A man called Zed Little from New York City has become an Internet sensation. He was nicknamed "Ridiculously Photogenic Guy" after someone snapped a photo of him at the 35th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run in South Carolina.
The guy is unbelievable. After a long run, you would expect beads of sweat and expressions of the agony of pure exhaustion on his face. But he flashes a toothpaste ad smile, as though he were posing for the cover of Esquire Magazine.
The photo, according to Mashable, was captured by Will King, a 28 year-old systems analyst at the Medical University of South Carolina, and posted on Reddit. The photo was quickly voted up to the site's front page.
Will King said: "I didn't think overall the picture was that great, but I knew that he looked good, so I went ahead and uploaded it."
According to Charleston City Paper, one of King's friends on Facebook commented on the picture, saying, "I dub this Ridiculously Photogenic Guy." King shared the photo on Reddit with an explanation of his friend's comment. He posted the photo to Reddit around lunchtime on Tuesday, and within an hour, it had received 300,000 views, and soon, over 1.2 million hits, with people adding their own captions.
Charleston City Paper reports Little grew up in Charleston, went to College of Charleston, and worked in a local restaurant for four years. According to Charleston City Paper, he finished the race in a "respectable 47 minutes and 16 seconds placing him at 242nd place in his division."
MSNBC reports Little is 25 years old and now resides in New York City. He relocated to the city in May last year. He is in marketing and advertising but he had worked as sous chef for several years (at Charleston). His former co-workers describe him as a "good employee" and they call him by another nickname MSNBC does not mention.
ABC News reports Little's Dad, said: “Oh, I’m excited for him. Yeah, I mean he’s always been very quiet and very conscientious and never wanted any attention, and I think he’s very much deserving of it.”
MSNBC reports Little joked in a post linking to Reddit about his sudden fame: "What the? I'm officially famous. I...I dunno. This is bizarre. Funny stuff."
King, who took the photograph, says he has exchanged messages with Little but "he wants to lay low for now."