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What are the odds? Exeter man receives five identical birthday cards

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

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Brian, of Ladysmith Road, Heavitree, was delighted to receive the cards, each from a different friend or relative, including his wife Eileen

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What are the odds? Brian Marchant is still scratching his head after receiving five identical cards on his 80th birthday.

Brian, of Ladysmith Road, Heavitree, was delighted to receive the cards, each from a different friend or relative, including his wife Eileen, but was mystified how they all managed to be the same.

He said: “I couldn’t believe it. They arrived over two days and when I opened the second one I thought it was odd and that there couldn’t be anymore but then three more the same turned up.

“It was a bit like getting five numbers up on the lottery.”

Two of the cards came from Exeter while the others were from Clyst St Mary, Sidmouth and Gosport in Hampshire.

Said Brian: “It certainly made my birthday special - although I don’t know why people saw this card and thought of me.

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