Tumblr Shows How Common the ‘Arms Crossed’ Pose Is in the Local Paper


If you ever find yourself on the cover of the local paper, you may want to stay away from the ‘arms crossed’ power pose. It may not seem that common, but a new Tumblr blog begs to differ, and it’s doing a great job of it.

The blog is called, simply enough, Local People With Their Arms Crossed, and like many Tumblr blogs it focuses on one thing and one thing only. In this case, the blog (which only went live this month) is already full of newspaper clippings that show the “local hero” standing in their stomping grounds with a confident look on their face and, of course, their arms crossed.

The site was started by journalist Jeremy Barr, who told Poynter:

I love simple Tumblrs, and I think local newspapers are a national treasure in more ways than people realize. I was looking through front pages with another idea in mind and noticed this pose in a few papers around the country. It’s such a silly pose, and it connotes so much. So, I thought it might be fun to see if I could compile these poses. Fortunately there’s been a steady stream of them since I started this at the beginning of the month. I thought it was funny, and I hoped people would agree

All of the images are taken from Newseum’s Today’s Front Pages section and it doesn’t look like he’ll be running out of content anytime soon:







To see more front pages that feature people with their arms crossed, head over to Barr’s new Tumblr by clicking here.

(via Laughing Squid)

  • nerdbomber

    Better yet, someone should make a tumblr showing all the photos with people’s hands in their pockets.


  • lphoto

    As someone who lives within an hour of the Town of Smithville, MS and has personally seen the destruction shortly after the twister tore through the town, I find the first photo in this article to be a representation of exactly what this town has done after the horrible damage and loss of life. For me it is a stand strong attitude that the town has exemplified following the tragedy and the photo represents that attitude. While I agree the use of the cross arms pose is overdone, in the case of Smithville it works.

  • Jonathan Maniago

    Can’t blame them. It’s universally recognized, requires minimal direction, no props needed, and a hell of a lot less awkward than having the arm hanging limply on the sides.

  • danG!

    so what – the world is a big place and 183gigatera images are uploaded every milisecond…

  • chubbs

    Everyone should put their hands in the air and wave them all around like they just don’t care.

    It would give a needed boost to newspaper sales.

  • Mansgame

    I never know what to do with my arms either :(

  • Mark

    So, to nitpick: the tumblr does not show how common this is. To to know that we would need to look at the size of the sample from which the images were selected. If the sample size is the entire internet and the tumblr has a handful of photos, the correct assumption would be that this pose is quite uncommon.

    Looking at a sample that is selected for a single property and then concluding that this property is common is a little like looking at a list of Nobel Prize winners and deciding that most people must have won it.

  • Nazri Buang