Two 19-year-old West Virginia University students have found themselves in the middle of a modern day Serendipity, made possible by Tinder. Mark Kowalczyk was swiping away on the app when he saw a young woman whose profile picture was a bathroom mirror selfie (a Tinder classic). The weird part was that it was his bathroom.
Kowalczyk even recognized the pile of clothes in the corner as belonging to his roommate, who never picks them up. He was baffled.
No one could mistake that cheap paneling or those stinky clothes—that's the same bathroom. Kowalczyk tweeted the photos, expecting his friends would get a laugh out of the mystery. But instead, the entire internet was gripping with burning curiosity. The tweet went viral—it currently has more than 14,000 retweets, and more than 51,000 favorites.
Before long, the young Tinderella was alerted to the tweet. Jenna Zagrodniczek, the subject of the mysterious selfie, tweeted at Kowalczyk with another photo that began to explain what was going on.
As it turned out, Zagrodniczek had attended a house party at Kowalczyk's place without knowing who lived there (ah, college). Noting the excellent lighting in the bathroom, she took a selfie, and later used it as her Tinder profile picture, despite the pile of dirty laundry in the corner.
It seemed the case was closed. But now, the entire Twittersphere was involved, and they wouldn't rest until the two lovebirds fulfilled their destiny and coupled up.
The good news is that the answer is yes. Kowalczyk told BuzzFeed News that he and Zagrodniczek are planning on getting together around Halloween. Which is romantic in its way, although Zagrodniczek doesn't have many other options. It seems like the experience has ruined Tinder for her.
But what of the slovenly roommate? What did he think of his stanky laundry going viral?