9 Weird Things in Wheres Waldo You Never Knew Were There

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1 Lions using a Portable Toilet  in “Safari Park,” Where’s Waldo

Lions doing people things
In this first scene Handford was clearly showing his hidden childhood persona in depicting lions behaving in a human fashion and using a lion only toilet. Whether it is the lions using and lining up to use the public facility, or the one escaping by driving out the front gate, the scene shows a certain cuteness for young readers.


2 The Sex Boat in “Campsite,” Where’s Waldo

Buff Guy Love Boat

To an adult this scene seems harmless, but remember the targeted audience. It shows fit and tough guys parading on a boat with little more than a modest covering where it matters, and the wives and girlfriends willingly running from their husbands to catch a ride, in more ways than one, with the muscled hunks on board. It isn’t perhaps the best example to set young children.


3 Portraits of a Man Whose Bicep Exploded in “The Museum,” Where’s Waldo

Great Muscle Popping
Paintings in the Where’s Waldo books are somewhat of a trademark of the work by Handford. Some of the best, and most memorable paintings he includes are of those that feature a sequence of paintings that come to life and interact with each other. This series of portraits is an exceptionally amusing and memorable one. It shows a happy man flexing his biceps until they explode, and then clearly crying at the sight of his ruined bicep. It’s really like he asked Gregg Valentino for a personal portrait for the scene.


4 Some People Getting Tortured in “The Museum,” Where’s Waldo

people gettig tortured wheres waldoNow torture is an historical fact, and where best to witness its horrors than in a museum? Where’s Waldo books have a bit of a tradition of depicting pain and suffering in the scenes, but few are as disturbing as this one. Not only are the people part of the exhibit and being tormented, but the long white beards suggest that they have been there for quite some time. Being employed in those roles surely would warrant a higher rate of pay.


5 The Topless Lady in “On the Beach,” Where’s Waldo

Beach LewdnessThe very first Where’s Waldo book, and the second page for that fact, was perhaps the most un-child friendly scene ever drawn by Handford. The beach scene shows men coming onto women, and vice verse, as well as men clearly checking out the scantily clad beach babes, or women ogling seriously beefed up dudes. But the most controversial drawing in this scene was that of a sunbathing woman. The woman is laying topless on her belly when a kid shoves a cold ice cream in her back forcing her to lift her front up, revealing all her glory to several onlookers. One of the onlookers is smugly taking a lot of attention, maybe even in front of his wife. To the sexually immature this scene was a big no no. It caused enough controversy for the woman to be covered up when it was released in 1997.


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