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Old 19 November 2008, 05:17 PM
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Cervus, your post made me think about it, and I just realized I was concieved on my parents' wedding anniversary. Ewwwwwwwwww....
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Old 19 November 2008, 05:22 PM
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Morning, I'd go with Chico Marx! And now, that doesn't mean I want you to stop talking.

How are you all finding these people who died on your date of birth or conception?
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Old 19 November 2008, 05:43 PM
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How are you all finding these people who died on your date of birth or conception?
Wikipedia lists deaths on a date (sans year), after significant events and births.

But there's no one listed for my date. Which leaves the only obvious candidate: God. No, I'm not surprised.
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Old 19 November 2008, 05:46 PM
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Wikipedia lists deaths on a date (sans year), after significant events and births.
Actually, if you go to the wikipedia entry for a particular year, it lists all the notable deaths that year.

Here's 1968: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1968#Deaths
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Old 19 November 2008, 05:51 PM
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Ah, that's a smarter way of doin' it. I'm still God, though. You unbeliever.
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Old 19 November 2008, 05:59 PM
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Sam Rayburn died the day before I was born. Michael Rockefeller, son of Nelson, disappeared in the jungles of New Guinea on my birthday and has never been found. ETA: It appears he may have been eaten.

Interestingly, Rayburn's middle name was Taliaferro, which was the surname of the only other student in my high school graduating class with the same first name as me. Perhaps there was some family connection, and she was supposed to be Mr. Sam. . .

No one I've ever heard of died around the time of my conception, although some people here might be familiar with British conductor Sir Thomas Beecham or Romanian writer Gala Galaction, both of whom died a couple days before.

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Old 19 November 2008, 08:16 PM
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Mark Rothko died nine months to the day before I was born. That explains nothing but maybe I should go see the Abstract Expressionist show at the Art Museum.
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Old 19 November 2008, 08:21 PM
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Ah, that's a smarter way of doin' it. I'm still God, though. You unbeliever.
You could be Bob Marley...
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Old 19 November 2008, 08:25 PM
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Well, no one famous or infamous died on February 27, 1960. So, I must have been a plumber or accountant or something else non-noteworthy. The two closest are:
February 21 - Edwina Mountbatten, Countess Mountbatten of Burma (b. 1901), last Vicereine of India
February 29 - Walter Yust, American encyclopedia editor (b. 1894) - Old Walt was propably about as dull as a plumber or accountant.
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Old 19 November 2008, 09:56 PM
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You could be Bob Marley...
That might explain why I have this urge to sue Eric Clapton for copyright infringement. But it certainly doesn't explain my disdain for marijuana. Unless Marley wanted to reform himself inside a white boy from Chicago.
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Old 19 November 2008, 09:57 PM
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Unless Marley wanted to reform himself inside a white boy from Chicago.
No, you're thinking of Mark Foley.
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Old 19 November 2008, 10:04 PM
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Ewwwwwwwwww!
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Old 19 November 2008, 10:49 PM
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According to the birthday calculator KaiTheInvader linked to, I was born during a full moon! And by my calculations (I was born two weeks early, so I added 14 days to my projected date of conception), I am either Cary Grant (Nov 29) or Desi Arnaz (Dec 2).
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Old 20 November 2008, 11:23 AM
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Vincent du Vigneaud died nine months before my birth, and he won a noble prize, so that's fairly cool.

My old English teacher always said she was a French alchemist in a past life, but she was a bit of a loon so we all sort of ignored her. I wonder what proportion of people that have lived have been either subsistence farmers or semi-nomadic goat herders or hunter-gatherers? I'd imagine that most people past lives would be mostly cold and hungry.
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Old 21 November 2008, 05:36 AM
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Icon97 Barack baby turns out to be a Carter

Colorado birth records say there are still no newborns named after Barack Obama after an earlier announcement to that effect was revealed to be a hoax.

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2008/11/...1861227217913/
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Old 21 November 2008, 11:02 AM
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Idaho Falls is a suburb of Boise the same way Buffalo is a suburb of NYC.

I'm Mel Ott. I guess that makes me a Giant among my peers.
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Old 21 November 2008, 02:10 PM
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My old English teacher always said she was a French alchemist in a past life, but she was a bit of a loon so we all sort of ignored her. I wonder what proportion of people that have lived have been either subsistence farmers or semi-nomadic goat herders or hunter-gatherers? I'd imagine that most people past lives would be mostly cold and hungry.
Probably, but if we're all reincarnated immediately (as I insist), we've all had lots of lives, so we're just picking the interesting ones.

Then we have the problem of how to account for the six billion plus people we've got now. Are there enough past lives to go round?
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Old 21 November 2008, 02:57 PM
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Then we have the problem of how to account for the six billion plus people we've got now. Are there enough past lives to go round?
There's more than enough twinkly rot to go around, according to Arthur C. Clarke:

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Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living. Since the dawn of time, roughly a hundred billion human beings have walked the planet Earth.

Now this is an interesting number, for by a curious coincidence there are approximately a hundred billion stars in our local universe, the Milky Way. So for every man who has ever lived, in this universe, there shines a star.

From the forward to 2001, A Space Odyssey
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Old 21 November 2008, 03:03 PM
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Then we have the problem of how to account for the six billion plus people we've got now. Are there enough past lives to go round?
Most of us were probably cows or something.

Nonny
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Old 24 November 2008, 02:17 AM
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Here's the list of people who died right around the time I was conceived:

July 25 - Leroy Robertson, American composer (b. 1896)
July 27 - Charlie Tully, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1924)
July 30 - Kenneth Slessor, Australian poet (b. 1901)
August 13 - King Curtis, American saxophonist (b. 1934)

I don't find any of them very likely- I'm not a talented musician at all, I'm terrible at writing poetry, and I'm a bad athlete.
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