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(KOMU Columbia)   Man who spent the past 60 years looking for his long-lost sister finds her thanks to an 8 year-old neighbor who did a Facebook search that took about five seconds   (komu.com) divider line 67
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2013-01-10 12:23:03 AM
Damn, they're both lucky they're still alive to have this moment. But then again, how screwed up is the foster care system back then that this kind of thing happened?
 
2013-01-10 12:23:03 AM
Then he wasn't searching very hard...
 
2013-01-10 12:23:54 AM
Well - yes, FB is good for that ...

/and stalking exes
 
2013-01-10 12:24:51 AM

Supes: Then he wasn't searching very hard...


Yeah, jeez.
 
2013-01-10 12:25:13 AM

ThatBillmanGuy: Damn, they're both lucky they're still alive to have this moment. But then again, how screwed up is the foster care system back then that this kind of thing happened?


Yeah, the foster care system nowdays is wonderful....
 
2013-01-10 12:25:27 AM

kayanlau: Well - yes, FB is good for that ...

/and stalking exes


Go not to your exes fb pages, only pain shall you find
 
2013-01-10 12:26:42 AM

ThatBillmanGuy: Damn, they're both lucky they're still alive to have this moment. But then again, how screwed up is the foster care system back then that this kind of thing happened?


If they were British they would have probably been sent to different colonies.
 
2013-01-10 12:27:10 AM
I guess it's okay if a little kid looks for old people online. But if old people look for little kids online then people go crazy.
 
2013-01-10 12:28:45 AM

12349876: If they were British they would have probably been sent to different colonies


"It's a series of tubes!"
/How did he select the right one?
 
2013-01-10 12:29:01 AM

Heathen: kayanlau: Well - yes, FB is good for that ...

/and stalking exes

Go not to your exes fb pages, only pain shall you find


All of my exes are too cool to have FB accounts. They have Eros.com profiles.
 
2013-01-10 12:32:14 AM
with the quickness
 
2013-01-10 12:33:45 AM
my ex is only on alter.net
yup, that says a lot.
 
2013-01-10 12:35:15 AM
...with a helpful picture of what two people's hands might look like.

I mean really. That is the lowest stretch of laziness I've yet seen.
 
2013-01-10 12:37:48 AM
I kill all of my exes, just to keep things tidy.

/kidding....?
 
2013-01-10 12:39:31 AM
Groucho Marx was unavailable for comment.

(He's still looking for an eight year old)
 
2013-01-10 12:40:19 AM
60 YEARS? And he just now decides to give this fancy new internet thingy a try?
 
2013-01-10 12:43:31 AM

Just_a_Bear: my ex is only on alter.net
yup, that says a lot.


not real
 
2013-01-10 12:43:39 AM

Gyrfalcon: ...with a helpful picture of what two people's hands might look like.

I mean really. That is the lowest stretch of laziness I've yet seen.


Stock photography probably costs 3% less than assigning someone to take or find a relevant photo
 
2013-01-10 12:48:53 AM

99.998er: Heathen: kayanlau: Well - yes, FB is good for that ...

/and stalking exes

Go not to your exes fb pages, only pain shall you find

All of my exes are too cool to have FB accounts. They have Eros.com profiles.


Had never heard of that before, what are their nicknames?
 
2013-01-10 12:53:37 AM
"Within a week, the child found her"

5 seconds is within a week, so yeah maybe.
 
2013-01-10 12:55:18 AM

HaywoodJablonski: Gyrfalcon: ...with a helpful picture of what two people's hands might look like.

I mean really. That is the lowest stretch of laziness I've yet seen.

Stock photography probably costs 335% less than assigning someone to take or find a relevant photo

 
2013-01-10 01:00:03 AM
Just your garden variety Biblical names:

Lexis
Brandee
Skye
Dylan
Kiarra
Chanel
Brooke
Ivana
Sydney
Mercedes
 
2013-01-10 01:00:10 AM
I helped the guy who installed our bathroom find one of his lost friends. Turned out he had become a mayor of a small city in Kansas.

