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    A Very Late Engagement

    | London, England, UK | Parents & Guardians, Spouses & Partners

    (My fiancé and I are breaking the news of our engagement to our families. We have just got off the phone with his parents when he receives a text from his mum.)

    Fiancé’s Mum: *via text* “Great news. Your brother has just got engaged. Mum.”

    Me: *to my fiancé* “Uh, looks like that was meant for your sister.”

    Fiancé: *texting back* “Well, I didn’t know I had a brother, so that’s bigger news to me than his engagement.”


    | LA, USA | Boyfriends & Girlfriends, Siblings

    (I’ve just started dating a guy, and I’m looking forward to becoming sexually active for the first time ever. I decide I need to find an OB-GYN.)

    Mom: “Hey, I know you’re looking for a doctor. A coworker recommended this lady.”

    (She sends me a link to a website with a doctor’s profile. The woman’s name rings a bell, so I type her into Facebook to see if I know her. Then I pick up the phone and call my mom.)

    Me: “Hey. So, you know that doctor you sent me?”

    Mom: “Yeah?”

    Me: “That’s [Boyfriend]‘s sister.”

    Mom: “You’re kidding.”


    Mom: *cracking up* “You could make your vagina a family affair!”

    (Thank god for Facebook. Before that point I only vaguely knew my boyfriend’s sister was a doctor. I can only imagine getting introduced to his family…)

    Still Crappy With Timing Though

    | USA | Parents & Guardians

    (I receive an email from my mother:)

    Mother: “I’m much better at handling stress than I used to be. Sorry about your childhood.”

    Out Existential-ing Each Other

    | Providence, RI, USA | Siblings

    (I am texting my sister about a party that we will be attending. My sister sometimes likes to try to be difficult.)

    Me: “Are the two of you going to be there?”

    Sister: “Define ‘be there.’”

    Me: “Exist not here.”

    Sister: “Define ‘exist.’”

    Me: “To have a series of correlated particles in a particular region of the space-time continuum.”

    Sister: “Wow. Touché.”

    Santa Knows Who The Bad Apples Are

    | AB, Canada | Parents & Guardians, Theme Of The Month

    (I notice my laptop is reaching a scorching hot level the more I pull up documents and presentation sources for my undergraduate research paper. I text my mom with a request.)

    Me: “Can I add a laptop cooling pad to my Christmas list?”

    Mom: “Does Santa know what they are?”

    Me: “I’m sure his tech center knows.”

    Mom: “They are not something he uses when asking the kids what they want. His lap must get very hot.”

    Me: “That’s because he’s switched to an iPad for road work!”

    Mom: “Oh, iElf!”

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