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I think I’d prefer the horse-sized duck, but not if I have to put that orange sauce on it after.

December 1, 2012

Another mass-email morality tale:

Max Wiseltier, a sophomore at New York University, was simply trying to forward an email from the Bursar’s Office to his mother on Monday. Instead, Wiseltier accidentally hit “reply to all,” cc’ing 39,979 of his fellow NYU students in the process.

Wiseltier, realizing what he had done, fired off a quick apology. But his email “triggered a rare, University-wide revelation,” Kelly Weill wrote in NYU Local, the student newspaper. “We simultaneously realized that any message, complaint, whim, link, video, or GIF could be sent to nearly 40,000 people in an instant.”

And: “for a moment we contemplated responsibility, then gleefully tossed it aside in favor of posting pictures of cats.”

Personally, I think they made the right choice.

“So, how is everyone today?” wrote one.

“Does anyone have a pencil I could borrow?” wrote another.

“Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses, or 1 horse sized duck?” another asked.

A visually inclined student simply attached a photo of Nicolas Cage, which 40,000 students now share and can enjoy whenever they want.

nicholas cage

And now so can you!

Almost makes me sorry I went to college in the pre-internet days.


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