SOOPOO
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April 19th, 2011 at 10:06:41 AM permalink
This is right up the Wiz's alley..... My college roomate, who I haven't seen or spoken to in 30 years, called me up yesterday. We were always friendly, but never close friends. I loved hearing his voice as it brought up only fond memories. He said he saw my personal info on our colleges web site or something, and was stunned to find out we both have 2 sons..... with the same names!!!! Now before I ask for the 'odds' part of this rambling post, I will give some additional info.... My wife chose both my son's names. David is the eldest, and she chose Jonathan for the second because they were friends from the bible, even though neither she nor I are religious. My ex roomie was moderately religious, Baptist I believe. So guys, what are the odds of 2 roomies both having 2 sons, then both matching names?
rdw4potus
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April 19th, 2011 at 10:39:21 AM permalink
I believe, though someone may correct me, that the odds are infinitesimal;-)
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April 19th, 2011 at 10:59:03 AM permalink
Quote: rdw4potus

I believe, though someone may correct me, that the odds are infinitesimal;-)



I would, but then we would be hijacjing Soopoo's thread.

I don't suppose the odds are high, but I wouldn't be surprised to see they're not that small, either. You migth want to look up how popular the neames were in the years they were given to your sons, too. That would affect the odds.
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April 19th, 2011 at 11:02:01 AM permalink
My "what are the odds" story concerns my father and father-in-law, one from Maine, the other from Kentucky. My wife and I met in Atlanta. Our parents met for the first time at our wedding reception (held at an old bordello, but that is another story). Our dads got talking and quickly realized they served in the same outfit in the Pacific during WW II !!! And both of them were Navy Corpsmen!!!
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April 19th, 2011 at 12:03:02 PM permalink
"What are the Odds?"

Pretty good.

When ever you meet someone new, you try and find out what is in common with that other person, either names of children, or what you did during the war.

If you served in Europe, and the other person served in the Pacific, there wouldn't be anything to talk about right? So, then you go to schools, states you lived in, companies you worked for, etc, and then you find the connections.

Make sense?

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April 19th, 2011 at 7:45:58 PM permalink
Quote: SFB

"What are the Odds?"

Pretty good...If you served in Europe, and the other person served in the Pacific, there wouldn't be anything to talk about right? So, then you go to schools, states you lived in, companies you worked for, etc, and then you find the connections...



Good point! And here's an episode of a radio show called Radiolab about that phenomenon. (It analyzes the story of Laura Buxton, who recovered a helium balloon that had been released by another girl named Laura Buxton.)
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April 22nd, 2011 at 11:44:15 AM permalink
Quote: SOOPOO

This is right up the Wiz's alley..... My college roomate, who I haven't seen or spoken to in 30 years, called me up yesterday. We were always friendly, but never close friends. I loved hearing his voice as it brought up only fond memories. He said he saw my personal info on our colleges web site or something, and was stunned to find out we both have 2 sons..... with the same names!!!! Now before I ask for the 'odds' part of this rambling post, I will give some additional info.... My wife chose both my son's names. David is the eldest, and she chose Jonathan for the second because they were friends from the bible, even though neither she nor I are religious. My ex roomie was moderately religious, Baptist I believe. So guys, what are the odds of 2 roomies both having 2 sons, then both matching names?



According to the Social Security Office's baby names website, the name "David" was the 4th, 5th, or 6th most popular male name for new births in the United States from 1980 - 1990. "Jonathan" was a top 21 name (ranking 15 - 21 during the same period). Are the boys the same ages? I don't think it is that far off given the popularity of "David" and the biblical connection to "Jonathan". If the second sons were both named "Goliath"... now that would be something...
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SOOPOO
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April 23rd, 2011 at 4:45:20 AM permalink
Quote: Ayecarumba

According to the Social Security Office's baby names website, the name "David" was the 4th, 5th, or 6th most popular male name for new births in the United States from 1980 - 1990. "Jonathan" was a top 21 name (ranking 15 - 21 during the same period). Are the boys the same ages? I don't think it is that far off given the popularity of "David" and the biblical connection to "Jonathan". If the second sons were both named "Goliath"... now that would be something...



Close enough in age. My second son IS named Jonathan because of the biblical connection. I haven't asked my ex roomie, but I would guess the same would be said for his sons. So the odds cannot be figured out using just the relative frequencies. But I still thought it was neat. We both have pet dogs named Goliath, too.
(Wink, wink)
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April 23rd, 2011 at 6:29:15 AM permalink
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