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‘Ridiculously happy Marine’ finds love on Imgur

Sometimes cyber-stalking pays off.

 

Marisa Kabas

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Published Aug 27, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 2:11 am CDT

Rarely does cyber-stalking lead to anything good, but for one Imgur user, quietly lurking paid off in a major way.

A woman named Cesci first reached out to Dean (AKA StrayBullet) on Dec. 4, 2013, after quietly observing the photos he was posting on Imgur from overseas. Dubbed the “ridiculously happy Marine,” the handsome fellow could be seen cheesin’ despite his deployment in Uganda.

I got a lot of love from Imgurians for getting packages, let us not forget about my buddy who only got a bill.

He was so enthusiastic about the photo and video-sharing social network, that he introduced Imgur to the Ugandan soldiers.

Today, during a break in my class, I introduced the wonderful soldiers of Uganda to Imgur. -Ridiculously Happy Marine

Ridiculously Happy Marine after introducing the Ugandan soldiers to Imgur.

The Marine’s zest for life (and memes) caught Cesci’s eye, and she finally worked up the nerve to reach out to him. In a post to the same site where their love first bloomed, she shared the story of her bold overture, and the surprisingly wonderful results.

"I stalked this Imgurian celebrity for long enough...I sent him a message and hoped he would respond..He did!  Turns out he lived just a couple towns over, just my luck! We stayed in touch and ended up meeting over a year later.."

“I stalked this Imgurian celebrity for long enough…I sent him a message and hoped he would respond..He did! Turns out he lived just a couple towns over, just my luck! We stayed in touch and ended up meeting over a year later..”

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Turns out the feeling was mutual, and feeling escalated. FAST.

Once Dean was back in America, the two finally met IRL. And the sparks they felt via Imgur were actually the real thing.

"we fell in love!  Real life proof that Imgur love can happen and does exist. I feel so lucky everyday! Big thanks to Imgur and this community for bringing us together. If it wasn't for you I would have never met the man of my dreams."

“we fell in love! Real life proof that Imgur love can happen and does exist. I feel so lucky everyday! Big thanks to Imgur and this community for bringing us together. If it wasn’t for you I would have never met the man of my dreams.”

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Imgur is known for fostering close relationships in its community. It recently hosted the first “Camp Imgur” in Mendocino, California, and wild tales from the outing show that people were in excellent spirits, and felt truly at home among their fellow users. It even had a marriage proposal by the campfire, which means there will be at least a few babies in the future who can say their parents met on Imgur.

Congratulations, you two.

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*First Published: Aug 27, 2015, 11:57 am CDT