As a reward, he installed a USB power outlet for me and said thank you.
 
2013-01-10 01:09:18 AM
before I stopped going to the bar, one of my favorite pastimes was listening to the old men argue over things like "who was that actor in XYZ" or "That thing is a XYZ" "NO it's not! It's an ABC!" and while they argue I just sip my beer, and do a google search on my phone, and give them the answer. I enjoyed the "are you a wizard?" looks I'd get.

of course trying to explain streaming netflix on my TV comes from the internet and not cable get me the sign of the cross and holy water thrown at me.
 
2013-01-10 01:15:09 AM

99.998er: Just your garden variety Biblical names:

Lexis
Brandee
Skye
Dylan
Kiarra
Chanel
Brooke
Ivana
Sydney
Mercedes


It's not weird that I read that in Mark Wahlberg's voice, right?
 
2013-01-10 01:16:39 AM

log_jammin: before I stopped going to the bar, one of my favorite pastimes was listening to the old men argue over things like "who was that actor in XYZ" or "That thing is a XYZ" "NO it's not! It's an ABC!" and while they argue I just sip my beer, and do a google search on my phone, and give them the answer. I enjoyed the "are you a wizard?" looks I'd get.

of course trying to explain streaming netflix on my TV comes from the internet and not cable get me the sign of the cross and holy water thrown at me.


cdn.uproxx.com
 
2013-01-10 01:21:06 AM

cameroncrazy1984: It's not weird that I read that in Mark Wahlberg's voice, right?


2.bp.blogspot.com

And the nominees for the 'Best Female Actress in an Adult Film' are...
 
2013-01-10 01:22:52 AM

log_jammin: before I stopped going to the bar, one of my favorite pastimes was listening to the old men argue over things like "who was that actor in XYZ" or "That thing is a XYZ" "NO it's not! It's an ABC!" and while they argue I just sip my beer, and do a google search on my phone, and give them the answer. I enjoyed the "are you a wizard?" looks I'd get.

of course trying to explain streaming netflix on my TV comes from the internet and not cable get me the sign of the cross and holy water thrown at me.


i hate that. i used to be the person who knew the answers to every obscurity.

now any half-wit with a phone is an isn't encylopedia

i've never owned a cell phone out of such bitterness

harumph!
 
2013-01-10 01:25:31 AM

Dahnkster: cameroncrazy1984: It's not weird that I read that in Mark Wahlberg's voice, right?

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 494x279]

And the nominees for the 'Best Female Actress in an Adult Film' are...


nah. more current, like:

collider.com

"Wait; was it any of those names with a "Lynn" after it?"
 
2013-01-10 01:29:12 AM

Omahawg: i hate that. i used to be the person who knew the answers to every obscurity.

now any half-wit with a phone is an isn't encylopedia


yeah, but if you just tell them the answer they don't believe you, but if read it off of something and they take it as gospel.

then again sometimes you could threaten them with looking something up. "The movie was 'Battleground'. trust me, I remember." "no it wasn't, it was Battle Zone" "Battleground. I can look it up *reaches for phone*" "No no no...you're probably right..."
 
2013-01-10 01:41:08 AM

Begoggle: "Within a week, the child found her"

5 seconds is within a week, so yeah maybe.


Took long enough. I hoped to see this closer to the top.
 
2013-01-10 02:27:17 AM
Shenanigans. He's trying to find sis for an ulterior motive. If it was just "lovie-dovie I miss you," he could have done so before now. Early in the Internet era, a savvy sleuth could have found her, and before that just a good old-fashioned detective could have. In my opinion.
 
2013-01-10 02:29:55 AM

TwowheelinTim: Begoggle: "Within a week, the child found her"

5 seconds is within a week, so yeah maybe.

Took long enough. I hoped to see this closer to the top.


You're expecting people to RTFA before spouting off?

How Republican.
 
2013-01-10 02:35:34 AM

calbert: Dahnkster: cameroncrazy1984: It's not weird that I read that in Mark Wahlberg's voice, right?

