Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A 'Little' Smile Goes a Long Way

Have you seen Zeddie Little yet? Do you not live and breathe? He’s all over the internet for his 10k photo. He’s like Waldo of Where’s Waldo? fame except the opposite: we all can see him rather easily. Apparently, the fact that he isn’t gasping for air and lacks sweat glands has earned him the web nickname “Mr. Ridiculously Photogenic Guy” and his photo has gone viral. (click those links, pretty funny stuff inside . Also, they are the source for the photos.) While it’s true that most of us would rather douse ourselves on fire rather than look at our tongue-hanging, face-contorted, sweat-dripping race photos, I think the kerfuffle over Mr. Little (left side, plum shirt)is a bit misplaced. I’m not saying he isn’t handsome. That smile makes me want to smile too and that’s the nicest thing I’ve ever said about someone on this blog. Here’s the second nicest: I’m heading to MC Sports to look for a plum covered wicking shirt right after I type this.

I’m saying that, if he could release such an effortless, relaxed smile, perhaps he’s not giving an all out effort? C’mon Zeddie, the ole saying isn’t “More Smiles, More Miles”, it’s “No Pain, No Gain”. Can a fellow runner get a small grimace up in here? You’re making everyone else look bad. (See woman in white who appears to be looking for an aid station directly in front of you.)

He finished the race with a nice 47:16 time which places him easily within the top 10 percent of all finishers. He might have been 1323rd place overall but he’s definitely #1 in Fantastic Smiles.

The internets, being what they are, went ahead and photobombed the rest of the people in the shot.



What a friendly, happy, relaxed eternally optimistic group of runners! Though, truthfully, when I saw the title “Mr. Ridiculously Photogenic Guy" came across my computer screen, I expected to see this:



Admit it, this makes more sense. And I look great in plum.

Happy trails.

17 comments:

ShutUpandRun said...

You look like Al Bundy in that picture. Sorry.

How is the girl in the blue not falling over backwards?

This guy is very cute. So cute me thinks he might be gay.

Char said...

If you can lok that good when you're racing I don't think you're trying hard enough. And that's how I explain all my ugly race photos.

Beth (i run like a girl) said...

I have no interest in hating on plum-shirt guy. I mean, good for him for being photogenic. But I'm 100% on the "if you look that good, you aren't trying hard enough" wagon. Then again, who knows - maybe he was just there to pace a friend.

Deb said...

What the hell kinda name is "Zeddie" anyway? He looks too good and sweats too little- this man can not be trusted.

Nina Smith said...

I LOL'd so hard when I saw the photoshop'd picture. I must agree he's the most beautiful person I've seen when running. How does he do that? It's like a big UNFAIR to the rest of us, right?

Thanks for the post. I truly like it when you insert humor in your post - makes me come back for more.

Jill said...

Personally, when I see that picture all I want to do is grab the gray shirted chick and lean her a bit forward...what the heck is she doing? Trying to show Mr. Smilie her stack?

I guess you'd better get busy and start buying all the plum colored shirts in internetland.

Sun Runner said...

I dunno...your smiling picture doesn't have quite the same effect on me as RPG'd does.

I read somewhere that this picture was taken at the beginning of the race, so perhaps by the time RPG crossed the finish line he looked just as bad as the rest of us.

I think there should be a meme about the girl in the white shirt. She shares the frame, but not the fame!

Elizabeth said...

One of my favorite memes of this: "F$@k this meme! ... Yes please." Good stuff.

Elizabeth said...

by the way, have you noticed that so far, only girls have made a comment on this blog post of yours....

Jamoosh said...

And you didn't photobomb the picture because...you are afraid of how you will look with boobs?

Your Word Verification:

icaledE ractr

I tried to come up with something witty based on the letter combination but no joy.

Danielle in Iowa in Seattle said...

So does that mean his real name is Zedward? Isn't that like a vampire name or something?

Jeanette K. said...

I love that guy!!

Anonymous said...

It was all over the news down here in Ft. Wayne Indiana, then when I woke up it was on Good Morning America as the lead story.

Mrs. Nitmos

Vava said...

Healthy runners all look too happy for my liking at the moment. Mr. Photogenic won't look too pleased when HIS psoas decides to self-destruct I bet.

Vava said...

And why isn't the focus on the dude with the Hartford Whalers shirt in the back?

Irene said...

When I saw this article last week on Yahoo, I thought of Derek Zoolander: "I'm pretty sure there's a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is."

drea said...

I really don't think this guy is that good looking. Bernard Lagat....now that's a good looking man running a 10K. Whoooooooooo.