People are sharing their weirdest first date stories

From the hilarious to the horrifying

Words by Trilby Beresford 

We all know that dating can get horribly awkward and downright uncomfortable sometimes, because at the end of the day people are complicated creatures.

In an AskReddit thread, internet users having been sharing their weirdest dates, and these are undoubtedly some of the strangest dates we’ve ever heard. Which makes for just as good reading as that time Reddit users shared the most unexpected things their partners had done during sex.

Okay, ready for a giant dose of awkwardness/relief that these things didn’t happen to you? Us too.

The one where he was already engaged 

‘Probably one from about 5 years or so back. I had just moved to London, and met this guy on a dating website, he was generally not my type. Still, I was fresh out of a long term damaging relationship and trying to meet new people yada, yada.’

‘[While on the date], he takes a call from a girl and he says to her – “oh I’m just in the pub with [male roommate’s name].” I can hear her on the other end getting worked up about something and him telling her to calm down. Alarm bells already ringing. He hangs up the phone and says “that was my fiancée, but not a real one, just one I’m with for her visa, [and] oh yeah, I should probably tell you I’m getting married in three weeks” At this exact point, I just said “well, I’m going home.”‘ – Claireinthesnow 

The one with the spider porn 

‘The first time I ever used Tinder was also my worst experience with Tinder. The date itself was fine — a little stiff — but fine. Typical questions like what are you studying, where did you grow up, etc. We ate dinner and I didn’t plan on meeting up with him again. The next day I got a text from him saying, “Hey.” I text him back “Hi” He asks me what’s up, I say not a whole lot what’s up with you. End up getting a HUGE paragraph back talking about his creative process for writing (and trying to direct) a specific type of porno where women crush rats and tarantulas between their breasts. WHAT THE FUCK.’ – unofficialswitchfoot   

The one with the ‘opera’

‘He took me to the opera, except we never actually got there because, not knowing the area, we didn’t know exactly where it was or how to find it. Later I realised we actually were very close but the opera hall was surrounded by scaffolding, so we didn’t recognise it from the photos. Instead we went to Pizza Hut. He spent the entire night talking about website design and computers, which was sort of fine as I’m somewhat interested in those things, but he didn’t talk about anything else and, at points, seemed more like he was interrogating me. Afterwards he said we couldn’t go out together because I knew too much about computers.’ – Dapperscavanger 

Zorbing. That is all. 

‘Second date. Went zorbing. Anyone who doesn’t know what it is, you get strapped in to a giant inflatable ball and rolled down a hill. It was awful, the ball wasn’t inflated properly so every rotation you hit the floor it hurt, it was wet so there was water inside the ball and we had to jump out at the bottom of the hill into a puddle so wet sock galore. The whole experience was horrible. Gave us something to talk about though, been together nearly 4 years :)’ – TheCharityOfMe 

Yeah, dating is weird. But it’s also great! And sometimes the worst-date experiences can blossom into an awesome romance or at least awesome story to tell your friends for years to come.

From the Editors of HelloGiggles

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