13 People Who Experienced Real-Life Plot Twists
Life often throws unexpected situations our way, and many people decide to share their real-life twists online. These stories have surprising and even surreal endings, leaving everyone stunned that it isn’t a movie plot.
- Both my dad and his brother were members of the same fraternity when they were in college. One day, my dad is going to his car when this girl stops him and tells him off for not providing rides to a social event for the girls in her sorority. My dad patiently waited until she was done and told her she could tell my uncle. The girl was mortified, so much so that my dad decided to make it up to her by taking her out. And that is how my dad met my mother. © C_Alan / Reddit
- Right after high school graduation, I met a girl with the same name as my mother — Jacqueline, for the record. We were both born and raised in the same mid-sized city. I didn’t think much of it beyond the obvious, “Oh, that’s a completely coincidental happenstance!”
Fast-forward two or three months, she and I are dating. I meet her parents, and her dad “swears” he’s met me before. A few weeks later, I visited Jacqueline at work and was greeted with the following: “So, I know why my dad thinks you look familiar. He dated your mom in high school, then named his daughter after her.” © FabricateReality / Reddit
- My company was slowly falling years ago, so I sought other jobs. I got a job with another company and put in my two weeks’ notice with my manager. “I’ve been offered another job, and I’m taking it. I’m putting in my notice,” I told my manager. He replied: “Oh, well, we hate to lose you. Do you mind me asking where you will be going?” I mentioned the company’s name, and he made this face, adding that he had applied for the same position. Then, I ended the conversation by saying: “I’m sorry to tell you that you didn’t get it.” © Contorto103 / Reddit
- After three painful attempts at conceiving, my wife and I started the process of adoption. Days after we sent all the final paperwork, we found out my wife was also expecting. Twins. I now have three 11-year-olds who are seven weeks apart in age. © RoboNinjaPirate / Reddit
- I got to this job interview, and the employer didn’t know I was coming. He grudgingly walks me into his office and starts asking me questions. I had been on so many interviews I just wasn’t in the mood for someone to make me feel like I wasn’t welcome. He asks me why I want to work here, and part of my answer is, “I like to help people.” He responds with a swear word; I am surprised, but I can tell this is going nowhere. The rest of the interview is a formality, and I end with a sarcastic “Sorry to bother you.”
I get back to my apartment, and I’m feeling down. I received a voicemail asking where I was for my interview. They asked if I was still interested in calling back. I compared the name, number, and company with the business card I was given, and it turned out I was on the wrong floor. I just walked into a random company and was given an interview. But yeah, I didn’t get either job. © adverb_adjective / Reddit
- While my mother was pregnant, she was told that her child had an irregular heartbeat, so she should be prepared for some complications. On the day that she was to give birth, they had doctors and everything prepared to assist in the delivery. After she birthed my brother, the doctor said, “Oh, there’s another one,” that was me. Surprise twins! © luckyz / Reddit
- I was a Starbucks barista before the whole “names on cups” thing was big. This very cute guy came in maybe 4-6 times a week. A little often, but nothing out of the ordinary. I flirted like mad. He flirted back. It was all great.
Then he comes in with his fiancée. I was betrayed and treated him coldly from then on. Two of them come together a month later, and I find out they are twins. I’d shoot down any chance I had with the single one. © mindovermacabre / Reddit
- Someone I knew at university was talking to his new girlfriend about the Glastonbury festival (a huge music festival in the UK, with around 150,000 attendees). He went every year, and it transpired that she did too and had been going for years. After a while, they started comparing photos they’d taken over the years.
My friend pulls out a picture from his first visit to the festival: he’s sitting on a fence with his back to a field. There are only two other people in the picture: a girl, sitting about 20 feet away with her back to him, and her friend, who is taking her picture. His girlfriend realizes she was also there for the first time that year and pulls out a picture. In it, she’s sitting in a field. The only other people in the picture — out of 150,000 other people at the festival — are a guy sitting on a fence with his back to her and his friend, who is taking his picture. © jeedee / Reddit
- This was the early 2000s. My dad goes to the eye doctor because he is seeing double. In all other respects, he’s healthy. He explains his symptoms to the doctor. The doctor picks up a medical book on eye problems. He finds the kind of symptoms my dad is describing. The doctor shows him the book. The book has a whole medical page explaining what he is experiencing and a picture of a kid from the 1960s.
My dad looks at the picture and says, “Doc, that’s me!” The doctor says, “Yes, those are your symptoms.” My dad says, “No, that’s me in the picture!” It turns out my dad had this eye problem when he was a kid, and it was so rare that they took his picture in the 1960s and slapped him in a book of rare eye problems. He doesn’t remember much about taking the picture, but he managed to get a copy to take home. © flounceymagoo / Reddit
- Studying abroad in England, I planned a weekend trip to Barcelona with this girl. This is pre-cellphones. I overslept. Got to the airport about three hours late. As soon as I arrived, there was a girl. At the exact same time, we both say, “I am SO sorry... Wait, what are you sorry for?” Turns out she’d overslept, too. The airline changed our tickets for us at no charge, and we got to Barcelona a few hours late. © moak0 / Reddit
- I once went on a date with a girl. She was nice but not really my type. I did not call her after the first date. One month later, I got a new job. The first day I showed up at my office, my boss introduced me to the person who would be training me. Lo and behold, it was this girl. We became friends later, so it wasn’t too bad. © i_rae_shun / Reddit
- I told a client about a guy I met where I spent my Summers. He was a real piece of work who had a bad reputation in town because he was caught cheating on his wife more than once and flashed money around like he was rich. He blew all his money trying to develop some property and now ran out of businesses in town who would work with him.
She asked his name. It was her fiancé. So now I’m on the phone with my client, who is crying because she was planning her wedding to a guy with no money but a wife. © designgoddess / Reddit
- When I went to Tokyo, I went to nightclubs with some lovely Japanese people. At about 2 a.m., we were in our fourth club, and some random fella said, “Hey! You look like you speak English. Where are you from?” I replied that I’m from (a small town) in England.
His eyes lit up, and he burst out laughing. He was a security guard at the shopping center where I live. He name-dropped the place and also the shops he patrols. I couldn’t believe it. This proved to me for the first time that the world is a small place. © TheTwoHands10 / Reddit
Real-life plot twists can be much more bizarre, though. Some people have been in strange situations that led them to question their beliefs. They decided to tell their stories online to explain these mysterious moments logically.