We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us how they met their best friend. Here are some of their stories.
1. An all-round winning situation:
2. Wedding crashers:
I met one of my best friends a few years ago when we were seated together at a mutual friend's wedding. We went to the bar after and I crashed on her couch. I wore her jeans and sweatshirt home the next morning and before I could return them my car got broken into and someone stole them but she didn’t mind at all!
Submitted by danielleh4e0f8f049
3. Needle phobia:
Sophomore year of high school, we had chemistry together. Our teacher pulls out a syringe (I have a HUGE phobia of needles) and I panicked. The girl sitting next to me leans over and asks me if I’m okay. She talked to me quietly until I calmed down. We’ve been friends for almost five years now!
Submitted by bekahj475397316
4. Poo can be the most bonding of substances:
I met one of my good friends while we were working on the same ward. Within about an hour of meeting, we had to wash and clean a comatose female patient together. Poo everywhere. He was supporting her while yours truly, as the girl, was on the cleaning end.
As we were finishing, my bra strap slid all the way down under my tunic…and my gloves were still "interesting" shall we say. He noticed and casually reached over and adjusted for me.
Submitted by verityk91
5. At least someone made a connection that day:
We had a class together in high school and we ran into each other at a store. She was with her dad and I was with my mom. My mom thought her dad was cute so she made me ask her if her dad was single the next day at school. We’ve been best friends since. Her parents are happily married so no luck for my mom, but I sure lucked out with my best friend of five years now.
Submitted by taliad4b64deba4
6. Female solidarity:
I was working in a bar and got chatting to two girls I was serving. Later, they informed me that some guy was harassing them. I found the guy and embarrassed him in front of a group of people by telling him, “Those two girls don’t want to hear about your cock anymore. If you bother them again I will have this bouncer here throw you out. Understand?” I've been best friends with those girls for five years now.
Submitted by jennc4d6d72a1e
7. The most supportive ex:
My best friend is my ex-husband. We had our marriage annulled after I found it within myself to come out. He has been my biggest supporter through everything and we spend most of our time together.
Submitted by Kacy Hofstetter via Facebook
8. A perfect equilibrium:
My friend Cara and I met when we were 10 years old at summer camp. She had a bag of Skittles with her, but she only likes the red, purple, and orange ones; my favorites are the yellow and green. She and I have been complementary opposites as friends for 30 years.
Submitted by nslund77
9. Friendship at first sight:
10. An effective ice-breaker:
On the first day of sixth form college, our form tutor gave us all an ice-breaker to help us get to know someone new. She had printed off photos of different pigs and cut them in half; we had to pick a "pig-half" from a bucket and find our other half. Weirdest ice-breaker game ever, but my other pig-half is still my best friend 11 years later!
Submitted by Lucie Tetley via Facebook
11. The only thing that can make a special day even better:
My husband and I eloped. His best friend came to be our witness. This friend brought his girlfriend at the time. I met her on my wedding day and we clicked so immediately! She and my husband’s friend have since broken up, but we’re still besties.
Submitted by lizlandmine
12. Chaos can lead to the creation of beautiful things:
On one of the first days of kindergarten, we were doing a "warmup" in gym, which consisted of running one lap around the room. Some kids ran clockwise and others ran counter-clockwise. Naturally, we collided as hard as two 5-year-olds can, smacked heads and have been best friends ever since.
Submitted by tiapersonallange
13. A karmatic outcome:
An ex of mine would dump me and date my future best friend, then dump her and date me, and that went on for a little over a year. Eventually she and I met, wised up, and became best friends. We haven’t spoken to that guy in over five years but she's still one of my best friends.
Submitted by BHDL
14. Synchronised in several ways:
My bestie and I are synchronised skaters. Before we met, people who knew both of us told us that we were exactly like each other, but neither of us thought much of it. In seventh grade, I switched teams and we finally met each other. We realised we really were super alike – we even share a birthday!
