Cringy? Fake? Pointless? These are all words that we could use to accurately sum up the ‘Missed Connections’ pages in newspapers. Does anyone ever actually take them seriously anymore? If you see a hot guy on the Tube, is your first reaction seriously, ‘I’ll hunt him down by putting an advert in the paper’?
Enter Seamas O’Reilly, the Metro newspaper troll.
This Irish-born, London-residing writer and musician has decided to breathe hilarious new life into the UK newspaper’s Metro’s ‘Missed Connections’ section – and the results are incredible. For months now Seamas has been targeting the ‘Rush Hour Crush’ and ‘Good Deed Feed’ sections with fake submissions. Just take a look at some of his most epic trolling moments:
Seamas told DailyEdge.ie that when he moved to London he became obsessed with ‘Rush Hour Crush’. So much so, that he was determined to write some of his own submissions. He also added, “It’s also a very satisfying way of writing short fiction that can be read by 3 million people the next day.” Smart guy.
It turns out that he’s also ridiculously ambitious. Just take this, for example – his most successful day so far was when he managed to get both a Rush Hour Crush and a Good Deed Feed published on the same day. And the best thing about them was the fact they describe the same event from different angles:
What a champ.
The real skill, he admits, is in submitting stories that are both funny and believable enough to get published. It’s a hard slog, but we reckon he’s done pretty darn well. So far he’s had almost 20 published, with almost double that denied by the paper. Such spoilsports. Luckily for us, he’s put all his printed and rejected submissions up on his website, so we’ll always have some reading material to hand on our commute.
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