A week ago, on April 11, I came across a Craigslist post entitled, “Did we hook up at the Megadeth/Motorhead concert? – w4m – 28 (Aragon Ballroom).” The post detailed a woman’s experience attending a Megadeth/Motorhead concert in Chicago, getting knocked up in the bathroom, and, finally, attempting to contact the father through a Craigslist missed connection ad.
I immediately e-mailed the anonymized Craigslist e-mail address asking if she’d like to speak to Fuse about the post and her experience at the concert, but after a few hours, nobody had replied to my email, so I reproduced the Craigslist ad in its entirety in a post on Fuse here.
By the end of the week, my post had been written about on Gawker, the New York Daily News, the International Business Times and about a hundred other outlets. The post had become, especially in the music world, a viral sensation.
And then, yesterday, long after I’d moved on from the hope that the woman who put up the ad would email me back, she did.
I was so excited to talk to her to further the story! In her email, she said that she’d be willing to talk but mentioned that I had to call her “Crash,” to protect her job. I emailed back my phone number. A few hours later, at about 11:00 PM, Crash called me.
We spoke for about thirty seconds, and she told me, nervously, that she was 23 (not 28 as the ad said) and from a small town in Kansas (not Chicago as the ad said) and then, once it started to set in that this was a hoax and I was kind of struggling for words and thinking about the look on my editor’s face when I told him, she said, anxiously and quietly, “I’m going to make this easy for you: It was a joke. I’m really, really sorry. I didn’t mean to trick you.”
I got off the phone in a panic, and then I called her back to ask if we could speak today, and she said yes. She apologized again.
So I called Crash this afternoon and asked how the whole thing started.
“It started from not sleeping very much and starting a new medication that kept me awake. I was just so bored being awake all day and all night, and I was surfing the internet non-stop. I read some Craigslist Missed Connections posts and I found them funny, so I decided to put one up to, ummm… Make this boy laugh.”
She stifles a giggle. “Yeah, he’s a friend. Just a friend. The ad has inside jokes in it, but only he would understand them.”
I ask her if she was actually at the Megadeth/Motorhead concert, and she laughs and says, “I was not there. I cannot name any Megadeth or Motorhead songs. I was just trying to find something that looked like it had happened long enough ago that someone could by now know that they were pregnant from it.”
Laughing, she continues, “And I’m pretty sure there were people banging at that concert, by the way, based on email responses from a few terrified concertgoers who thought that they had impregnated me. I may not be pregnant, but someone is. There’s no way there weren’t a few accidental pregnancies. I’m anticipating the world’s greatest Maury episode.”
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