Last week, instead of studying for finals, students at the University of Wisconsin rallied around Snapchat to both witness and coordinate an epic love story.
When Abby, previously known as "Mystery Girl," saw a hot guy in a Vikings jersey ("Vikings Fan") on the campus Snapchat Story, she snapped out to the community her interest in meeting him.
Vikings Fan, whose real name is Reed, responded to the cute stranger through the public Snapchat story.
It wasn't long before the whole campus was invested in their love story and Snapchat added a geofilter "HELP VIKING FAN FIND MYSTERY GIRL."
The shot aggregation of Snapchats from University of Wisconsin students has everything you could dream of in a romantic comedy: immediate attraction, obstacles, and two dorky, funny dudes providing commentary. Some guys even bought their own Vikings jerseys in hopes they could meet her, too.
It's like Sleepless in Seattle, but without the sad, deceased wife stuff. It's When Vikings Fan Met Mystery Girl.
New York Magazine's Select All blog caught up with the real Mystery Girl and Vikings Fan, Abby and Reed, through some Facebook stalking, and they elaborated on their tale.
They are both 22-year-old seniors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Abby studies zoology and environmental studies, and Reed is a bio-engineering major planning on going to med school.
“I don’t regret what I snapped, because everybody is saying how bold and funny it was, but it definitely made me look a little desperate,” Abby told Select All “But I don’t care, because obviously now I’m here.”
Reed was working on a project when he got a text from a friend that said a girl had "called him out" on Snapchat.
“I was thinking some girl was throwing hate at the Vikings or something, and I went on there ready to fire right back,” Reed said.
There were even more obstacles to them meeting than showed in the 10-second viral increments. When Reed showed up to the campus bar they were supposed to meet, Abby had already left.
But they finally met and embraced.
Select All reports on their current relationship status:
After [they met], Reed “got her number and walked her home” and the two have spent “every day-ish together” since, though they explicitly told me they are “definitely not dating.” Activities have included watching “some stupid scary movie,” baking brownies, and attending a block party in downtown Madison.
When Abby told Reed to wear the now-famous jersey to a party "for shits and giggles," the two "were completely mobbed and had to leave."
Read the rest of the Behind-the-Snapstory over at Select All.