good thing that these two police officers found it, because they returned it to the station with this souvenir.
The photo was taken from the phone of the man lying in the bed. It looks like the dentist has a good sense of humor because he didn’t let the man know that he was taking this picture.
This selfie was taken by the police officers who found the person in the back passed out on the street. This is a great way to let someone know that they had a rough night and to go easy on the drinks next time.
This picture was posted online by a man who says that he has no recollection of how it ended up in his photo gallery. Not just that, but he is sorry that he doesn’t remember what he played on the piano because he has no idea how to play the piano.
Sleeping In The Airport
“My husband sent me this picture a while ago. He is the one on the right,” said the person who posted this picture online. We still have no idea what really happened here.
A guy lost his iPad on an airplane and he couldn’t come to recover for it ten days. It looks like the airplane security had lots of fun with his iPad during those long ten days.
The man who posted this picture online says that he mounted an iPad inside his car and that the car wash employee took this selfie while he was cleaning the car.
This is the type of picture that you will find on your phone after you lose it while grocery shopping. Luckily, this couple decided to return the phone after taking a selfie.
The girl passed out from partying too much and she found these pictures on her phone the next day. It looks like her boyfriend is a good guy who will not only always take care of her, but will even go above and beyond for her.
These selfies that were snapped by strangers are entertaining for sure, but are at least believable. Sometimes however, we see photos online that seem hard to believe. Take a look at these viral photos that completely fooled the Internet…
Airline pilots have to undergo rigorous training before taking passenger into the skies. Whether hauling cargo, fuel, or passengers, strict rules of compliance must be followed before a pilot is considered worthy of a flight license, one of which certainly covers using a selfie stick mid-air.
This photo may have inspired some fantasies of high-flying selfie magic, but anxious passengers who aren’t ever sure what’s going on the cockpit were relieved to find that the plane was sitting stationary on the runway as it was captured. There weren’t any photos from 20,000 feet.
Health nuts and junk food junkies got in line when this photo was released of the infamous “moon melon,” a bright blue version of its rosy cousin. Thousands reposted in hopes of finding the infamous fruit and biting in for a sweet, juicy taste to see if it tasted like the regular version.
Unfortunately, moon melon searchers came up short, as the vibrant blue fruit does not actually exist. This expertly-crafted photoshopped image caused quite a stir in the foodie community before being debunked. It disappointed many an appetite looking to try some on a hot summer evening.
Bear Chasing Cyclist
At first glance, seeing this photo of a grizzly bear chasing a cyclist seems downright terrifying. As it was widely-circulated online, those who stepped back from the picturesque frenzy noted that were certainly some things about it that didn’t sem to add up.
First of all, the biggest question is realizing that no self-respecting cyclist would find himself racing along a snowy highway without proper gear, that would keep him warm from head to toe. We weren’t too surprised to learn that the cyclist was superimposed into the scene.
Lions by nature have a certain impressive and majesty about them, no matter what form they come in. It was even more eye-catching when this image of a rare black lion has been circulated the Internet for years, gathering with it thousands of shares and comments over its beautiful appearance.
Sadly, the black lion was fabricated. This photo is actually a digitally remastered photo of an albino lion that has been living on an art website since 2012. Albino versions of the “king” do exist, but there has not been a dark-colored equivalent discovered in nature.
Wouldn’t it be the most ironic thing if a college of architecture and planning had built a sign that didn’t fit perfectly above its entrance? Evidently someone thought the idea was funny enough to shift the sign slightly, causing an Internet stir upon its release.
In actuality, this sign was actually as perfectly-planned and precise as the college syllabi that are released from the school’s esteemed faculty. We do get a good laugh from seeing the botched photo and what it means for disappointed college students everywhere.
Cow On A Car
Perhaps this car found itself in dairy country, or maybe the driver stopped for a photo op with the bovine beauty during a country outing. The end result of this photo crafting is pure magic, with the cow coming to rest on the car’s hood. It looks too good to be true. And in fact it is.
While you might not be too happy to emerge from the grocery store to find this creature taking a rest on top of your sedan, viewers took a liking to the image and circulated it around the globe several times. People then realized that given the weight of the cow and the inevitable damage it would do to the car, the photo couldn’t have been real.
You’d think that the fact that these photographers outnumber the bear in the picture would inspire a bit more bravery, but understandable they’re on the run when they spot the large grizzly. This viral image may make you gasp as you contemplate what you’d do in this situation.
It is highly unlikely that this moment straight out a movie was caught on camera for all to see. It’s also been revealed since the photo’s release made its way around social media that the bear image was a stock photo that four friends decided to edit in just for fun.
This viral image of a powerful space shuttle has received several million shares online. Depicting a truly picturesque clear blue sky and a dramatic cloud breakthrough, it was later revealed to be heavily edited to help and promote the United States space program.
In reality, this space shuttle was poised on solid ground on a foggy day, awaiting orders for take-off. Even the original photo is pretty impressive enough in itself. We have to wonder why there was a need to edit in the first place, and if the decision to take some artistic license did more harm than good.
Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe
Hollywood legends Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe together in one room would almost be too much beauty and poise for people to handle. These two were contemporaries at one time, but to our knowledge, this peaceful pose of the two famous actresses never actually occurred.
Marilyn Monroe has been the subject of many photoshopped wonders, and she’s graced pics with everyone from Taylor to Elvis and countless others. Who knows if Monroe and Taylor would have been friends or rivals? Let your imagination start their conversation.
We’re not sure if this lady just happens to be a yoga enthusiast, or was she down for a publicity shot while in line at the bank? Imagine walking into your local branch and seeing this sight before your eyes. Just how long do you think has she been waiting, anyway?
While the edited photo would not have been possible, the real photo of this woman has her precariously perched on one leg, complete with one shoe off. We’re all for making yourself comfortable while running errands, but there’s a reason businesses ask people to keep their shoes on.
Why So Serious, Man?
Heath Ledger’s portrayal of Batman’s nemesis The Joker in 2008’s The Dark Knight was truly iconic. The role helped secure an Academy Award win for Ledger after his tragic death before the film’s release. His commitment to the role is now legendary and has many convinced that he was the best one to inhabit the character.
While filming in downtown Chicago, it looks like the Australian actor was certainly having a good time on set with some nice skateboarding moves. Though it wouldn’t feel like a big leap for Ledger, or The Joker for that matter, to embody his inner Tony Hawk in between takes, alas the leap he does over Batman is certainly not an ollie.
Explosive Afternoon Outing
It’s quite known that genius Albert Einstein did enjoy a good bike ride between vigorous mental exercise sessions. He was seen cycling around Santa Barbara quite frequently on sunny days. As someone who regretted his work on the Manhattan Project, we doubt he would have been gleaming with delight at the scene behind him.
The explosion taking place in the first photograph occurred seven years after his death, so it wasn’t even something that would occur during his lifetime. The smile on his face and the bike ride were completely genuine, however, as referenced by the second photo.
Purple Mountain Majesties
A visually stunning forest of vibrant purple trees, rolling hills, and serene skies inspires nature lovers to embark on a quest to find where this magical location may be. Sadly, it doesn’t exist in reality. From location to color, almost every aspect of this photo is indeed fabricated.
The original photo was taken of the Shotover River in picturesque New Zealand. The river is so turbulent that no fish live in it. The trees are a vibrant and lush green, and the surrounding scenery is every bit as breathtaking, even without violet enhancement.
Chefs are continually raising the bar for their fellow culinary professionals. Japanese chefs are famous for their showmanship and food preparation prowess. This photo played on that concept, with an impressive rice wave almost frozen in midair.
