Post by Penny
On Mon, 10 Sep 2018 06:11:02 +0000 (UTC), Birthday Monitor
Post by Birthday Monitor
Birthday News for today, 10 September: Ben Blaney, Chris J Dixon, David
Medcalf and Vicky.
Gosh, I recall we did a poll some years ago to test the theory of the
number of people you need in a room to find two with the same birthday -
I've a feeling this lead to the umra birthday monitor - but I hadn't
remembered we had so many with the same birthday.
That does ring a bell, so I was inspired by your recollection to try
to track down the history of the Birthday service, perhaps even that
original poll. I know that I usurped Roger Firedrake as UBM in 2003.
Research shows he in turn superseded AJW as Official Non-Monitor in 2001,
and added the character birthday announcements to the List.
In the thread below, you did some sterling work in collating Umra and
Archers birthday dates yourself :)
I've traced AJW's birthday announcements a further month back to May 1999
and to a thread titled "Popping" where manyrats added themselves to the
list, but from the thread context he was clearly already regarded as
official Birthday Monitor before that.
At this point the trail runs cold on Birthday announcements, no matter
how I adjust the search terms. However I think the following may be
the posting where it all started, halfway down a 360-message thread from
October 1998 entitled "Ambridge Rose". The subject of shared birthdays
in Umra comes up as an example of everyday coincidences and probabilities,
just one branch of a widely swerving^W ranging discussion ...
So next month will see the 20th anniversary of the Umra birthday service.
Gosh indeed !
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