Every day hundreds of strangers fall in love on the strength of a glance, a smile or a particular hat. The moment is fleeting, and in a desperate attempt to reconnect, people post Missed Connections. I am completely obsessed with these funny, sad, strange and beautiful messages; these bizarre short stories of unrequited love. For the past two years I've been turning them into paintings for a blog, which are now collected in a book, "Missed Connections, Love, Lost & Found."
Missed Connections have about as much chance of reaching their intended as a love letter written on a paper plane and launched from the Empire State Building. But you'd be surprised. In the last year, I've had 47 emails from happily united couples. Six of them even asked me to illustrate their wedding invitations. I guess for all the hopelessness in writing and posting a Missed Connection, for all the "You probably won't read this," there's a justifiable 15-watt bulb of hope dimly glowing in each message...
Here is a hand-picked selection from the book, illustrations of some of the funniest, strangest posts I came across.
HUFFPOST BOOKS CONTEST: Come up with your own hilarious missed connection (it doesn't have to be real). Tweet @HuffPostBooks with hashtag #missedyou or post it on our Facebook wall. We will contact our 4 favorites and send them illustrated prints from the "Missed Connections" book, signed by the author.
Facebook is the creepiest online stalker ever. Every time I log in: "Hey, where do you live? Got a boyfriend? Gimmie your phone #!"
2 days ago from web
|arstechnica HTC First UK launch postponed because Facebook Home is no good http://t.co/ZPomf3e9UU by @caseyjohnston|
|waltmossberg HTC First delayed for Europe as Facebook works to improve its Home http://t.co/ipLCWaQeYB @inafried|
|FinancialTimes Facebook delays UK release of HTC First http://t.co/Pc3UyQNtOh|
|dannysullivan Infographic: A Guide To Facebook Page Post Ads http://t.co/lQvofAITE9 via @marketingland|
|TechCrunch With Metrics Up Since Acquisition, Parse Could Get Developers Integrating Facebook And Buying Ads http://t.co/saX39Obxyn by @drew|
|UANI If Iranian citizens are banned from Facebook, so should the Ayatollah! Support Digital Freedom in Iran - Act NOW! http://t.co/NDnH6kb7kK|
|inafried That "Facebook Phone" sees its European voyage put on hold. Facebook asks Orange to hold off while it improves Home. http://t.co/SKJObT9U7Z|
|ElisaSednaoui I posted 6 photos on Facebook in the album ""The Dark Night", by InStyle Germany (March 2013)" http://t.co/NQJtITM8f4|
|allthingsd It looks like the HTC First will have to put its European voyage on hold. Facebook wants Orange to hold off. http://t.co/MO2N2BOxy0|
|HuffPostTech RT @HuffPostCollege: This is how you really "Facebook" someone http://t.co/LNFZuzCJI8|
|WSJdigits Former Google, Facebook Executive Joins Khosla Ventures http://t.co/fWj3IHHVGD|
|YummyMummyClub RT @momstownca: Baby Shower Gift Ideas from our moms on Facebook! http://t.co/ZN4V7LruYV|
|UANI Time for digital freedom in Iran. Ban the Ayatollah from Facebook #KickKhameneiOffFacebook http://t.co/NDnH6kb7kK|
|UANI Iran's Ayathollah uses Facebook but Iranians are banned. Show him you do NOT approve of his Facebook account: http://t.co/NDnH6kb7kK|
|arnaud_thurudev Léon Vivien, le poilu virtuel qui racontait la guerre 14-18 sur Facebook, est mort au combat http://t.co/N7ScUB89bI|
|globeandmail Popular on our site: Facebook's identity problem: Teens hate a permanent record http://t.co/upiLJnt4D4|