Countless chefs tried to replicate the signature fried rice wave, and they all came up disappointed after cleaning up the remnants of failure. This wave does exist, but it lives as a sculpture in a fake food shop in Tokyo. But the nonchalant expression of the man in the photo should have been a tip-off of its fabrication.
Big Turtle Mountain
Animal lovers and nature enthusiasts were verily disappointed to learn that this photo of “Big Turtle Mountain” was not real after all. The doctored photo is an impressive display of a rocky cliff face in the shape of something resembling a turtle head.
Mother Nature is truly amazing with her displays of beauty and coincidental showmanship, but Pilot Mountain in North Carolina does not in fact resemble a reptile in any way. It’s yet another photo with clever editing done to help provoke some smiles.
How many of us would adopt a cute kitten from our local adoption centers if it were adorned with mustache and eyebrows? This viral photo circulated widely among cat enthusiasts, with many wishing they could take home the distinctive-looking pet with facial hair.
Feline fanatics were saddened to learn that the edited photo included superimposed eyebrows. The mustache does seem to be impressive by itself, and we’re sure that this cat is appreciated for his unique beauty, regardless of the amount of facial hair or eyebrows displayed.
The dwarf giraffe is a photo that has been circulated around the Internet thousands of times, with many convinced that it portrays a real creature. While dwarfism does occur naturally in the wild, many animals who are born with the condition do not usually live long enough to be captured on film.
This photo was revealed to be a photoshopped version of a life-sized giraffe. Any giraffe measuring that small would be especially vulnerable and an easy target for predators, and while the doctored version is pretty adorable, we have yet to confirm that someone has seen one this small in the wild.
For decades, Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) has used its iconic lion Leo for promotion of television shows and films. There have been many urban myths that exist around the ferocious feline. Animal activists were up in arms about Leo’s perceived mistreatment.
The fake photo is a really a blend of Leo and a different lion, with the latter being strapped to a table for a routine veterinary visit. We still aren’t sure how MGM owners were able to capture Leo’s trademark roar and immortalize it for decades of entertainment.
Moon On A Skyscraper
Photographers can’t help but of dream of a moment when their clever camera angles can be immortalized for all the world to see. This photographer must have been over the moon as he captured this shot that perfectly manages to blend nature and human ingenuity.
Unfortunately, as cool as it looks, this edit was determined to be some clever photoshopping work. Mo Aoun moved the moon into position to make the photo more fantastic and appealing to viewers. We don’t care that this image is fake, as we fancy the thought of this moment taking place.
The Internet makes us all suckers when it comes to pictures of cute animals. In fact, half the images on the web are of just cute animals. This Madagascan Monkey has been shared millions of times online, with many viewers marveling at how something this cute can exist in the animal kingdom.
While there are cute and cuddly species living on this planet, we are sad to report that the Madagascan Monkey photo is nothing more than an edited photo of a doll. This image is just a collection of the “Inari Fox” model that was created by a Russian doll company called Santani.
You’re Gonna Need A Bigger State
No fake photo countdown would be complete without a likeness of a shark in the most unlikely of places. After 2017’s Hurricane Irma took residents of Texas by surprise, this photo surfaced and caused quite a stir, just when you thought hurricanes weren’t scary enough.
It’s highly unlikely that a shark would be found anywhere close to a busy Texas freeway, so photography experts quickly determined that it was a fake. This photo has shown up after many major hurricanes like Sandy or Harvey. Naturally photos like this are perfect fodder for jokes and memes as the photo on the left shows the famous Left Shark.
Poor Paris Hilton. She seems to have gotten such a bad rap due to her enormous wealth, cushy life, her luxurious upbringing, and over-the-top lavish lifestyle that have trolls clamoring to the keyboard. This photoshop job of her wearing this shirt really stirred up some controversy.
Hilton’s T-shirt read “Stop Being Desperate,” which is no less offensive to some, but at least it didn’t completely have the tone-deafness toward lower-class Americans that a shirt that says “Stop Being Poor” would have. Hopefully people realize that they weren’t being slighted by the heiress as she stepped out for yet another decadent night on the town.
Diwali celebrations light up the night sky in India every year, but few contemplated how this would look on a grander scale when a picture is taken from space. This photo depicts a space-age view of what the world’s second-most populous country looks like during this joyous holiday.
Unfortunately, in reality, the celebration of lights would not be this fantastic in a photo taken from space. When the image’s authenticity was debunked, it was revealed that this photo is a regular shot of India via satellite, with some clever color enhancements added for visual appeal.
Nestled in the crook of a crescent moon beach lies a star shaped island, and it looks like an idyllic version of absolute paradise. This aerial shot may just inspire a sky dive to be on an island of solitude if you want to get a head start on your vacation plans.
While managing to indeed look quite realistic, this photo is sadly not real. The star-shaped island was added for visual effect and juxtaposition, though the moon-shaped beach does exist. The island of Molokini lies between Maui and Kahoolawein in Hawaii.
Venice is a beautiful city any time of the year, by its very nature of its existence. Its warm Mediterranean climate makes icy canals highly unlikely, so this photo of iced-over canals is not the real deal. You’re much more likely to get a chilly breeze when traveling on the canals on a cooler day.
This photo is an edited composite of two photos, one of Venice canalside and one of frozen Lake Baikal in Russia. It shouldn’t surprise people that Russia’s climate is much more likely to give you a frosted experience for months at a time than Italy’s.
Big Brother IS Watching
Author George Orwell warned us in his award-winning novel 1984 about some of the real potential dangers that society could face from government control and surveillance that is left unchecked. This photo outside his home is the essence of irony, given its location.
A strategically-placed CCTV camera siting outside the home of none other than Orwell himself, but it is not necessarily authentic. Its post can be traced back to a photo released back in 2012, when it was traced over 60,000 times. Odds are that it’s very likely the case of someone going for irony.
Cloud formations are naturally fascinating, and the phenomena of lenticular clouds is no exception. They can be identified by their long, slender shape, and many people end up often mistaking them for something more mysterious, such as Unidentified Flying Objects.
When these majestic clouds do occur in nature, there is no need to enhance their appearance. This viral camera trick shows a series of lenticular clouds on top of each forming a cone in the sky. It would come to light soon after release that the photo was indeed not real.
Environmentalists are constantly concerned with protecting and preserving our planet for decades to come. There are no shortage of predictions that forecast future ills and pitfalls that may come as a result of our planetary neglect. Sometimes though, there may be some exaggeration happening.
In this doctored photo, we supposedly see the same patch of land ten years apart. 2009 shows it has a lush cross-section of forest, while 2019 has the same area dusty and barren. Is there a bit of environmental manipulation going on here? We’ll let you decide.
Delicate Balancing Act
This magical place looks like it comes straight from the pages of a fantasy novel or fairy tale. It would take a brave soul to enter the castle gates and keep everything inside at a delicate balance as to not upset manmade structures or the nature that supports it.
This clever blend of pictures using photo editing software is what truly brings together East and West. The rock formation that the castle perches on is found in Thailand, while the castle itself is located in Germany. It’s not nearly as precariously scary as the original image looks.
A Little Dab’ll Do Ya
One of the images that has made waves all over social media seems to portray what appears to be the very first dab in history. It looks like a battalion of soldiers during World War I letting off some steam, and doing the popular dance pose made famous by NFL quarterback Cam Newton.
Alas, the photo wasn’t captured during World War I, as indicated by soldier uniforms. It was taken on the set of the 2017 film, Dunkirk. The film was both a critical and commercial hit as are many Christopher Nolan films, yet fans didn’t seem to recall the dab moment on film.
