The children in a Michigan family have proved that even highly unlikely some things do happen : their three children have been born on, respectively, 08/08/08, 09/09/09 and 10/10/10. When Barbara and Chad Soper’s first born, Chloe, appeared on August 8, 2008 they had no idea that it was just the beginning of the amazing odds in their family. Their second child, Cameron, was born two weeks early on September 9, 2009 which was the first clue something odd was happening with the birth dates of the Soper children. While the family was expecting their third child they thought it would be “neat” to complete the pattern but when Cearra arrived on October 10, 2010, almost a month before her due date, hope became reality.
Although the birth dates of the Soper children seem like a startling coincidence, statisticians claim that it is not at all such an extraordinary achievement as one might think.
Philip Stark, professor at the University of California, Berkeley explains that the chance of such a coincidence of births in a family appears only in the first 12 years of each century. In a reality, the odds of that happening are approximately 2,500 births to one which doesn’t actually make it an astronomical probability.
The Soper family shared they are not planning on a fourth child therefore are not tempted to try for a November 11, 2011 birth.