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 494x279]

And the nominees for the 'Best Female Actress in an Adult Film' are...

nah. more current, like:

[collider.com image 850x503]

"Wait; was it any of those names with a "Lynn" after it?"


Yeah, thats much better.... :/
 
x23
2013-01-10 02:37:09 AM
my 60yo mom was the 13th of 13 kids her mother had. she never knew any of them growing up. never seen them and didn't even know there were 12 others until much later in life.

about 20 years ago she started looking for them and found all of them i think. and it was a pretty complicated process. like bankers boxes full of paperwork she had collected and pages and pages of notes. some of them had died already since they were like basically twice her age then (late-70s / 80s when she was 40-ish).

maybe 10 years ago she found one that was most assuredly an actual full sibling living in seattle. it was kind of weird having all these "new" aunts and uncles so me and my brother never talked to them or visited when doing roadtrips. that was probably a mistake on our part.

IIRC the actual brother was someone she vaguely knew as a child too. just not as her brother. something weird like that.

i forget the entire backstory as to why she never knew of any of them... but both her parents were born in the 19th century and they were *both* in their 50s when she was born. somehow.
 
2013-01-10 02:42:23 AM

Heathen: Go not to your exes fb pages, only pain shall you find


..unless you find out that they ballooned from foxy to OMB she-hippo. They you find happiness.
 
2013-01-10 02:45:09 AM

Omahawg: now any half-wit with a phone is an isn't encylopedia


That reminds me of the song, "Is you is or is you ain't my baby?"
 
2013-01-10 02:48:13 AM

HaywoodJablonski: Stock photography probably costs 3% less than assigning someone to take or find a relevant photo


My stock photographer friends once sold a picture of the Empire State Building to a New York ad agency for $8,000. Their offices were just down 5th Avenue. They could have bought a kick-ass camera and taken an identical shot and then kept the camera.
 
2013-01-10 02:54:36 AM

log_jammin: before I stopped going to the bar, one of my favorite pastimes was listening to the old men argue over things like "who was that actor in XYZ" or "That thing is a XYZ" "NO it's not! It's an ABC!" and while they argue I just sip my beer, and do a google search on my phone, and give them the answer. I enjoyed the "are you a wizard?" looks I'd get.

of course trying to explain streaming netflix on my TV comes from the internet and not cable get me the sign of the cross and holy water thrown at me.


There's a column in my local paper exactly like that. It's "written" by some old dude and all the questions are about movies from 1940. Google could answer everything in 30 seconds.
 
2013-01-10 03:01:45 AM

log_jammin: before I stopped going to the bar, one of my favorite pastimes was listening to the old men argue over things like "who was that actor in XYZ" or "That thing is a XYZ" "NO it's not! It's an ABC!" and while they argue I just sip my beer, and do a google search on my phone, and give them the answer. I enjoyed the "are you a wizard?" looks I'd get.

of course trying to explain streaming netflix on my TV comes from the internet and not cable get me the sign of the cross and holy water thrown at me.


I'm sick of my parent endlessly speculating about who was in this movie or what is the capital of Iceland or whatever. It's this endless loop that goes nowhere (solo or two competing answers) because the thought is repeated without new information or efforts to look up the answer. Alcoholism and Alzheimer's is ugly.
 
2013-01-10 03:18:54 AM

Frederf: Alcoholism and Alzheimer's is ugly.


Wouldn't they just forget to drink?
 
2013-01-10 03:39:20 AM

shintochick: I guess it's okay if a little kid looks for old people online. But if old people look for little kids online then people go crazy.


Actually it's totally illegal for the kid to use facebook under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act
 
2013-01-10 03:42:09 AM

HaywoodJablonski: Gyrfalcon: ...with a helpful picture of what two people's hands might look like.

I mean really. That is the lowest stretch of laziness I've yet seen.

Stock photography probably costs 3% less than assigning someone to take or find a relevant photo


What do you mean by "find?" Hopefully not "just GIS it."

//why the fark am i armchair lawyer this morning?
 
2013-01-10 05:37:49 AM
She plans to drive to Davenport on Saturday.