Self-help and motivational professionals use the term “tip of the iceberg” to determine our inner/outer relationship with the rest of the world. This photo is often used for dozens of posters relating to the topic of the self that there is more going than the observer can see.
This image, while impressive, is not real. Icebergs below the surface are much larger (about nine times as larger) than their surface area, but there’s no way a photographer could have captured both so perfectly. Photographer Ralph Clevenger makes a masterful composite of four different images together.
This beautiful farce depicts two hot air balloons rising above a sparkling starlit sky. Inspiring thousands to change their desktop backgrounds and hang up posters of the image, this photo circled for months before being picked apart by clever editing specialists.
As they revealed the photo’s fake nature, photographers cited that bright light from the stars could only be captured with long exposure time. This would have blurred large balloons in the foreground, spoiling the image. Even if the picture isn’t authentic, it still looks impressive.
Statue Of Liberty
The Statue Of Liberty has been standing tall since it was originally built in 1875 and then gifted to the United States in 1885. This over-the-top shot was reported to have taken place when New York and New Jersey suffered the effects of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, but it was quickly determined to be cleverly edited.
The Jake Gyllenhaal blockbuster entitled The Day After Tomorrow contains this devastating shot of Lady Liberty being pummeled by the waves around her. The statue that symbolizes independence and strength to so many seems like it’s battling the waters, but will not go down easily.
Harbour Bridge Flood
Australia is known for some epic storms, many of which affect the infamous Harbour Bridge area. Each year with the advent of storm season, this photo is circulated far and wide across the Internet, inspiring many would-be travelers to not venture out and just stay home.
In the photo, a waterfall completely looks like it’s engulfing the Harbour Bridge in Sydney. Spokespeople from the Australian government have debunked the photo every time they see it resurfaces, citing that cars would not be allowed to pass in such conditions.
This image would be extremely cool if it were real, right? If you were to Google a lightning strike, you may end up seeing this clever portrayal of electricity in action. Sadly, it’s not a very accurate depiction of what happens when lightning does strike.
Color changes aside, it’s far more likely that the tree would be completely fried by a lightning strike of this magnitude. Never underestimate the power of a well-placed strike on the damage it can cause, and it’s best to exercise caution when filming outdoors during thunderstorm conditions.
The platypus is one of those creatures that you really have to see to believe. The animal is a delightful blend of land and water, but its strange and truly distinctive appearance has always made people turn their heads. So, naturally, seeing an extremely tiny pint-size version of one was truly a sight to see.
As many retweeted and posted so that friends and family could check out this micro-creature, it came to light that this photo was a plastic likeness of a baby platypus. The stark differences between real and fake were so pronounced that many took their posts down for fear of social media disgrace.
The New York City skyline is a wonder in of itself. The historic buildings are legendary and make for a picturesque cityscape. When you add the majesty of the moon to the backdrop, it’s a photo game changer. Silhouettes of city skyscrapers are perfectly illuminated against a background of soft light.
One thing that tips viewers off to the fallacy of this photo has to do with the size. The moon, which happens to be photoshopped into this picture, is unrealistically large when compared to the rest of the scenery below. It’s certainly a cool image, but one that was manipulated.
No one is more adept at editing and retouching photos than a social media influencer. Blogger Amelia Liana got herself into a bit of hot water for presenting her photo of the iconic Taj Mahal in India. The Indian government demanded a recall of the photo after its release on her Instagram page.
Apparently, the beautiful editing and retouching weren’t enough to impress those government officials. Liana had removed any other tourists from the shot and warped the temple image to such a degree that even the retouching needed some more re-editing.
Plankton Petri Dish
The original post of this image stated that this actually represents the amount of plankton in a drop of seawater, which honestly shocked and impressed viewers. This photo went viral before we found out the real deal behind the overpopulation.
The photo is indeed real, but its caption is a bit misleading. This image in actuality represents the amount of plankton in a swimming pool-sized sample of water from the ocean. Even with that however, this plankton would fit into a small glass of juice.
Cat fans, this one is for you. There’s more than enough of this fat cat to go around, and while we wish that the very large feline in this photo was real, we know it’s not. Some crafty editing has the jumbo cat significantly larger that its real-life counterpart, which is actually quite normal in size.
As hard as it can be to know what to believe online these days, not everything is fake. Now that you’ve seen a bunch of fake photos, the following real photos managed to capture a true side of history that most people have never seen…
The Titanic’s Staircase Before And After The Accident
That legendary Titanic boasted an impressive staircase as one of its standout features. Sadly, there are no known photographs of the staircase.
Thanks to the existence of the RMS Olympic, an almost identical ship of the same era that sailed until 1935, we can get a pretty close picture of what the staircase must’ve looked like before the crash.
The Stewardess Who Survived The Sinking Of Two Ships
Chances are her name doesn’t ring a bell, but Argentine stewardess and nurse Violet Jessop achieved a miraculous feat that no one else in human history could repeat.
She witnessed and survived the sinking of both the RMS Olympic and the Titanic, which took place in 1911 and 1912, respectively. She helped passengers get into lifeboats and rescued children during both events.
Norma Jean Dougherty
This was Norma Jean Dougherty, a young girl posing for a photo in 1943. Little did she know that she would become one of the biggest stars in the world a few years after this photo was taken.
This girl went on to become Marilyn Monroe. She started out as a model and slowly made her way into Hollywood. The rest is history.
Young Johnny Carson
Johnny Carson is regarded as one of the greatest late-night talk show hosts of all time. He built The Tonight Show and hosted it for an impressive 30 years.
It’s hard to imagine that he once was a young kid with big dreams. Here he was at age 15 in 1940. Little did he know he would become a huge star in the future.
Amelia Earhart was a pioneer in the aviation world. She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and was afraid of nothing.
This is one of the last photos taken of her before she disappeared. As you can see, she was extremely stylish, especially at the time.
The Aqua-Trail Houseboat
After World War II ended, America’s consumerism skyrocketed. All sorts of products were mass-produced, and technology started advancing quickly.
The Aqua-Trail houseboat was the first attempt at a camping trailer that could turn into a houseboat. Only 32 were made, and if you manage to find one, you can buy it now for millions of dollars.
Civil War Veteran
There are many injuries that humans are prepared to survive, but a shot in the head isn’t among them. The chances of survival are extremely small, and in the 1800s, they were even smaller.
Jacob Miller defied all odds when he survived a shot in the forehead during the Civil War. in 1863 He also sustained a number of other injuries but made a full recovery.
Sammy Davis Jr. & Clint Eastwood
This rare photograph shows Sammy Davis Jr. with a young Clint Eastwood backstage at the Sands Hotel after Davis’ concert in 1959. Back then, Eastwood’s career was just getting started.
What did these two legends have in common? Apparently, they were both gun lovers. The two were photographed while admiring a revolver.
Model Posing For Billboard Painters
Nowadays, we see billboards everywhere. They’re easy to set up, and they seem to change every couple of weeks. Back in 1947, however, everything was different.
Billboards were actually hand-painted by painters, who would have to risk their lives to get to that height. Models would sometimes be used too.
Bob Ross In The Air Force
If we didn’t have the side-by-side pictures, it would be almost impossible to recognize Bob Ross on the left. We are all so used to seeing him with his big hair and long beard!
In his younger years, Ross was a master sergeant. Instead of spreading joy on television, he served in the air force for 20 years. He left to pursue his passion for painting.
Abraham Lincoln & His Son
This was a very rare moment for President Abraham Lincoln, as he would usually be photographed with other powerful politicians or Heads of State.
Here, we see him joyfully posing for a picture with his son, Tad, who’s striking a very stylish pose. Ten weeks after this photo was taken, Lincoln was assassinated.
