Two years ago, while searching for jobs on Gumtree, I spotted quite possibly the best (and strangest) advert I’ve ever come across.
— Melissa Boyle (@geekmagnifique) April 25, 2016
Being that I’m wasn’t a bald man (I’m still not, so I don’t know why I phrased it like that), I laughed it off, resigning myself to the fact that this was one mystery I probably wasn’t going to solve.
Except I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
Why the oddly specific number of bald men? Actually, scrap the number – why was this person trying to round up bald men, full stop?! And not just any bald men, but fully bald ones?!!
Eventually, after many WhatsApp conversations with friends, I concluded that this must be for some sort of student film.
Phew. What a relief. And so, I went on with my life.
We all know that’s not what happened though, don’t we?
Unable to stop the niggling itch of curiosity, I did what any person would do:
I set up a new email account and replied to the ad
That’s right. I catfished a man who was actively seeking bald men for unknown purposes.
Naturally, I told him that I, a proud bald man, would love to take part in his project, and perhaps he could tell me a bit more about what it involved?
It wasn’t long until I got a response. Excitedly I opened the email, eager to find out what this strange project was all about.
And it turns out, it was actually something pretty wonderful
But rather than carrying on telling the story now, I’m going to share the blog post I wrote when this all happened two years ago. Names and a couple of details have been changed as I never got final approval to share the story, but it’s so cool that I’m going to take a chance. If the people involved are actually somehow reading this, I’d love to hear from you!