Everyone gets their start somewhere. Whether you end up a pop star, archeologist, plumber, or pro tennis player, the path that led you to the present can color who you are and how you see the world. And with the trending hashtag #MyOriginStory, Twitter users are revealing their own backgrounds, and telling outrageously mythical and very real tales of how they came to be — in 140 characters or less.
Some of the most engaging origin stories are of the superhero variety. Bruce Wayne's parents get killed and he ends up as Batman, the caped crusader dedicated to saving a crumbling city on the brink. Science whiz kid Peter Parker — another orphan no stranger to strife — gets bitten by a radioactive spider and suddenly has the strength of an arachnid as Spiderman. And then there's Ororo Munroe, the X-Men badass who was also orphaned at a young age (do we sense a pattern here?) and eventually wields the powers of the elements when she becomes Storm.
Most of us, however, have far less dramatic upbringings, but there are definitely those with truths that are stranger and more inspiring than fiction. Here are just a few of Twitter's origin stories, from the serious and the sexual to the silly and the superhero-esque.
1. The Serious Origin Story
Mar 1987: My fam migrated to US fleeing religious persecution— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) March 6, 2017
Mar 2017: Im a human rights lawyer protecting religious freedom#MyOriginStory
I grew up extremely introverted, so I decided to find my voice on YouTube & Twitter #MyOriginStory— Jimmy (@RandomIgnorance) March 6, 2017
In high school I read around10 books per week. The school library ran out of good books, so I wrote my own to fill the void. #MyOriginStory— CC Lepki (@cclepki) April 30, 2016
2. The Silly Origin Story
#MyOriginStory— Waffles O'Wook🍀 (@Wook316) March 6, 2017
I live in a pineapple under the.....
Wait.what was in this coffee
#MyOriginStory— TunaOfTheSky (@tunaofthesky) March 6, 2017
First fish in space, tragically exposed to cosmic radiation.
#MyOriginStory I crawled out of the bottom of a vodka bottle and found my inner strength— M (@Skyblumelon) March 6, 2017
3. The Sexual Origin Story
I burst on the scene as an unwanted pregnancy, but I won them over 😘 #MyOriginStory— TwitChic (@Swoozie123) March 6, 2017
4. The Superhero Origin Story
Home planets destroyed, manages to get to earth, raised by wolves till the age of 14. #MyOriginStory— mac 🔮 (@mactherad) October 14, 2013