Priests Mingle With Hippies
When we think of a hippie festival, the last thing on our minds is a group of priests in attendance. And yet, these priests joined the Glastonbury festival in 1971.
However, they weren’t there to enjoy the music but to spread the word of Jesus to the attendees, who could not care less. The result was this amazing picture showing the contrast between two very different worlds.
A Geisha Without Makeup
This photograph looks quite modern, and if it weren’t in black and white, one would think it was taken just a few years ago. However, this photograph was taken over 100 years ago.
It shows a Geisha without traditional makeup and with her hair down, which was an extremely rare sight. These women were never seen or photographed like this.
Young Couple Near The Waterhen River
This beautiful picture shows a young couple in love posing near the Waterhen River in Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1931.
The two natives were not afraid to pose for Paul Coze, the photographer, which was very rare. Normally, native people were very reserved, as they were heavily discriminated against by the Caucasian population.
Marilyn Monroe As Theda Bara
Marilyn Monroe is unrecognizable in this photograph, albeit beautiful as ever. As the biggest sex symbol of her time, she paid tribute to the woman who came a few decades before her.
That woman was Theda Bara, a silent film actress nicknamed ‘The Vamp’ because of her sexual and exotic energy. Here, Monroe recreated Bara’s iconic look like Cleopatra.
Dinner Party At The Hotel Astor
Hotel Astor was one of the most expensive and refined hotels in New York City. You would only find very wealthy people staying there, and a room would cost a fortune.
This photo was taken in 1904, a few months after the hotel had opened. It shows a fabulous dinner party where all the men sat at one table while the women sat all the way in the back.
Little Jewish Boy
This little boy was Istvan Reiner, a Jewish boy that lived in a ghetto in Hungary. He was just four years old when this picture was taken, and he was smiling because he had no idea what was actually happening around him.
As you can see, he was wearing the striped uniform that people in concentration camps were forced to wear. This photo was taken just before he was sent to Auschwitz.
The Three Stooges At Yellowstone
The Three Stooges was a comedy team that was active from 1922 until 1970. Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and “Curly Joe” DeRita made history in the comedy world, and their biggest goal in life was to make people laugh.
In 1969, the group visited Yellowstone and posed for this photo with three park rangers. They were there to film a pilot for a new series, but sadly, Fine suffered a stroke a few weeks later and had to retire.
Police Officer Guarding A Pharmacy During A Flood
The last thing one would think to do during a massive flood would be to stay at their post, but this police officer took his job extremely seriously. In 1974, a deadly flood struck Cambridge, Ontario, and people were up to the waist in water.
Constable John Shuttleworth, the man in the picture, was sent to protect this pharmacy from looters, who were stealing everything they could from shops in the area. Seeing him standing there with so much commitment is impressive.
Princess Diana & Prince Harry
It is no wonder that Princess Diana was known as The People’s Princess, given that she always behaved in a kind, sweet, and compassionate way.
This photo of Diana cradling her youngest son, Prince Harry, is one of the best photographs of the royal ever taken. Unlike other royals, she was not afraid to show affection to her children in public.
An Eccentric Look
Fashion trends have existed since the dawn of time, and people have followed them blindly every single time, regardless of how ridiculous they may end up looking.
This photo is a prime example of this phenomenon. A man was photographed in 1895 with a hair-and-beard combo resembling the shape of the moon. Should this look make a comeback?
World War II was a devastating war that took the lives of millions of people in several countries. Given the number of casualties, most people expected their loved ones to perish rather than come home.
This Russian soldier was photographed as he was reunited with his sisters, who thought he was killed in action. The soldier also thought his sisters had died since he hadn’t heard from them in months.
Dolly Parton And Mick Jagger
Dolly Parton and Mick Jagger need no introduction, as both are two of the biggest musicians in the world. Seeing them together, however, is pretty rare since they make very different music.
The country legend and the rockstar posed together for a picture backstage at New York’s Bottom Line in 1977, and you can just tell that the two shared a beautiful friendship.
A Very Upset Patient
Many children and even adults are afraid of the dentist because of how painful a consultation can be. This young patient, who seems to have just had a procedure done given their bandaged head, was not happy with the dentist’s service.
Although vandalizing the wall with the word liar is not the healthiest approach, the dentist should have never put up that sign. It’s a bald-faced lie!
A Young Don Knotts
Before he became a famous comedian, Don Knotts struggled to find success. His first attempt at comedy came as a ventriloquist, and his dummy was named Danny “Hooch” Matador.
After a while, he felt trapped in the ventriloquist act and felt that he could not move forward with his career if he kept doing the same thing. His manager did not want him to give it up, so he lied and told him that he had lost the dummy. In reality, he threw it overboard while on a ship. Strangely, he confessed to a friend that he heard the dummy cry for help.
Women were historically forbidden to join the army, but there have been a few examples of defiant ladies who decided to take up arms anyway, even if that would bring them negative consequences.
These Armenian women posed for a photograph during the Hamidian Massacres of 1895, where the Turkish killed thousands of Armenians. These women were ready to defend their country.
Lisa Fonssagrives On The Eiffel Tower
People who are afraid of heights might be terrified to look at this picture, especially after learning that it is 100% real. Lisa Fonssagrives fearlessly posed while hanging from the Eiffel Tower in 1939 and did so beautifully.
The beautiful Fonssagrives did this photoshoot for Vogue without any kind of security measure in place. Luckily, she was unharmed, and the pictures made history.
John F. Kennedy Campaigning Door-to-door In West Virginia
We’ve all seen politicians campaigning on newspapers, television, and nowadays, on the internet, but John F. Kennedy went all out and actually did it door to door.
During the Democratic Primary for the 1960 Presidential race, Kennedy realized that the people of West Virginia weren’t very fond of him because he was a Roman Catholic. So, he decided to fly there and actually talk to the citizens eye to eye. This made him win in the state.
Steve McQueen’s Mugshot
Getting arrested is not cool and should never be something to emulate, but Steve McQueen’s mugshot became iconic because of how smug and confident he looked. He smiled and threw a peace sign as if he didn’t care he was getting arrested in 1972.
McQueen was known as the coolest man in Hollywood and usually played the antihero in movies. People either wanted to be him or with him.
Hopi Girl Smiling
The Hopi tribe is native to Arizona. Its society has been preserved all these years due to the fact that they are a closed community and do not marry outside of the tribe. In 1912, however, this girl very kindly agreed to pose for a photograph. She is wearing a hairstyle known as the squash blossom, which indicates that she is of marrying age.
Now that you’ve seen these real but rare snapshots, let’s focus on a time period just before the Internet made privacy impossible- the 1990s. Get ready to see candid photos of many of today’s household names, back when they were just getting their careers off the ground…
Anna Nicole Smith’s Odd Marriage
In a highly scrutinized act, 26-year-old Anna Nicole Smith married 89-year-old J. Howard Marshall in 1994. Smith married the octogenarian billionaire one year before his death. The couple had met in 1991 while she was performing at a strip club in Houston, and they had a two-year affair where Marshall gave Smith lavish gifts while supposedly asking her to marry him multiple times. She finally agreed and the two were wed back in Houston.
It goes without saying that Marshall’s children weren’t happy about Smith getting a cut of the inheritance. At the time, Smith claimed that she and Marshall had an oral agreement that she would receive half of his estate, which was worth approximately $1.6 billion. Since it wasn’t stated in his will, it never came to fruition.
Mariah Carey & Will Smith
While today Mariah Carey and Will Smith are household names, in 1988, they were still trying to make names for themselves.This particular photo was taken at radio station KIIS-FM’s “Endless Summer Jam,” where Smith teamed with DJ Jazzy Jeff.
