If you’re looking for unusual and disturbing, Craigslist is the place to go.
I had an idea to write a mock dating site style post about an out of work English Ph.D. I tried to access dating sites to learn how they work, what language and phrasing they use, etc., but I didn’t want to create a profile, so I couldn’t.
So I turned to newspaper personals, which were equally disappointing, until I clicked on a Craigslist link.
Oh my goodness!
I hit the depravity jackpot. That wasn’t my goal, but that certainly was my result.
I was completely unaware of the range of human predilections that can be advertised for without fear of legal sanction. And the pictures. To my horror, I saw images I now wish to unsee.
It was like the best of train wrecks – perversely riveting and peculiarly revolting. And I only stayed on the site for less than a minute. I can’t imagine what anomalies I would have encountered I had dared to stay longer. But alas, I didn’t learn all that much about dating site jargon.
Back to the drawing board.