Congress of Nicoles

College student’s romantic quest unites 246 women named Nicole

A group of women all named Nicole who were on a mass email sent by a man who was just looking for one Nicole. (Twitter)

After Carlos Zetina hit it off with a woman named Nicole at a bar earlier this month, he tried to reach out by phone to see if they could pursue the connection further. But the number he had for Nicole was wrong — which, for most romantic hopefuls, would have brought an abrupt end to a budding love story.

Zetina, however, was sure that Nicole had given him the wrong number by accident. So, knowing that she was a student at the University of Calgary in Canada, he sent an email to every Nicole, Nik, Nicky, Nikki, Nicolette in the school’s directory, as the CBC reports. And in the process, he helped unite 246 women named Nicole — or some variation thereof.

“Hi, this is a mass e mail to all Nicole’s [sic],” Zetina’s message read. “If you don’t fit this description then ignore and if you are the one and just don’t want to talk to me that’s ok as well. If you [sic] name is Nicole and you’re from Holland and you think Nietzsche is depressing then text me … I’m Carlos btw I’m the guy who took you and your friend home last night.”

The email was received by students, faculty members and even associated deans.

“Who sends an email to that many people? If it was me, I’d be a little horrified about how this all played out,” Nicole DuGraye, one of the women who received the message, tells the StarMetro Calgary. “But I thought this was a great way to connect and meet new people and to try to find the real Nicole.”

The Nicoles started a Facebook group called “Nicole from Last Night,” and nicknamed themselves the Congress of Nicoles. Some of the Nicoles met up at a pub earlier this month. Photos of them hanging out together at the pub during the improbable get-together were shared on social media.

“There’s a researcher in the group, who, she and I have similar research interests, so we’re actually going to collaborate in future,” one Nicole Thompson tells the CBC. “I think it’s fantastic.”

And what of Zetina’s quest for the Nicole of his dreams? She was new to the University of Calgary and did not yet have a student email address. But as news of the Congress of Nicoles started to spread, she heard about Zetina’s attempt to find her and posted on the Facebook group. The Nicoles had been worried that “Nicole from Last Night” gave Zetina the wrong number on purpose — but she revealed that her Canadian number was new and the mixup had in fact been an accident.

“We’re planning to hang out maybe next week,” Zetina told the StarMetro. “I really didn’t expect this to become a big thing.”


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