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cathy


Six Degrees of Separation

Thursday, December 15, 2005

I was inspired by Meow to make this post. We just discovered that not only are we both first generation citizens (her in Australia and me here in Canada) but that our fathers hail from the same city in Germany. I sense there are only six degrees of separation between us. I sense the same thing with my other Aussie friend, Michelle. In the past few months, I can't tell you how many times we have commented that we absolutely must have the same mother. Perhaps they were related. I have been told that I have relatives on my mothers side that moved to Australia and who we have long since lost touch with. I have a feeling that if we were all put together in the same room, we would be fast and immediate friends. I am convinced that this theory holds true. Blogging has made me a believer.
(Six degrees of separation is the theory that anyone on earth can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries. The theory was first proposed in 1929 by the Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy in a short story called Chains.)

  1. Blogger Aly said:

    I believe in all that. I have only a couple of degrees between me and several celebs.

    I bet we are linked in some odd way :)

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Starfish;
    Which celebs?
    I bet we are too.

  1. Blogger Will D said:

    I think I have a celeb connection. I think my father's, sister's husband is maybe a 5th cousin to Sandra Bullock??? I am a big fan of the Kevin Bacon game!

  1. Blogger JoeC said:

    yepyep, that is what they say.... its a small world! so, better to network rather than burn bridges... if that is possible, cheers!

  1. Blogger Connie and Rob said:

    I don't think I am related to any celebs...darn!

    The friends I have made blogging have become very important to me. The more you talk to people...and really listen...the more you find you have in common.

    Connie

  1. Blogger Meow said:

    Great post, Cathy, glad I was an inspiration :-) I've always found this theory really interesting, although I've never actually sat down to figure out whether I'm connected to anyone interesting. Have a great day.

  1. Blogger vani said:

    it is a small world. i'm still looking for my twin..hehe

  1. Blogger Chloe said:

    i'm sure this theory is valid. and that makes hate and war in the world even more absurd and frightening.
    My blogfriends are very important to me. Maybe because i chose them, maybe because they chose me, we seem to click and this is difficult to find in any relationship. Every morning i am anxious to see what has everybody been up to and if they are okay.
    I wish i could give all of them Hello Kitty things (voices: "not necessary Chloeeeee)

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Will;
    I actually haven't seen the movie, but think I should! Sandra Bullock; cool!

    JoeC;
    I like to think it is most definitely possible.

    Connie;
    I don't think I am related to any celebs, either. Darn.

    Meow;
    Thanks for the inspiration. I am sure you are connected to lots of interesting people.

    Vani;
    I am sure there's one out there. I sometimes get told that there is someone else that looks just like me in the city I live in. I am still looking for her.

    Chloe;
    I do the same. These are not "virtual" relationships. They are more real than some of the "face-to-face" relationships I have.

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    What an inspirational post! I'm certain we have a connection. What you also don't know, is that i also have German connections on my fathers side! Spooky eehhh!

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Michelle;
    Rosie O'Donnell, who I really admire, refers to this as a "spingle"

  1. Blogger angel, jr. said:

    I completely believe the six degrees of separation theory. It makes things interesting, plus the world is a lot smaller than we think.

  1. Blogger No_Newz said:

    Hey! And since I want to live on Michelle's couch I am in the know too! Right? ;)
    Have a great weekend!
    Lois Lane

  1. Blogger No_Newz said:

    So many Michelles with frustrating moms. I better make it clear...
    http://theladyjustitia.blogspot.com/
    That one ^^^^^ she has a view of the ocean. Yup, I will live like Kato Kalin one day. :P
    Lois Lane

  1. Blogger SkyeBlue2U said:

    I wonder if I'm related to Meow's dancing cat, that's exactly how I dance. Now I want to find this book and read all about it.:>)

  1. Blogger mrsmogul said:

    I have family in Canada so we might be related..

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Angel;
    So true, and it gets smaller and smaller with more and more technology.

    Lois;
    I'll join you in Michelle's living room.

    SkyeBlue;
    It's on my reading list, too/

    Mrs.Mogul;
    A relative in Canada! Well then we MUST be related :)

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    "Mrs.Mogul;
    A relative in Canada! Well then we MUST be related :) "

    Hope 3's not a crowd. ;)

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Heidi;
    No crowd; ALWAYS room! You are my french-Canadian sister (I know I know, you do not speak French :)

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    LMAO @ Lois....who invited her?!!!
    Hmm "Spingle"...i like that!

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    Hmmmm. Don't know if I'm similar in background to anyone, but I'll often want to leave comments for someone, only to find that another blogfriend has taken the words right out of my mouth. Maybe blogging attracts kindred spirits?

    My grandmother and her sisters lived in Canada for a while. I'll have to find out where. They spoke French when we were kids if they didn't want us to understand something (after we figured out spelling...)

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