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Race Me in a Lobster Suit: Absurd Internet Ads and the Real Conversations that Followed


We’re living in a gig economy. But would you respond to an online ad seeking someone to search for escaped ants? Or take an offer for a free tattoo by someone who needs the practice? How about a mattress for sale tainted by geriatric love or a workout plan that involves throwing Virginia hams?

And if you hit reply, and the poster is sketchy about the details or offers to pay you with a gift card for clams, how long would you keep the conversation going? When NYC copywriter Kelly Mahon started posting weird, fake gig ads as a creative outlet, she found that there was someone interested in every bizarre offer she came up with. 

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