Alex Falcone is a comedian and writer living in Los Angeles with few notable accomplishments. He wrote a novel about a teenage girl who dates a mummy that Publisher’s Weekly called “unfortunate”, has a podcast about movies called Read It and Weep, and that’s just scratching the surface. Alex also came close to becoming an astronaut!

That is if you consider receiving a rejection letter from NASA coming close. And you should. How many of the companies you applied to thought you’re so hopeless, they didn’t even bother to reply? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

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The reason Alex was dreaming about becoming an astronaut rather than a policeman or firefighter is because he’s always wanted to go to space. Even though he’s supremely unqualified. “I’m dumb, have no useful skills, am hard to get along with over long periods of time (ruined more than one road trip and multiple book clubs), and I do get motion sick in even short car rides,” he told Bored Panda. “I would be the worst candidate for NASA.”

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So, considering this rejection has crushed his lifelong fantasy, you’d think Alex would be pretty bummed out. But that’s not necessarily the case. For one thing, the guy already has a thick skin when it comes to getting the cold shoulder. “Man, I’ve gotten so many rejections for comedy festivals, writing jobs, and gigs. I used to tell myself, ‘Michael Jordan didn’t make his high school basketball team’ but then I watched that documentary about him and realized he grew, like, a foot and worked his butt off after that, and I’m not doing either. So now I’ve got nothing to comfort me,” he said. Another reason is, the rejection letter isn’t real. Alex wrote it himself. As a joke. C’mon people, you knew this was coming!