The Ghost Running the Machine


Princeton University‘s class of 2006 was nostalgic for their days as college students. You know, once you graduate it’s a little like something died, isn’t it? And so the class officers created a cute logo to commemorate their time as undergraduates (right).

The problem, however, is that by the powers of email coding, the logo was automatically attached to all official correspondence. Including this email:

From: Class of 2006
Date: Mon, May 23, 2011 at 12:14 PM
Subject: Memorial Service for Deceased Classmates: Friday
To: [redacted]


This Friday at 4:00pm we’ll honor our deceased classmates with a short service of remembrance in the September 11th Memorial Garden next to Nassau Hall and the Chancellor Green Rotunda. The rain location is the West Room of Murray Dodge (Office of Religious Life building, next to Theater Intime). Fr. Tom Mullelly, Aquinas Institute chaplain, will preside.

The four classmates who have died are [redacted], [redacted], [redacted], and [redacted].

Please join if you’re in town. It would be great for as many friends and teammates as possible to come and share their memories.

All best,

Catie, Tim, & Duncan

Catie, Tim, & Duncan sent out an apology email about three hours later.

Story thanks to a recent post at Ivy Gate.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer