CHICAGO—Looking to do something fun to start off the weekend, local 25-year-old Alex Finley sent a text message Friday to 3,600 of his friends asking what they were up to that evening, multiple sources reported. “Hey, what’re you doing later?” Finley reportedly texted hundreds of times to close friends, coworkers, acquaintances, former roommates, old college buddies, and friends of friends in an effort to gauge whether anyone was heading to a party, grabbing dinner, or perhaps seeing a movie. “Don’t have firm plans yet, so I’m up for whatever!” At press time, Finley was scrolling through 2,487 replies, all of which reportedly relayed plans to just stay in and watch TV.

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