Am I the only one who has a problem with this?
 
2013-01-10 06:06:50 AM

Frederf: log_jammin: before I stopped going to the bar, one of my favorite pastimes was listening to the old men argue over things like "who was that actor in XYZ" or "That thing is a XYZ" "NO it's not! It's an ABC!" and while they argue I just sip my beer, and do a google search on my phone, and give them the answer. I enjoyed the "are you a wizard?" looks I'd get.

of course trying to explain streaming netflix on my TV comes from the internet and not cable get me the sign of the cross and holy water thrown at me.

I'm sick of my parent endlessly speculating about who was in this movie or what is the capital of Iceland or whatever. It's this endless loop that goes nowhere (solo or two competing answers) because the thought is repeated without new information or efforts to look up the answer. Alcoholism and Alzheimer's is ugly.


You two are forgetting something. If the answer to every question is available instantly then what the hell do you talk about while you're sitting at a bar getting drunk and/or being old? After a while everybody you've ever met for more than 5 seconds has heard all of your cool stories and jokes, and knows all your lies and opinions. All that's left is arguing over the vagaries that nobody remembers for sure or somebody misremembers.

I guess you could go to a new bar and meet new people. But...nah. It's generally more comfortable to argue bullshiat with the people you already know. Just get rid of Google and smartphones. For the sake of conversation!
 
2013-01-10 06:09:14 AM
upload.wikimedia.org

Is interested
 
2013-01-10 06:24:37 AM

Eddie Ate Dynamite: If the answer to every question is available instantly


If the answer to everything was available instantly, my question of "how can I have sex with three, redheaded, bisexual, big titted women at the same time" would have been answered a long time ago.
 
2013-01-10 06:28:40 AM

moothemagiccow: HaywoodJablonski: Gyrfalcon: ...with a helpful picture of what two people's hands might look like.

I mean really. That is the lowest stretch of laziness I've yet seen.

Stock photography probably costs 3% less than assigning someone to take or find a relevant photo

What do you mean by "find?" Hopefully not "just GIS it."

//why the fark am i armchair lawyer this morning?


Maybe they could have asked the subjects for a photo of at least themselves. Maybe of the boy.
 
2013-01-10 06:38:21 AM

log_jammin: Eddie Ate Dynamite: If the answer to every question is available instantly

If the answer to everything was available instantly, my question of "how can I have sex with three, redheaded, bisexual, big titted women at the same time" would have been answered a long time ago.


But the answer to that is already on the internet. I can't help it if you're too busy searching out the answers to stupid bar arguments rather than the important things in life.
 
2013-01-10 06:44:50 AM
I help a 1940s era entertainer find the children of her old friends and associates using only public internet resources.
 
2013-01-10 06:50:13 AM

Eddie Ate Dynamite: But the answer to that is already on the internet.


but it's on Timecube.
 
2013-01-10 07:14:01 AM

fusillade762: 60 YEARS? And he just now decides to give this fancy new internet thingy a try?


63 year old man asked me yesterday if the cable (ethernet) got connected to the computer or the tower.

Had to explain a basic computer is a set of pieces. The ethernet cable does not power the tv thingy and tower is where the data goes to send to the monitor.
 
2013-01-10 07:30:04 AM

log_jammin: Eddie Ate Dynamite: If the answer to every question is available instantly

If the answer to everything was available instantly, my question of "how can I have sex with three, redheaded, bisexual, big titted women at the same time" would have been answered a long time ago.


www.the-reel-mccoy.com

That one's easy to answer. The question is, where to get $1,000,000.
 
2013-01-10 07:58:50 AM

Supes: Then he wasn't searching very hard...


He had been too busy telling everyone to stay off his lawn.

/Gotta have priorities, ya know
//And slashies
 
2013-01-10 08:15:39 AM

Eddie Ate Dynamite: You two are forgetting something. If the answer to every question is available instantly then what the hell do you talk about while you're sitting at a bar getting drunk and/or being old? After a while everybody you've ever met for more than 5 seconds has heard all of your cool stories and jokes, and knows all your lies and opinions. All that's left is arguing over the vagaries that nobody remembers for sure or somebody misremembers.

