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Ultimate Tourist Photo

What is the most touristy photo?
 
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This would be a website on which players of the game post the Google query which results in the most number of photos of tourists doing exactly the same thing.
Points deducted for any contaminating photos returned with the search; Bonus points awarded for the weight of cliche.
hippo, May 09 2003

For example: "Kissing the Blarney Stone" http://images.googl...&btnG=Google+Search
[hippo, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Another example: "Mona Lisa Louvre" http://images.googl...&btnG=Google+Search
Here though, points would be deducted because many of the images are not pictures taken by tourists visiting the Mona Lisa at the Louvre. [hippo, Oct 05 2004]

"holding up Pisa" http://images.googl...&btnG=Google+Search
a little slim on quantity, but I think I have you beat with the cliche bonus. [beauxeault, Oct 05 2004]

In front of Stonehenge http://images.googl...nt+of%22+stonehenge
[krelnik, Oct 05 2004]

At the Grand Canyon http://images.googl...&btnG=Google+Search
[hippo, Oct 05 2004]

Top of Everest http://images.googl...ff&q=top+of+everest
[phoenix, Oct 05 2004]

Astronauts have so little imagination http://www.cnn.com/...y/03.earth.moon.jpg
[thumbwax, Oct 05 2004]

At the top of the Empire State Building http://images.googl...e=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi
[hippo, Oct 05 2004]

Falling into the Grand Canyon http://images.googl...+%22Grand+Canyon%22
[krelnik, Oct 05 2004]

Key West's Southernmost Point Marker http://images.googl...+southernmost+point
But there's a military base to the south of it.... [latka, Oct 05 2004]

Top of Half Dome http://images.googl...dome%22&sa=N&tab=wi
Yosemite [Klaatu, Oct 05 2004]

giant chicken http://images.googl...chicken&sa=N&tab=wi
the obvious choice [roy of royworld, Nov 07 2005]

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       Yes
hippo, May 09 2003
  

       Yes, you did

I'm also driving at this game being a test of Google-querying skills and a demonstration of the humour in people's desire to take poor-quality photos of inanimate objects while standing next to a stall selling much better postcards of the same thing.
hippo, May 09 2003
  

       I particular like the one with the large white blob obscuring the bottom of the painting, which is too dark to see anyway.
DrCurry, May 09 2003
  

       [DrCurry] Yes - I mean why on earth would you post that on your web site?
[beauxeault & krelnik] Brilliant, and lots of cliche points
hippo, May 09 2003
  

       The game would require a minimum word count to keep it fair. Otherwise the results might include non-tourist-y photos.
phoenix, May 09 2003
  

       Conversely, there's that online "game" where you try to find the shortest search queries that produce the fewest results...
oatcake, May 09 2003
  

       sorry, straying a little - whats new?... the least number of tourists.   

       never mind London, New York, Paris - whatabout those out of the way little places like: Peckham - shot of a broken window on the Nelson Mandela Estate (Only Fools and Horses) or your missus sitting on the signpost at Pratts Bottom or standing on the railway bridge at Tooting Broadway - yelling "Freedom to the People" (Citizen Smith)   

       [oat] googlewhack?   

       that Mona Lisa example - would it include the one with the frame and the cut out canvas that was all over the news tonight - only kidding!
po, May 09 2003
  

       This a bit off topic but did anyone ever try googling "no" with incremental "o"s? i.e. "noooooooo+".   

       We've logged over 40 "o"s and still had about 10k hits. I just found it odd is all.
Zuzu, Nov 07 2005
  

       I was going to post a similar idea ("Flickr Cliche Photo" where the object is to find the most cliched Flickr photo - perhaps a homeless guy sitting on the street shot in grainy black and white, or an old barn in painfully bad HDR), and then I remembered I'd already posted this, which is more or less the same.
hippo, Dec 02 2010
  
      
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