He performed lesser-known tracks like “Parents Just Don’t Understand” and “Nightmare on My Street.” Two years after the photo was snapped, Carey released her breakout self-titled album. Also, Smith starred on the show that launched him to stardom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
The Winona Ryder & Johnny Depp Romance
Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder were one of the most famous Hollywood couples of the early 1990s, dating from 1989 through 1993 after meeting on the set of Edward Scissorhands. Although they were eight years apart in age, it didn’t matter to them. That is, until they wanted to get married.
John Waters, the director of Crybaby, was thrown into an awkward situation when Depp asked him to marry the two even though Ryder’s father refused to give his blessing since Ryder was only 19 years old. Waters later wrote that he managed to get them to call off the wedding before the attorneys did the paperwork to get him ordained as a minister.
From Standup To Acting
Jim Carrey still hadn’t fully made it in Hollywood in the 1980s despite his clear talent for impersonations and physical comedy. He was a standout on In Living Color, but hadn’t latched on in the acting world yet.
Carrey struck gold with his role in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The film made $107.2 million. Later, other movies starring him like The Mask and Dumb and Dumber brought in over $700 million. Oddly enough, Carrey said that he didn’t get famous because he was funny or working hard. He said it was because he was desperate, which was a necessary part to learning or creating anything.
Jennifer Aniston & Brad Pitt
Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt at a Sting concert may be the most “1990s” thing ever, as they were two of the biggest stars of the 90s. In 1999, they were in New York City celebrating their engagement when they attended the concert.
They dated for around one year prior to getting engaged, although they initially tried to keep the relationship a secret. Despite their efforts, Aniston and Pitt were caught together at the Tibetan Freedom Concert. There have been plenty of rumors of the two reuniting after Pitt’s divorce from Angelina Jolie. While it would make a lot of fans happy, it has yet to happen.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s Wild New Year’s Eve
Coming off the success of Titanic, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and Romeo & Juliet, Leonardo DiCaprio was ready to let loose on New Year’s Eve 1998. He flew some friends down to Miami on a private jet and rented a mansion.
To ring in the new year, they went to party at Bash, a nightclub affiliated with Sean Penn. Allegedly, DiCaprio jumped onto a podium and started dancing provocatively for the crowd. People magazine later reported that he had dined on beluga caviar and smoked oysters that night. Bollinger champagne was his drink of choice, which went well with the occasion.
Ryan Gosling The Mormon
Ryan Gosling has been a Hollywood heartthrob for a while now, having been thrust into the spotlight since the 1990s as a child actor. His early roles include being a member of The Mickey Mouse Club, acting on Goosebumps and portraying the young Hercules.
Most people don’t know that he was raised in a strict Mormon family, and while his mother is different now, she admits that he was raised by a “religious zealot.” At age 16, Gosling moved to Los Angeles, leaving his mother’s religious rule behind. He found a place in Skid Row so he could be close to reality and far away from the glamorous Beverly Hills.
Liv Tyler Finds Her Father
Liv Tyler was one of the most famous celebrity kids of the 1990s, but she didn’t even know that Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler was her father until she was eight years old. She said she didn’t know who her dad was because her mother was a bit of a carefree spirit when she was younger, leading to some confusion about who her real father was.
Liv clarified that her mother was young when she had her, but she was loved and taken care of by everybody in her family as she grew up. She figured out who her father was because they had similar looks and Mia looked so much like her that they could’ve been twins.
Jennifer Lopez The Actress
Another icon of the 1990s, Jennifer Lopez could sing, dance, and act. To top it all off, she was beautiful and was beloved.While not originally an actor, Lopez made such a name for herself that she almost created the opportunity for herself.
While she appeared in several films prior to the 1998 debut of Out of Sight, it was that film that was arguably her greatest hit. However, she was upset with the initial offers for her services. She noted that her co-star, George Clooney, was getting a lot of money for the movie. The movie studio wasn’t offering her anywhere near a similar amount. She stood up for herself and was able to negotiate a much better dollar figure.
The One Where They Go To Vegas
The popular sitcom, Friends followed six friends as they dealt with life and love in New York City. The director took the cast of Friends on a trip to Las Vegas in 1994 before the show premiered so they could bond more and told them once the show aired, everyone would know who they were.
Jennifer Aniston recalled the director saying that the cast needed to stick together and take care of each other. The director of the show handed each cast member some money and said, “Now go into the casino and go gamble because this is the last time you’ll be able to walk into a casino anonymously.” Sure enough, he was right.
Meghan Markle, Again
Before she was British royalty, 16-year-old Markle attended a Christmas dance in 1997 with her high school boyfriend, Luis Segura. Markle went to Immaculate Heart, a girl’s catholic school in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. Her boyfriend at the time went to a boy’s school called St. Francis, located in La Cañada Flintridge.
A source who knew the high school couple said the two were quite the item. The source told The Daily Mail that Luis was madly in love with her. Markle was sweet to him and they were fun to be around.
Elon Musk In College
Musk immigrated from South Africa to Canada as a teenager. He then worked several odd jobs before starting college at Queen’s University. His roommate was Navaid Farooq, a Canadian who grew up in Geneva. To make extra money while in school, Musk sold computer parts. He also helped fix the computers of his classmates, essentially starting a business while he was still a teenager.
Later, he explained that he could build something to suit their needs. For example, he created a tricked-out gaming machine and a simple word processor that both cost less than retail. Also, if their computer didn’t start properly or had a virus, he could fix it.
Edward Scissorhands Reminded Tim Burton of Someone
Despite having droves of fans who love him for his acting and good looks, Johnny Depp has never been comfortable with himself as a star. Originally, he had moved to Los Angeles to become a musician, but transitioned into film because acting was easy for him. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he mentioned that he connected more with weird outsiders than he did with models and the upper class.
Director Tim Burton explained to the magazine why he was drawn to Depp for the role of Edward Scissorhands. He found similarities between the character of Edward and Depp, both people being perceived as something they were not, and that there was pain, humor, darkness, and light within both.
Forrest Gump & Nike
Forrest Gump is likely at the top of most people’s lists for best films of the 90s. One of the many random things that the film did was reintroduce the Nike Cortez shoes to people who may not have even known about them.
These shoes were from the pre-Jordan era of Nike and had a classic look that went with most casual outfits. They also worked well for running, as Gump wore them to run across the country. While the Nike Cortez were available in many colors, the most popular version was the red, white and blue version after Tom Hanks sported them in the movie.
Winona Ryder The Criminal
In 2001, Ryder was arrested for shoplifting at a Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills after being accused of trying to steal over $5,000 worth of designer clothes and accessories. While she was acquitted on the felony charge of burglary, Ryder did end up with three years on probation, nearly 500 hours of community service and more than $10,000 in fines and restitution.
Additionally, she had to attend psychological and drug counseling. While speaking about the crimes years later, Ryder gave a mysterious explanation for her actions. She said she had just wanted to “stop,” and the aftermath of committing the crime enabled her to set her mind outside of Hollywood.
Troubling Times For Robert Downey, Jr.
Today, it’s hard to imagine Robert Downey Jr. as anything other than Iron Man. In the 90s, however, his life was on the rocks, having multiple run-ins with the law in 1996. The last occurrence was when he let himself into one of his neighbor’s homes and fell asleep. Before that, he had faced felony counts of possession of cocaine and heroin. In addition to that, he also faced misdemeanor counts of having a concealed weapon in his vehicle and driving under the influence.
