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11 Photos That Look Dirty But Are Not
written by Sam Greenspan

I guess you shouldn't scroll down this list if you're at work and your monitor is on full display to various passers-by. Pull it up on your phone instead. There's nothing dirty here, but it LOOKS dirty. As Krusty the Clown once said, "Young people today, they think comedy is dirty words. It's not -- it's words that sound dirty, like 'mukluk.'" This list is the mukluk of photographs.

The 11 photos in this list all feature something that looks sexual or explicit, but isn't -- it's all a matter of perspective. (Photographic perspective, not mental perspective. Our collective mental perspective is "raging pervert," so that's not a good barometer.)

Here are 11 photos that look dirty but are not...
  1. The Arm Butt.



    There's a point in every young boy's life when he realizes his armpit is a filthy doppelgänger. It can look like buttocks, it can look like a vagina, it can make fart noises. This photo properly celebrates at least one of the powers of the armpit.

  2. The Bike Seat.



    There are plenty of photos like this floating around online -- I chose this one because of Not Heather Graham's "I'm totally over this" look. If this were an actual sex photo she'd definitely post the exact same face.

  3. Tree Love.



    Once you get past the pseudo-genitalia, marvel at the "male" tree's flexibility. This is the only one on the list I'm afraid is Photoshopped -- and whoever Photoshopped must really believe in yoga or modern dance.

  4. Pass the Baton.



    Only through a perfect angle can two runners passing a baton transform into one runner violating another runner mid-race. Million-to-one shot, doc! Million to one.

  5. Negative Space.



    This is a little different thematically than the other photos on the list, but that negative space penis was too good not to include. And thanks to that penile-shaped gap, this wonderful father-son moment gets to spread around the Internet and become immortal. Maybe you want to think about hiding penises in YOUR vacation photos?

  6. Naked Crouch.



    This is one of the most spectacular ones I found. The woman's arm in front provides a shockingly perfect facsimile of a nude body. It's so good that the woman who looks nude has probably given up on trying to defend that she's not.

  7. The Splits.



    The girl in front really looks like she's doing a full split, all thanks to the remarkable positioning of the other girls' legs. Whatever this photographer lacked in understanding perspective he more than made up for in his talent with symmetry and composition.

  8. Light on the Knee.



    I love the Facebook comment below the photo, explaining in the most gentle way possible that she should've cropped the photo just a little bit more -- but I'm thinking she avoided cropping the photo intentionally. If you're gonna look like you've got a penis, might as well look like you've got the world's biggest penis, right?

  9. Cheerleader Lift.



    It definitely looks like those two cheerleaders are b-e-ing aggressive in getting that arm deep into their teammate. They're not. (Probably.)

  10. Car Seat.



    It's really the seatbelt that makes the photo... it visually cuts the driver's seat just right to make it look like a very flexible leg. Is there anything a Ferrari can't do?

  11. Grilling Sausages.



    I feel like this photo wouldn't be so perfect if the guy in front had just chosen a bathing suit that's 60 to 75 percent less European. (Counterpoint: It would be more perfect if penises had arms.)


This post was originally published on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 11:00:00 AM under the category Dating & Sex.

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