Happy Birthday to My Loose Acquaintance
Have you ever wished a “Happy Birthday” to someone you barely know on Facebook? Of course you have. We all have. And some of us even had fun doing it! More than likely though, you only wished someone a happy birthday because you felt a random moral obligation to congratulate them. And this small act of kindness helped you sleep at night. No, not as much as the Zzzquil and Quaaludes, but it helped a touch.
We last featured Garfunkel and Oats on Golden Twist after they released their amusing “Sports, Go Sports” sketch. Not long after they published that video on their YouTube channel, they unveiled a bit titled “Happy Birthday to My Loose Acquaintance,” and even though it’s a year old, it — amazingly — is still culturally relevant today. (Your sarcasm meter should be going wild at my use of the word “amazingly.” If it’s not, get it checked.) Through song, Garfunkel and Oats point out the absurdity of taking ten seconds to wish a stranger on social media a happy birthday. A lyrical highlight:
“Facebook told me, it’s your birthday, and I wouldn’t have known any other way.
Because we co-exist in a mutually unstated unattached cohesion that Facebook created.”
So, the next time you send birthday wishes to a loose Facebook acquaintance, keep this song in mind. Hell, maybe even direct them to this video as you congratulate them. No reason to leave them out of the joke, if you ask me.