One aspect of social media is our tendency to share what many might consider mundane aspects of our daily lives.
But what seemingly mundane thing goes viral can be anyone's guess as a dad and Johns Hopkins Associate Professor of Computer Science with specialties in cryptography and security technology found out after deciding to share a trip to a hair salon on Twitter.
Matthew Green posted on Twitter:
"My kid wanted to die his hair blue but would only do it if I also did and now I'm questioning this whole "parenting" decision."
My kid wanted to die his hair blue but would only do it if I also did and now I’m questioning this whole “parenting” decision.— Matthew Green (@Matthew Green)1561425600.0
Filipo Valsorda saw Green's initial tweet and promised to donate funds to RAICES (Refugee And Immigrant Center for Education and legal Services).From there, Green began to chronicle their journey in words and photos.
So this got super weird. https://t.co/cPdhKSQHny— Matthew Green (@Matthew Green)1561432673.0
I have an appointment to bleach and dye my hair in an hour. Apparently I have to provide the dye myself because the… https://t.co/KOwmDN5jkM— Matthew Green (@Matthew Green)1561473184.0
I’m only doing this because a bunch of people pledged a lot of money to a good cause. At least I didn’t listen to… https://t.co/jZIlBh0sie— Matthew Green (@Matthew Green)1561473249.0
The amount quickly grew...
I’m going to interpret this more as “lots of people looking for any excuse to donate to a good cause” and less as “… https://t.co/YlmvkVBxtu— Matthew Green (@Matthew Green)1561474151.0
This is dire. https://t.co/gh0gytVFAD— Matthew Green (@Matthew Green)1561475724.0
You can find the dye here. While Green may have been horrified, people were getting their money's worth.
Oh my god how do people do this. https://t.co/bzToo79dKv— Matthew Green (@Matthew Green)1561477568.0
...and some personal revelations were made.
Pictures are going to get a little sparser here because apparently with blond hair I’m basically Guy Fieri.— Matthew Green (@Matthew Green)1561477811.0
Green also gained a new appreciation for their chosen profession.
The great thing about being a computer scientist is that nobody cares what you look like, so you never have to deal with this kind of crap.— Matthew Green (@Matthew Green)1561478408.0
Oh god. https://t.co/Il7A5per4I— Matthew Green (@Matthew Green)1561478554.0
30 minutes to cook on this. Hope you’re making those donations people. https://t.co/rmNQZmYApg— Matthew Green (@Matthew Green)1561479565.0
Green unveiled the finished product.
Well that is... something. https://t.co/nmBueHpPAB— Matthew Green (@Matthew Green)1561481445.0
Yes, Professor Green, it is "something."
So @RAICESTEXAS should be $12,500 better off. A great cause even without the hair. Thanks @FiloSottile and many, ma… https://t.co/oATof1JuWu— Matthew Green (@Matthew Green)1561482218.0
In addition to raising funds for a great cause, Green connected with other parents who could relate.
@matthew_d_green Welcome to the club https://t.co/LGByyCUKM0— Derrick L (@Derrick L)1561427902.0
@matthew_d_green Several years ago my three children and I all got blue Mohawks for Autism awareness. We spent the… https://t.co/Y86qw4FhlO— MelissaBasinger (@MelissaBasinger)1561487148.0
@matthew_d_green @RAICESTEXAS @FiloSottile https://t.co/OtKHAD5rbW— 🏳️🌈 David Lytle 🏳️🌈 (@🏳️🌈 David Lytle 🏳️🌈)1561485700.0
As well as other "blue hairs."
@matthew_d_green Blue hair is awesome https://t.co/YGdVVo3CVa— lady dairy-free secitup (@lady dairy-free secitup)1561428710.0
Some asked "how much for the beard" but Green decided to tap out for at least a week.
@jvagle @RAICESTEXAS Haha. Let’s hold off for a week.— Matthew Green (@Matthew Green)1561481738.0
But one person had a suggestion for the Twittersphere.
Let's make this a thing!
@matthew_d_green I feel like this should be an actual thing. i.e. nominate a person we want to dye their hair and… https://t.co/TWTlwlAyr3— Joshua Briefman (@Joshua Briefman)1561438849.0
So, anyone up for green? Hair that is.
You can donate to RAICES here.
If you decide to take the plunge and go blue like Professor Green, there are many options available below: