For years now, there's been a lot of digital ink spilled over the risk of looking unintentionally silly while isolated in a virtual reality headset and how that lack of "cool" will affect the use of the resurgent technology (VR Subway Guy notwithstanding). If you want to look intentionally silly while wearing a VR headset, though, it's hard to do better than wearing a Samsung Gear VR headset without the phone or faceplate attached. As the above gallery shows, the result is an instant bug-eyed monster look that we've been told evokes everything from the Mars Attacks! aliens to Disney's bobble fairies to a Thumb Wars thumb to Bubbles from the Trailer Park Boys.
Using the Gear VR as a pair of googly-eyed goggles isn't a new phenomenon. The picture that inspired this collection came from the header image for a Gizmodo review of the Gear VR Innovator Edition that ran almost a year ago (but which we just stumbled upon recently). A few other reviewers had a similar idea around the same time, apparently. Somehow, this look failed to become a widespread meme at the time.