Ever had an unbelievable coincidence happen to you? Ran into a celebrity while grocery shopping? Were you on the edges of a scandal that made national news? How about a close brush with the supernatural?

If so, writer Aidan Moher wants to hear from you. A thread he started on Twitter asking for his followers’ wildest stories has attracted responses that range from goofy to chilling. Bored Panda asked the author what he learned from the viral thread and you can see what he said, along with the stories themselves, below. You can also browse all of the responses by searching the tweet’s permalink to find tweets quoting it, but here's a handful of our favorites.

The sci-fi and fantasy author shared some of his own experiences that he’d had in mind when he started the thread, but he admitted that the people of Twitter had him bested. Some of these stories are a little stranger than fiction, whether they're just odd scenes or the whole movie pitch.

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ZombieGirl
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8 months ago

lol that is so adorable

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I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
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8 months ago

That is fantastic news.

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nanashi
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8 months ago

if this is legit, that's an incredible coincidence, and a good ending as well.

kurisutofu
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8 months ago

It's not a coincidence, that was her memories. It's like you always loved a toy without knowing why and it happened that you had that toy when you were 2yo.

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Seabeast
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8 months ago

Did the "mother" know that she was kidnapped from her bio parents? Was anyone ever charged? So much missing information.

kurisutofu
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8 months ago

Plus, she says she decided to love both families but in the same time that she has left the house and suing the kidnapper ... A lot of missing pieces.

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Karin Jansen
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8 months ago

Sooo... The kidnapper just got away with it??

glowworm2
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8 months ago

What amazes me is that after all those years, your real mother still recognized you as her child. How awful that the "mother" she was living with all those years tried to claim that her actual memories of her real family were fake.

Cenk Karaferya
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8 months ago

This is insane. But, shouldn't the kidnapper be jailed!?

Blue Cicada
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8 months ago

Justice is not instant. It could take months or years for the entire case to be investigated and tried. With the information here, we don't know if the woman who raised her new that she was kidnapped, or if she thought that she had adopted a child legitimately.

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Carol Emory
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8 months ago

I hope she turned her in. Chances are, they may have been stolen too.

karin s.
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8 months ago

if that is true, how can she decide to "love both families" when her younger siblings might be kidnapped as well?

Harley Hans Hoglin
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3 months ago

She might not love the kidnapper, but she has youger siblings, who she must love, as she was sueing the kidnapper to be able to see them.

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Aria
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8 months ago

You should take this story to a filmmaker, or write about it, because it's incredibly like the plot of a movie, and the fact that it's real is even more amazing.

Hans
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8 months ago

"you have wild imagination". How despicable!

Aidyn06
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8 months ago

This reminds me of an old book I just read... "The Face on the Milk Carton"

Justin Mills
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8 months ago

I admit I questioned if this was real but who am I to not give OP the benefit of the doubt. I read recently a lady found her long lost sister, who had lived on the same street for years and were well acquainted. Imagine being separated from a sibling, growing up, buying a house, and the odds she buys a house on the same block. And they knew each other well before they found out.

JolieB
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2 months ago

I love this! I believe it. Real life is crazy

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Natalia Brown
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8 months ago

I've never said "oh my god" so many times before!

Giette Hulsbosch
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8 months ago

Holy shit!

kitk4t
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8 months ago

"BIGLY"????

James Thompson
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8 months ago

It's a distinctly American ref to the president. Bigly seems to be one of his favorite adjectives

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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8 months ago

If I were to steal a kid I would at least change cities.

kurisutofu
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8 months ago

I don't think people who steal kids are very smart ...

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Faith Olson
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8 months ago

i want to believe it and i do, but idk if it is true soooooo.

Amanda Ammermann
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8 months ago

DAMN

ELIZABETH A HIGBIE
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8 months ago

Who else cab recall this “REAL LIFE STORY”? https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5823323/amp/Girl-kidnapped-birth-says-abductors-18-year-sentence-fair.html I am not sure what county this “supposed kidnapping” took place? But what I do know is this would have DEFINITELY made world news. Also if we do the math correctly , this kidnapping story WOULD NOT be so old that the internet wouldn’t be spreading this story like a wildfire? However to be fair to this “story teller” I wouldn’t be able to completely say it’s not true. Many details may have been purposefully been left out for the “WOW FACTOR” to be set by the story teller. Because off the top of my head I can think of numerous things that are more plausible that would make this “kidnapping story” to be less exciting, yet a realistic scenario. Example: The person who’s she’s described as the woman/mother who’d kidnapped her wasn’t just some random stranger and more than likely a blood relative . To be continued

ELIZABETH A HIGBIE
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8 months ago

That the 3 yr old (at the time) was actually sent to live with (for all sorts of reasons). That would explain why #1 This is NOT been in the National news and makes the most sense about why there’s NO MENTION of a arrest or anything of it’s being described in this. The reason WE can tell no arrests or charges against the “kidnapper” were made is from the details of her having to “sue” for visitation rights to visit her “supposed” siblings. And then also brings me to my last thought “Love won BIGLY” and that she now loves BOTH families? Y’all decide?

