Craigslist’s Weirdest Trend Yet

September 8, 2010

In my capacity as a part-time Spanish translator, I routinely search many different cities’ craigslists for jobs (since document translation can more or less be done from anywhere, thanks to the magic of the intertubes). Last week, I came across a posting on Albany’s site for someone who was seeking another person to engage in e-mail role-playing revolving around the whale’s belly scene in Pinocchio. I would try to explain it, but the ad’s original text does the job just fine:

I have a very odd idea which began when I was a child after seeing Pinocchio. I’ve always loved the scene involving the whale (named Monstro), specifically the portions that take place within the belly of the beast. For reasons I can not explain, it’s entirely fascinating to think of being stranded at sea and ultimately swallowed alive by such a creature, where no harm is done but I’m then left to my own devices in it’s belly.

My intention here is to find a writer to role-play such a fantasy with. You should be female (just my preference), and have no qualms about playing the role of a large, fictional whale similar to Monstro. You must be quite descriptive, verbose, quick witted, and willing to get into the deeper details of the interior of this whale’s anatomy. The plot is to never go beyond the stomach, so the amount of “gross” details (which I don’t find gross at all) would be limited.

Some reference images for your role:

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/disney/images/thumb/d/d3/Monstro.jpg/300px-Monstro.jpg

(from inside)
http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/kingdomhearts/images/2/27/Monstro_%28mouth%29.jpg

(the sequence that started all of this)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gi8cC1IUaZ4

The specifics of the scenario’s premise are thought out for the most part, and I’m simply seeking someone to assist me in role-playing it. This would be done via email or IM.

OK, fine. Some weird, quirky person has an innocuous obsession with a scene from an old Disney movie. Unusual, but not nefarious, and hardly worth wondering about. Then I stumbled on this post, from Chicago’s craigslist:

This is an odd request, but I am looking for a role-playing partner to do email or instant message-based sessions revolving around various reenactments and recreations of situations similar to those in the Disney classic movie Honey I Shrunk The Kids.

Various aspects of the original movie have always fascinated me. The perspective of being shrunken, and the various interactions with normal every-day objects and situations. My role would be that of a shrunken individual, while yours would be that of the normal sized role.

Out of all of the scenes in the movie that I have always wanted to reenact through role-play is that of the Cheerios scene. Of course, swapping out Rick Moranis for yourself would be preferred.

The requirements for this job: you are a female, you are verbose, descriptive almost to the point of it being ridiculous, very imaginative, and hopefully that you like Cheerios. The ability to take something as simple as moving your hand and creating a moment and event out of it would be preferred as far as detail depth.

If you feel you could be into this, and have plenty of fun doing so, then please reply.

Weird, right? Because this is clearly the same person, posting a similar but not identical ad, seeking role-playing surrounding a particular scene from a different Disney movie. And in a different city. Well, that calls for some googling, and lo and behold, in Miami we find this:

I am looking for a role-playing partner to do email or instant message-based sessions revolving around various situations similar to those in the Disney classic Honey I Shrunk The Kids.

Various aspects of the original movie have always fascinated me. The perspective from one being so tiny as well as the various interactions with normal everyday objects/situations. Our roles would be myself as the shrunken individual, and you as the normal sized one.

Out of all of the scenes in the movie that I have always wanted to reenact through role-play is that of the Cheerios scene. Of course, hopefully we can swap out Rick Moranis for yourself, but if you’d prefer to play an actress instead (for privacy reasons) then we can certainly do that as well.

The requirements for this job: you are a female, you are verbose, descriptive almost to the point of it being ridiculous, very imaginative, and hopefully that you like Cheerios. The ability to take something as simple as moving your hand and creating a moment and event out of it would be preferred as far as detail depth.

Huh. Some of that tracks the Chicago ad verbatim, but the poster ads that he doesn’t mind if his female interlocutor doesn’t want to play Rick Moranis: “[I]f you’d prefer to play an actress instead (for privacy reasons) then we can certainly do that as well.” What privacy reasons would make a person feel uncomfortable pretending to be Rick Moranis in an on-line exchange with a stranger, but would be assuaged by pretending to be someone else? And why isn’t this poster interested in doing a role play involving scenes from Inner Space? Is this some incredibly elaborate e-mail scam? WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?

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2 Responses to “Craigslist’s Weirdest Trend Yet”

  1. Alice said

    Hmmmmm……don’t respond!

  2. Heather B said

    Is it for pay? I need freelance work.

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