First-date disasters are hit on Twitter
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 first date, it became a "viral" sensation.
The topic has thousands of followers and hundreds of other people have posted their own horror stories.
They range 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 is 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.
Most offenders are men. "One gentleman took me to the pub car park to show me his motorbike. He revved it for about 10 minutes, then did a lap and drove off."
Another man "talked non-stop of how he suspected that his uncle had killed his aunt, he just needed proof".
The posts prove that being too keen ("Met a guy for lunch, he phoned 43 times that evening, rang inquiries, got my parents number and asked my Dad if he could marry me") can be as bad as not being keen enough ("A first 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 really determined dater.
A woman wrote: "Met guy at his flat; opened door in blue check dressing gown and an electronic tag on his ankle (saying): 'Shall we just stay in?'" (© Daily Telegraph, London)