This is one of the weirder things I’ve seen this week.
A woman who calls herself “Beautiful Existence” decided to live off nothing but the menu items at Starbucks for a year. (Beautiful Existence’s website says “YES, it is my real name,” but doesn’t say whether that’s because her parents named her that or because she named herself that. After all, what is “real” when it comes to names?). No, she didn’t lock herself in a Starbucks after a car backfired, thinking the end of the world had come, only to emerge a year later and realize her mistake. It’s one of a few “challenges” she’s set for herself, another of which was shopping at Goodwill for a year (I THINK. Honestly, her blogs are really confusing).
Why? Well, that’s a question she answers thusly:
“WHY? am I doing this challenge? Or WHY? will I do any challenge in the future? Because I LOVE being human and I LOVE the privilege of being able to ask the question WHY? in the first place! I love the question WHY? because sometimes I find that the answer leaves me with even more questions about life… and then, my circle starts all over again and I wouldn’t want my WHY? any other way.”
I suspect another reason might be that Starbucks paid her after discovering her challenge blogs. Or probably just offered her free food. It’s the sort of thing companies do these days, seek out people on the Internet to do promo stuff for a fraction of what it used to cost to buy an ad. And if they didn’t seek her out, well, I guess she just really likes Starbucks. To each her own. It takes all sorts etc. etc. I know this sort of thing has been done before, with subway and MacDonald’s.
Existence claims the “Starbucks Diet DOES WORK!” and offers the “Top 5 Ways to Live Healthy at Starbucks” on her site. These include “Work Out” and “Count Calories.” Er…OK. Thank goodness I don’t have to live at Starbucks to do those things.
(via Laughing Squid)