When the first card hit the internet, the owner got "hundred of texts" in one day
quoting pop song lyrics to girls at bars was a surefire panty dropper guys
would have been asking chicks if they could hit them baby, just one time, or
rub some genies out of their bottles years ago.
And yet. Since
Canadian pop tart Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" blew up the interwebz (53,357,025
views at the time of this post -- that's a lot for a singer who nobody knew
existed until Justin Bieber and his
brat pack of teen stars let us all know what was up) and exploded into our
collective cerebellums like so much sonic cotton candy - tastes so good going
down, makes you feel so bad later. And by bad, of course, I mean, FUCKING GREAT
-- inventive dudes have adopted a whole new take on the pick-up line: "Call Me Maybe"
business cards. No, but, for real.
online printing company Vistaprint, (a Netherlands-based
company whose US Operations and North American Business Unit Head Office is
based in Lexington, MA) it's become something of a phenomenon.
Vistaprint filled the very first order, for a guy from Connecticut named Kyle who
"was listening to the lyrics and I was like, this would be a good pick up line.
I told it to my buddies and they were like, you should get a business card." [via
theatlanticwire] Good story, bro. Kyle tried out the card on some girl at a bar
who, in turn, took a picture of it and, obviously, put it on internet. Reddit
picked up the scent and the rest is not-so-ancient history.
A Vistaprint rep
says they started seeing orders with requests for personal business cards
printed with the lyrics "I just met you, and this is crazy but here's my number
[insert actual phone number] so call me maybe" mid-February of this year.
(Bieber and company's - sort of, definitely, awesome lip sync/dance party
tribute video hit YouTube on February 18). Since then, Vistaprint has filled
approximately 150 orders for "Call Me Maybe" cards, with requests spiking at
around 70 separate orders last month. And sure, 150 card orders is small potatoes
compared to 50-odd million YouTube hits, but consider the product. These are
adults. Ordering and paying for business cards printed with a quote from a
singer whose average fan is more likely to use flash cards to learn fractions
than business cards to get laid. Who are these dudes (and probably a few
ladies...no need to discriminate when it comes to unapologetic
sleaziness/cheesiness) trying to pick up anyway?
Or you could take
a cue from these Harvard
baseball players and see how that works out for you.
Sadly, we don't have any statistics for how many guys are actually having sex as a direct
result of slipping a card to some lucky lady, though it's hard to imagine it's a very high
number. Maybe some awkward handjobs at best. How much longer this will be a Thing
is also unclear. As long as the damn song is still spinning in our heads,
maybe. Which could actually be a long time.