Top this one, Brit!
Posted by aogSunday, 19 November 2006 at 11:44 TrackBack Ping URL

I have a Flickr account, as you may have noticed from some of the pictures I have posted. I received this e-mail via Flickr the other day —

hi

ive just seen your post about the swimming cap. I’m looking to join a triathlon team myself but have always been nervous as i would have to wear a swimming cap. I have never worn one before and know nothing about them, so i was wondering if you would be able to help me with one.

How exactly would i put one of these things on? (in as much detail as you can). Would you be kind enough to take some pictures for me of how to put these on, as i have only ever seen images of people on google with them on already, which doesnt really explain much to me

I really hope you could explain about these things for me (the more you can tell me about them the better) and i really hope you will be kind enough to send me some pictures of how to put one on

Can this possibly be legimate? I have never worn a swim cap myself, but are there rumours of the horrible fates that await those who wear them? How could someone be ready for a triathlon without having, at some point, swum with people wearing swim caps? But, if it’s a scam, what’s the point? Getting me to take pictures of people putting on swim caps? That’s a kink so obscure it could only be British.

I replied straight up and received another reply back in less than a hour. The content was some what related, although sufficiently generic to have been automated. The sender has a Flickr account, but not pictures, which is also just a tad odd, although an account can be useful for marking Favorites and what not, even if one doesn’t post any pictures. I remain at a loss, however, for any plausible explanation.

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John Weidner Sunday, 19 November 2006 at 21:22

Kee-razy. It will probably turn out that there is a whole sub-culture of swimming cap fetishists, with web-sites and their own sub-genera of pornographic fan-fiction.

Hmmm. Just thinking about it…pretty girls, caps, sun, water.…maybe there’s somethng to it.…but I’ll pass on seeing you in a cap…

Brit Monday, 20 November 2006 at 03:51

What gets me is the coyness - I’d like to try a swimming cap, but I’m too shy…

It looks like ‘swimming cap’ could be replaced with anything wearable so the rest of the text is generic - with the ‘triathlon’ mention also interchangeable?

But what the purpose of it is, heaven only knows.

Brit Monday, 20 November 2006 at 03:53

Although maybe the purpose is just to get you to reply and thus demonstrate that your account is active.

So the trick is just to send something so bizarre that you can’t resist continuing the correspondence.

Annoying Old Guy Monday, 20 November 2006 at 08:44

There’s the picture for all you fetishists.

The subjects are some girls from Boy One’s swim team. I like this picture because of the expression on the middle girl’s face. Perhaps that’s what caused the worries? (Note also that she’s wearing the cap inside out)

I thought about the account active issue, but one can tell that just by noticing that I add new pictures.

In the end, a few exchanges of straight up responses urging my correspondent to talk to her swim coach or staff at the local athletic store ended the correspondence. The idea that anyone could do a triathlon with no swim coaching / lessons at all is just not believable.

You couldn’t have a completely generic piece of clothing, as it has to correspond to the event (for instance, swim cap / biathlon doesn’t work).

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