As you all should be aware, we recently began a new month on the calendar. Most of you will be aware of this because of your phones/laptops/TV/calendars. However, if you hang around with a certain kind of person, the news may have been broken to you via a pinch and a punch.
For those who have no idea what I'm on about, basically some people like to celebrate the first day of the month by giving someone a pinch and a punch and saying, 'pinch punch, first day of the month'... It's a pretty harmless/pointless bit of fun.
Bridie Connell and her dad have been locked in a pinch-punch battle for 15 years, although - presumably because they are just nicer people than those I associate with - they don't actually pinch and punch each other, they just say it.
Bridie Connell and her dad have been locked in a pinch punch battle for 15 years. Credit: Twitter/Bridie Connell
Anyway, down the years they have pulled off many elaborate stunts in order to be the first to pass on the pinch-punch. Discussing the history of the feud on Twitter, Bridie said her dad previously had her called to the principal's office, where he was waiting with a pinch-punch. He's also got her on live radio and at a funeral, while she has organised musicians to serenade him with a pinch-punch.
But exactly 15 years since the battle was first waged, Bridie's dad has taken the game to new heights - quite literally.
Bridie was flying home to New Zealand for her cousin's birthday on 1 May but it was too early to call her dad before take off.
Upon boarding, the actor and writer was moved to Premium Economy, which obviously she was delighted about. But then a crew member came over with a special delivery for Bridie:
Bridie thought for a moment she had got extra lucky and was about to be upgraded again, but alas, this was not the case. The special delivery was actually a letter from her dad:
Bridie's dad won the 1 May 2019 pinch punch contest with style. Credit: Twitter/Bridie Connell
The staff member then added: "And just remember you can't call your dad, phones have to be in flight mode from... now."
Well played Bridie's dad/Air New Zealand. Well played.
Bridie was left feeling a confusing cocktail of admiration and frustration and has plotted to get her revenge on her dad... and the staff member:
Though to be fair to Air New Zealand, they did upgrade her to Premium Economy as they felt bad about being in on the prank, so perhaps no revenge is really needed there.
The Air New Zealand staff member and Bridie. Credit: Twitter/Bridie Connell
Better still, not an arm was bruised in the making of this prank.
Great stuff all round... Will be interesting to see what 1 June brings.
Featured Image Credit: Twitter/Bridie Connell