I guess you could go to a new bar and meet new people. But...nah. It's generally more comfortable to argue bullshiat with the people you already know. Just get rid of Google and smartphones. For the sake of conversation!


You're on fark asking what people argue about? Seriously?
 
2013-01-10 09:18:53 AM

Eddie Ate Dynamite: log_jammin: Eddie Ate Dynamite: If the answer to every question is available instantly

If the answer to everything was available instantly, my question of "how can I have sex with three, redheaded, bisexual, big titted women at the same time" would have been answered a long time ago.

But the answer to that is already on the internet. I can't help it if you're too busy searching out the answers to stupid bar arguments rather than the important things in life.


There was an interesting conversation between Ray Kurzweil and Diane Rehm a couple weeks ago about things like Google and Wiki. Kurzweil claimed that they'd not only change the way we think but increase our intelligence. Even I went "What? Naw.", but he explained that once you become accustomed to looking stuff up instead of trying to remember it, you don't waste so much time arguing about what you THINK is the right answer, you find it, and then argue about its implications. He also implied you have more time to examine trends and subtleties and use critical analysis rather than spin your wheels wondering if that guy from that movie was Ed Lauter or James Rebhorn.
 
2013-01-10 10:28:27 AM
Isn't an 8 year old on Facebook violating the terms of service? I don't think it mentioned who's account the kid was using...
 
2013-01-10 11:15:20 AM

x23:

i forget the entire backstory as to why she never knew of any of them... but both her parents were born in the 19th century and they were *both* in their 50s when she was born. somehow.


Could be her "parents" were actually her grandparents, if the biological mother was very young/unmarried at the time. There are lots of cases of grandchildren passed off as children, growing up thinking that the biological mother was their sister to avoid a family scandal.
 
2013-01-10 11:18:20 AM

Aidan: if that guy from that movie was Ed Lauter or James Rebhorn.


I think you mean James Rebhorn or James Cromwell. Ed Lauter always gets confused with Pete Postelthwaite.
 
2013-01-10 11:19:52 AM
Within a week, the child found her on Facebook by using her maiden name.

I don't understand why it took a week if she was including her maiden name in her profile. It's irritating when women don't include maiden names. I'll get a friend request & have no clue who the woman is unless I can recognize her photo (not always so easy).
 
2013-01-10 12:19:56 PM
Did the reunion look like this?

www.mobygames.com
 
2013-01-10 12:34:15 PM
haha, stupid old people
 
2013-01-10 12:54:09 PM
CSB

Last summer I helped to reunite a coworker with a cousin of hers. I was bored one day helping out the mailroom sort mail. I was looking over some of the mystery mail and one of the pieces was from a bank and it had the wrong address for the office on it. The name on it was Nick (a very long greek name). I thought that was odd because in my building we have a Nikki (very long greek name). I brought it up to her to see if it was a postal screw up or some wierd coincidence. Turns out it was her cousin that she didnt see in years because their fathers had a real big falling out. She got excited and ended up meeting her cousin and they have stayed in touch. Told her I was going to charge her a finders fee. She punched me.
 
2013-01-10 01:22:22 PM
This is what my computer-science class (a bunch of fifth and sixth-graders,) do on Monday and Wednesday afternoons.

The school where I'm the IT consultant has an after-school program where senior citizens come in and mentor the at-risk and gifted kids two afternoons a week, and one of the big things we've been working on is developing a program where kids teach seniors to use computers and technology effectively and seniors teach kids etiquette, time management and values like perseverance and honesty, as well as other life skills. Along the way, the kids have been helping the seniors build these incredible genealogies, find lost relatives and even put some of our senior veterans in touch with old buddies from the service, among other community-spirited and volunteer-based projects, like making up the ads for the animal shelter and doing data-entry for old library records.

