The claim is that on June 14th, a 10-year-old U.K. girl named Laura Buxton found a balloon in the garden of her home in Pewsey, Wiltshire. This was a "message" balloon, bearing the usual note from the sender, who we're told in this case lives in Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, some 140 miles from Pewsey. The item says that:
1. The balloon had been sent aloft by another 10-year-old girl.
2. Her name is also Laura Buxton.
3. Both girls are fair-haired.
4. Both girls have black Labrador dogs.
5. Both girls have a guinea pig.
6. Both girls have a rabbit.
Wow! Sounds remarkable, doesn't it? Dr. Chris Chatfield, a well-known and respected statistician at Bath University, was quoted by the press as having said that the odds on Laura finding her namesake by using a randomly-released balloon were "a million to one — if not more." [...]
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