A Guy Complained No One Had Wished Him Happy Birthday On Twitter And Things Got Weird

    Note: This is a summary. It's still very, very long. The full, magnificent saga can be found here.

    OK. Here is Twitter user daniel_barker.

    On 13 January, Daniel was a bit miffed because people hadn't wished him a happy birthday.

    You know, in some ways, I do regret having tweeted this.

    ~@daniel_barkerFollow

    You know, in some ways, I do regret having tweeted this.

    12:21 PM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Now you need to meet Twitter user FrogCroakley.

    Twitter: @FrogCroakley

    He's Daniel's friend in real life.

    For Daniel's birthday, he sang him a song.

    @daniel_barker HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO U I'LL BREAK U IN TWO MY OLD MAN'S A MUSHROOM AND I LIKE TO COOK STEW

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    @daniel_barker

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO U

    I'LL BREAK U IN TWO

    MY OLD MAN'S A MUSHROOM

    AND I LIKE TO COOK STEW

    12:34 PM - 13 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    @daniel_barker HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU PREPARE FOR VERSE TWO IT'S LOUDER AND DEEPER AND THE THIRD WILL BE TOO

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    @daniel_barker

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU

    PREPARE FOR VERSE TWO

    IT'S LOUDER AND DEEPER

    AND THE THIRD WILL BE TOO

    1:02 PM - 13 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Which got a bit weird.

    @daniel_barker HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY LORD YOU MUST READY THY SWORD A MONSTER AWAKENS IN A CAVE UNEXPLORED

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    @daniel_barker

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY LORD

    YOU MUST READY THY SWORD

    A MONSTER AWAKENS

    IN A CAVE UNEXPLORED

    1:06 PM - 13 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    This continues for a great many tweets.

    .@daniel_barker HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME IT'S MINE NOW, YOU SEE BECAUSE I HAVE TAKEN YOUR IDENTITY

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    .@daniel_barker

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME

    IT'S MINE NOW, YOU SEE

    BECAUSE I HAVE TAKEN

    YOUR IDENTITY

    1:14 PM - 13 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    And he was still singing the next day.

    .@daniel_barker @aanand HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY SON A NEW DAY IS BEGUN I HOPE YOU ARE READY FOR MORE BIRTHDAY FUN

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    .@daniel_barker @aanand

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY SON

    A NEW DAY IS BEGUN

    I HOPE YOU ARE READY

    FOR MORE BIRTHDAY FUN

    7:33 AM - 14 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    .@daniel_barker HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU TO YOUR INSTINCTS BE TRUE THE TIMER IS TICKING RED WIRE OR BLUE

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    .@daniel_barker

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU

    TO YOUR INSTINCTS BE TRUE

    THE TIMER IS TICKING

    RED WIRE OR BLUE

    7:44 AM - 14 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    He also introduced some clowns. They would become a running theme.

    Smash cut to me smacking a stick against a shipping container, rousing 15 weary clowns to begin a second day of @daniel_barker 's birthday.

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    Smash cut to me smacking a stick against a shipping container, rousing 15 weary clowns to begin a second day of @daniel_barker 's birthday.

    9:38 AM - 14 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Day three, and he's still singing.

    @daniel_barker HAPPY BIRTHDAY - IT'S IN YOU THAT FIRE IN YOUR SINEWS IT SHAN'T BE EXTINGUISHED WHILE THE PARTY CONTINUES

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    @daniel_barker

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY - IT'S IN YOU

    THAT FIRE IN YOUR SINEWS

    IT SHAN'T BE EXTINGUISHED

    WHILE THE PARTY CONTINUES

    8:43 AM - 15 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Daniel's birthday is now taking place in what he describes as a "stricken, alternate London".

    200 emaciated clowns toil at a vast capstan, clanking as it hauls a banner reading "HAPPY BIRTHDAY @daniel_barker " over all of East London.

