This story is getting a lot of play right now so I’m going to share it here before the inevitable movie comes out:
To summarize: A long-haired, bearded man walked into a pub in Ruinerworld, a village in the Netherlands. He ordered and drank five beers. He then told the bartender that he needed help because he and his siblings had spent the last nine years living in a basement with an older man (who, apparently, was not related to them) who told them that the world was going to end and that everyone else was dead. Authorities investigated and discovered that the young man was apparently telling the truth!
This is an amazing story, so amazing that I still keep expecting to hear that it’s some sort of hoax. Everything about the story is just too strange and the film version pretty much writes itself. Imagine spending nine years thinking that you and your family are the last people on Earth, just to then step into a pub. The fact that he reacted to all of this by drinking five beers only makes the story all the more … I don’t want to say perfect because, actually, this is a very disturbing story and it seems probable that, as we learn more about it, the details will become much less humorous.
For now, my favorite quote comes from the local postman, who never delivered a single letter to the farm: “It’s actually pretty strange, now I come to think about it.”