If you've been on the internet in the past week, you've probably seen terrified slingshot couple.
If you haven't, here's the gist of it: young couple gets on the Orlando Slingshot, operators play (cruel-but-funny) prank where they mention non-existent seat belts being loose, then launch them into the air. And the guy, who was already scared but trying to do something nice for his upset girlfriend, freaks out.
Here's the original video, which was posted June 3 (even though it's from May) and has gotten 4.6 million views.
Posted by Orlando Slingshot on Saturday, June 3, 2017
This caught the attention of Jimmy Kimmel, who issued a call on his show to find the couple. And this week introduced the world to Joe Cash and Alexandra Alexis when he had them on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Cash told GoMN he saw the likes and comments on the Facebook video go up and up, and knew it was going to go viral – and the day Kimmel put out the want ad, someone tagged Cash on Twitter, and the show found him that same day.
Joe Cash is coming to Minnesota
So why are we writing about this? Besides the fact that it's a fun story, Joe Cash is actually moving to Minnesota.
As he explained to Kimmel briefly, he's playing college football at Northland Community and Technical College.
Cash, 18, has been a running back at George Jenkins High School in Lakeland, Florida. He told GoMN he had a couple Division I offers, but there was confusion with some high school credits he needed and his eligibility.
So he started looking for junior colleges without a logjam at running back, so he could get playing time right away – and came across Northland head coach Jim Cox on Twitter. When it came time to decide where to go, Cash felt like it would be a good fit.
Cash hasn't been to the campus before – he's hoping to visit with his mom before the Aug. 8 reporting date – but a couple of his high school teammates are going to play for the Pioneers as well. On the field, he plans to "ball out" – and off it, he wants to study criminal justice.
Would he ride the slingshot again?
Coach Cox saw the slingshot video, and he might have an idea for using it this season. Which means Cash isn't going to escape it anytime soon.
But Cash says he always knew he was going to be on TV one day, even if this wasn't quite how he predicated it. His girlfriend was mad, so he took her out to dinner and was trying to be nice so he went on the slingshot because he knew she wanted to. Even though he didn't.
"When I got on it, we started going down ... They were strapping me on, I'm scared, I'm sweating and everything," Cash said.
He pleaded with the operator to let him off, but no dice. Then they mentioned the "seat belt" being messed up – even though there's no seat belt.
"As soon as he just let it go, I didn't realize it and I'm like, 'Ahhh!' I'm flapping my arms because I'm trying to fly away," Cash said. "I'm still thinking about it. I'm scared right now still thinking about it."
So what's more nerve-wracking: a 1,600-mile change of scenery from Florida to Minnesota, or that slingshot?
"I'm kind of like nervous, because I'm way far away. And if I needed something, I couldn't get it like I would if I was closer," he said, choosing Minnesota.
Plus, he can laugh a little bit about the slingshot video now.
"But I would never do that again though," he said.