Hello, class and welcome back to Shipping 101! Today we are exploring a controversial topic–RPF or, “real person/people fiction”. Shipping real people and not characters can be tricky, because these people are often in real life relationships and therefore it can feel a little squicky to think about the REAL people participating in fanfiction-esque activities. But, once you get past the trepidation, it can actually be a lot of fun. Many fandoms, especially “bandoms” (band fandoms), do the RPF thing, because the people are close in real life and because, well, fandoms are weird, and we like to imagine our faves together. For many years I have stayed away from RPF, but recent events have turned a page in my shipping textbook, and I come to you today with a very real need to carefully share my newest OTP, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins, AKA Cockles (insert heart eyes here).

Happy 40th birthday Misha Collins!

You found our blog once, perhaps you will find us again as we take a few moments to count down the 6 reasons (for your 6 years on SPN) we love you.

6) TheRandomAct.org

Misha Collins in Haiti with Random Acts
Misha Collins in Haiti with Random Acts

Your work with Random Acts inspires people all across the globe to do something nice for a stranger without expecting anything in return. Last year on your bday, the Collectress and I peppered the mall parking lot with friendly love notes on car windows. This year, we went out for a lovely lunch together (and I snuck the check).

5) GISHWHES

Kitchenware Couture Pirate Wedding photo cr: The Spaniard
Kitchenware Couture Pirate Wedding photo cr: The Spaniard

The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen was the most fun I’ve had with my friends all year long. You inspired us to create art, to laugh and to give back to our community.My dad walked me down the aisle for my vow renewal, which he didn’t get to do the first time. I also made a PowerPoint presentation about Jared Padalecki’s hair.

Thanks for that.