Randy Cassingham is a blogger. He writes about bizarre news stories over at This Is True. Like everyone who blogs the news one of his stories caused a bit of an uproar with a reader telling him he was going to go to hell. When he replied that his consulting minister didn’t have a problem with said story the reader decided that the minister was hell bound too.
The story was on feng shui by the way. The reader didn’t seem to grasp that feng shui isn’t even a religion and it’s not “anti-Christian” but to each there own.
That’s the middle of this story though. Years ago Cassingham had made up a batch of cards for Cathie Walker of SillyGirl.com when she mentioned an evil scheme she was working on.
I said to her “Ooooh: you’re going straight to hell for that one!” Cathie quickly joked back, “But wait, I have a Get Out of Hell card here in my purse!”
Great ideas come up when you’re just joking around. Next thing you know Cassingham is designing said card and printing a few up for his friend. And that was that, a sweet gesture for a friend to save her soul from the fires of Hell.
Zoom forward to the present. Cassingham remembered those cards he had made years ago. He touched up those long forgotten cards and printed out 2,000 of them. Blogger that he is, Cassingham told his readers the whole story and they went nuts. He offered to send them to readers who had made requests 10 of them for a buck to cover printing and postage.
He had 2,000 cards so Cassingham figured that they would last for months. Boy, was he wrong. They made it for three days. He made up 2,000 more and they lasted for 4 days. He had to keep increasing the print orders until they were at 20,000 a time.
The cards have gone to each and every of the 50 States and all of the Canadian provinces as well. They are so popular there have been orders sent to Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Croatia, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Turkey.
It’s a nice little side business now.
So go ahead and write an article that gets you damned you can send off for your own ‘Get Out Of Hell Card’ too.