When you meet someone special and feel that “spark,” some people go to great lengths to fan the flames of love.
Carlos Zetina is a student at the University of Calgary in Canada. One night, he met a girl from Holland and they really hit it off. She wrote down her number so that they could meet for a date, and he made sure that she and her friend got home safely at the end of the night. The girl’s name was Nicole, and Carlos was definitely smitten. Yet when he got home and tried to call her… wrong number.
Poor Carlos, right? Ordinarily, the story would have ended there… but Carlos was no ordinary suitor.
Pulling up the university’s email database, Carlos typed out a message for Nicole. Since he didn’t know Nicole’s last name, he did what any desperate young man would do — he sent the email to everybody in the college’s database who was named Nicole. He even included variations of the name like Nicolette and Nicki!
All told, Carlos sent his email to 246 Nicoles, including both students and faculty!
“Hi, this is a mass email to all Nicoles if you don’t fit this description then ignore and if you are the one and just don’t want to talk to me that’s okay as well,” he wrote.
“If [your] name is Nicole and you’re from Holland and you think Nietzsche is depressing then text me,” Carlos continued.
One such University of Calgary employee was Nicole Maseja, who says she was surprised and amused when she opened the message and realized what Carlos had done. “At first I was pretty confused and didn’t know what it was,” she said. “Pretty soon after that some Nicoles started replying to each other.”
Before long, the Nicoles who’d received Carlos’ message were riffing back and forth so much, they decided to start a Facebook group called “Nicole From Last Night.” There, they joked around and thought of ways they could mess with Carlos, like, “Should we all say we’re the real Nicole?” and “Will the real Nicole please stand up?”
The next chance they got, a group of Nicoles got together at a local pub to revel in their Nicole-ness and get to know one another. They were very surprised to learn that they have a lot more in common than just their names.
“Before this I didn’t really know any Nicoles but when I met people yesterday, we’re all from different faculties, but we all have similar personalities and we all kind of clicked,” said Nicole Manaog. “We joked that we should have a Nicole network within the university.”
Now that the Nicoles have united and become friends, what became of our hero, Carlos? Did he ever meet up with the elusive Nicole from last night?
All signs point to yes!
The “real” Nicole did not receive Carlos’ initial email because she’s not in the university’s database yet. Plus, she hadn’t yet memorized her new Canadian number, which is why she inadvertently lead Carlos astray. (A likely story, eh ladies?) The good news is that she found the Nicoles From Last Night Facebook group, and says, “the powerful network of Nicoles helped me get in touch.”
Whether or not this experience will lead to a happily ever after for Nicole and Carlos remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure: these Nicoles are now friends for life!
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