Even if romantic disappointment and disillusionment await you further down the line, nothing beats that serotonin and oxytocin cocktail you get after truly clicking with someone else on a first date.
But, for every brilliant date story, it seems like there are about ten not-so-great date stories.
Perhaps there wasn’t that spark . Maybe your dinner companion did or said something so bizarre / offensive, you will dine out on the story for years to come.
Or maybe it was something YOU said or did.
And every time you think you’ve either heard about or lived through the worst date story, ever, another one comes along to further chip away at your optimism and belief in love.
As these nine stories prove, when it comes to HOW bad a first date can be, the sky really is the limit.
1. This can’t be topped
Reluctantly went on a blind date through a mutual friend. Halfway through the date, we discovered that we are related. #WorstFirstDate
— Chris Konya Radio (@ChrisKonya98) July 27, 2016
2. It’s all about the accessories
#WorstFirstDate I thought he was into fitness because he had on an ankle weight. He was actually on parole and it was an ankle monitor.
— Linda Childers (@LindaChilders1) July 28, 2016
3. The magic of Disney
“This girl I met in class had been talking to me for a few weeks, and I found out she had an annual pass to Disneyland as well.
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“So we make plans to go one night, and the entire time we’re there, it’s as if she’s trying to escape. I mean she is running from me.
“Every ride we go on I have to chase her to. I ask her what’s going on, and she just tells me she always runs. What? Don’t go to Disneyland with me and make me chase you like a goddamn squirrel!”
4. Husband and father material
He dropped acid in the bathroom and was arrested in the parking lot of Outback for indecent exposure #WorstFirstDate
— Jennie Stencel (@JennieStencel) July 27, 2016
5. Honesty isn’t always the best policy
“So, I went on a date with a girl I knew the other day. It was cool, we talked and ate dinner. After the date, I asked if she wanted to go again sometime. In almost exact words, ‘No thank you, you’re too ugly for me, but thanks for buying me dinner.’
“I just went home and cried.” – Spilling Crimson
6. The ex strikes, again
“She left me sitting at the bar while she chatted with friends she ran into by the pool table for 45 minutes. She then sat outside and was on the phone with her ex boyfriend for about a half hour.
“Then she came in crying to me. I stood up and left, not answering her asking why I was leaving.” – anonymous
7. Probably wasn’t a second date
#WorstFirstDate he talked about himself all through dinner, then drove me around to show me where all his ex gfs lived. #truestory
— Kimberley Clark (@Vegan_chick_MI) July 28, 2016
He got hypnotized at a comedy show, gave birth to a rubber chicken, breastfed it, and wondered why I drank all the beer. #worstfirstdate
— Dana B (@BandanaBurk) June 17, 2016
9. When Dutch courage goes too far
“She said I should meet her for drinks at seven or eight pm. Turns out she was at happy hour at five pm.
“I got there at around seven / eight and she was bombed.
“She kept trying to unzipmy fly at the bar, and swapped back and forth between being horny and crying.
“She asked me to buy her a drink, and I said she should probably stop because she was already pretty drunk. She took offense to that and tried to get the bouncer to throw me out saying that I hit her.
“The bouncer was one of my roommates.
“He ejected her. I went back home. She called the next day to apologize and asked to do it again but this time not at a bar.
“Agreed (I mean hey, everyone has bad days) and went to dinner, she showed up drunk…again.
“I may not be the smartest man, but even I can see a red flag THAT large.” – Jayquack
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