In 1999, when all was said and done, he received three years in prison for repeatedly violating probation. After approximately one year in a treatment facility and state prison, Downey Jr. was released when a judge ruled that his collective time in those facilities qualified him for early release. Thereafter, he turned his life around, and has been a Hollywood mainstay since.
Matthew McConaughey’s Absurd Arrest
In 1999, Matthew McConaughey was arrested for playing the bongos naked, possession of marijuana and resisting arrest, which sounds like something straight out of a movie. At the time, McConaughey was in the process of truly making it big. From starting out acting in commercials and music videos, he had built his way up to leading roles in full-length features by the time of his arrest.
He was later asked if he felt bad about the arrest. McConaughey joked that he had no regrets about what he was doing at the time other than forgetting to close the window for his neighbors.
Ryan Reynolds’ First Gig
Today, Reynolds gets millions of dollars for each film, but in the 1990s, he was just another child actor looking for his big break. He also hung out with very cute puppies.
His first role was on the show Fifteen, which aired on Nickelodeon. Reynolds said the actors were paid only $150 per episode, but it still made him feel like the king of the world. He still had a paper route while on it, so he’d film the show, go home, and complete his paper route each day. Since he was a kid, he had no concept of what a lot of money was and thought he was living the dream.
Peter Dinklage The Punk Rocker
Before he was a highly-decorated actor winning Emmys for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister on the critically-acclaimed hit Game Of Thrones, Peter Dinklage was the frontman for a punk band called Whizzy. Though there aren’t any recorded performances available for us to see, there are a lot of photos online.
Dinklage says that he “was pretty angry back then,” during his time in the band. It’s not clear what exact genre of music Whizzy fit into, but much like Dinklage, perhaps they couldn’t be fit into one box, and performed an eclectic mix of styles. There is a video on YouTube with 11 million views of Dinklage singing about the greatness of his character of Tyrion Lannister. Until footage emerges of Whizzy, this may be what we have to settle for.
Macaulay Culkin & His Dad
Culkin became a household name after starring in Home Alone. It was one of the highest grossing films of all-time, and he became the first child actor to be paid $1 million.
After the success of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Culkin’s father and manager, Kit, became well known in Hollywood like his son. However, sources noted that Kit was an outcast among Hollywood executives as he tried to get creative control of his son’s films. It wasn’t long before his pride did him in. Richie Rich was a dud at the box office in 1994 and Kit lost the power he longed for.
A Presidential Scandal
Monica Lewinsky sent shockwaves around the world when she revealed an affair with President Bill Clinton in 1998. She was only 22 years old at the time. The scandal took over the headlines and will always be linked to the Clinton presidency. The two admitted to nine sexual encounters over a two-year timeline, although Clinton initially denied any wrongdoing. However, the “blue dress,” as it came to be known, had a stain that matched his DNA.
Near the end of 1998, the House of Representatives voted to impeach Clinton on two of the four articles of impeachment. Time went on to publish an article that stated the political damage had burned out Washington.
The Discovery of Pamela Anderson
She was discovered as a spectator at a BC Lions’ Canadian Football League game. The stadium’s scoreboard camera focused on her in the crowd. She was wearing a cutoff Labatt’s Beer T-shirt and got so much attention that Labatt hired her as a spokesmodel.The spotlight on Anderson inspired her to take a leap of faith and move to Los Angeles to pursue acting and modeling.
She eventually secured the role of the original “Tool Time girl” on Home Improvement before starring on Baywatch. As time passed, Anderson became more popular than the show itself. While she stayed on Baywatch for five seasons, she was no longer just an actress, she was a global phenomenon.
Princess Diana & The Revenge Dress
Princess Diana and Prince Charles were married on July 29, 1981, but rumors of his infidelity were a constant in the press over the years, and the two became estranged in 1991.On the night of the 1994 Vanity Fair party, the world sided with Diana when she made an appearance in an iconic dress.
It was later known as the “revenge dress” after Charles admitted on television that same night that he had cheated with Camilla Parker Bowels. The dress was made three years prior, but Diana never wore it, as she thought it was “too daring.” In fact, she planned on wearing a different outfit to the event, but made a last minute decision to switch to the dress.
Julia Roberts’ Armpits
In April 1999, Roberts made waves in more ways than one when she inadvertently revealed armpit hair while waving to the crowd at the premiere of Notting Hill. While it wasn’t a big deal in the grand scheme of things, there were plenty of rumors as to why she did this.
One rumor was that Roberts grew out her armpit hair because her boyfriend at the time, Benjamin Bratt, had a fetish for it. Another idea was that Roberts was making a feminist statement at the premiere. Unfortunately, there was no real exciting reason as to why she went with the armpit hair. Roberts claimed that she didn’t think the sleeve length on her gown would be that short, so she thought nobody would notice.
Another Baywatch Actor
Today, Jason Momoa is mainly known for his role on Game of Thrones and Aquaman. Surprisingly, his career almost came to a halt before it started because of being a lifeguard on Baywatch Hawaii.
Momoa remembers his start as an actor being crazy due to being a college-aged kid who got to run around shirtless and hang out with beautiful women. He admits the role nearly cost him his newfound career because casting directors labeled him as solely a hunky lifeguard.
When the show ended, Momoa used all the money he earned from the show to rock climb and also travel the world. Lucky for his fans, he returned from his time away and picked up where he left off.
The Young Kardashians
The Kardashian family was one of the most “1990s families” there was. Kim and Kourtney sported some serious styles of that era. Rob rolled with the spiky haircut and wide collars.
Robert Kardashian, the father, was most famous for being OJ Simpson’s friend and representing him in the famous murder case. In 2003, he died of cancer, but Kim thinks he’s still with them in a way. She has stated that she believes her son, Psalm West, is a reincarnation of her father since they are both left-handed and share other similar qualities.
Sarandon Still Going Strong
This photo of Susan Sarandon comes from her trip to Cannes in 1978. She and co-star Brooke Shields were promoting Pretty Baby. While the photo itself wasn’t from the 1990’s, Sarandon still was a big part of that decade, too, starring in Thelma and Louise. That movie got her a ton of accolades and was coined as a feminist film, even though it wasn’t initially meant to be.
Sarandon noted that she and the film crew inadvertently poked into a sensitive topic for many older white males. The powerful female characters rubbed a lot of them the wrong way. It never occurred to Sarandon that it would upset people to have women characters like that.
Anderson had gone from beer model to one of the most recognized stars of the decade by the mid 1990s. In that short period of time, she went from the girl next door to one of the biggest sex symbols in the world. She seemed to be everywhere, from television to movies.
Nevertheless, she still agreed to appear in Playboy, the magazine that helped launch her career. By the time this photograph was taken, she had appeared in Playboy fourteen times already. When Playboy asked why Anderson initially moved to Los Angeles, she said that Hollywood people are dreamers, always grabbing for something big. Since she was a dreamer, too, she felt like she belonged there.
Dennis Rodman & Madonna’s Wild Relationship
One of the most unique couples of this decade was Rodman and Madonna. In the NBA, Rodman made a name for himself first by hustle and physicality, then later by personality. He was known for his crazy dyed hair, piercings, and tattoos. Some of his antics included leaving his team in the middle of the season to go let loose in Vegas and even partaking in professional wrestling.
They were both revolutionary forces in the the worlds of sports and pop-music. On top of that, they pushed sexual limits in both their professional and personal lives. In his autobiography, Rodman stated that Madonna offered him $20 million to get her pregnant. He went as far as to write that she had a private jet ready to fly him to her New York City home to make it happen.
One of Angelina Jolie’s Favorite Roles
Angelina Jolie has acted in all types of roles in her career, but it was her work in the 1990s that many remember her by. A couple of her most important roles to this demographic were as Lisa in Girl, Interrupted and Kate Libby in Hackers.
