You can call me Capitan Corn Hole: TRUE STORY

This is an email I send to exactly 636 of my co-workers:

“Dear Co Workers,

 I am looking to borrow a corn hole set for next weekend. 

 Or, I would consider buying if anyone is looking to get rid of a set.



Within minutes of sending that email I got 56 emails that looked like this:


“REALLY, at work?”

“I’ve got a corn hole, but I doubt you want to play with it.”

Then my kind co-worker came over to ask me what I meant.  I explained the game…apparently here they call it “Bean Bags.”  FAIL.

So I sent this:

RE: Clarification

Dear Co Workers,

A colleague just informed me that I might have accidentally been offensive.  I HAD NO IDEA, I am from the Midwest.  This game is VERY popular.  Apparently here you call this Bean Bag toss.  My apologies.

This is what I am talking about:



Seconds later:  ROLLING LAUGHTER across the building…I held my breath expecting my phone to light up with CALL FROM:  HUMAN RESOURCES

More emails pile in:

I have to say I was surprised by your first email and actually had no idea what you were asking for, but this clarification gave me the most satisfying laugh out loud I’ve had in a long time. 🙂 I hope after all the confusion you actually find the game you need.”


“Laughing so hard.”

They now call me the Corn Hole Girl…That’s CAPTAIN CORN HOLE to you!

WORSE YET, about 30 mins later 3–THREE people from a different company in town forwarded me this message for a laugh…without knowing I had sent it.  EPIC FAIL.

Moral of the story?  WIKI EVERYTHING.


50 thoughts on “You can call me Capitan Corn Hole: TRUE STORY

  1. I had no idea what a corn hole was. Soooo funny, thanks for sharing. They are called Bean Bags in the Uk too! Sounds a lot like something I would do.

  2. That’s funny. Yeah we called it bean bag toss back home, but I do remember the corn hole set up in the back yards at BBQs we were invited to in the Midwest. I guess Beavis and Butthead really made the name of that game the butt of a few jokes. (no pun intended.)

  3. That’s awesome! On the west coast we have washers- same idea but we use washers instead of bean bags and there’s three holes instead of one.

    They’re super easy to build and don’t take too much time if you want a permanent set of your own. If you buy the wood from Home Depot they’ll usually make a few cuts for free and then all you have to do is screw everything together.

    Have fun cornholing!

    • LOL, this is hilarious for SO MANY REASONS.
      1. I can’t believe I said BOOBY–in caps no less. (I made the change–though I considered leaving it:))
      2. I almost wrote a blog today about “booby pins”–bobby pins legit fall off my being CONSTANTLY. Even when I didn’t use any, they still seem to fall off me. I found 3 YESTERDAY!

  4. Great story. Like a previous commenter, all I could think of was a workmate who walked around the halls after work with his T-shirt over his head, saying “I am the mighty Cornholio.” [see here for how offensive it can be:

    Just like you, it offended a lot of people who thought he was making inappropriate suggestions until he explained it was a line from the cartoon show called Beavis and Butthead (yes, the workmate was an adult, a computer programmer in his late 20s!).

    Thanks again for the laugh!

  5. Bahahahaha, that’s amazing. I had always heard it called bean bag toss growing up. When my (now ex) boyfriend’s family started goading me to “play Corn Hole” at some family get-together, I was so confused! Thanks for the laugh today 😛

  6. I am curious as to where you’re living now. I live in California and we call it a bean bag toss. However, my husband just informed me that at his work, in San Francisco, they call the game corn hole. Which is weird to me. Also, my husband’s work has way too many games. Seriously.

  7. Actually, I’ve heard of Corn Hole, though I’m from Jersey. It picked up here in Philadelphia as a game played at tail gate parties. Apparently it is slightly different from a bean bag toss, though I can’t remember why.

    Don’t beat yourself up. You have two choices – one day, you could look back on this and laugh, or you could just start laughing about it today.

  8. I had no idea, when I started to read this post, what a corn hole was. After a quick Google search…. DEAR GOD! MY EYES!

    I suppose that comes from living in the UK, in a small town. Although, I have done something similar:
    I once worked in an office with a whole bunch of people who speak different languages – a multi-cultural office, if you will. One day, I sent an email to a whole bunch of people in romanised Japanese (Japanese language, but in the Roman character set). It turns out that more than a few Japanese words, when spelt out in the Roman character set, are offensive to people from some places in Africa.
    Once I explained myself, we all had a good laugh. But, working there was never the same after that.

    The moral of the story: “Be careful what you e-mail”

    • HAHA that is so funny! You just never know what you don’t know 🙂 My husband is polynesian and sometimes you don’t realize what you think is normal and everyone knows you realize it is not! 🙂

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  10. Ha ha ha, that’s awesome! I used to live in Wisconsin but am originally from Texas so when they told me they wanted to play corn hole when we were up at the cottage I was appalled. I had my hand on the phone to call a taxi when they explained to me what they meant. Terrifying!

  11. HA HA HA HA HA!!! This is hilarious Malia – it’s nice to “meet” you! An amusing read – Wiki everything, got you on that one!

  12. That’s hilarious. I’ve heard it referred to as both, but I can honestly say I probably would have done the same thing. Although, I wouldn’t have found the term Cornhole offensive if I was on the receiving end of the email and I didn’t know what it was. Everyone is different though

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