Conflict in Syria Drives Two Williamsburg Roommates Apart [UPDATE]

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Almost all of us have been there recently: chilling with friends, having a good time, maybe drinking one too many beers, and then someone brings up Syria. Debate over whether or not to dive headlong into another West Asian war is, in general, a good thing. But not when the same person brings it up over and over, interrupting every quiet moment in the privacy of the home you share. Yesterday a craigslist ad surfaced advertising a room in Williamsburg by someone driven out of their apartment by a Syria-crazed roommate. The place comes with "a kitchenette, a large (by New York standards, ha ha) bathroom, and a roommate that's going to have some opinions on Syria."

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MYSTERY SOLVED: Who Is the Author Behind the Most Beautiful Craigslist Missed Connection of All Time?

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Craigslist is menagerie of oddities both gorgeous and grotesque. You can find anything on there: fan fiction about your favorite band, a record store, organs, a baby, certain death, even love.

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Dispatches From Craigslist: Staten Island Man Tries to Sell Another Woman's Baby for $100

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Twenty-three-year-old Paul Marquez met someone he really liked. But she didn't pay enough attention to him. Sad. Between her job and her two-month-old child, there just wasn't time enough for Marquez. So he did what any spurned lover would do: put the woman's baby up for sale on Craigslist for the low, low price of $100.

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Dispatches from Craigslist: This Guy's Too Busy to Run His Own Online Dating Profile

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Hi,

My name is Raillan. I saw your ad on Craigslist about finding someone to managing your online dating profile. I'm writing because I think I'm the one for the job.

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Dispatches From Craigslist: LitBro Is Trying to Get a Date

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There's a special place in my heart for the LitBro, the overweening loudmouth in lectures always in a tortoise-shell something. You know, the guy who likes to talk about liking Ernest Hemingway way too much. The guy who will needle you for hours over the difference between two authors nobody else cares about, but insists he is a "chill dude" at parties. The guy who practically yells at coffee shops about fact-checking at some men's fitness/softcore porn rag, but he's just doing that until his Leftist hockey blog starts making money.

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Craigslist for One-Stop Shopping, and Also Organ Transplants

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Things you might find if you were to go to Craigslist right now: an ad for a runaway cat; unrelenting softcore porn in the politics section; several flea-bitten mattresses whose owners may or may not be dead. You might even find a few résumés of people pitching their "value-added risk management solutions to sophisiticated money managers" (but just the sophisticated ones).

Also on Craigslist: someone in need of a kidney transplant.

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Least Helpful Craigslist "Free" Post of the Week: Governors Ball Ray Ban Edition

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Imagine centuries from now, when archaeologists combing through the sediment of Randalls Island in search of cultural artifacts from bygone days find a trove of broken Ray Ban sunglasses embedded in hardened mud. "Curiouser and curiouser," a future archeologist might say, zooming in on the objects with his Google Glass Plus 5000. "Was this a massive gathering in worship of the sun? A viewing of the solar eclipse?" (Let's assume that all Internet archives documenting this past weekend's Governors Ball have somehow been accidentally destroyed in an uncontrollably popular TrolltheNSA.com uprising.)

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Brooklyn Man Currently Seeking Football Coach on Craigslist

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Oh, Craigslist. You never fail to amuse us, especially around weekends, holidays, and Great American Pastimes. Throw a little bit of the male ego in there, and the comedy gold practically writes itself.

A local Brooklyn man is currently seeking a football coach on Craigslist, offering $500 to anyone willing to practice with him daily until the Superbowl. (But wait! Don't all young men just know how to play football from birth? Apparently not.) This poor young man, who knows next-to-nothing about football, once made the mistake of telling his girlfriend's ex that he was a college quarterback, despite this being not at all true.

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Kickstarter Employee Writes Elaborate Fanfic for Leighton Meester on Craigslist Missed Connections

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Blake Lively and Leighton Meester filming 'Gossip Girl' on the LES yesterday.
Craigslist Missed Connections have been good lately! A few weeks ago we had the man who posted an epic missed connection for the girl who held his iPhone hostage, and now we have the poor young startup employee who is hopelessly in love with one of the stars of "Gossip Girl." The show has been filming on the Lower East Side, where the young man first looked out his office window and laid eyes on the "beautiful brunette star," Leighton Meester.

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Ingrid Burrington, Researcher of Missed Connections: 'The Loneliest Place in NYC is Union Square'

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Under the semi-serious auspices of the Center for Missed Connections, 24-year-old Ingrid Burrington, who grew up in California, has been studying Craigslist's outlet for the lonely, the hopeful, the romantic, the horny, and the insane for more than two years now. It all started with what she calls a whimsical question: "What's the loneliest place in any given city, and how can I measure it?" From there she turned to chronicling Missed Connections, which led to a map for an art show in 2009 at Pratt, a book project, and, currently, a residency through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. From her website:

The Center for Missed Connections (CMC) began as a project simply to identify where the most missed connections happen in a given city. New York City is home to the pilot program, chosen for its high traffic and for the propensity of posters to include specific cross-streets or location information. Since then, the analysis has developed a thorough taxonomy of the Missed Connection and a method for identifying whether one has, in fact, had a Missed Connection. The CMC seeks to understand the longing, both poetic and banal, within public spaces.
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