She won an Oscar for her role in Girl, Interrupted, portraying a young woman confined to a sanitarium back in 1967. Jolie loved the role, stating that she truly thought her character was the only sane one in the entire film. She was almost upset when people said she was great at acting insane because she never thought the character was insane.
Matt Damon’s Controversial Claim on Oprah
Matt Damon and Minnie Driver started dating after meeting on the set of Good Will Hunting. Their relationship lasted a year, but ended when Damon told Oprah in 1998 that he was single and didn’t have a girlfriend, though he and Driver were still together at that point.
Driver, while being interviewed by the LA Times after Damon’s announcement, said she found the whole ordeal very inappropriate. She also pointed out that he had declared his love for her on David Letterman a month before that.
Kurt Cobain’s Stomach Pain
Cobain’s picture was taken around the time of the release of his album, Bleach, in 1989. Known to have chronic stomach issues, he said that the strawberry Quik drink was one of the few things that made him feel better.
According to Cobain, his stomach issues were so severe that he’d vomit and that it made him want to kill himself. He ended up using drugs to subdue the pain.He later revealed that after six years, he finally received medication for his stomach pains. However, he never got an actual diagnosis for the mysterious illness.
Adele & The Spice Girls
While countless girls today adore her today, as a child, Adele was once one of those little girls idolizing other stars.The Spice Girls were huge when Adele was a kid.
From the posters behind her in the picture, she was clearly obsessed with them. She was able to see them as a kid and got nostalgic when she got to see them as an adult. In 2019, when seeing The Spice Girls perform at Wembley as an adult, Adele stated that she hadn’t seen them there in 21 years.
A New Kind of Rap
Eminem came out of poverty-stricken Detroit and had a rough upbringing himself. He was the catalyst for a new kind of cartoonish and brash hip hop. In 1999, when “My Name Is” premiered on TRL, it turned the world of music upside down.
Initially, his violent music appealed to mostly angry young men, but he proved to be one of the best rappers ever with his rhymes and speed at which he could rap. His dark music appealed to people in the smaller communities in the United States because they related to him. Eminem’s music wasn’t for everybody, but everybody knew who he was.
Salma Hayek’s Telenova
American audiences weren’t aware of Hayek until the middle of the 1990s, but she was famous in Mexico since the 1988 telenovela Un Nuevo Amanecer. Teresa, another telenovela, added to her growing fame.
With no luck in Hollywood at the time, Hayek complained about the lack of work for Latin talent right when director Robert Rodriguez was watching. That coincidence helped her land roles in two big movies, From Dusk ‘Til Dawn and Desperado. She went on to appear in five more Rodriguez films and even became godmother to his children.
Drew Barrymore Emancipated
Barrymore lived quite the rollercoaster in the early 1990s. She and her mother partied at Studio 54 together, she rarely went to school, and she already had alcohol and drug problems as a minor. She said that the only comfort she found was in acting, so she decided to emancipate herself at 14 years old in order to get more roles. She wrote in her book that she wasn’t employable at the time and wanted to start her life over.
Barrymore moved into a Westwood apartment and got a job at a coffeehouse, where she sometimes even had to clean toilets. She admitted that she wasn’t great at her job and felt like a loser, but it helped her build character and eventually break out on her own.
Kim Kardashian’s Graduation
Before her family was full of multi-millionaires, Kim was more or less a regular girl in Los Angeles. Her dad was a big lawyer and her then-stepdad was an Olympian, but she was far from being the celebrity she is today.
Kim still had the desire for fame at a young age. She was filmed at her middle school graduation in 1994 talking about what she wanted people to remember about her when she made it big. She told the camera to remember the beautiful little girl being filmed that day for when she later became famous. Those in attendance will always have a great memory of a young and confident Kardashian.
The Cast of Clueless
Surprisingly, the idea of Clueless got passed up by multiple studios. By the time it ended up with Paramount Pictures, Sherry Lansing, the head of the studio, had faith in the film.
She wasn’t the only one excited to start, as the entire cast and crew were also thrilled to create the film. According to Paul Rudd, who co-starred with Alicia Silverstone, they had an inkling of how big Clueless would be. He said that after the initial table read, the young actors all went to a place nearby for some food. Rudd remembered how cool they all thought it was to portray people their own age, especially in a John Hughes movie.
The Protest Of The Teletubbies
Teletubbies was one of the most unique early childhood shows there was in the 1990s. The weird, colorful creatures worshipped a baby in the sun. The company rented land in Warwickshire, England from a farmer who dug out a bowl-like dip in the land for the show. Ironically, another show that had previously filmed in the area nearly ruined it for the Teletubbies.
When the locals of Warwickshire heard about another show coming to take over their town, they were furious. Anne Wood, the series creator, wasn’t aware of the other show and was surprised by protests. She had to make every effort imaginable to keep the peace, including keeping the filming location a secret and hiring a security team to keep the media away.
Drew Barrymore’s Disgusting Apartment
This picture looks like things were great for a young Drew Barrymore, but as you may remember from earlier, they definitely weren’t. She emancipated herself from her mother at 14 years old, only to realize she had no idea how to be an adult.
Barrymore did her best, but definitely wasn’t quite ready for the harsh reality. In fact, she told The Guardian that her apartment was such a mess that you needed a hazmat suit to go inside, with fungus growing everywhere. The apartment was in a bad neighborhood and she was scared to go to sleep every night.
Tweenage Meghan Markle With Her Mom
Before Markle became the Duchess of Sussex and one of the most recognized people in the world, she was just a girl growing up in a suburb of Los Angeles called View Park. It was also known as “Black Beverly Hills” due to the demographics.
She wrote a letter at age 11 to First Lady Hillary Clinton with a complaint about a tagline in a dish soap commercial. Markle disliked the line that “women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans.” Her efforts helped change the word “women” in the tagline to “people.” Markle said that with that small change, she understood how important her actions were. She then dedicated her life to fighting for equality.
Blake Lively, The Spice Girl
Like Adele, Blake Lively was also a huge Spice Girls fan and has been since a child. In 2018, a Twitter user revealed that she made a crazy discovery when looking back through her old pics. When this user attended a Spice Girls concert back when she was five years old, she had her picture taken with a girl who she thought was Emma Bunton, also known as Baby Spice.
It turns out that the girl she posed with wasn’t a Spice Girl at all, but Blake Lively. When the picture was brought to Lively’s attention, she confirmed it was her in her own post online. It’s better to be tricked into taking a photo with a celebrity by a future celebrity than just some random doppelgänger.
Jared Leto’s Questionable Kiss
Leto played Jordan Catalano on My So-Called Life. It’s weird that at 21 years old, he was making out with Claire Danes on the set when she was only 14 years old. According to Danes, the kissing was because Leto was teaching her how to make out for a scene in the film.
She explained the questionable acting lessons to Howard Stern later on, as that would never fly in this day and age. Supposedly the script listed a scene where it said “Angela kisses Jordan’s face.” Danes didn’t understand why it read like that and Leto had to try to teach her.
Glenn Close & Woody Harrelson Were A Couple
Glenn Close and Woody Harrelson formed a rarely known 1990s couple. Close was around 15 years older than Harrelson when they dated in 1991, which may be part of the reason why it didn’t last longer than 6 months.
The age difference may make some people uncomfortable, and their outfits in this photo may have the same effect, as the style, or lack thereof, raised eyebrows. It’s also worth noting that Harrelson had already met and dated his future wife prior to this fling with Close. He hired his future wife as his assistant in 1987, dated her once in 1990 and then went back to her down the road. They’re now married with three kids.
