There’s so much riding on school picture day – Look nice, smile bright, sit up straight. This photo will be published in yearbooks and be archived in school basements. Soon to be forgotten classmates will highlight and transcribe it. Your doting parents will hang it in a stairwell, send it to distant relatives. Someday, someone might post it to Facebook or Instagram, a #FlashbackFriday moment.
Laurel Boone Hutsell anticipated most of these things when she sent her son to school picture day.
She instructed him on the finer points of smiling for a camera – Don’t squint. Look natural. What Hutsell didn’t anticipate was the green screen backdrop that would turn her son, who was wearing a bright green shirt, into a floating head, not unlike the Cheshire Cat in Alice and Wonderland.
The result of Hutsell’s mistake is internet catnip. Another unsuspecting parent foiled by technology and giving us the stuff that memes are made of.