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This New Instagram Account Is Home To The Most Endearing 'How We Met' Stories

In a world full of Tinder, Hinge and OkCupid success stories, it's easy to forget about all of the wonderful and wacky ways couples meet face-to-face.

The new and already wildly popular Instagram account The Way We Met (it's gained more than 137,000 followers since its inception four weeks ago) is a reminder that while, yes, people are meeting online, it's certainly not the only way they are getting together these days.

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Brooklyn Sherman, 27, of Los Angeles, who started the account, has featured 55 couples so far. A few of them met online (Facebook, Tinder, etc.) but most had their first encounters organically in places like Starbucks, a pizzeria, a karaoke competition, a men's restroom, a Swedish House Mafia concert and many, many others.

"I do prefer stories in which couples meet in authentic ways, face-to-face," Sherman, who works at a talent agency by day, told The Huffington Post. "If you notice, the majority of my stories are not couples who have met through online dating. I share stories about couples out in the world doing random things, and the universe brings them together in random ways. I hope this encourages other single people to get out and start experiencing life again instead of behind their computers."

Sherman told HuffPost that she realizes this message about unplugging may be ironic to some, given that she shares these stories on social media. But she says she's just trying to get the message out any way she can.

"Social media is our world, that's just the reality of it, so if I want to change the world, I have to start by changing social media," she said. "I am sick of our generation living a lonely life behind their cell phones and computers and dream of a world where people are out seizing the natural spontaneity of life's adventures again."

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At first, Sherman solicited how-we-met stories via a Facebook group called Girls Night Out. Those days are over, as she now receives hundreds of submissions daily, which she sifts through at night after work.

"People email me and tell me that they had given up on love until they started following my account and honestly hearing that, and knowing I'm making a positive difference in people's lives is all I need to hear for all of this to be worth it."

Check out a selection of great stories from real couples below. Head over to The Way We Met for more meet-cutes.

"I was already a working actress and Alex was in his final semester at college studying film. The producer of Alex's thesis film had graduated from my acting school and contacted the school asking if there were any actresses they would recommend for the lead. They contacted me, but being the hot shot prick that I was, I was convinced I was too big time for "student films." I contacted my agent to ask his advice and he said "Sure! You never know where these things can lead." So Lo and behold, I was cast. During the costume fitting, Alex walked up close to my face to see if I needed false eyelashes for the film. At that moment, I knew immediately that I was in love and we were destined to be together. It was most definitely the stuff of schmaltzy love songs and sappy movies. There were fireworks and I suddenly felt really self-conscious about the outfit I had on. The best part, however, is that while shooting, we discovered that we were born at the same exact time. Same day, same month, same year, and we're pretty sure same time (8:30a in TX for him and 9:36a in VA for me, with the one hour time difference). His mother has yet to confirm the exact time, so after 8 years together, we still don't know who's technically older."

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"We met at a sea cadet camp thousands of miles away from our respective home towns. We were 14/15 years old at the time and fell in love as much as any two kids can at that age. After leaving camp, we stayed in touch. Long phone calls, hand written letters, and chat messaging kept us close for years until he decided to join the army. From that point on, the contact was sporadic and inconsistent, but he would randomly show up and surprise me at home or at work when he was in the area. He would always come with a rose in hand and a goofy grin on his face. Eventually, I was in a relationship with someone else, became pregnant, and had a daughter. The relationship didn't last, and I was a single mom the next time he showed up to visit. He made it perfectly clear that for the first time in 10 years while we were both single, we had to give our relationship a shot. He traveled 8 hours each way every weekend for months to spend time with me and get to know my daughter. She fell for him instantly. By our 6 month anniversary he had proposed, and I was pregnant with our first child together. That was 6 years ago now. Today, we are the parents of three beautiful girls, and every now and then, he still shows up at home with a rose in hand and that same goofy grin."

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