An Australian man called Sam Mitchell discovered a Briton has the exact same name – and paid for him to fly to Tasmania after a whirlwind friendship.
Sam James Mitchell, 19, put his full name into Facebook on December 31 and found his namesake, 22, from London – before deciding to send him a message.
Despite being from opposite ends of the world, the two strangers met on New Year’s Eve when the Briton was flown out to Tasmania by his new friend.
Australian Sam wrote in his original message: ‘You may be wondering why I have sent you a friend request. I had to because we share the same name. Middle name as well. Good day sir.’
London Sam then responded: ‘Yeah, and what is stranger is that I’ve just moved from the UK to Australia.’
Sam James Mitchell, 22, from London (left) with Sam James Mitchell, 19, from St Marys, Tasmania (right)
Tasmanian Sam’s first message to London Sam – and his United Kingdom counterpart’s response
The pair shared some name-related banter on Facebook and even later changed their profile pictures so they were the same
After the pair shared a bit of name-related banter on Facebook, Tasmanian Sam’s brother Bradley suggested flying London Sam to their hometown for New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Four hours after the first message, London Sam was on a plane to Launceston but they were not sure if it was real until he checked in.
‘We weren’t sure what to think of each other. It wasn’t until 20-odd minutes after we picked Sam up we realised we were going to get along just fine… made the next few days a bit more fun,’ Tasmanian Sam told Daily Mail Australia.
When asked what they had in common, the immediate response was ‘beer’.
Four hours after their first contact, London Sam was on a plane from Melbourne to Tasmania
Tasmanian Sam and his friends weren’t certain it was really happening – until London Sam (pictured) checked in for his flight
The two Sams pictured together in Tasmania, where they spent a few days getting to know each other
Once London Sam was in Tasmania, they got stuck into the ‘Sam Mitchell Olympics’. Here, they compete in the ‘bucket race’ – a version of the sack race, with mid-event beer skol
Trying out jelly beans of every flavour during their Olympics
Meeting: London Sam (right) was unfortunate enough to get a vomit-flavoured bean when the two played drinking games together
The Ashes rebooted: They finished off the Sam Mitchell Olympics with a game of beer pong
‘We went to a mates house and held the Sam Mitchell Olympics,’ Tasmanian Sam said.
The pair competed against each other in the ‘bucket race’ – an adapted version of a sack race – with a compulsory mid-race pint skol.
Next they tasted tested jelly beans of every flavour, London Sam got vomit flavour.
Finally, they went head-to-head in a game of beer pong.
And the winner was Sam Mitchell, of course.
Sealed with a kiss: The two Sams shared a quick kiss to celebrate the new year under the fireworks
The two Sams are pictured as they prepared to celebrate New Year’s Eve together in Tasmania
‘[We] drank a few beers and got ready for New Year’s Eve out on the town. And at midnight under the fireworks shared a kiss,’ Tasmanian Sam said.
‘We’d joked about it. And when the fireworks hit. We both felt deep down in our hearts, it was the right thing to do..
‘It was lengthy enough for our mate to take a photo. Let’s leave it at that… Can’t give too much away. We’ll have nothing left to write in our romantic novel.’
London Sam, who is on his working holiday visa, is already back in Melbourne – and looking for a job.
Despite being apart for now, there are talks of further Sam Mitchell Olympics – with other countries represented – although they said they may have to meet for a beer to plan beforehand.
London Sam (left) is now back in Melbourne, looking for work. Tasmanian Sam is an apprentice plasterer
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