It has been reported that Mark Twain once said that “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.”

So when we come across real life stories people tell of crazy plot twists they’ve seen in their lives, we’re all ears!

Someone on Reddit asked the Interwebs: “What’s the biggest plot twist you’ve seen in real life?” And lots of people chimed in. We sorted through the list and pulled out 9 real-life plot twists that we think are worth highlighting (though there are many more — see the bottom of this post for more).

  1. Surprise!

    I have a co-worker “Joe” – great guy who has an equally great wife, “Nina”. Over the years, and even prior to meeting Joe, multiple doctors told Nina she would be unable to get pregnant on her own due to problems with her ovaries and Fallopian tubes. She and Joe decided that a child-free life was OK with them. So, she and Joe married and lived happily for 12 years.

    When they started out, they didn’t have much, but as time passed, they progressed in their careers and made a nice life for themselves. Finally, they got to a point that they were comfortable enough to buy a sports car for themselves, something Joe always wanted to do. It was the first new, off the lot car they ever owned.

    Now Joe and Nina were in their early forties at this time and figured they’d just coast on into retirement. Well about six months after they bought the car, winter came. Nina got a case of the flu she just couldn’t seem to shake. She just felt run down and nauseous, just not herself. After about three weeks of this, she went to the doctor. The doctor asked if there was any possibility she could be pregnant.

    She laughed at him and said “I’ve been married for 12 years now and haven’t had so much as a scare of being pregnant. Multiple doctors said it’s just not going to happen for me. No way.” But, her doctor said, “Humor me and let me rule it out. Just do a urine test.” Well, wanting to figure out what was actually wrong with her asap, Nina peed on the stick and, you guessed it, PREGNANT.

    So, in their forties and with 12 years of living just the two of them, they were expecting. After the initial shock wore off, they were actually pretty excited even though they had to sell the sports car, since a two seater wasn’t really going to work for them! A few months later, their son Jon came into the world the usual way – happy, healthy baby.

    So, they became a family of three and they still are today. Jon just finished his first year of high school – great kid and super smart too.

    You just never know what life’s gonna throw at you!

  2. Not Cool

    My sister’s boyfriend decided that he wanted to do more with his architecture skills so he gave his two weeks notice and moved to Haiti to help rebuild after the earthquake. They stayed together. He had bad phone service so they mostly kept in touch through emails. He would send her long emails with photos and stories of what they were doing. This went on for a couple of months

    One off-handed tip from a co-worker and a week of sleuthing later and it turns out he never went to Haiti. He moved to Seattle to be with his fiance and partner of 9 years.

  3. Secret Lives

    In primary school We had a WWI memorial lesson and we were asked if anyone had any relatives who fought at the time.

    My friend brought in a picture of his great great grandfather with his wife.

    A girl also brought in a picture of her great great grandfather with his wife.

    The teacher said they looked similar. She put them side by side and looked shocked, we gathered around and it was the same man who had kept his two wives a secret. Both had been married privately.

    They were cousins and didn’t know.

  4. What A Coincidence

    Guy I knew in high school English class was talking one winter day about how he was late to school because someone hit his mailbox. His folks made him fix it up before he went to school, he missed his ride & had to walk instead, but the school staff was cool about it & didn’t punish him.

    A few minutes later, another girl comes into class & she’s talking about how her morning sucked, she lost control going down a hill & hit someone’s mailbox. She freaked out & drove off before anyone witnessed it & described a few details of the house.

    Mailbox guy puts 2 & 2 together & blurts out “you hit MY mailbox!” He wasn’t super mad about it & she turned beet red, it was hilarious at the time the way they both reacted.

  5. Doing A Double Take

    We are living in Florida at the time and 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. This was the early 2000’s. The doctor picks up a medical book on eye problems. He finds the kind symptoms my Dad is describing. The doctor shows him the book. In the book there is a whole medical page explaining what he is experiencing and a picture of a kid from the 1960’s. My Dad looks at the picture and says “Doc, thats me!” The doctor says “Yes, those are the symptoms you are showing.” My Dad says “no really 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 1960’s Ohio snd slapped him in a book of rare eye problems. He doesn’t remember much about taking the picture but he did manage to get a copy of it to take home.

  6. Not A Potluck Dinner

    I dated a girl who lived in a city I had recently moved away from. On my birthday I drove out so that we could be together/go out to dinner. The entire time we were at dinner she was distant and constantly checking her phone/sending texts/etc. There was virtually no conversation and her constant texting was uncharacteristic and started to give me the vibe that she was either cheating on me or just not that into the relationship any more.

    When we finish eating she asks if its ok if we stop by a mutual friend’s house to pick up some weed. I reluctantly agreed thinking it was a pretty selfish request considering it was my birthday and I don’t smoke weed. As we’re walking up the steps to our friend’s apartment I’m running through different ways for me to break off the relationship up until the door opens and I realize she had planned a big surprise party with a ton of my old friends (many of which she didn’t even know.) All of the texts and lack of attention that I had been attributing to a lack of interest in me turned out to be the exact opposite. She’s a beautiful person.

  7. Couldn’t Get Over Himself

    Little town I grew up in had these two car dealerships on opposite sides of town – one Chevy, one Ford.

    They were bitter rivals. Attack ads, sh*t talking salesman, billboard wars, you name it.

    When the owner of the Chevy dealership died, it came out he’d also owned the Ford dealership by way of a shell company. No one saw that coming, including a lot of the higher ups who worked at the dealerships.

  8. All In The Family

    I used to work with a guy in his early 20s that at the time of the story was getting ready to go with his family for his first out of the country. He was pretty damn excited and we were getting the play-by-play of all the things – where they were staying, what they were going to do, he was preparing…

    Specifically he would need to get a passport, but his birth certificate had been lost. When the replacement one arrived, ‘mom’s’ name isn’t the woman he’s called mom his whole life, it’s his ‘sister.’ Turns out his ‘sister’ had him super young, and his grandparents basically took him on and raised them as their son and no one ever told him the truth. So Sister was actually Mom and Mom and Dad was actually Grandpa and Grandma. Real dad is unknown.

    He took a few days off work to sort himself out, still went on the trip, still apparently had a blast.

  9. Now That’s An Upgrade

    I’ve told this story before, and I’ll try to keep it short.

    I get on the plane after a short layover, but it’s late, and I’m cranky. The guys in the row in front of me are being drunk/obnoxious. Their buddy walks up and taps me on the shoulder. “Scuse me – was wondering if you’d trade seats with me. I wanna be next to my frat brothers.”

    My eye roll was so intense.

    Dude’s friend says “so my buddy accidentally booked first class”.

    Me: Awwwww I’m HAPPY to help y’all. PLEASE have a seat (in 23B).

    So I go to take dude’s first class seat and I have to tap seat-mate on the shoulder to let me into our classy, 2-person row.

    Seat-mate and I get to talking. Turns out he was a member of THE Jamaican bobsled team that went to the Olympics – the team “Cool Runnings” was based off of!

If you want to view the full list of plot twists shared by people on Reddit, check out: What’s the biggest plot twist you’ve seen in real life?