True Stories About the World's Most Bizarre First Dates
For single people around the world, dating can be adventurous fun — or it can be pure torture. In the minutes leading up to a first date, a million thoughts go through your mind. When the date goes down, it could potentially lead to everlasting love, but it could also potentially circle you right back around to all the dating sites.
If some of your dating experiences have left you with some outrageous stories to tell, you certainly aren’t alone. Check out these crazy stories about bizarre first dates posted by various Reddit users. Some are almost enough to make you stop dating!
Dance the Night Away
I went out to dinner with a guy I had only met quickly once before. First, we go to dinner, which is okay, nothing special. It was a little awkward. At the end of dinner, he asks me if I like Dance Dance Revolution. I was like, "Yeah, sure." He then proceeds to tell me he is really good at it and wants to show me.
It was in college. We were both very excited but never dated in high school. She was an amazingly kind girl who had never broken a rule in her life. I visited her at her house over break, and we had our first date while I was in town. We went to a gallery and were walking to a bistro when it started to rain. She loved old movies and musicals, so I started humming "Singing in the Rain." Soon, we were dancing down the streets of a small Pennsylvania town, arm-in-arm, having a wonderful time.
Owl Take That
I met a girl online, and we agreed to meet up at her work on the day of our date. She worked at a local state park visitor center. So, I drove there, ready for our mini-golf date, but when I got there, she proceeded to take me into the back of the shop.
Played for a Fool
I took this girl to a movie and then out to a restaurant. We started talking, but it was like talking to a brick wall. It's one thing to be quiet, but the idiotic stuff that came out of my mouth made me cringe. During this time, she kept checking her phone and putting it away without texting — just looking, so it didn’t seem like a big deal. We got our food and ate, which gave me a grace period to think about how to kindly take her home.
A Kiss to Remember
I went to a coffee shop with this girl, and she ordered some sort of sugary drink. About halfway through, she got up and said she had to go to the bathroom. She came back after having very obviously vomited. I asked her if she wanted me to take her home, but she refused. So, she suffered through the rest of the date.
Cold as Ice
This guy invited me to go ice skating. I had never been ice skating before, and I wasn't very coordinated, but I didn't want to tell him that. We were skating for about 20 minutes, and I was feeling pretty proud of myself for doing so well. Then, BAM!
Life's a Beach
While in college, I took a girl to get sub sandwiches, and we sat on a cliff overlooking a beach while we ate. I asked her if she wanted to go down to the beach, and she said yes. So, we go down the cliff and have to cross a small tidal basin to get to the main beach, which was luckily dry. We walked on the beach and messed around with some driftwood. After a while, I asked if she wanted to build a sandcastle, you know, because I’m awesome like that. She said yes, and I began digging with my hands — and almost immediately cut one of my fingers on a piece of broken glass buried in the sand.
Awkward from Beginning to End
I was 18 and in beauty school, and I needed to cut a guy's hair for a test. I didn't know anyone, so my friend had her ex-coworker come in. He was really nice, we hit it off and he asked for my number. I was pretty excited. It was the first time a guy had really asked me out, and he was cute.
The Need for Speed
My first date with this guy was simply dinner and a movie. On the way home, he decided to start driving 110 mph in a 65-mph zone. He got pulled over and subsequently arrested. His mom had to come drive me home. Needless to say, I never went out with him again.
Into the Film — But Not into You
I got set up on a blind date by a friend's girlfriend when I was 15. After getting the girl's number, I rang her up, and we talked on the phone for like 2 hours, really seeming to hit it off. A few days later, we went out to a movie, and she ignored me the entire time. I mean, she literally ignored me — acted like I wasn't even there.
Don't Let the Door...Never Mind
When I was a senior in high school, I agreed to go on a date with a nice guy because I felt kind of bad for him. When he picked me up, he was super awkward and spent five minutes talking to my mom about his recent car accident. We were going to the movies, and I had told him he could choose the movie. He picked Rambo.
Meet the Exit
I had a date who talked long and hard about how Meet the Parents was her favorite movie and how it was the funniest thing ever. By long and hard, I mean exactly that. She was going on and on for about half an hour at least. I excused myself to go buy a beer. Then I walked downstairs, bought a beer — and walked out the nearest exit, never looking back.
Couldn't Keep His Feet to Himself
I went to a movie, and the guy was determined to hold my hand. He actually took M&Ms out of my hand and forced his fingers between mine and wouldn't let go for the last hour of the movie.
A Whirlwind of Emotions
I went on a date with a guy I had met online. He wanted to meet for drinks, so I went to the pub and waited. He showed up 20 minutes late on his bicycle and proceeded to enter the bar and down two pints after giving me a point and a wink. I overheard him tell the waitress to "put it on his tab," and then he came over to the table with another beer.
