The nation has become fascinated by a vague, cryptic Facebook status and, by extension, with the man behind the status.
Simon Williams posted the status – ‘Life can be valleys and mountains, and I’m a Sherpa’ – yesterday at tea time, and quickly became the focus of attention amongst his friends.
“Well, as soon as I read it, I just stopped what I was doing and, after doing up my trousers, I called my family into the computer room to try and make sense of it,” said middle-aged jogging enthusiast and friend of Mr Williams – Andy Bell.
“Whilst I didn’t understand it, it’s probably because I don’t have the deep and sensitive mind of Si.
“But I’m sure it just shows how brilliant he really is.”
The status quickly became viral, with celebrities becoming involved.
Hollywood superstar Jennifer Lawrence posted – ‘Simon Williams is a Sherpa, he must be so thoughtful and smart. I would definitely have sex with him.’
Philosopher Alain de Botton said the post had a profound effect on him.
“A Sherpa, eh?” Pondered the professional ponderer.
“I suppose, in many ways, aren’t we all Sherpas? I don’t know. I’m simply not as clever as Mr Williams.”
However, despite Mr Williams’ status making so many people really stop and think, his line manager Eleanor Gay has a different take on what it could mean.
“I’m not sure what this ‘I’m a Sherpa’ thing is,” she said.
“But I had to have word with him today about his personal hygiene issues, so maybe he was just feeling a bit down about that.”