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People reveal stories that 'sound like a lie' but are actually true

Sometimes things are just too far fetched to believe, but these social media users are insisting their wild stories are completely true. 

The far-fetched Mumsnet thread kicked off when an anonymous British person revealed that they inherited a small fortune from a distant relative of 'princely status' - but it wasn't a scam like it sounds.

They urged others to share their bizarre stories that sound 'like a lie' but are actually completely true, with responses including a person whose injured finger grew back as a child and another who unexpectedly found their birth mother. 

Meanwhile another person revealed that their mother's cousin accidentally got engaged to her own half-brother without knowing that he was actually related to her.

An anonymous British person took to Mumsnet to reveal that they inherited a small fortune from a distant relative of 'princely status' - but it wasn't a scam like it sounds (stock image)

Kicking off the thread, the person revealed that their grandfather received an email from a lawyer representing a man who claimed to be the son of a 'long-lost relative from Africa' claiming he was of 'princely status'. 

They went on to explain that their girlfriend was told their was an inheritance waiting for him and his siblings and despite sounding like a scam, they claimed it was completely true.

They penned: 'I'll start. My (non English speaking) grandfather received an email (in English) from the solicitor of a man who claimed to be the son of a long lost relative from Africa claiming he was basically of princely status and there was an inheritance waiting for my grandfather and his siblings. So basically like the Nigerian prince scam.

'Except it was all true and it was a relative who escaped my grandfather's home country as he did not want to be drafted into the war and ended up never contacting anyone again and building a small empire in Africa, getting married (multiple times) and having cousins. 

Kicking off the thread, the person revealed that their grandfather and his siblings received a small inheritance from a long-distant relative after being emailed by a lawyer

'He willed a small part of his accounts to my DGFs by then deceased mother who was his cousin and then it got passed down and split between my DGF and his siblings by default. Not life changing money but one of our favourite stories to tell!

'The majority of the emails was done through google translate as well. Does anyone have any 'sounds like a lie but is true' stories they'd like to share?' 

Their unbelievable story prompted floods of responses from other Mumsnet users who were keen to share their gobsmacking tales that sounded almost impossible. 

Meanwhile another said their mother's cousin had almost married their own half-brother without knowing that he was related to her. 

They urged others to share stories that sound 'like a lie' but are true, with responses including a person whose finger grew back and another who unexpectedly found their birth mother

They explained that the bride-to-be's father had waited until they 'almost' got to the 'altar' before checking, despite knowing that there was a chance his future son-in-law could also be his actual son.

They wrote: 'A cousin of my mums was engaged to what turned out to be her own half brother (via her father). 

'The father, my mums uncle, knew there was a chance that his daughter's fiancé could also be his son, but let it get almost to the alter before he decided to put the wheels in motion to check!' 

Another Mumsnet user claimed their father was adopted and struggled to find his birth mother, but his wife surprisingly met her while in hospital. 

They explained that their mother struck up a friendship with an elderly woman in the neighbouring bed while recovering from a heart attack, only to discover that the elderly woman was her husband's birth mother.

They continued: 'My dad was adopted and had struggled to find his birth mother for many years. My mum had a heart attack and while recovering in coronary care she struck up a friendship with the elderly woman in the next bed. 

'They got chatting about their children and the lady told her she’d had a son who had been adopted and it turned out to be my dad. I was with him at home when he got the phone call from my mum to say "I think I’ve found your mother".'

Other admissions included one person who said the only revision they did for a Medieval French exam was translate one passage, which unbelievably was the passage used for the exam the following day.

While another person, who was adopted, discovered that they had two siblings who had the same birthdays as her own children after getting her adoption papers.

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