Fortean luft balons

Posted on November 9, 2009 by



It’s not Thursday. It’s not even Friday. But here is a random link, just to get your week started up right.

From the Mental Floss article on the best “message in a bottle” stories we have this  story of a message on a balloon.

In June 2001, 10-year old Laura Buxton released a red balloon into the air over her hometown of Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, England. On one side of the balloon, she had written “Please return to Laura Buxton,” and on the other side, her home address. A few weeks later, a man 140 miles away in Milton Lilbourne found the balloon stuck in the hedge that separated his farm from the next-door neighbors. He noticed Laura Buxton’s name and address and immediately took the balloon to the neighbors’ house, showing it to the 10-year old girl who lived there…whose name was also Laura Buxton.
Laura Buxton from Milton Lilbourne wrote Laura Buxton from Stoke-on-Trent to let her know that she had found the balloon. Thinking this coincidence was simply too amazing to be true, they decided they had to meet in person. And that’s when things got really weird.
On the day of the meeting, the two girls wore the same outfit – a pink sweater and jeans. The girls were the same height, which was unusual because they were both tall for their age. They both had brown hair and wore it in the same style. They both had three-year old black Labrador Retrievers at home, as well as gray pet rabbits. They both brought their guinea pigs, which were the same color and even had the same orange markings on their hindquarters. It was almost as though these two Laura Buxtons were the same person.
The strange events surrounding their meeting have helped the girls form a strong bond, and they remain friends eight years later. Both feel the circumstances that brought them together are too significant to be written off as mere coincidence.

With Luft Balons and Message in a Bottle already in the post, I resisted the temptation to make a Synchronicity crack too… but if you really feel you need more 80s euro-rock there is always Falco. (Sorry, I just couldn’t resist the temptation to listen to more German pop after listening to Nena while posting this up.)