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Mimi M
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8 months ago

If this is legit, it's been totally left out of the news...

Anne
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8 months ago

Judging from the colors and furniture, the included pictures show her at three around or before the same time I was.. she was 25 when she found out, which will be at least 20 years ago. Internet was not a big thing back then, so still plausible that this was not on your news.

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DebbyC
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5 months ago

You are a brave lady

Thatllama
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6 months ago

Creepy, so f•cking creepy

Landon DeSonne
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6 months ago

love this

Omar Pearson
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2 months ago

Great story but could have left the last sentence out.

Ice cube
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8 months ago

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG

Little Queenie
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8 months ago

wow. just wow.

BusLady
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8 months ago

I wonder if the parents who raised her knew that she had been kidnapped?

Lyn Moffett
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8 months ago

Amazing. She has been living with her childhood memories and even more amazing she found her birth mum. I truly think ALL mothers would recognise their children no matter how long but alas it's been proven that a lot of mothers don't recall their children after extended absences.

RitaGG
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8 months ago

We all love a good story, but I'm not buying it. The pictures are all from the early 1960s. You can tell by the quality of the photos, the style of the clothes, the furniture and even her hair as a child. Plus, her grammar is atrocious. A grown woman typically would not tell a story in truncated words. such as "wud" instead of "would". Plus, what exactly would she be suing her supposed parents/kidnappers for? I don't think even Elizabeth Smart sued her captors.

Jennifer Crompton
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8 months ago

People write this way on Twitter because of the limited characters allowed per post. Also, she said she was 25 when she found out, not that she is 25 now. And she said ,at the time she found out, she was suing her "parents" for visitation rights to her younger siblings, not for money. She left home at 15, most likely on bad terms, and her parents wouldn't allow her to see her underage siblings. It is very possible that she made this up. I'm just offering explanations for the issues you pointed out.

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Preston Burkholder
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8 months ago

this story WUD be great if you spelled your words correctly... ugh

RitaGG
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8 months ago

Yep. That's what I was thinking.

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Mr. Re-in-act-ment
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8 months ago

Wow.

Id row
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8 months ago

Why isn't the woman that kidnapped her in prison?

Greta Great
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8 months ago

Wouldn't the kidnappers change the name of the child? When she entered the house of her dreams, the lady screamed out her name....

Beans
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8 months ago

She didn't say it was the same name she was currently using, it might have been her original name.

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Jo Choto
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8 months ago

I'm a bit confused what the actual story is here and what happened.

Beans
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8 months ago (edited)

Growing up, she clashed with her mother, who she felt was nothing like her. She used to say things at six years old like, 'I want to go back to my real family, with my boat and dog,' and the mom would say she was being silly and to 'go back to them then, where are they then??' etc. She also used to claim she had a boat and dog and fancy house to people, and the mom would explain she had a vivid imagination, etc. So she grows up, moves out, and while she is doing real estate work, comes across the house she had in her 'imagination' with every detail matching up. So she knocks, and the person that answers recognizes her as a toddler that had gotten kidnapped at 3 years old. It turned out that the house, and dog, and boat was real, and she was remembering things not making them up. Her 'mother' wasn't her real mother. She connected with her real family, but she strangely forgave her 'mother' for what she did (kidnapping her) and the person she was, and came to terms with everything.

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mummy pig
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8 months ago

Wow! It should be a movie

Keilyn Hiilei
Community Member
8 months ago

Thats a beautiful story.

Jack Chandra
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8 months ago

Go to her Twitter. She's running a GoFundMe for her screenplay. And taking votes for the ending you want. Totally FAKE bulls*%#

JolieB
Community Member
2 months ago

No she isn't. I wasn't able to raise enough money so I returned all of the donations on Valentine's Day as a gift to everyone who had been so kind and generous to a stranger. Work on finding value in yourself. We often project our own insecurities onto others. Hugs.

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Animus 2.0
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8 months ago

Huh? What...!?!

Vex Boxx
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8 months ago

Whoa.

Ni La
Community Member
8 months ago

Amazing story!

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
8 months ago

Unbelievable!

Max L.
Community Member
8 months ago

That could be happened, but with no case I doubt a girl in her 15 and two younger brothers can just move like that.. Everything has been sorted out in a courtroom and it takes quite some time.

Adam Francis
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8 months ago

Fake

Kim Lee
Community Member
8 months ago

If you're gonna just be saying crap like that, then THIS of all posts you should maybe back down from. You're wasting your time

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Chris Longski
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8 months ago

Yeah, sure...

Kim Lee
Community Member
8 months ago

Exactly WHY is this so hard for you to grasp? There are MANY stories of abducted children that end up finding their real families years later: https://www.insider.com/kidnapped-missing-children-found-2019-1

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"There are a ton of amazing stories to inspire writers," Aidan Moher, who started the thread, told Bored Panda. "But it's important to make sure you remember and acknowledge where that inspiration came from, and go through the appropriate methods of getting permission to use those stories."

