Nothing is more depressing than eating a salad alone while staring out the window hoping to catch your neighbors doing something entertaining.
While most of us don't generally eat a Cobb salad while maniacally laughing in an empty room, apparently this is standard behavior in the world of advertising. The reality presented by stock photography portrays women eating salad as though it's the highlight of their lives.
Originally inspired by a post from The Hairpin, the Tumblr blog Women Who Eat Salad Alone While Laughing features stock imagery used by various companies, ads, and online magazines doing exactly what the title implies.
The blog is "devoted to the bizarre stock photo trend of women looking way too happy to be eating salad, sometimes literally in the middle of cracking up laughing at their hilarious greens, while alone," the blog says.
Why advertisers and magazines feel compelled to show the euphoric qualities of eating salad is a mystery, but this blog seems to have struck a nerve with so many people that it also posts photos sent in by readers posing with their own salads while laughing.
Even "The Ellen Degeneres Show" recently did a segment about the blog in its "World Wide Whaat?" segment.
"Who doesn't go to a salad bar and burst out laughing?" Degeneres asked during the segment. "It would be more relatable if it was 'Women Laughing Alone With Wine.' I would understand that."
Indeed. So the next time you eat salad alone, be sure to laugh at the absurdity of it all.