Sometimes, you just need a photo of a cute cat to get through the work week.
That may have been the case for the U.S. State Department, anyway, when it accidentally emailed a fake meeting invitation with a photo of a cat dressed in a onesie, making it look like Sesame Street fan favorite Cookie Monster. Yeah, you read that right.
As reported by the Australian Associated Press, on October 14, the United States embassy in Canberra apologized for the State Department email, calling it a “training error.” According to The Guardian, the email included “meeting” as the subject line, some Latin text, and a photo of a tabby cat perched on a couch, dressed as Cookie Monster, with a plate of cookies in its lap.
U.S. mission to Australia public affairs counselor Gavin Sundwall apologized to email recipients via email, the BBC reported.
“Sorry to disappoint those of you who were hoping to attend this ‘cat pajama-jam’ party, but such an event falls well outside our area of expertise,” Sundwall wrote. “It was a training error made by one of our new staff testing out our email newsletter platform.”
Sundwall said there would be “strong new management controls” to prevent future email blunders.
But the Internet wants more cat photos, not less, as pointed out by Time. New Zealand’s U.S. embassy reacted on Twitter with it’s own cat gif and others, like the U.S. consulate general in Sydney have joined in for a cat-gif thread for the ages.
Email recipients were reportedly given the option to automatically reply to the meeting invite — we would’ve RSVP’d yes.
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