The world is a pretty big place, but certain coincidences can make it seem mighty small.
Whether you end up running into the same person at different places, or happen to see someone you went to high school with 20 years later in a completely different part of the world, sometimes Earth seems like a pretty small place.
Reddit user u/Palehant asked:
When a neighbor of mine when I was a kid moved from Italy to Argentina but we both ended up in the same dorm when we arrived to University in the UK...
My brother was cell mates with my dad before we knew he was my dad.
Had a best friend in California 3-5th grade. I moved and lost contact. My freshman year of high school I moved to JAPAN and he was one of the first people I ran into. Became best friends again.
One of the best? My current manager knew my brother who has a different last name then me. She was talking to me about a time in high school where a guy was terrible to her, I asked who... it was my brother.
I've also met my S/O about 5 times before truly meeting her. She danced with my sisters best friend. She was friends with my step dad's youngest brother. She went to private school with a really good friend of mine who I played soccer with. She was friends with a girl I had a huge crush on all of middle school. I didn't truly meet her until my sophomore year.
My daughter and I went on a weekend trip to Chicago. Our neighbors went to Chicago the same weekend. My daughter said "Maybe we will see the Jones in Chicago." I laughed and explained that there are millions of people in Chicago. We ran into the Jones in Chicago.
A few years ago, I went camping with a friend, her family and some family friends. Got talking to a few girls there about hobbies we had when we were younger, and discovered that me and another girl had both been majorettes when we were little.
She had some old videos on her ipod, so we decided to watch them. In one, she collected an award for coming 2nd place in a competition, but for some reason her dad had kept filming after she'd gone back to her seat.
Lowe and behold, my name gets called, and you can see a little 6 year old me wonder past to collect it.
Pure fluke, 10 years later, a considerable distance away from where we both grew up.
I tutored Woman A in Biology for about 4-5 months in 2005.
Hooked up with Woman B about a year later in 2006.
Hooked up with Woman C about a year later in 2007.
Woman C then introduced me to her mom who turned out to be Woman A and they told me that I "might" know their aunt who turned out to be Woman B.
Small town life.
Middle Europe inhabitant. I met a girl on internet randomly from Baltic states like 3 years or so ago. We have been chatting eversince, planned some meets but never got the chance to make them work since we both are high school students.
This summer, I was travelling and my flight went from Germany to Finland (no direct flights). I was hanging out in the airport and hear a familiar voice from endless calls say my name. Lo' and behold, the girl I chatted with for so long stood in front of me. We haven't planned to meet or anything. She traveled to Turkey and had a plane here as well. We had a great time talking and laughing at that the world is, indeed, a small place.
I traveled from Australia to the US and the first person I ran into was a guy from my work.
He just wanted to know if you got those reports done before you left.
I was playing left for dead 2 online in my college dorm and one of the guys that I was playing against was going to the same university, staying in the same dorm, on the same floor, like 8 doors down the hall. We poked our heads out into the hallway and said hi, then went back to our game and never spoke again. Sometimes I don't believe it actually happened.
A couple of years ago, I was playing Rust. A day or two before Christmas.
Joined a random server, quite quiet, maybe 20 people online. Got speaking to some dudes. Usual stuff 'where you from? etc. Scotland, ok me too! City? No way!' Then same town... same area of the town...
Guy literally lived around the corner from me.