Disastrous first dates posted on Twitter by lovelorn tweeters
If you've ever been on a disastrous first date, take solace from the fact that you're not alone.
When Rhodri Marsden, an author and musician, wrote on Twitter about a bad date experience, hundreds of others posted their own horror stories.
They ranged from a date who wore an electronic tag to the woman who turned up with 25 photographs of Sylvia Plath's grave "as a conversation opener".
Restaurant etiquette - or lack of it - was a common theme.
"Went on date with guy who said, 'Seeing as I'm paying... we won't have starters and we'll drink tap water'," said one.
Another "went on a date with a man who took my used napkin at the end of the meal in case he needed it later".
The majority of offenders were men. "One gentleman took me to the pub car park to show me his motorbike. He revved it for about ten minutes then did a lap and drove off."
And: "One of my recent worst was when I went back to the guy's place and he put Top Gun on and recited it word for word. With 'accents'."
One man "talked non-stop of how he suspected that his uncle had killed his aunt, he just needed proof" while another "spent the evening telling me the best ways to murder people and get away with it".
The posts proved that being too keen ("Met a guy for lunch, he phoned 43 times that evening, rang enquiries, got my parents no. and asked my Dad if he could marry me") can be as bad as not keen enough ("A friend's 1st date ended when bloke said he had to get home to the chicken breast going off in his fridge").
And no setback is too great for the determined dater, as one woman's story illustrates. "Met guy at his flat, opened door in blue check fleece dressing gown and an electronic tag on his ankle [saying] 'Shall we just stay in?'"