Cher’s Shocking Attire
Cher’s career was in doubt after her and Sonny Bono split in the 1960s. Many thought she wouldn’t last without the other half of her act, but she continued to be highly successful throughout the next two decades.
The woman of many talents continued to dominate pop culture into the 1990s with “Love Hurts” and the tour that followed. She wore leather and chains costumes during her performances, which raised eyebrows. Bob Mackie designed the dominatrix outfit pictured on Cher. His outlandish fashion work has been seen on other stars like Joan Rivers, Tina Turner and Elton John.
Tom Hardy’s Sobriety
Tom Hardy today is one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, with a great versatility in the range of characters he plays. He almost didn’t get the chance to become famous because of a drug and alcohol addiction he had as a teenager and early twenty-something. At one point, it took him 28 days in rehab before realizing he had a problem.
Hardy has said he was always in some sort of trouble when he was younger, but things got real when he woke up in a pool of his own blood and vomit in London in 2003. Thereafter, he entered rehab and built himself up as a changed man. He’s been sober since he was 23 years old.
David & Victoria Beckham
Before they became the Beckhams, David and Victoria (who was known as Posh Spice at the time) met at a charity soccer game in Manchester. Only one year later, they announced their plan to marry in a joint press conference.
Victoria went on to give birth to their first child mere months before the wedding. On the fourth of July in 1999, she and David tied the knot at a castle just outside of Dublin. They became known for their matching outfits and jet-set lifestyle. While the two don’t share too much about their lives, they’re still one of the best power couples out there.
Michael Jackson, Kevin Connolly & Leonardo DiCaprio
Michael Jackson wasn’t a regular part of Leonardo DiCaprio’s crew. However, he did invite these other stars back to Neverland Ranch to hang out. A lot of famous people like DiCaprio don’t speak about visiting Jackson. However, Connolly, who is known to have played Eric on Entourage, has been more open about his odd experience.
When he spoke with Andy Cohen about the weirdest thing he saw at Neverland Ranch, Connolly exclaimed, “Bubbles,” the famous monkey that Michael Jackson owned.
Salma Hayek Turned Down Selena
Hayek wasn’t actually in Lethal Weapon 4, but that didn’t stop her from attending the premiere in 1998. She was one of the most sought-after actresses at that point in time.
An example of this was the producers of Selena wanting her to take the lead role that eventually went to Jennifer Lopez. Hayek wasn’t interested. She claimed that the producers offered her the role only a week or so after Selena died. They had already planned to make the movie that quickly. She thought it was pretty distasteful to do that.
The Mask Almost Had A Different Love Interest
The role of Tina, Jim Carrey’s love interest in the hit movie, The Mask, could’ve gone to Anna Nicole Smith. That change in lead actress would’ve created quite the different movie. Smith didn’t respond to the material given to her, so director Chuck Russell crossed her off.
Russell was at a loss regarding who to fill the role with until he came across Cameron Diaz’s headshot. He later told Variety that Diaz hadn’t even acted in anything else yet. They brought her in and she was the perfect woman for the part in his opinion, but he had to do a lot of extra work to convince the producers.
Penélope Cruz Acted Alongside Her Future Husband
Originally from Spain, Penelope Cruz got her first taste of acting by performing in commercials and television shows for her family. She would later study ballet at Spain’s National Conservatory before moving across the world to New York City.
In 1992, the 18-year0old landed her first film role in Jamón Jamón. She starred alongside Javier Bardem, who she would later end up marrying The couple didn’t end up marrying until nearly two decades later. They don’t speak publicly about their early time on-screen with one another, but fans would definitely be open to hearing about it.
Bill & Ted
The movies Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey came out two years apart. Keanu Reeves starred in both and became a superstar within that short gap in time before starring in The Matrix in 1999.
Point Break helped bring Reeves’ career to new heights when he starred alongside Patrick Swayze. He also happened to be preparing for the upcoming Bram Stoker’s Dracula, as well as the thriller, Speed. While the second film for Bill & Ted didn’t meet expectations, it helped continue to develop a cult-like following over the years. In fact, a third film, Bill & Ted Face The Music was released in 2020.
Fit Brad Pitt
Pitt had to be extremely disciplined to get into amazing shape for his role as Tyler Durden in Fight Club. He had to diet and work out heavily. He kept to a strict diet, that was pretty boring and clean. Most of his meals included one or more of the following: brown rice, pasta, green veggies, oatmeal, chicken, and fish.
He needed a protein-packed diet to help him power through his workouts. His weekly routine included four days of weightlifting, two days of cardio and only one day of rest.
Matthew Perry & Courteney Cox
A lot of Friends fans were all about Ross and Rachel, but another great love story was that of Chandler and Monica. Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox had great chemistry in their portrayals of the couple.
It makes sense that rumors soared that they were dating in real life. Although they’ve reportedly never dated, they do post photos together on social media every now and then. In 2019, Cox posted a photo with Perry while they were out to lunch. She captioned that she couldn’t be any happier, which naturally got the rumor mill churning yet again.
Tara Reid The Original Party Girl
Reid has had a rollercoaster career. After striking gold in the American Pie films, she went into full party mode, and became the first party girl of the era, before both Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.
The paparazzi found it easy to catch her at her worst during that phase, and it clearly had a a negative influence on the roles she received moving forward in the film industry.At one point later on, Reid told Time that she realized how her actions in the 1990s affected her career. She also stated that she wasn’t a big partier anymore, but was still living life to the fullest.
One Last Dose of Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson, pictured with David Charvet in 1993, could’ve been left out of Baywatch. When the show initially had auditions, Baywatch’s star and producer, David Hasselhoff, didn’t want to hire Anderson to be CJ Parker.
He thought that she would be bad publicity because she was in Playboy. Maybe even more so, Hasselhoff was worried that her appeal would upstage him. Obviously Hasselhoff’s opinion wasn’t considered by the other producers. Anderson got the role and became the main reason people watched Baywatch. He was overshadowed, but he likely didn’t mind the money that came as a result of all the views.
Johnny Depp & Penélope Cruz
Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz were quite memorable as a couple in Blow, which was about the cocaine trade in the 1970s and 1980s. Cruz later joked that when she initially came to the United States, she only knew two phrases in English and one of them was, “I want to work with Johnny Depp.” Cruz’s wish came true, but she found it difficult to work with him because of his sense of humor.
She told The Daily Mail that even though she knew Depp’s tricks, he could still crack her up, which didn’t bode well on set. She mentioned that one time the crew was stuck for two hours and couldn’t finish the scene because they couldn’t stop laughing.
Don’t Get On Jennifer Lopez’s Bad Side
The late 1990s was a great time to be Jennifer Lopez. She had been the star of Selena and Anaconda, while also releasing On The 6, a multi-platinum album. Her rise to stardom was based on hard work, so she was stoked to call out the critics who didn’t think she would be an A-lister. Lopez let it be known that she had a list of journalists she wanted to call out in an interview.
She brought up how happy she was with how Selena turned out, but out of the many good reviews the movie got, there were some bad ones, too. Those negative reviews, and those who wrote them, were the ones Lopez remembered most.
Jessica Alba’s Classic Look
Years before Jessica Alba was a big-name actress and makeup influencer, she was like some other teen stars in the 1990s. Similar to Ryan Reynolds, she was on Nickelodeon at one point, securing a minor part in The Secret World of Alex Mack. Idle Hands premiered five years later, which put her on the map as a beautiful young actress.
While Alba made appearances on various shows and films during her youth, she also modeled for Limited Too. In fact, she and Jessica Biel appeared in a spread for the clothing company.