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Seven years ago, Twitter user @_ZeeTaughtMe knew she wasn’t ready to have kids. In fact, she knew she wasn’t going to be ready for more than seven years.
.somebody remind me in seven years not to have kids.— itsneishabby (@_ZeeTaughtMe) June 23, 2011
It’s not exactly clear why she picked that exact amount of time (Daily Dot reached out for a comment, but she didn’t immediately respond). But whatever the reason, a man named Doug appeared to fulfill her request right on time. Well, actually, he was a few months early. It’s still pretty impressive.
dont have kids— DougExeter (@DougExeter) March 21, 2018
Twitter was amazed by his timing and wanted to know how he was able to remember. At first, Doug played it coy.
very carefully— DougExeter (@DougExeter) March 21, 2018
Finally, he revealed the truth.
I suspect he's searching for "Remind me in x years" in old tweets hoping to find something that lines up.— Mr. Encyclopedia (@Mr_Encyclopedia) March 21, 2018
no it was the calendar thing— DougExeter (@DougExeter) March 21, 2018
But the story doesn’t end there. Turns out, even though he was three months early, he was also about 20 months too late.
Too late my daughter is about to be one next month 🤦🏾♀️— itsneishabby (@_ZeeTaughtMe) March 21, 2018
You right— itsneishabby (@_ZeeTaughtMe) March 21, 2018
Now Doug’s screengrab of the interaction has gone viral, racking up over 12,000 retweets and over 45,000 likes in less than a day.
the best interaction that i have ever had on this web site pic.twitter.com/NsgO1yWSqu— DougExeter (@DougExeter) March 21, 2018
Everyone was amazed by Doug’s dedication, and some of them even tried enlisting him for reminders in the future.
First ballot Twitter Hall of Fame material for sure. https://t.co/uI4EbRxTQX— Big Balls Doug (@dipshit_coach) March 22, 2018
like any of us will be alive then— DougExeter (@DougExeter) March 21, 2018
a commitment to public service— DougExeter (@DougExeter) March 21, 2018
Apparently, this is the kind of thing some people do. A user who goes by “Brady Zipoffs” seems to spend a lot of time online reminding people about things.
it's not an easy job but somebody's gotta do it pic.twitter.com/qHjlPy3uAo— brady zipoffs (@zipoffs) December 13, 2017
Even though Doug’s reminder didn’t actually accomplish its original goal, he must be pretty happy with the response. @_ZeeTaughtMe seems pretty happy too. She might not have wanted kids seven years ago, but she certainly seems like a proud mom now. Who wouldn’t be with a kid this adorable?
My little baby three months today 😍 pic.twitter.com/aYxXeJ3Xup— itsneishabby (@_ZeeTaughtMe) July 24, 2017
David Britton is a writer and comedian based in Rhinebeck, New York who focuses on internet culture, memes, and viral news stories. He also writes for the Hard Times and is the creator of StoriesAboutWizards.com.