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    200 emaciated clowns toil at a vast capstan, clanking as it hauls a banner reading "HAPPY BIRTHDAY @daniel_barker " over all of East London.

    8:46 AM - 15 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Hunched workers hurriedly don party hats as they pass police checkpoints; @daniel_barker glowers from behind a cake on titanic billboards.

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    Hunched workers hurriedly don party hats as they pass police checkpoints; @daniel_barker glowers from behind a cake on titanic billboards.

    8:52 AM - 15 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    A leaden bell tolls under a heavy sky; in an echoing stone hall, @daniel_barker weeps softly as expressionless butlers haul in another cake

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    A leaden bell tolls under a heavy sky; in an echoing stone hall, @daniel_barker weeps softly as expressionless butlers haul in another cake

    8:57 AM - 15 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    It's day four now, and the tone of Mr Croakley's tweets is becoming increasingly nightmarish.

    @daniel_barker HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEAR HEART WE MUST ALL PLAY OUR PART IN CHEERING YOUR BIRTHDAY TIL OUR NECKS FALL APART

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    @daniel_barker

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEAR HEART

    WE MUST ALL PLAY OUR PART

    IN CHEERING YOUR BIRTHDAY

    TIL OUR NECKS FALL APART

    8:19 AM - 16 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Dawn over London; a rusted, umanned zeppelin drops another load of confetti over the lifeless city in honour of @daniel_barker 's birthday.

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    Dawn over London; a rusted, umanned zeppelin drops another load of confetti over the lifeless city in honour of @daniel_barker 's birthday.

    8:21 AM - 16 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    It's now day five. Daniel had been told, via text message, that the tweets would stop. But...

    ...this was a lie.

    @daniel_barker HAPPY BIRTHDAY ONCE MORE WE'RE ONTO DAY FOUR THERE'S A HULKING ALBINO WITH A CAKE AT YOUR DOOR

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    @daniel_barker

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ONCE MORE

    WE'RE ONTO DAY FOUR

    THERE'S A HULKING ALBINO

    WITH A CAKE AT YOUR DOOR

    9:34 AM - 17 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    If anything, London has become even more of a dystopia.

    In tallow-lit catacombs beneath London, 4,000 withered orphans begin their daily toil on a mile-wide tapestry of @daniel_barker's face

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    In tallow-lit catacombs beneath London, 4,000 withered orphans begin their daily toil on a mile-wide tapestry of @daniel_barker's face

    9:37 AM - 17 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Sat on a marble throne, @daniel_barker frowns. The Scottish delegation's birthday offering is poor; they will be ushered into The Microwave.

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    Sat on a marble throne, @daniel_barker frowns. The Scottish delegation's birthday offering is poor; they will be ushered into The Microwave.

    9:40 AM - 17 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    I hope that everyone will do what is right, and join me in wishing @daniel_barker a very, very happy birthday.

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    I hope that everyone will do what is right, and join me in wishing @daniel_barker a very, very happy birthday.

    9:46 AM - 17 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    It's day six now, and Daniel is, in Mr Croakley's words, "a despot reigning over a world depleted and enfeebled by constant and joyless celebration".

    A scowling man stalks a slum, ringing a bell; bowed commoners bring forth the meagre cakes they are obliged to bake daily for @Daniel_barker

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    A scowling man stalks a slum, ringing a bell; bowed commoners bring forth the meagre cakes they are obliged to bake daily for @Daniel_barker

    8:58 AM - 18 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Meanwhile in orbit, a vastly expensive operation reaches its zenith, as a captured asteroid spins end over end and hurtles toward the moon

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    Meanwhile in orbit, a vastly expensive operation reaches its zenith, as a captured asteroid spins end over end and hurtles toward the moon

    9:00 AM - 18 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Ejecta from the impact spells "HAPY BIRTHDAY", twinkling in the dawn. @daniel_barker has the man responsible for the spelling error drowned.

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    Ejecta from the impact spells "HAPY BIRTHDAY", twinkling in the dawn. @daniel_barker has the man responsible for the spelling error drowned.