Submitted by Callista Vojvodich via Facebook
15. Girl code:
The guy I was dating had been really unfaithful in the past. He made a comment about this girl at school being cute. That night I went on Facebook and messaged her saying how we should hang out sometime. I figured if she and I were friends then even if my bf made a move on her, girl code would keep her from pursuing it. But we actually really hit it off and became close friends!! She helped me realize I needed to dump that guy and she was in my wedding recently to a guy who actually loves me.
Submitted by branza
16. Puppy playdate:
17. Not all heroes wear capes:
I moved into an apartment post-college with outside entrances. One evening I was cooking dinner but left the stove unattended for a bit. When I came back, the entire pot and part of the stove were engulfed in flames. I ran screaming to the apartment above mine and the girl living there quickly ran down to help. From then on we became best friends and fondly told the story as part of our maid of honor speeches for each other’s weddings!
Submitted by kateh4305a5ba4
18. Poor Charlotte:
I had joined a new school, and made a friend with a blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl named Charlotte. She told me that I could go to her house after school, so I told my mum and we waited the next morning to find the girl and her parents in the playground before school. Every blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl that walked past, I responded “no,” to my mum, who was nagging me to find the girl. In the end, I just said “yes” at the next girl I saw, despite her not being Charlotte. Her name was Kaylin, and little did I know that 10 years later I would become her god-sister. She is my best friend and I’m so glad I didn’t find Charlotte in time.
Submitted by melaniemfan
19. A wonderful outcome:
It was on a school trip to meet a psychic. On the bus ride, I asked the girl on the bus next to me, “You don’t actually believe in this crap do you?” She gave me an awkward look, said she did, and I spent the next 15 minutes explaining why she was wrong. We didn’t talk throughout the entire trip but on the ride back I realised I may have been rude and I explained that I had autism and so I hadn't realised I was being rude. She told me it was okay and that she had autism too. I’d never met anybody else my age with ASD before and so I was really happy. We’ve been best friends ever since.
Submitted by suzy-erinc
20. The importance of eyebrows:
In college, the guy I was dating at the time introduced me to this girl who said to me, "I don't mean to be forward, but you have AMAZING eyebrows." I flipped my hair casually over my shoulder and said, "Oh stahhhhp. Thanks!" She laughed and then declared: "We will be best friends." Five years later, that guy is long gone, but the girl who complimented my eyebrows has been one of my best friends ever since.
Submitted by Nora Swidler via Facebook
21. Fated to be friends:
22. Great things can come out of tragedies:
My best friend and I met in grad school. Our professor asked us why we wanted to be therapists and we had to share with the person sitting next to us. My partner began to explain that she wanted to be a therapist because her father had died of cancer when she was a teenager and the hospice therapist helped her a lot. As she told me this story, my eyes filled with tears because my father had also died when I was a teenager and that’s why I wanted to be a therapist. It felt like fate that this person and I shared something so intimate. We honestly believe our fathers brought us together in order to help us heal and to help others.
Submitted by carlau
23. There's nothing wrong with being proud of your handiwork:
I'd just finished basic army training and was at my new duty station. We'd finally got all of our civilian clothes back and I was happy to have my colourful underwear back instead of the regulation white granny panties. I arranged them in the drawer by color and even by the words on the butt to make it say “love pink” and other phrases. Amused by my handiwork, I said to the first girl I saw, “Hey you, come over here and look at my underwear drawer and be jealous.” She looked and said, “You’re right. I am jealous.” We've been best friends ever since.
Submitted by katerim2
24. An eye for an eye, a bite for a bite:
On our first day of Pre-K when we were 4, I met Hillary and decided to bite her finger. Then I went home and, being the brat I was, told my mom that she bit my finger. My mom talked to her mom and she got grounded for a week. So, obviously, she bit my finger the next day and told her mother that I bit her finger. My punishment was a talking-to. We've been best friends for 23 years now.
Submitted by Samantha Flanagan via Facebook
Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.