Smell Ya Later
In college, I was set up with a friend of a friend. He had just finished baseball practice and needed to go back to his place to shower and change. I hung out in his living room in the meantime. The place had a weird smell, like an unseen animal lived there. The furniture also had a lot of stains.
Dodged a Bullet
My first date after an ugly divorce was with a cute girl named Heidi. She wanted to stop by a benefit that was being held for her friend, who had just lost her husband, and then we would go to dinner. I didn't see a problem with this, so I agreed.
Serving Up Some Ulterior Motives
I was probably 19 and had a huge crush on one of my coworkers. One day, he asked me to go to dinner with him after work. We went to a restaurant where another one of our coworkers also worked as a waitress, and he talked to her the entire time. They started dating a couple of weeks later. He totally used going out with me as an excuse to see her.
Should Have Stopped Him at the Fruit
He worked at a grocery store and brought me a box of spoiling fruit "because you're a single mom." We then went out to Big Boy, and we each paid for our own food. He asked if it was okay if he ran an errand, so we went to a music store where he spent an hour by himself picking out music.
What a Twist!
When we got to the restaurant, I tried to hold the door for her, and she grabbed it with a look that said, "I can open a door myself." Small talk was stilted from the beginning. We had very different backgrounds and childhoods. I tried to describe the job I had at the time. In fact, I described it like 20 times, but she still couldn’t get it. I finally lost my cool and yelled.
Not the Christmas Miracle They Wanted
I was in high school, and on for a first date, I was going with the girl and her parents Christmas shopping. We went to eat first, and everything was fine, but as soon as we got in the store, something went horribly wrong.
Before Catfishing Was a Thing
I met her through an AOL chat room back in the day and drove to another state to meet her. She had a better 5:00 shadow than I did at 1 p.m. — just being honest, not judgy. We went to a family function, and her mom was not happy. The function had a Jerry Springer level of drama.
Witnessing a Breakdown
We lived near each other, so I went over to her house to meet her so we could go to dinner. She seemed solemn, a little depressed and just totally uninterested. It turned out she was this way because she had recently broken up with a long-time boyfriend. She talked about him nonstop and started crying after dinner.
Not an Illuminating Fellow
I went on a date with this guy who was as boring as a brick wall. He was super sweet, just didn’t have much to talk about. I literally got to the point where I had run out of things to ask, so I was like, "Sooooo, have you ever wondered how they make light bulbs?" I felt pathetic, but I swear this guy just didn’t know how to keep a conversation going.
He Could Have Cracked a Tooth — Not!
I had a date with what seemed like a normal guy. He wolfs his whole meal down to the last bite and then starts to make this huge scene about how he bit something hard. The poor older woman waiting on us came over to see what was wrong, and he demanded the meal be comped.
Better Never Than Late
I had a date set with a fellow (based on an app) who was flying into my city. After he initiated the date by asking if he could buy me dinner when he arrived, he arrived late and asked if I would just come to his hotel room instead of going to dinner. I politely declined, citing a $50 surge-induced Uber ride to get to his hotel outside the city.
Dude, Where's My Car?
I met a girl on Tinder, and she drove over and picked me up since I live in Chicago and don’t have a car. She parked on a street, and we went to dinner and then a stand-up comedy show. The date was going well, and we were having a good time. We left and started walking toward her car — and don’t see it. She had parked in a no-parking zone, and it got towed.
I’ll Drink a Milkshake to That
I once went on a Tinder date with a guy who had to FaceTime his wife at exactly 8:00 to "prove" to her he was "going to bed," because she was away on a business trip. I sat there being super quiet in the back of a somewhat Riverdale-looking-type diner. There was no second date, but the milkshakes were good.
Left Her High and Dry
I went on a date with a guy who insisted we have dinner at his favorite steak house. We ordered our food — I noticed he ordered the most expensive meal on the menu — and I suffered through some boring conversation with him.
Is There a Doctor in the House?
I got set up on a blind date with a coworker's nephew. I was around 19 at the time, and according to her, we would "really hit it off." Fast forward to the date, he bragged half the time about his gun collection as well as his entire family's redneck traditions and gun-toting heritage. It literally looked like his family could be on a Jeff Foxworthy TV special. Good for you, but that wasn’t my kind of thing.
The Moon Landing Happened, But Not a Second Date
I met a guy who was quite decent and normal at the beginning. Then we went to some pub, and I went to the bathroom, and, of course, there was a line. So, when I came back out, I told him as a joke: "It’s so funny that people fly to the moon, and they're not able to build restrooms so ladies have enough space."