Ah, that fine old tradition of the Secret Santa! Did you do it this year? One of the many places that people gather to anonymously exchange gifts is Internet community of Reddit. And one woman got the shock of her life when she realized who her Secret Santa was. Twenty-four-year-old Rachel got her gift from someone named "Bill." It was pretty unusual. He got her ... a cow! Well, not quite. A cow was donated in her name to Heifer International, which buys cows for poverty-stricken people so they can use it for food and to earn a living. So, you know, that was pretty nice. Thoughtful. Caring. Additionally, Bill gave her a big travel book. She was leafing through it when she caught sight of the enclosed picture of "Bill" who was sitting there grinning with a stuffed cow. And that was the moment she realized her Secret Santa wasn't just any ANY Bill. He was probably THE most famous Bill in the world ... Bill Gates!!!!
Rachel wrote an excited post on Reddit about the experience saying:
I opened this and it's a man holding a sign. Oh....
and then it finally hit me. All the presents I just tore open, the charity, then everything-- was from Bill GATES. I quickly went back to the book to see a really nice message and note from Bill wishing me a Merry Christmas ... my jaw hit the EVER LOVING FLOOR. I went back to all the other gifts completely shocked. Then I paused for a minute and thought, what if this is someone screwing with me. Well of course Mr. Bill Gates already thought of this and took a picture of himself with my stuffed animal and a sign and then sent me the stuffed animal and sign.
Okay, people, Microsoft founder Bill Gates is the RICHEST MAN IN THE WORLD -- worth a mere $72 billion. And probably one of the busiest.
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What on Earth is he doing on Reddit, exchanging Secret Santa gifts? Well, why not, I guess? What else do you have to do after you've practically invented the personal computer and have helped billions with your billions?
Oh, it turns out that Rachel had one gift request that Bill did NOT fulfill. As she wrote:
ps: Sorry for the apple ipad on my wishlist, that was really awkward.
Hahaha! Pretty cool, though, eh? This is one SS gift she won't ever forget. I notice Bill didn't bother sending the Microsoft Surface Tablet. Perhaps he worried she'd return it.
Did you get a Secret Santa this year?
Images via Reddit