'Craziest OkCupid Date Ever' Will Be a Movie

Forget coffee on the first date; this couple traveled to 8 countries in 21 days
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2014 8:16 AM CDT
Updated Sep 28, 2014 7:00 PM CDT
'Craziest OkCupid Date Ever' Will Be a Movie
In this Aug. 26, 2010, file photo, a couple walks through the surf together in Cannon Beach, Ore.   (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

When a reclusive writer and gregarious professor planned their first date via OkCupid, they decided to take an unorthodox route. Instead of meeting for coffee, they spent a total of 10 minutes between them packing a few items (the professor using only his pockets, the writer filling a small purse) and jetted off on a 21-day trip that spanned eight countries. And if you're the type to raise an eyebrow when your friend wears the same clothes the morning after his or her first date, yes, they did that too, for three weeks straight—they truly brought only the clothes on their backs. Now the story, which aforementioned reclusive writer Clara Bensen dubbed the "craziest OkCupid date ever" in a Salon piece last year, has won over Hollywood. New Line has hired Adam Brooks of Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason fame to adapt the story to film, and it bears the apt title No Baggage, reports Variety.

"On the surface, we appeared to be sure candidates for 'World's Most Unlikely Pair,'" Bensen wrote in Salon. "He's a wildly energetic university professor who is always on the move. I'm a reclusive writer who spends hours identifying new constellations in the ceiling paint." Evidently, the "date" went well, though she has yet to expand on that. Over at New York, Allison P. Davis notes that while the movie "sounds like the final nail" for the rom-com, maybe at least "this means our crappy OkCupid dates have the potential to become something more than a pile of misery." (Don't have three weeks for a first date? You could just write an algorithm to find your soul mate.)

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