Carnegie Mellon University

A Lucky Day

A Lucky Day

@TheEllenShow: Go to Pittsburgh now. When you get there, go to Carnegie Mellon University. When you get to Carnegie Mellon, stay there.

Ellen DeGeneres used Twitter to capture the attention of Carnegie Mellon students on May 6. And she kept Pittsburghers intrigued for the next few hours with several more tweets alluding to big happenings at the university.

Carnegie Mellon students turn out for the Ellen ShowAt 7:05, students got another tweet:

@TheEllenShow: Pittsburghians, rush to The Fence at Carnegie Mellon University. But you have to bring a melon. The first 8 win a HUGE prize! 

The retweets were a-fluttering — including loyal @CarnegieMellon followers. And, despite the pouring rain, more than 100 enthusiastic students and fans descended on the fence — many with melons in tow.

The first eight people in line with their melon won a set of round-trip plane tickets to anywhere in the United States. They also talked to Ellen live from campus via a remote hookup. The show was taped and aired May 21.

As for everybody else who returned to the taping with a full melon (chunks of fruit didn’t “cut it”) in 40 minutes or less got more than rain-soaked. Many of them also scored gifts from Ellen, including iPods, Flip cameras (developed by a Carnegie Mellon alum Jonathan Kaplan), Sony readers, Nintendo Wiis, Xbox systems, gift cards and t-shirts.

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