Monday, August 18, 2014

An Important Birthday, and Related Trivia

      This daughter attains double-nickels status today!  Happy birthday, Ivanelle.

Ivy shares her birthday with any number of famous or widely-known people, as we all do.  Some who were born on August 18 are

Virginia Dare, 1587, famously the first English child born in the Americas.
Shelley Winters, 1920, well-known actress, now departed.
Rosalynn Carter, 1927, former First Lady.
Robert Redford, 1936, American actor and one-time heartthrob of every housewife. (I am told.)
Timothy Geithner, 1961, recently Secretary of the Treasury of the United States.

Are you aware of the fact that in any randomly chosen group of 23 people there is a 50-50 chance that two of them will have the same birthday?  The odds in favor of such a pairing increases as the number of people in the group increases, and at 70 people there is a mere one chance in a thousand that there won’t be such a match.


Vee said...

Happy Birthday to Ivanelle! When I think about her, I think about four little blond-headed girls playing together. Great memories.

vanilla said...

Vee, good times; those were the days!

Shelly said...

The happiest of birthdays to Ivanelle! An what a great bit of trivia to remember about the matching birthdays~

vanilla said...

Shelly, thank you. Trivia from the old middle school teacher's box of lures. Hook 'em so you can teach 'em.

(Maybe that's not how it works now; I've been out of it for a long time.)

Sharkbytes said...

Nifty picture, and a name I've not encountered before.

vanilla said...

Sharkey, snapped the picture in our backyard 51 years ago. Named after pastor's wife; I've encountered one other Ivanelle. Do have a cousin named Avanelle. My Ivanelle is known by one and all as "Ivy."