Strangers Kept Up A Joke On Tinder For Almost 3 Years. Now, The App Is Sending Them On A Trip For Their First Date.

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Strangers Kept Up A Joke On Tinder For Almost 3 Years. Now, The App Is Sending Them On A Trip For Their First Date.

Tinder is known for being an app where people can go to find dates, completely ridiculous pickup lines, and maybe even love. Some use it to find inspiration for their artwork, and at least one person found a kidney transplant thanks to the app. But two strangers from Kent State University found it to be a fun way to keep up a running joke for years. 

Back in September 2014, 22-year-old Josh Avsec messaged 21-year-old Michelle Arendas on Tinder by simply saying "Hey Michelle." Although they go to the same school, Avsec and Arendas didn't know about the each other's existence prior to matching on Tinder. Over two months went by before Arendas replied. She would sometimes delete and later re-download the app, so she'd often see messages long after they'd been sent. 

"Hey sorry my phone died!" she wrote back. Avsec replied within a few hours, appreciating the joke. He played along, saying, "Wow you found that pretty fast. It usually takes me about five months to find my charger." 

After that day, the pair would wait for months to pass before responding again. They always kept up the joke, coming up with a new humorous excuse for why it had taken so long for them to reply. They've been writing back and forth like this for nearly three years without ever meeting in person. 

Recently, Avsec posted screen shots of their Tinder conversations on Twitter writing, "Hahahaha one day I'm going to meet this girl and it's going to be epic. Look at the dates of our Tinder texts." The tweet quickly went viral and has been shared over 15,000 times and has nearly 55,000 likes. 

People loved that this pair of strangers kept up this joke for so long. 

Thanks to the popularity of the tweet, the pair exchanged numbers and started texting off the app. "I only found out her last name 24 hours ago," Avsec told BuzzFeed

"I thought it would be interesting to meet up with him, but I didn't want to be the one that gave in and broke the joke," Arendas added. "But I was interested."

Many are hoping they'll take their relationship to the next level by finally going on a date.

Once Tinder caught wind of their messages, the company made an offer to send them to any city of their choice for a first date. After Avsec and Arendas discussed their options, they settled on Maui.

Now this is a modern love story begging to be transformed into a romantic comedy if we've ever seen one.

Cover photo via  Milan Ilic Photographer I Shutterstock

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