Stories About Strangers

Have you seen the Instagram feed We Never Met? London-based Alex Mendes and Hugo Catraio imagine short stories about strangers who they never actually speak to. They’re surprisingly funny and touching. Here are a few…

“Whenever he’s feeling blue, he’ll enter a cheese shop and say ‘surprise me.’ ”

“She reads his horoscope to him everyday, only instead of Aries, she reads Scorpio. It’s just more like him.”

“Bruno. She simply won’t travel without him. You can’t see him here though, Bruno was in the bathroom.”

“Every day he gets the bus that stops right in front of her window. It’s been six months now and all he wants is a glimpse of her. She, on the other hand, has moved on. Literally, she doesn’t live there anymore.”

“Every now and then you’ll find him dressed overly formal. That means he hasn’t done laundry for a while.”

“A self-proclaimed French-films lover. So far only watched Amélie Poulain.”

“She’s not ironic. She’s just so aggressive people assume she’s kidding.”

“Every day he sees her, he says ‘morning’ with the biggest smile of the world. She always replies with a wink. He thinks she’s falling for him. She does this for everyone she greets.”

“He has 521 friends on Google Plus. He doesn’t know he has Google Plus.”

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P.S. Lost loves and the trick to life.

(Via Sho & Tell)

  1. Ssan says...

    This is very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This Instagram just clicked with me so completely it’s like it’s always been around since my childhood—I used to love imagining the lives of strangers I see, and when I see cars on the highway I like to picture what kind of people there might be inside.

    Thank you for sharing! :)

  3. OMG! The tuba guy with the fire used to play outside my tube station!

  4. My favorite was the one about google plus LOL. These actually remind me a little of memes.

  5. Love love love love love! I used to do this with my photos, but I didn’t even need people to be in them. I’d write them about trees or vines or people or whatever.

  6. This is so clever, thank you for sharing!

  7. What a lovely post. Thank you.

  8. I love this post! :)

  9. Just told myself that I was going to spend ten minutes on the internet… and now I’m resurfacing nearly an hour later.

  10. They’ve taken the Flaneur concept and applied it to Insta.

  11. omg love it!
    following now!

  12. These types of posts are one of the things I love about your blog! Thank you!!!

  13. I’ve played this game myself for over 40 years. Love it!

  14. Thank you – I do this in my head all the time! Added it to my Instagram…which I am still learning to use…

  15. Loved this! :)

  16. What fun! The “She’s not ironic” one really made me chuckle.

  17. I love this! I just subscribed. Wonderful! Thank you!

  18. Oh my goodness! My kids and I do this all the time, especially when we are stuck in traffic! I love it so much!

  19. This totally reminds me of the word Sonder from Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows.

    sonder, n. he realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

  20. Love this! I love how people are so creative with something so simple. Thanks for sharing! -E

  21. This is so great! I love how creative some people can be with something so simple. Thanks for sharing! -E

  22. Love this! Instagram is great … my favorite of all social media.
    Katharina //

  23. What a cool site! My husband and I play this game in the car- he does the best voices and accents. Thanks for sharing!

  24. LOL, I love these but the one that has 520 friends on Google Plus but doesn’t know he has Google Plus is hilarious to me … today. I have Google Plus. I have to go look and see if I have a friend.

  25. What a huge rabbit hole! Thanks for sharing, amazing. And I think one of the guys is Portuguese, yay :)
    Reminds me also of the where people send quotes and the artist draws his own interpretation. Brilliant concepts.

  26. SL says...

    What a lovely find. I particularly love the horoscope one. ;) Thank you for sharing!

  27. ha ha I’m the last guy… who doesn’t know he’s on google plus!

  28. Thank you, Joanna. This reminds me of those flash fiction I used to read in college. Short but succinct!

  29. Love this…I have done this since I was a little kid & still do it, most days. Fifty years. Off to follow the feed. Thanks!