Napping Montreal intern gains Internet fame

An intern who gained Internet fame for an ill-timed nap is making the most of the sudden attention.

Eduard Paraschivescu, a student at Concordia University in Montreal, was only on his second day at software engineering firm GSoft when he nodded off at his desk.

See Full Article

His co-workers quickly noticed the dozing intern, and decided to have a little fun.

"Apparently for the entire 25 minutes I was sleeping, they were laughing," Paraschivescu said. "They were dropping boxes next to me. Someone apparently checked my pulse."

Then, the office gathered around him for a group photo.

When Paraschivescu woke up and realized what had happened, he said he put his hands in front of his face, embarrassed.

"I'm like 'I don't know how I'm going to get out of this,'" he told CTV Montreal. "I could have done a million other things to get known at the company, other than that."

Once he regained his composure, however, Paraschivescu embraced the incident.

He posted the group photo online and it quickly went viral.

Reddit users shared the photo in a forum called "Photoshop battles," and from there, photo editors cut and pasted the sleeping intern onto a variety of creative backgrounds: from the Oscars to a scene from the Simpsons.

Paraschivescu, who says his anemia makes him fall asleep easily, is now taking his sudden fame in stride.

He's hoping to fund a line of humorous t-shirts promoting sleeping at work. He also said his employer and co-workers have been good natured about the incident.

"It's one of their company statements, having fun at work," he said.

As for whether he plans to fall asleep on the job again, Paraschivescu said he's taken precautionary measures.

"I've got a half case of Guru (energy drink) on my desk," he said. "All the caffeine I need."

With files from CTV Montreal



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • 'Your son is alive'; California father buries wrong man after coroner’s mistake

    World News Toronto Sun
    SANTA ANA, Calif. — Eleven days after laying his son to rest, Frank J. Kerrigan got a call from a friend. “Your son is alive,” he said. “Bill (Shinker) put my son on the phone,” Kerrigan said. Source
  • Al Capone's song, pocket watch fetch over $100K at auction

    World News Toronto Sun
    BOSTON — Artifacts connected to some of the nation’s most notorious gangsters sold for more than $100,000 at auction Saturday. A diamond pocket watch that belonged to Al Capone and was produced in Chicago in the 1920s, along with a handwritten musical composition he wrote in Alcatraz in the 1930s, were among the items that sold at the “Gangsters, Outlaws and Lawmen” auction. Source
  • Venezuelan protesters, security forces clash at air base

    World News CTV News
    CARACAS, Venezuela -- Young protesters broke down a metal fence guarding an air base in Caracas on Saturday before being repelled by security forces firing tear gas in another day of anti-government protests in Venezuela's capital. Source
  • Venezuelan president's opponents lay siege to air base

    World News CBC News
    Young protesters broke down a metal fence guarding an air base in Caracas on Saturday before being repelled by security forces firing tear gas in another day of anti-government protests in Venezuela's capital. Demonstrators threw stones, and some protesters were injured. Source
  • Lots to be proud of on Canada's 150th

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    So this great country of ours Canada is about to turn 150. Well, happy sesquicentennial to us. Although, it was a lot easier to pronounce “centennial” 50 years ago. And what a great year that was. Bobby Gimby sang, “Canada – now we are 20 million. Source
  • Race was a factor in St. Louis black officer mistakenly shot by white cop: lawyer

    World News CTV News
    An off-duty black St. Louis police officer's race factored into him being mistakenly shot by a white officer who didn't recognize him after a shootout with black suspects this week, the wounded officer's lawyer contends. Source
  • Labatt celebrates 170 years of heritage ahead of Canada's 150th [Photos]

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    If any nation knows how to quaff a cold one, it has to be Canada. Our famous brew is one of the most coveted drinks in the world. It’s part of our nationalistic identity, and we’re proud of it! Source
  • Four-year-old boy is dead after being hit by car

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    EDMONTON - Edmonton Police say a four-year-old boy died in hospital after he was hit by a vehicle on 44A Avenue near 35 Street around 8:15 p.m. on Friday. Traffic section officers are investigating, but no charges are pending. Source
  • 34 U.K. high-rises have unsafe siding: Officials

    World News Toronto Sun
    LONDON — The scope of Britain’s fire-safety crisis broadened Saturday as London officials scrambled to evacuate four public housing towers due to concerns about external cladding, fire doors and insulation around gas pipes. Hundreds of residents hastily packed their bags and sought emergency shelter, with many angry and confused about the chaotic situation. Source
  • Video of Quebec history float goes viral amid allegations of racism

    Canada News CBC News
    A float in Montreal's Fête nationale parade Saturday quickly prompted widespread rebuke online with some attendees calling it racist. The float went along St. Denis Street carrying singer Annie Villeneuve and a pianist, along with a billboard that said "Once upon a time…" in French. Source