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Peru Extraño -- Photos of Strange Things in Lima and Beyond

Postby Big Gray Golem » Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:33 am

I plan on starting two photo blogs shortly, the first being dedicated to things in Peru that might seem odd (and often hilariously inappropriate) to people outside of, or new to, the country. (The second blog will be featuring Lima's graffiti and street art.)

While I figure out how to post images here, I thought I might share a link to my Facebook page, where I have a "Strange Peru" album running. Should be visible to the public, let me know if you can't access it.

WARNING! Some of the images or commentaries are PG-13. Nothing too crazy, but just letting you know in advance.

Please remember that these are only "strange" or "inappropriate" outside of their local context, and this isn't meant as a negative commentary against Peru or its people. If anything, it shows what assumptions and prejudgments we bring into a new situation. For Peruvians and seasoned travelers, I doubt anything here will be surprising or "strange." In short, no offense intended!

Here's the link!

This first photo shows a Chinese Barbie knock-off (knock up?) which is LITERALLY sold as barefoot and pregnant. Presumably you can buy a kitchen set for her, too. Great lesson for the kids!

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Postby chi chi » Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:17 pm

Very funny. :D
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Postby Big Gray Golem » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:07 pm

From a CHILDREN's clothing store in Jockey Plaza:

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Postby Big Gray Golem » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:10 pm

Very common sight to anyone remotely familiar to South America, but a shocking one to newbies who know the laws governing transportation of liquid propane in the US.

Two guys - motorcycle - driving on sidewalk - passing on the right - with an explosive fuel tank strapped to their back.

Safety first! Well, maybe fifty-first.

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Postby Big Gray Golem » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:12 pm

China has lowered the bar on marketing its toys to a more realistic level. Now it's just best to say "IT FUNCTIONS!" and that's about all you can expect.

Although I am not quite sure why the girl is tossing her baby in the air.

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Postby Big Gray Golem » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:15 pm

Apartment building off of Via Expresa, I think near San Isidro.

Someone's not getting their security deposit back.

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Postby Big Gray Golem » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:16 pm

In order to get this talking rabbit to say something, you have to touch the little red spot between its legs.

I am pretty sure when you press the button, it auto-dials Child Protective Services.

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Postby Big Gray Golem » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:19 pm

Clever, and slightly sadistic, no parking sign. (Found in a playa near Plaza de Armas.)

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Postby Big Gray Golem » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:21 pm

In this kid's video game, if you don't win at Double Date, you can always play Stroke Hamster. Just like adults!

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Postby Big Gray Golem » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:22 pm

The less said about this, the better.

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Postby Big Gray Golem » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:22 pm

Peruvian passenger-side airbags.

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Postby chi chi » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:23 pm

Big Gray Golem wrote:Very common sight to anyone remotely familiar to South America, but a shocking one to newbies who know the laws governing transportation of liquid propane in the US.

Two guys - motorcycle - driving on sidewalk - passing on the right - with an explosive fuel tank strapped to their back.

Safety first! Well, maybe fifty-first.


If you think that's unsafe then take the train in India.

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Postby Big Gray Golem » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:23 pm

And they make showers. Seriously.

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Postby Big Gray Golem » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:24 pm

Another double entendre at the children's arcade.

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Postby Big Gray Golem » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:26 pm

The arcades provide a wellspring of stuff which would be deemed inappropriate in a US or European setting.

Here a gun-toting fruit pimps for PULP juice. Because nothing says "innocent fun" like a John Woo film.

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Postby chi chi » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:26 pm

Very common in Tarapoto...

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Re: Peru Extraño -- Photos of Strange Things in Lima and Beyond

Postby Big Gray Golem » Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:03 pm

From the "Inappropriate Clinica Logo Department" comes the logo for Clinica de Ricardo Palma. Is it a martini glass or an ice cream sundae?

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Postby Big Gray Golem » Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:08 pm

This next one is almost NSFW but only if you notice it. Considering that it's plastered all over the trucks, website, signs and buildings of Clinicas Limatambo, and no one HAS noticed it, I think it's safe to post here.

Look at it first, but get ready to wretch:

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Seriously now... what is the seated woman doing to the guy lying underneath her?

I think this is one of those cases where the artist had a big laugh inserting something very, very disgusting into an image he know would be seen by millions, like when Disney artists insert a single frame of XXX material into a kid's cartoon.
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Postby Big Gray Golem » Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:14 pm

Snapped this in downtown Lima, on Ugarte.

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Postby Big Gray Golem » Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:16 pm

Peru's latest amusement park -- Nipple World!

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Postby Big Gray Golem » Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:18 pm

Yet another from the file of Really Inappropriate Arcade Stuff, Japanese pedophiles and animated porn addicts travel across half the world to visit this downtown Lima arcade. (Manga fans will get this, pretty much no one else will.)

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Postby Big Gray Golem » Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:20 pm

At this Chili's the best beer you can order is... wait... MILLER?

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Re: Peru Extraño -- Photos of Strange Things in Lima and Beyond

Postby roddd » Sat Aug 25, 2012 2:32 am

you might want to look at this website

http://www.perufail.com/
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Postby Big Gray Golem » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:43 am

In Nazca you can get a cheap massage from the Sarlacc pit monster.

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Postby Big Gray Golem » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:45 am

Nothing says "Peru souvenir" like a Chinese knockoff of a Japanese monster.

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Re: Peru Extraño -- Photos of Strange Things in Lima and Beyond

Postby Jalapenomel » Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:30 pm

These are fun, thanks for sharing! I actually posted this on some friend's FB page for them to enjoy as well.
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Re: Peru Extraño -- Photos of Strange Things in Lima and Beyond

Postby leidulvstad » Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:54 am

"And they make showers. Seriously.

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I'm clueless... what's the matter with this pic?
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Re: Peru Extraño -- Photos of Strange Things in Lima and Beyond

Postby rama0929 » Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:43 pm

leidulvstad wrote:"And they make showers. Seriously.

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I'm clueless... what's the matter with this pic?


Nothing if you're into golden showers, I suppose... :D

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