Lad travels 3,600 miles to meet doppelganger with the same name who was also dressed as a banana in Facebook picture


A DRUNK student added the only other man with the same name as him on Facebook as he staggered home from the pub – and flew 3,600 miles to CANADA to meet him.

Brit Ben Codrington, 21, was scrolling through Facebook after a night out and noticed a stranger with the same unusual surname pop-up as a suggested contact.

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Left Ben Codrington from Toronto, Canada and Ben Codrington, from London, who met in person after speaking online for five days[/caption]

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Ben from London drunkenly added Ben from Toronto on Facebook as they both had the same name and banana suit[/caption]

Amazingly the two unrelated men discovered they look alike, were the same age, born weeks apart and were both amateur stand-up comics,  whose hobbies were gaming and rap music.

And bizarrely, both were dressed as a banana in their profile pictures.

The pair started chatting and just five days after a drunken conversation British Ben flew to Toronto and meet his ‘twin’ in person.

The pair had a night out in Toronto and got on “like a house on fire.”

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Ben from Toronto is also an amateur stand-up comic and gaming enthusiast[/caption]

Now the transatlantic “dopplegangers” say they are “forever friends” after the extraordinary online hook-up.

Brit Ben, a geography student from Bromley, Kent said: “I started talking to him and I couldn’t believe we had the same unusual surname and were both wearing banana costumes in our Facebook profiles.

“He invited me for a drink and a meal in Toronto and I said ‘yep lets go for it.’

“It was a hell of a long way to go but I decided to spend my savings on the air fare and we got on like a house on fire because amazingly we are so similar.

“We went for a drink and a meal in downtown Toronto and found we both have a very similar sense of humour and both found the whole idea of meeting up equally amusing.

“We both grew up in major cities and lived urban lifestyles, we both moved away from home for university, to universities which roughly had the same entrance requirements.

“We even look like a bit like each other – a pair of dopplegangers,”he said.

Toronto Ben, a computer science student, said:”“I couldn’t believe it.

“One minute we were messaging online and a few days later we were having a drink together in my hometown.

“Some of my friends warned me the guy might be some sort of a fraud coming to con me or something because the whole thing was a string of coincidences, starting with our names.

“But I’m really glad Ben decided to travel half way across the world to meet me and we’re friends for life now.”


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