Have you ever heard of Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey? He was an English politician who was murdered in 1678. His body was found in a ditch on Greenberry Hill in London. Three men were later arrested and tried for Godfrey's murder.
Their names? Robert Green, Henry Berry, and Lawrence Hill.
It's one of history's wildest coincidences and while it sounds totally made up, it's a story that definitely falls into the "weird but true" category.
We all have stories of things that have happened to us that sound a bit fictitious. People shared their stories with us after Redditor cats64sonic asked the online community,
"What perfectly true story of yours sounds like an outrageous lie?"
"I fell 30-ish feet from a tree onto pavement. I landed on my back. No injuries. I was about 13. Just scared the crap out of my parents."
Oh Lord... I had a few incidents like this too and it shocks me that I didn't seriously injure myself!
"A friend had a dog..."
"My first time going to jail was because of a dog."
"A friend had a dog that got loose one day and it got picked up by the city. When we got in the car to look for the dog, my friend didn't grab anything, no wallet. When we went to the pound to pick up dog, they required an ID."
"So I had to put the dog in my name. My friend was supposed to get rabies and city registration done within 6 months."
"Almost a year later, I'm coming home from work around 1:30am and get pulled over for speeding. Cop says I have a warrant for not getting dog registered with the city. Spent the night in jail."
I had no idea you could get a warrant for that! The more you know.
"My mom told me..."
"My mom told me my aunt starved herself to death due to dementia and was eaten by her dog and that this is why we would have no funeral, not much was left."
"I show up at Thanksgiving a few months later and guess who is there! My aunt. Alive, of course."
"A Thanksgiving miracle, you say? Powerful necromancy?"
"No, my mom lied because she had power of attorney over my aunt, stole her money, and didnt want me to contact her about it so she told me she was dead. My aunt did have dementia but had moments of lucidity."
This was quite the rollercoaster ride. Your mother is something else. There are no words.
"During Covid my grandma was pronounced dead by the nursing home (early Covid days) and when the funeral home came to get her they found she was still alive. She woke up, was real angry for like two weeks, then actually died of Covid."
Your grandmother had reason to be angry, it sounds. Sorry for your loss.
"My dog once actually ate my homework the morning it was due."
"When I was a kid..."
"When I was a kid, my parents let me pick the lottery numbers one time. I got 4 out of 6 right, and they won like $50 for it, so they bought me a Super Nintendo game."
It sounds like you were their lucky charm! But which game? You can't leave us hanging like that.
"The house I lived in..."
"The house I lived in was raided by a SWAT team because there was a murderer hiding in the basement."
That's pretty scary for anyone who happens to be caught up in it!
"The girl who bullied me..."
"The girl who bullied me in summer camp when I was a kid was my midwife when I was pregnant years later. She was very nice and professional."
Did she recognize you? Either way, it sounds like she learned her lesson and grew up.
"I played a serial killer..."
"I played a serial killer on Hawaii Five-0. I’m not an actor (or serial killer) so far."
There's always time! Be the change you want to see in the world!
"When I was in college..."
"When I was in college I had a roommate who had been my friend since high school. He talked in his sleep and was a generally odd dude, but a good egg so we kept him around for the laughs (with him, not at him)."
"One night I had a dream where he and I were climbing around on all these piles of garbage looking for something (I don't know what). I woke up and went to the restroom then came back. Just as I laid down to go back to sleep, this guy rolls over and mumbles in his sleep, "I found it, it's over here.""
"The next morning I asked if he remembered his dream. He said no. I told him what happened. He didn't believe me."
Perhaps he was narrating his dream and you heard it and then had a dream of your own that was basically the same?!
Truth is stranger than fiction, everyone. Look around you: Everyone you meet has at least one wild story or two.
Have some stories of your own? Feel free to share them with us in the comments below!
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We are hurting in ways we've never hurt before.
And getting better doesn't seem like an option on the horizon.
America gets a lot wrong everyday.
But, maybe let's try to focus on what America does right.
