A lucky day usually means finding five bucks on the ground, nabbing a really good parking spot, or getting a free Snickers from the vending machine when you only paid for chips. Conversely, an unlucky day might entail a flat tire, a forgotten wallet, or persistent buskers on your subway car who will simply not accept that you're not feeling a mariachi cover of Limp Bizkit's "Nookie" at that moment. But sometimes the coincidences start to pile up, and you're left to wonder if this is all down to dumb luck, or if the Universe is actually messing with you. Look at what happened to these people.
The Randolph Family Has Survived Multiple School Shootings
In 2006, lawyer Celia Randolph's 14-year-old daughter Chelsea was attending class at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, Colorado when a gunman walked in and took six female students hostage. Chelsea hid under the table with a friend, and after four harrowing hours, she was able to escape when a SWAT team broke the door down. Shortly afterward, the Randolph family moved to Florida, thinking that the warm weather and convenient Disney World access would help get them away from the nasty memories.
All was well until 2018, when Celia's son Christian was a junior at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As you may recall from before even more mass shootings pushed it out of the news, there was a shooting there. Christian had to hide in a cupboard, unable to reassure his mother that he was OK because he had forgotten to charge his phone. And while moms may get less nervous when its their second child performing in the school play, the same logic doesn't apply to a goddamn active shooter scenario.
Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesYou know how moms are. Can’t see one SWAT-team-led emergency evacuation without flipping out.
The fact that the Randolphs had to live through this nightmare and its aftereffects twice over is undeniably terrifying, but it's also remarkable that both came through physically unscathed (Platte Canyon had one fatality, Parkland 17). And hey, because of all that previous experience, Christian's mom and big sister knew exactly what he was going through, and were better able to help him cope with the trauma! That's ... that's a plus, right?
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Separated Sisters End Up Working At The Same Hospital
Holly Hoyle O'Brien and Meagan Hughes share the same father and birthplace, and both grew up in orphanages in South Korea. They didn't know any of that when they were hired by a Florida hospital just a few months apart. When Hughes was young, her mother took her away from her alcoholic father, but left the two-year-old O'Brien in the father's care. When O'Brien was five, her father was hit by a train and she went to an orphanage. Hughes eventually ended up in an orphanage as well. Both were adopted by American families who gave them Western names. Hughes went to New York in 1976, and O'Brien to Virginia in 1978. Both eventually went into nursing, and both ended up in tiny Venice, Florida.