US Embassy Accidentally Sends Out Cookie Monster Cat Meeting Invites

The "cat pajama-jam" was a sham.

Training for new responsibilities can be exciting, especially if it involves a pay raise, but it's important to slow down and make sure you don't turn your practice examples into reality.


The United States Embassy in Canberra, Australia has had to apologize for a hilarious "training error" that resulted in a fake meeting invitation being sent out to an unknown number of recipients. Fortunately for the trainee, their blunder wound up being cute instead of cringy.


The email was simply titled "meeting" and featured a lovely photo of a cat wearing a Cookie Monster costume and holding a plate of chocolate chip cookies. The adorable image was cutely titled "cat pajama-jam". According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the email also contained "a section of Latin" (lorem ipsum, anyone?) and included an RSVP tab. No word yet on how many of the lucky recipients responded.



In a follow-up email two days later, US Mission to Australia public affairs counselor Gavin Sundwall gave a playful apology.


"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."


Say what you like, Mr. Sundwall, but we're definitely still coming. We're sure our invitation will arrive any day now...

By Gloria Borger / Monday 15 October 2018 16:36 / United States
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He gave a link to the intended reference: "Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old."


Considering the amount of words and phrases each language has adopted from another, I don't think pure languages really exist anymore. If I were to say "I just experienced déjà vu.", is that sentence really English?