    9:04 AM - 18 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    He has also begun to drink the blood of animals.

    As the day's celebratory meal begins, @daniel_barker takes a weary gulp from his chalice of leopard blood, and beckons for his party hat.

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    As the day's celebratory meal begins, @daniel_barker takes a weary gulp from his chalice of leopard blood, and beckons for his party hat.

    9:07 AM - 18 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    I sincerely urge every one of you to remember that it is @daniel_barker s birthday today.

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    I sincerely urge every one of you to remember that it is @daniel_barker s birthday today.

    9:14 AM - 18 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    People are now joining in.

    Guys it is @daniel_barker 's birthday today, you should all wish him well :toots party horn, clowns fall over:

    Casey Andromeda@WangleberryFollow

    Guys it is @daniel_barker 's birthday today, you should all wish him well :toots party horn, clowns fall over:

    10:11 AM - 18 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Some haven't got the joke.

    @Wangleberry @daniel_barker Happy birthday, DB! Hope you have a great day.

    Anna yeah@ThiefreeFollow

    @Wangleberry @daniel_barker Happy birthday, DB! Hope you have a great day.

    11:40 AM - 18 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Right, let's take a moment and break for tea.

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    From this point on we shall be condensing even more.

    Day seven begins. There are a great many tweets on day seven.

    Day 7 of @daniel_barker's birthday. A gunmetal grey armoured truck, a stencilled '~' on its flank, grinds to a halt in a bombed out street.

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    Day 7 of @daniel_barker's birthday. A gunmetal grey armoured truck, a stencilled '~' on its flank, grinds to a halt in a bombed out street.

    8:46 AM - 19 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Daniel is no doubt reassured by this tweet.

    @daniel_barker this is my way of saying I like someone

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    @daniel_barker this is my way of saying I like someone

    9:07 AM - 19 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Day eight, and things are getting odder.

    Day 8 of @daniel_barker's birthday. An orbital tug, crewed by 10,000 stunted mutants, drags a 500km wide ribbon toward the moon's north pole

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    Day 8 of @daniel_barker's birthday. An orbital tug, crewed by 10,000 stunted mutants, drags a 500km wide ribbon toward the moon's north pole

    8:33 AM - 20 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Earlier in @daniel_barker 's birthday, the amazon rainforest & 1,000 convicts were sacrificed to fix a 10,000km stick to the moon's surface.

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    Earlier in @daniel_barker 's birthday, the amazon rainforest & 1,000 convicts were sacrificed to fix a 10,000km stick to the moon's surface.

    8:43 AM - 20 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    "Happy birthday @daniel_barker " sighs the chief mutant over skype, wiping sweat off his face tentacles as his filthy crew shiver behind him

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    "Happy birthday @daniel_barker " sighs the chief mutant over skype, wiping sweat off his face tentacles as his filthy crew shiver behind him

    8:46 AM - 20 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    "As requested; the moon on a stick" he intones. There is a long silence, as @daniel_barker regards the screen with an expressionless face.

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    "As requested; the moon on a stick" he intones. There is a long silence, as @daniel_barker regards the screen with an expressionless face.

    8:48 AM - 20 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    "I do not care for the colour of the stick" says @daniel_barker, reaching for a red button. The mutant's eyes bulge as the connection severs

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    "I do not care for the colour of the stick" says @daniel_barker, reaching for a red button. The mutant's eyes bulge as the connection severs

    8:51 AM - 20 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    This goes on for some time. But let's skip to day nine. Now things are really grim.

    Day 9 of @daniel_barker's birthday. As manacled clowns sweep up the night's confetti, the citadel gates open for the next wave of guests.

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    Day 9 of @daniel_barker's birthday. As manacled clowns sweep up the night's confetti, the citadel gates open for the next wave of guests.

