A candid photo of a man in the middle of a 10k run with a seemingly carefree smile has gone viral after he was given the moniker, “Ridiculously Photogenic Guy.”
And as with any good meme, the photo has quickly spawned a number of altered versions of the original photograph, with users adding their own text, such as, “Goes For Run: Inadvertently Teaches World How To Spell “Ridiculously,” and “Photobombs Wedding Picture: Nobody Minds.” And maybe the best one yet, “Picture Gets Put Up As Employee Of The Month: For A Company That He Doesn’t Work For.”
The Post and Courier reports that the man in the photo is New York’s Zeddie Little, 25, who was taking part in the Cooper River Bridge 10k run, which was held on March 31, in Charleston, South Carolina.
Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) systems analyst Will King, who was just taking a seemingly random photograph of runners in the middle of the race, snapped the photo and uploaded it to his Flickr account.
“One of my friends commented on the picture and said something along the lines of ‘I dub this guy Mr. Ridiculously Photogenic,’” King said. “I thought it was a pretty cool comment, so I posted it on Reddit. For some reason it just took off from there.”
By Wednesday afternoon, the photo had received more than 1.25 million hits on Flickr alone, where King originally posted the image.
“Everybody was running and he was just smiling at the camera. He wasn’t struggling or anything,” Jessica Crouch, the friend who came up with the “Ridiculously Photogenic Guy” title, told the Post and Courier. “It’s unusual. His hair was perfect and he had the perfect smile. It just struck me as being really out of place.”
Though as handsome and composed as Little may be, let’s be honest, he’s got nothing on this guy, who has also been making the rounds on Reddit this week:
Ridiculously Photogenic Guy Image Goes Viral Ridiculous?