"I think the big takeaway for me as a writer is that life is full of coincidences and just as weird, unusual, and wacky as anything an author can come up with off the top of their head. So, writers should go big, but also think about how those stories impact the people in the moment and later into their life."

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lilly nyangweso
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8 months ago

Reason no.523 why I am a cat person.

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ADHORTATOR
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8 months ago

That's what I call good manners!

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Monday
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8 months ago

Clearly he was always meant to be your son. Glad you found each other.

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When asked if he'd gotten any stories that went beyond unbelievable and were just... not very believable, Moher said there was one rather risque trend.

"I've had... more than a few men making outlandish claims about the size of their sexual anatomy. Those are probably the most obviously fake. Otherwise, while I'm sure there are lots of embellishments and outright fake stories, I'm having fun because I think the majority of these stories are genuine."

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ADHORTATOR
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8 months ago

You missed the moment to stop :-)

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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8 months ago

Circle complete.

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Francis
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8 months ago

This just became a story here on boredpanda.. So why not the kidnapping story?

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Another reason Twitter trends like this take off so hard (see all the beginning vs. end of the decade posts plus any meme asking people to share facts about themselves) is because they tap into people’s penchant for talking about themselves.

Harvard researchers looked into what it is about talking about ourselves that lights up pleasure centers in our brains, and found that we enjoy not just sharing information about ourselves with other people, but self-examination in the first place.

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Sasy
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8 months ago

I am proud of you...30k is not enough to change that thought, you did that on your own.

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Sara
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8 months ago

I experienced Groundhog Day twice! I left Sydney & flew back to Dallas. I landed at the same time I had left. I wore a shirt that said "from the future". lol

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Blue Shadow
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8 months ago

Aww its so sweet that the firefighters would go out of their way to save the presents!

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Basically, there’s a reason why asking people questions about themselves is one of the most popular pieces of advice for being a good conversationalist, said to make people more likable. Try asking the same question Moher did next time you’re at a party—some of your acquaintances might have their own stories that they’ve been waiting to share.

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heidi holmes
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8 months ago

YoyoSthlm, I believe you need a class in manners. For it appears you are a troll and a worthless waste of human flesh to act superior to someone who may not be a native English speaker due to jealousy and ugliness. What exactly did you contribute to the situation other than your nasty attitude?

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Mimi M
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8 months ago (edited)

Nice! (A bit eerie, but still nice!). 'Wholesome ghost encounters'.

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DC
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8 months ago

That's cool! The pride the good ones never feel, haha...

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Aria
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8 months ago

That 70 yo mal is the nicest 70 yo man I've ever heard of, damn.

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Bleh
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8 months ago

A story where you either believe in humanity or lose faith in humanity

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Aria
Community Member
8 months ago

Awww, twinsies

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Aria
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8 months ago

Aww, copper feels so bag that he hit you he lets you go :'(

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ADHORTATOR
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8 months ago (edited)

Respect.... I go very often to the BarberShop, so I got a discount and I have my own button with my name on it on the cash register :-)

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Caroline
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8 months ago

If it's true, kudos to you.

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Edgar Rops
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8 months ago

If it were in a film, creators would have been accused of bad writing.

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Patrick McKemie
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8 months ago

Did you go to Stephen Hawking's party?

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Kristof De Smet
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8 months ago

No, I think you misunderstood, he's saying 'Fur real?"

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LuckyL
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8 months ago

I just love her name ^^

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Edgar Rops
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8 months ago

Fairy cat - they hate disrespect

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YoyoSthlm
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8 months ago

This actually happened to me too. My great great grandfather was the prime minister of Sweden. The king wanted to knight him but he said no because he didn't believe in the monarchy. (Yes this is true!)

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FloC
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8 months ago

I hope that she has been a dedicated science student after that.

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Berit-Bärbel Rebane
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8 months ago

I would have just joined him/her. Weird cats also deserve love.

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ZombieGirl
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8 months ago

Don't take 3 day vacations!! lol

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Misha Christensen-wildeman
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8 months ago

SANTA?

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Francis
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8 months ago

We need more information!

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Hans
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8 months ago

But how would you then know he seriously had that plan?

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ƒιѕн
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8 months ago

Kaylen Ward, she did this to help out Australian fire fighting efforts.

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SnowWolf
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8 months ago

Why did your mother allow you to drink that much???

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ZombieGirl
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8 months ago

Dick

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Louise B
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8 months ago

Did he tell you that? Just saying, people make some bold claims while drunk.

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Sasy
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8 months ago

This sounds like a rom com, but girl moves back divorced or widowed to find her first love owns a wine store because he always hoped she would one day walk back into his life.

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Aria
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8 months ago

Damn

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Daniel Lewis
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8 months ago

I was working with an ambulance when we went to the scene of a motorcycle accident. Upon arriving, I saw the motorcyclist about 20 feet away. I stepped out of the ambulance and immediately tripped over his leg.

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