This is a tale of romance and friendship and something that seemed sort of stalker-y but really ended up being just fine. It all started with a guy named Carlos Zetina, who met a woman from Holland named Nicole at a bar last week. They hit it off, and she gave him her number, but when he tried to call it, it was the wrong number.
Now, this would deter many men from trying to find a woman, assuming she’d purposely given them a wrong number, for but for some reason, Zetina decided to take it not as a hint, but rather as a challenge.
So what’s a lovestruck dude to do in a situation like this? Easy—just email every one of the Nicoles in the University of Calgary directory, natch. All 246 of them.
In his email, Zetina wrote, “Hi, this is a mass email to all Nicole’s 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 ok as well. If you [sic] name is Nicole and you’re from Holland and you think Nietzsche is depressing then text me (403) XXX-XXXX. I’m Carlos btw I’m the guy who took you and your friend home last night.”
Zetina didn’t stop at including just the “Nicoles” in his mass email, he also included Nickis and Nicolettes—really just any and every variation of the name Nicole. His email also ended up including faculty, which clearly wasn’t who he was looking for, but hey, he was thorough. And he’s clearly never heard of bcc.
Nicole Maseja, one of the Nicoles who received the email and a University of Calgary employee, told BuzzFeed News, “At first I was pretty confused and didn’t know what it was. Pretty soon after that some Nicoles started replying to each other.”
Of course, jokes were made, including the Slim Shady one “Will the real Nicole please stand up?” At least one person joked that every woman should reply saying that she was the real Nicole.
And what ended up happening was that a bunch of the Nicoles decided to meet up at a bar, and they even started a Facebook group called “Nicole From Last Night.”
Another Nicole, a communications student named Nicole Manaog, got the email while she was in class. She was understandably confused since she hadn’t met a Carlos. But something good came of the email. Manaog told BuzzFeed News, “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.” Boom! Instant friend group!
And so the idea of the “Nicole Network” was born—”We joked that we should have a Nicole network within the university,” Manaog explained. And thanks to this Nicole Network that was formed, the real Nicole From Last Night was actually located!
The Real Nicole wasn’t actually on the email because she apparently doesn’t have a university email, but she did end up in the Nicole Network. And while it seemed likely she’d given Zetina a wrong number on purpose, that wasn’t the case at all—she was in Calgary on exchange and just hadn’t memorized her Canadian number. But she managed to get the email due to what she called the “the powerful network of Nicoles.”
I’m not sure what happened with The Real Nicole and her suitor Zetina, but the best news is that the Nicole Network now exists, and they’re planning to meet up again on Friday, according to BuzzFeed News. Nicoles unite!
h/t BuzzFeed News