30 July, 2016

The Remarkable Coincidence Of The Seventh Child Of A Seventh Child

Horse number 7

A short oddity coincidence story which made me smile. This is a letter from Arthur Clancy to the author Arthur Koestler following the publication of his book The Roots of Coincidence.

lucky number 7 seven"I was born on the seventh day of the week, seventh day of the month, seventh month of the year, seventh year of the century.

I was the seventh child of a seventh child, and I have seven brothers; that makes seven sevens.

On my 27th birthday, at a race meeting, when I looked at the race card to pick a winner in the seventh race, the horse numbered seven was called Seventh Heaven, with a handicap of seven stone. The odds were seven to one. I put seven shillings on the horse. It finished seventh."

The seventh son of a seventh son is a concept from folklore regarding special powers given to, or held by, such a son. The seventh son must come from an unbroken line with no female siblings born between, and be, in turn, born to such a seventh son - source Wikipedia.

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