    7:59 AM - 21 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Commoners from the foundry district, chosen by lottery, are handed tattered finery & herded past steel menhirs bearing @daniel_barker's face

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    Commoners from the foundry district, chosen by lottery, are handed tattered finery & herded past steel menhirs bearing @daniel_barker's face

    8:03 AM - 21 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    More animal blood.

    "Greetings!" shrieks @daniel_barker, gulping a mug of eagle blood as he capers down a spiral staircase in an icing-smeared general's uniform

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    "Greetings!" shrieks @daniel_barker, gulping a mug of eagle blood as he capers down a spiral staircase in an icing-smeared general's uniform

    8:10 AM - 21 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    An organist with hammers for hands begins a foul rendition of "happy birthday" as unsmiling clowns wheel forth chairs & @daniel_barker claps

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    An organist with hammers for hands begins a foul rendition of "happy birthday" as unsmiling clowns wheel forth chairs & @daniel_barker claps

    8:22 AM - 21 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    God.

    Without warning, @daniel_barker draws a pistol and shoots the organist stone dead. As the shot echoes, the commoners scramble for the seats.

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    Without warning, @daniel_barker draws a pistol and shoots the organist stone dead. As the shot echoes, the commoners scramble for the seats.

    8:27 AM - 21 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    A leering brute emerges from a low passageway with a leopard on a rope; the lights turn deep crimson and @daniel_barker cackles in ecstasy.

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    A leering brute emerges from a low passageway with a leopard on a rope; the lights turn deep crimson and @daniel_barker cackles in ecstasy.

    8:31 AM - 21 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    @FrogCroakley I'm going to have to put "it isn't actually my birthday" in my bio, aren't I.

    ~@daniel_barkerFollow

    @FrogCroakley I'm going to have to put "it isn't actually my birthday" in my bio, aren't I.

    8:27 AM - 21 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    By day 11 there is fan art.

    The Mob Gathers At the Gates of @daniel_barker's Palace. Inspired by @FrogCroakley

    Nathan Baboonicorn@BaboonicornFollow

    The Mob Gathers At the Gates of @daniel_barker's Palace.

    Inspired by @FrogCroakley

    4:18 AM - 23 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Rioting has begun in Daniel's kingdom.

    Day 11 of @daniel_barker's birthday. Bottles smash against the palace walls, shards twinkling in firelight under a sky dark with candle soot

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    Day 11 of @daniel_barker's birthday. Bottles smash against the palace walls, shards twinkling in firelight under a sky dark with candle soot

    8:21 AM - 23 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Happy Birthday, @daniel_barker - I hope you will forgive that my tribute was so rushed

    Casey Andromeda@WangleberryFollow

    Happy Birthday, @daniel_barker - I hope you will forgive that my tribute was so rushed

    9:10 AM - 23 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    By day 14, a short radio play.

    Aww. @daniel_barker got a birthday shoutout on the radio! https://t.co/mXvT7edFWJ

    Prof. Bison Sexhorn@BrainmageFollow

    Aww. @daniel_barker got a birthday shoutout on the radio! https://t.co/mXvT7edFWJ

    5:57 AM - 28 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    By day 16, Twitter users are accepting Daniel as their lord and producing propaganda.

    let's all wish @daniel_barker a happy birthday! please ignore any treasonous rumours, our lord is still in his palace

    Constant Badthoughts@allwrongthinkFollow

    let's all wish @daniel_barker a happy birthday! please ignore any treasonous rumours, our lord is still in his palace

    4:16 AM - 28 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    PLEASE NOTE; failure to properly celebrate @daniel_barker 's birthday is punishable by DEATH

    Constant Badthoughts@allwrongthinkFollow

    PLEASE NOTE; failure to properly celebrate @daniel_barker 's birthday is punishable by DEATH

    9:23 AM - 28 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Day 17, and there is "full on mecha carnage".

    Suspended on cables beneath them, @Daniel_barker sneers into the wind over the armoured collar of Iron Clown, his war exoskeleton.

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    Suspended on cables beneath them, @Daniel_barker sneers into the wind over the armoured collar of Iron Clown, his war exoskeleton.

