Sometimes you hear things that sound too good to be true. In these cases, it’s best to wait it out and not let excitement take hold. Unfortunately, when we received this amazing invitation, we couldn’t help but get our hopes up.
A few weeks ago, the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia, sent out an enticing e-mail.
The contents of the invitation drew quite a stir, piquing the curiosity of people everywhere. Now, to our utter disappointment, they have officially uninvited us all. But what was the big event, you may ask? Well, I’ll just say it would have been better than any of my wildest dreams.
The e-mail, labeled simply as ‘Meeting’, invited recipients to a ‘Cat Pajama-Jam’ — which I can only assume is a code word for the coolest cat slumber party of all time.
The invitation included an adorable photo of a tabby wearing a Cookie Monster onesie and holding a plate of the yummy treats. It also contained a mysterious bit written in Latin and an area to RSVP.
As mentioned, we probably should have known this was too good to be true. But I have to admit, it stung a bit when our invitation was officially revoked. In a statement, Gavin Sundwall, U.S. Mission to Australia public affairs counselor, said:
“Sorry to disappoint those of you who were hoping to attend this ‘cat pajama jam’ party, but such an event falls well outside our area of expertise.”
He also said the e-mail was a “training error made by one of our new staff testing out our email newsletter platform.”
He promised they would be adding “strong new management controls” which would prevent the same kind of mistake in the future. As you can imagine, people areamused by the e-mail— but they’re also kind of miffed there’s not a real cat pajama-jam going on.
“I would totally fly to Australia for that,” wrote Twitter user Alli B. (@Trixie_Cats).
In a funny twist, the man who owns the cat featured in the invitation’s photo eventually caught wind of the story.
He then posted a photo of the cat in Twitter, saying the feline, named Joey, was disappointed the pajama party had been canceled. In the photo, Joey is clad in the same Cookie Monster onesie as in the embassy’s photo. He also holds an iPad displaying an article about the pajama party between his paws.
“Joey’s upset that the cat pajama-jam won’t be happening HAHAHAHA,” they wrote.
As far as mistakes go, this one was pretty mild. Still, we can’t help but wonder if there’s an amazing cat pajama-jam going on behind our backs…
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