It's absolutely beautiful to watch these children who'd sooner curse the air blue than look at you before saying 'sir' and 'ma'am,' 'please' and 'thank you,' and all around them these seniors who couldn't work a cable box at the beginning of the year who are programming in HTML and using laptops and smartphones like it's no big deal. Attendance is up, grades are better, the kids are honest, resourceful and shockingly thrifty (they're learning from the generation who survived the Depression, after all,) and I've been letting them build their in-class projects for Computer Science around things they're working on with their senior mentors.

The day we went over advanced formatting in MS Word, they typed up flyers for the Senior Mentors fundraising bake sale and then handed them out to their folks and local businesses. Their first Excel spreadsheet was a personal budget that they could go over with their mentors, which eventually expanded into a household budget and crossed into the class that used to be called Home Ec but which has a fancy acronym now. And when I taught them photo-editing software with the Art teacher (the district is broke, so we only have MS Paint, PhotoFiltre and PhotoFiltre 7, as those are open-source and therefore free,) each kid took some of the family photos they'd scanned and digitally backed up with their seniors and made family-and-friends collages with hyperlinks behind each face to that person's page in each senior's genealogy as their big winter-holiday gift to their mentors. Not only was this something the seniors really loved, as it gives them a cover page for their websites, but it forced the kids to pay close attention to what the seniors were saying and take notes, a skill that will serve them well.

Meanwhile, the seniors, who are taking Computer Science for Seniors at the community center (which I also teach because it's a small town and folks have to double up,) designed and ordered personal business cards for each child, complete with their name, home phone number, cellphone number if they have one, the Professional, Grown-up Email Addresses I insisted each one get for applying to jobs and other Serious, Adult Business and a small monogram or professional logo devised by their senior that suits them well. To my surprise, the seniors also clubbed together and ordered little business-card cases for the kids, silver and black for the boys, silver and rose for the girls, and when each kid opened the case that held what I think might be the first really grown-up thing a lot of them have ever owned at the big holiday party, it was really heartwarming.

All the gentlemen (including the boys,) wore coat-and-tie and the ladies (which means the girls, too,) wore their Sunday-best dresses to our big holiday party, and it was such a change, seeing these rough diamonds and faded roses all polished up in their finery. One boy's family is so broke that he couldn't afford a dress shirt and tie, so I went and bought a suit in his size and claimed it was a hand-me-down from my kid brother I was trying to get rid of. He looked like a million bucks and wore it to church on Christmas Eve with his mother and little siblings, whom he seems to be teaching his newfound perfect manners. There was also a downright adorable swing dance in the school gym with lots of Glenn Miller for the seniors and Brian Setzer for the kids, since there's a couple in their early seventies who still teach it, and some of the kids actually succeeded in teaching a certain popular hip-hop dance to their seniors, which may have been the funniest thing I saw all year.

As for what I'm doing there, well, the district doesn't currently have a comp-sci teacher for middle school, so I've gotten my substitute-teacher certification and have been teaching it until someone better qualified applies for it...and it's been since late August, so I'm also taking classes to become a real teacher, just in case. All the kids are working toward their Microsoft and Online Safety certifications, whereas, in the absence of a proper advanced-user curriculum for them, I'm helping the gifted kids work toward their A+ cert. I figure it'll let them hold tech-support jobs in high school, which will help them afford textbooks for college dual-enrollment and save up a healthy tuition fund. That, and the high school will have some competent tech people, so they don't have to rely quite so much on us contractors.

Old people and kids really do benefit from each other. Considering that continuing-education and exercise are the only things currently known to help with Alzheimer's and adult mentoring is one of the best ways to help make sure a kid succeeds, I'm stunned that more areas aren't taking advantage of this natural, perfect fit.
 
2013-01-10 01:24:19 PM
www.funny-quotes.co
 
2013-01-10 03:24:02 PM

AgentBang: Isn't an 8 year old on Facebook violating the terms of service? I don't think it mentioned who's account the kid was using...


Facebook isn't allowed to retain information on anyone under 13.
 
2013-01-10 10:13:50 PM
Link

There might be more to this story than we presently know. If this is the same man, and it appears to be, then he shouldn't have been involving a young girl in his personal business like this.
 
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