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Why Am I Still Getting Emails About Midget Rentals?
Apparently it's true that the internet never forgets. Seven years ago I posted about a company claiming to rent midgets for parties. In that post I didn't say I was renting midgets. I simply said there was a business claiming to rent them. In fact, I thought the idea sounded so odd that I had some doubts about whether the business was real. (And I probably shouldn't use the term 'midget.' I think 'little person' is now the preferred term.)

Anyway, soon after making that post, I started getting email queries from people interested in renting little people. In 2008 I first noted I was getting these strange emails, and I'm still getting them today, at the rate of about one every two months. Here's the latest I received, from a dental office in Atlanta:

Would you have a leprechaun available for Friday morning, March 16 for about 10 minutes in Atlanta? I’d like a little person dressed as a leprechaun to do a little walk through to kick off our meeting on Friday – it starts at 8:30am.

I don't know what there is in that seven-year-old post that makes people think I'm running a little-person rental service. Check back in another seven years to find out if I'm still getting the emails.
Posted by The Curator on Mon Mar 12, 2012

I'm doing a stage play of Time Bandits, hook me up Alex.
Posted by Mr R  on  Tue Mar 13, 2012  at  03:41 AM
Uh you're going to encourage all the randoms to start posting here requeting midgets at their functions. Your original thread didn't take long to devolve to that stage.
Posted by Smerk  in  to mischief  on  Tue Mar 13, 2012  at  06:09 AM
If it gets to be too bad, Alex can always write a doctor's note for himself and go away on vacation for his health.
Posted by Accipiter  on  Tue Mar 13, 2012  at  09:27 PM
My theory is that people type what they want into google, click on the a result, look for the "contact" or "feedback" link, and ask for what they want. That's the only way to explain a lot of the email I've gotten.
Posted by George P Burdell  on  Fri Mar 16, 2012  at  07:45 PM
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