Maybe it can be a little comfort in times of struggle.
People from all over the world want to live here.
Redditor Ulrich-Stern wanted to discuss the best of America. They asked:
"What does the United States get right?"
I think America certainly has a strong work ethic. We know how to work and win.
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"Our public libraries are a real backbone for the country."
'restore' or 'create'
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We do do films well. That is a big plus.
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"The United States adopts more children than the rest of the world combined."
"Burgers. Motherfreakin' burgers."
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Sex is an important part of life.
That is just a fact.
But sex is also about connection and intimacy.
So it's not a surprise when many relationships take a hit after the sex dries up.
It's not something to ignore.
It's the biggest problem in the world, but partners should discuss it.
"Would you be in a sexless relationship? What circumstance would you find acceptable for this?"
Sex is fun. And when the sex stopped in my relationships... so did the fun. But that is just me.
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"I'm over 80."
"There’s a lot of people that are going to be real shocked once they hit their 70s."
"I had rectal cancer and because of the surgery I can no longer get an erection, it's very lonely."
"I'm in one now. My husband had a stroke... no sex is not the big problem for either one of us."
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"I have a near sexless marriage. The love is strong, but the desire is one-sided. That hurts."
Sexless over loveless is definitely easier. So there is that.
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You play the cards you are dealt
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"I'm in one. Not happy about it, but love is still there so that's nice."
it never happens...
Well I guess some people can make it work. More power to you.
We all have things which get on our nerves.
"What do you find annoying as f*ck?"
Is it so hard to pick up after yourself?
"Habitual litterers."- SuvenPan
"When people don’t clean up after themselves."- cheeto_has_spoken
If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen
"People that can dish it but can’t take it."
"I work with a dude like this and it’s terrible."- MF_GhidraTea Time Reaction GIF by Kamie CrawfordGiphy
Never judge something by it's size.
"When mosquitoes fly by ur ears."- AxcesDrifter
Back to where we started...
"The Reddit app when it scrolls back up to the top of the 65 TRILLION FKN articles you’ve read."
"It should burn the articles as you read them."- Deathdar1577
Take some responsibility!
"A person's inability to say sorry."- rohankentsorry kristen wiig GIFGiphy
Get out of the way!
"People who leave the f*cking shopping carts in middle of the f*cking aisle!"- otherm0ther
But enough about me, what do you think of me?
"People who make it all about themselves."- ExtensionAir7Proud Drag Queen GIF by CameoGiphy
A lost cause
"Willfully ignorant people."- KingZaneTheStrange
Most of the time it's best to grin and bear it.
But next time you see someone litter, it might be a fine opportunity to let that anger out.
For your sake, and everyone else's.
How many of us heard the old saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" as a child?
Or were told by their parents that watching too much television would make your eyes fall out?
"What's the biggest lie ever told that we, as a society, still believe in?"
Justice will be served... won't it?
"What goes around comes around."
"Sometimes it doesn't."- Recent_View6254
"That people get what they deserve, or must deserve what they get."- HugeMcAwesome
It's just a phase.... or is it?
"That acne will go away after your teen years."- One_Arachnid_1256Scared Freak Out GIF by Lillee JeanGiphy
Better cut back on those TV dinners...
"Microwaves give you cancer"- Salt-Significance702
Absolutely no justification.
"That torture is an effective method of extracting information."
"Then goes straight back to doing it."
A little kindness goes a very long way
"That being nice and accommodating is a sign of weakness."- AidilAfham42Be Nice GIF by Susanne LambGiphy
"Square cut or pear shaped, these rocks don't lose their shape..."
"Diamonds are rare which us why they are expensive."
Unrealistic expectations on society
"Go to a great college and get a great job and have a great life."- MewsikMaker
When you just can't hold it any more...
"That there is a chemical you can put in pools that turns blue when you pee."- Sad_Cherry2884GIF by South Park Giphy
As the saying goes, you can't believe everything you read.
But for the sake of others, still best to avoid peeing in pools.