So today, I was at work checking my home email, and I saw the strangest thing: I'd received a direct message on Twitter from Colleen Clayton, saying, "Have you seen this picture of you?"
A little background: I have never met or interacted with Colleen Clayton. I know who she is - the author of the well-received debut YA novel "What Happens Next" - but she, most assuredly, does not know who I am, let alone possess a photograph of me that I have never seen. But does this stop me from believing that she is DM'ing me? Hell no. My mind leaps to the invention of possible scenarios. Colleen and I were both at the same conference once and a group photo was taken, shortly after which I developed amnesia? Colleen has recently befriended someone I knew in elementary school who was showing her some class photos and naming names, upon which Colleen said, "Susan Brody? Hmm... Isn't that someone whose name I once saw on a Twitter account? I need to check this out!" Unbeknownst to me, Colleen has been stalking and secretly photographing me during my weekly forays to Shoprite? Why couldn't any of these scenarios be true? It is, as they say, a small world.
I rush home after work and turn on my laptop to try to get to the bottom of this intriguing mystery. But alas, when I click on said alleged photo of me, my antivirus scanner informs me that danger has been detected. Oh, Colleen, say it ain't so! Tell me your Twitter account has not been hacked and that you really, truly wanted to share a photo with me!
Moral of the story: people are delusional. They believe what they want to believe, no matter how nonsensical. And a new one of us is born every minute.