Missed Connections: Is a Hot Stranger Looking for You?

Amy Keyishian
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mysterious strangerWhen I was in my 20s, I used to pore over the “Missed Connections” section of the Village Voice. It was really just the back page -- people would post there and say things like “I saw you on the #6 train going downtown around 3 p.m. yesterday. You were reading Camus; I was the bearded stranger who met your eyes. Can we meet?”

Nobody ever searched for me -- or if they did, I missed it. But it turns out I’m not the only one fascinated with missed connections. A new website called Ships That Pass invites writers, artists, and poets to imagine the missed connections of their dreams. The results are fascinating, sweet, creepy, and addictive.

Craigslist Missed Connections became the back-page-of-the-Voice of the ‘90s and ‘00s, but by then I had lost hope that I’d ever be sighted and pined for in quite that way. But really, the fantasy is much better than reality with things like this. Which is why Ships That Pass is the perfect Missed Connections antidote.

I mean, real Missed Connections are just a little creepy. For instance:

Your two little dogs double-teamed another little puppy! Are they yours? I’ve never seen such an attractive owner!

Very cute brunette with glasses who helped me at the Levi’s store today … you have an amazing ass!

I SAID HELLO AN TOLD YOU TO CHECK OUT MISS CONNECTIONS ON CRAIGSLIST, I WOULD LIKE TO BECOME FRIENDS

Contrast this with the far superior fake posts, like this:

You were definitely wearing a wig. I was wearing a wig. My wig had a sort of facial structure built into it, like a nose made of hair and hair-cheekbones and a hair-mouth, and then a little bouffant on top of the hair-head on top of my head.

If anyone responds, their emails are included (anonymously) under the fake post. It’s fascinating to see how people connect with the poetic moment, or hope they’re the subject. And it’s fun to imagine a missed connection of your own.

How do you like this time-waster? What would your fake missed-connection post say? Tell us in the comments!



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