    8:22 AM - 29 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Ladies and gentlemen, happy birthday @daniel_barker

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    Ladies and gentlemen, happy birthday @daniel_barker

    9:15 AM - 29 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    The rebels strike; ragged men rush to ensnare @daniel_barker in nets as a stolen tank with "MANY HAPPY RETURNS" daubed on its hull emerges.

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    The rebels strike; ragged men rush to ensnare @daniel_barker in nets as a stolen tank with "MANY HAPPY RETURNS" daubed on its hull emerges.

    8:46 AM - 29 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    By day 22, this was Mr Croakley's word cloud.

    Out of interest, here is how my recent descent into barking madness has changed the wordcloud of my tweets: http://t.co/MZ2vh4PqCx

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    Out of interest, here is how my recent descent into barking madness has changed the wordcloud of my tweets: http://t.co/MZ2vh4PqCx

    9:27 AM - 03 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Day 23 was a bad day.

    BUT IT WON'T STOP ME WISHING @DANIEL_BARKER A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    BUT IT WON'T STOP ME WISHING @DANIEL_BARKER A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY

    1:51 PM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    But we were soon back on track.

    Day 23 of @daniel_barker's birthday. The enormous rocketship, fashioned in the guise of a leopard, hurtles through the void trailing bunting

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    Day 23 of @daniel_barker's birthday. The enormous rocketship, fashioned in the guise of a leopard, hurtles through the void trailing bunting

    7:05 PM - 05 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    "Show me the good bit again" @daniel_barker commands his Video Clown, as he reclines in his ape leather throne & sips tortoise spinal fluid.

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    "Show me the good bit again" @daniel_barker commands his Video Clown, as he reclines in his ape leather throne & sips tortoise spinal fluid.

    7:08 PM - 05 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Day 37, and Daniel Barker is on Mars.

    Day 37 of @daniel_barker's birthday. A lone figure in a spacesuit casts a tapered shadow over Martian dunes as it treks into the sun.

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    Day 37 of @daniel_barker's birthday. A lone figure in a spacesuit casts a tapered shadow over Martian dunes as it treks into the sun.

    8:35 AM - 18 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Sipping stale porcupine blood through his helmet straw, @daniel_barker squints into the ghastly disc of the sun & mutters savage obscenities

    Regular Frog@FrogCroakleyFollow

    Sipping stale porcupine blood through his helmet straw, @daniel_barker squints into the ghastly disc of the sun & mutters savage obscenities

    8:45 AM - 18 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    The whole thing is here. We are 38 days into Daniel Barker's birthday and it shows no sign of abating.

    When – and how – can it possibly end? Mr Croakley tells BuzzFeed News: "The ongoing threat is that I won't stop until he holds a massive birthday party, in character, with us all dressed as clowns. Apparently some people are seriously looking at venue hire for this."

    And Barker? He says: "I did wonder how long he would keep going. I said a few weeks ago, 'Surely you're going to have to kill me soon.' But who knows?"

    Oh, and in case you were wondering, he tells us: "I had a nice birthday this year – didn't do much for a change. Was actually quite happy with people sending birthday wishes on Twitter."

    And what's the whole experience been like? "Well, it's certainly odd to get such attention for something that isn't my doing at all. But it's been great fun. And now I just expect people to wish me happy birthday when I see them. Which is a weird thing to have in your brain."

    On Mr Croakley, he says: "He's a good friend and a very talented writer, so mostly I just enjoy it along with everyone else. And feel only slightly resentful that nothing I tweet ever gets that kind of attention."

    "I stand by this as a description of his work, though."

    @FrogCroakley christ, it's like something Hemingway would write if you dug him up fed him ketamine and forced him onto Celebrity Big Brother

    ~@daniel_barkerFollow

    @FrogCroakley christ, it's like something Hemingway would write if you dug him up fed him ketamine and forced him onto Celebrity Big Brother

    10:12 AM - 11 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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