The summer before 12th grade, my family took to a trip to the UK.

We were standing in the lobby of a theater, waiting to see Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap, when someone called my name.

It was a girl I’d gone to school with before my family had moved to a different city six years earlier.

What a crazy coincidence, right?

Irish actor Michael Redmond shared a similar “it’s a small world” type story on Twitter, sparking a whole thread on the topic.

Apparently, this sort of thing is more common than anyone might think!

No matter where you’re from or where you go.

Like seriously, what are the odds? I’d like to see odds on this.

There seemed to be quite a lot of stories from the Welsh, which I find intriguing.

Of course they don’t always end that way:

And then there were stories where people encountered someone from home unexpectedly.

Like this one, where hitchhiking turns out to be the fastest way home…

I’m assuming they mean the Wigan near Manchester, and this really just blows my mind, like the fact that a truck would even be driving from Turkey to Manchester.

Or this one, which is so much like my story!

This feels like the start of a rom com.

If anyone out there ever doubts coincidence, they just need to take one look at this crazy thread.

I mean, some of these seem downright impossible.

And some of them, quite honestly, were so intriguing that they needed more than 280 characters, in my opinion, because I wanted the whole story.

Then there were the rather curious family dynamics.

I love the near miss stories too.

You know how you hear stories about identical twins raised apart showing up to meet each other wearing the same outfit by accident?

This one reminds me of that.

Perhaps best of all was this exchange buried in the thread of responses:

Pete didn’t quite remember, so the user told him her maiden name.

What a small world it truly is. Do you have a story like this? Share it with us in the comments!