Brendan Greeley is a columnist for The Economist whose 8-year-old daughter really, really wanted a puppy.
So, she adopted a brilliant strategy worthy of the greatest minds of our time: she scrawled the words “CAN I PLEASE [underlined several times] GET A PUPPY [underlined several times for extra emphasis]” to the very top of the front page of The Financial Times. Wary of possible caveats, she specified “a real [underlined] one” in the space underneath.
Greeley shared the hilarious photo on Twitter on Wednesday, along with the top-notch caption, “Having studied my habits and preferences, my daughter hacked my attention this morning for her political agenda.”
Having studied my habits and preferences, my daughter hacked my attention this morning for her political agenda pic.twitter.com/GPlS3gSj5S
— Brendan Greeley (@bhgreeley) March 21, 2018
The tweet went viral, as has been retweeted by more than 34,000 people, including author J.K. Rowling. The internal development team at The Financial Times even turned the now-iconic scrawl into a code for the site, and it is now available as a chrome extension.
So I’m out of my depth here but it seems this is a new browser extension on github that scrawls “CAN I PLEASE GET A PUPPY” when you load the @FT online. @jilliancyork, is that what’s happening here? https://t.co/0MxuM9h89H pic.twitter.com/ko856q1rXq
— Brendan Greeley (@bhgreeley) March 23, 2018
Soon, an entire movement formed on social media, as #teampuppy rallied behind the little girl’s request.
Finally, on Thursday, Greeley posted that the movement had won. The puppy would be bought.
He made the announcement via a heartwarming photo of his daughter joyfully hugging him as she heard the news, along with an open letter that asked readers to contribute to her charity of choice.”
Thank you for your entreaties on behalf of our daughter, who wanted a puppy so badly she hand-wrote a banner ad on my newspaper. OK. You win. We will get the damn puppy. But, #teampuppy, I’m going to make you a deal.
Our daughter, 8, loves going to the SPCA of Anne Arundel County, Maryland. She’s finally on the schedule in May to read bedtime stories to the dogs. And last month she donated $62 of her own allowance. The Anne Arundel SPCA is her charity of choice. Please make it yours too.”
— Brendan Greeley (@bhgreeley) March 22, 2018
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