This is a truly amazing story of twin sisters separated at birth who discovered each other at age 25 through social media (see Facebook message above in which Anais reached out to Samantha for the first time). One lives in London and the other in L.A. and the two have shared a close bond since meeting. They recently took a trip together to their birthplace, Seoul, Korea, and now they’re hoping to make a film together about their story.
Check out their kickstarter campaign here.
Story via buzzfeed.
— I posted a link to a news article about Jonny Benhamin’s “Find Mike” campaign the other day. Because of his campaign, he found the guy who stopped him from jumping off a bridge!
At the age of 5, he fell asleep on a train in India while waiting for his brother. He ended up in Calcutta, nearly 900 miles from his town.
Lost and illiterate, with no idea what the name of his home was, Munshi lived on the streets for months until he was adopted by an Australian couple.
Decades later, he discovered Google Maps and was eventually able to follow train tracks, recognize landmarks and be reunited with his family.
Watch his amazing story in this video.
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A mother and son who hadn’t seen in each other in more than 30 years finally got a chance to reunite in San Diego Saturday morning.
Monty Python reuniting for stage show
The reunion is expected to be announced officially at a press conference being held in London on Thursday.
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(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Justin W. Galvin/Released)
A brother and sister who both serve in the U.S. Navy and have been separated for the past 30 years were finally reunited in an emotional day Friday at the Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD).
Reunited at 80: Childhood sweethearts separated by war finally tie the knot after 70 years
Bob Humphries, 89, and Bernie Bluett, 87, were childhood sweethearts but lost touch during World War II.
After meeting as children, Bernie was a teenager and working as a dressmaker when the war broke out, but had already fallen madly in love with Bob.
"There was something between us. We didn’t say a word, but there was a terrific attraction,’’ she said.
However, Bob had to go away to war and by 1943, aged 18, Bernie was conscripted to the Royal Air Force as a triage nurse and sent to Wales, patching up air crews and pilots as they flew back from Europe. Bob wrote to her regularly from France, but unknown to both of them, his letters were never passed on by Bernie’s parents who disapproved of the relationship.
With the missives having seemingly dried up, she later met Roy Bluett – a Kiwi bomber pilot who had spent most of the war recovering from a crash which shattered both his legs. The pair went on to marry and she emigrated to New Zealand where she has lived ever since.
Bob, meanwhile, also married after thinking Bernie had simply rejected his love and the pair remained apart for seven decades. But after both were widowed, they eventually made contact again in 2011 when Mrs Bernie’s daughter discovered Bob was living in Somerset.
They swapped numbers and spoke on the phone for the first time in 70 years - and were finally able to see they might have spent their entire lives together.
She said: “I didn’t know what I would say when I was waiting for that call. It had been too long, too much time had gone by. When I answered the phone, all he wanted to know was what had happened to me. He asked me what he did wrong.
"I didn’t say anything, I just burst into tears."
After rekindling their childhood romance, the pair are now to be married in the village of Pawlett near Bridgwater on Saturday. Bernie has moved back to the UK and is marrying Bob with the blessing of her three children.
Bob said: “I thought well here’s a couple of elderly people who could help one another in one way or another, so the decision was made [to get married].
And Bernie said her parents’ actions had certainly changed their lives.
"We were absolutely devastated. It is an awful thing to interfere in someone’s life like that. Just awful. All the time we lost," she said. "We have both had good marriages, good lives. But we always wondered what happened. It’s a terrible thing.’’
However, the pair remain upbeat about their future together.
"We both feel young at heart," Bernie added. "We may only have a year together but it’s a year we never had. We are both old, both unwell, but we feel as though we are 18 again. Happiness is everything. Needless to say, he is a hopeless romantic and so am I." [x]
Chinese twins reunited after 41 years
Running into a person who looks just like someone you know usually only warrants a double take, but that’s exactly how one Chinese man spotted his friend’s long-lost twin brother, according to Sky News.
Poverty separated Zeng Yong and his twin at birth when they were adopted by different families in 1972. After Zeng Yong’s friend told him about an almost identical man he saw in a Chinese city only 125 miles away, Zeng set out to find him.
With his friend’s help, Zeng met the man, Liu Yonggang, and after talking for an hour, the two discovered they were twins, China.org.cn reports. The pair then tracked down their 74-year-old mother who was living more than 1,000 miles away in the east Chinese city of Jianning.
The story of their reunion took off on China’s social media site Sina Weibo. One user commented, “People nowadays can’t understand the helplessness of parents in that era of poverty. Keeping children at home meant leaving them to die of starvation … I hope they are both happy.”
From the Good News department: Three years after he went missing in California, Smoke the dog turned up at an animal shelter in Florida.
The contact information associated with his microchip was out-of-date, but a volunteer found his owner through Facebook, and more volunteers collaborated to drive him cross-country. He was reunited with owner Eric Hough on Sunday.
Photo: Hough hugs Smoke at his Huntington Beach, Calif., home on Sunday. Credit: Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times
This story of a missing dog coming home has a curious hero: bacon.
Misty, a formerly abused pit bull, disappeared from her foster home in Morris County, N.J. last Friday, according to New Jersey’s Star-Ledger. Misty’s adoptive mom, Erin Earley-Hamilton, and volunteers from New York’s Second Chance Rescue searched the woods for her last weekend, CBS New York reports, but they were unable to find the 9-month-old puppy. Even the offer of a $2,000 reward didn’t help.
In the end, what brought Misty home was an unconventional idea from a member of the search party.
"One of the suggestions that we got for today since it was sunny was to cook bacon," Earley-Hamilton, who is vegan, told CBS. The scent of bacon cooking in the backyard lured Misty back home on Monday afternoon according to the Star-Ledger.
This is the second happy ending for Misty in a matter of months. According to the New York Daily News, she was first discovered on the streets of Brooklyn several weeks ago with multiple injuries, possibly used as bait to train other dogs in a fighting ring.
Keep up with Misty or make a donation for her care at the Misty’s Journey Facebook page.
Abducted man uses Google Maps to find way home after 23 years
A Chinese man who was abducted as a five-year-old has been reunited with his family - 23 years later.
Luo Gang was snatched on his way to kindergarten in the province of Sichuan and taken almost 2,000 kilometres away to live with a new family as their son.
"Everyday before I went to bed, I forced myself to re-live the life spent in my old home," Gang told Chinese news outlet Nhaidu.com, “so I wouldn’t forget.”
Two decades on, after hearing about a charity set up to reunite kidnapped children with their parents, Luo set down on paper the map he had carefully preserved in his mind over all those years, showing the layout of his home town.
(Photo: Chris O’Meara / Associated Press)
There was a touching moment before tonight’s Red Sox/Rays game, as nine-year-old Alayna Adams threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Tropicana Field and was reunited with her dad in the process.
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Robin Jeter, 18, and Jordan Dickerson, 17, grew up quite differently in the nation’s capital. But it’s hard to ignore the similarities: They’re smart, pretty and fashion-forward, and both are also athletic and have double-jointed thumbs. A coincidental encounter at a track meet brought the long-separated sisters together.