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Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   11/4/2011 3:30:21 PM
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I was in the UK last week -- my mom, myself, and my little bro' all purchased poppies and wore them in the lead-up to the 11th

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KB3001   11/4/2011 2:57:06 PM
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I believe there are so many parallel universes out there and the one we perceive right here right now is just ONE sample of an INFINITE number of parallel universes :-)

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KB3001   11/4/2011 2:52:04 PM
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Yes, a lot of young people do not know much about it these days which is a shame, but it's still a big day in the UK calendar. If you can avoid the telly, the one minute silence outside, you can't miss the poppies on people's jackets.

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Max The Magnificent   11/4/2011 1:59:08 PM
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I don't know about the German girl -- the guy in Holland got married and he (and his wife) and my mom (and my dad) stayed good friends ... if fact I think he's still alive ... I'll have to ask my mom...

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Max The Magnificent   11/4/2011 1:53:40 PM
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Ir really does give you pause for thought... ...and of course, as you say, remembrance day is coming up ... "the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month"... ... when I was a kid in England we paused for two minutes silence at school ... and everything in the country stopped (like cars and people walking in the street)... ...now, I bet there's a lot of people who don;t even know what remembrance day is...

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Max The Magnificent   11/4/2011 1:50:28 PM
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I don't believe in predestination -- I think it's like winning the lottery (although in this case the prize is existence)... Like you say -- if we take the time my mom and dad got together and ended up conceiving me -- on that particular occasion there was a very large chance of "something" happening (a sperm reaching the egg) but a very small chance that the particular sperm that resulted in "me" would be first to the finishing post... Of course, I've always prided myself on being a strong swimmer :-)

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zeeglen   11/4/2011 2:25:42 AM
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Interesting story. Gives one a strange feeling to know one might never have existed, or might have been somebody/something else but for a twist of fate. My own father tells the tale of how when he first joined the Air Force as a WW2 bomber radio-operator-in-training he was prone to air sickness. Not wanting to wash out, he kept this hidden by forcing himself to vomit just before training flights. One day he was doing the pre-flight purging while crews were being assembled. His name was called, one of his buddies hollered "He's in the can!" so the next young man boarded the aircraft in his place. He returned from the restroom as his assigned flight was taking off, another friend said "Hey, that was your flight." Then they watched in horror as the aircraft lost power and cartwheeled into the field in a ball of flame. He was then assigned the duty of escorting his friend's remains home. After seeing this all those young men still had the courage to get into those aircraft and continue training, then the real thing over enemy territory. Give a few minutes of remembrance on this coming 11 November. So I'm here because long before I was even the gleam in my Daddy's eye, he puked. There are others who now do not exist in my place. I'm sure thousands of others can tell a similar story of how they almost were never born. Bill Bryson is right. Heck, any one of us could have been born a creature far lower on the food chain, and in a far distant time...

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David Ashton   11/3/2011 10:51:56 PM
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So what happened to the beautiful German girl? (and, I guess, your mom's boyfriend in Holland?)



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