Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Mirror Synchronicity: Postcards to Russia

I am a member of Postcrossing. If you have never heard of it, it's a website created in order for people to share postcards with people around the world. It is great fun for anyone who likes to send and receive mail.

To understand the awesomeness of this synchronicity, you first need to know some statistics.
  • There are Postcrossing members from 202 different countries
  • Over 10,353,036 postcards have been exchanged
  • Approximately 1,200 postcards are entered every hour
  • There are 294,749 members of Postcrossing
Today, I decided to send some postcards. How it works is that you have a profile set up. You click on 'send a postcard' and then you are given a random name and address for someone somewhere in the world. You send them a postcard. When they receive it, they type in a code, and then your name and address will show up for someone else to send you a postcard. You never know what country you will be sending your postcard to, and you do not know where you will receive a postcard from. For every postcard you send, you will receive one postcard.

I was in the mood to send postcards, so one by one, I would select 'send a postcard' and then see what popped up. Addresses popped up for Germany, Russia, Czech Republic, Poland, New York and Louisiana. When I got my second Russian address, I thought it looked familiar because it was hard to spell. Then I noticed some of the preferences were similar. Then I looked at the pictures. Then I actually compared addresses and realized I had received the addresses for a husband AND a wife. If you look at the statistics again, the odds are pretty incredible.

I did not comment on the postcards itself about the synchronicity and I will be interested to see if they notice. We don't typically put return addresses on the cards, but they might notice the handwriting and the odds of receiving postcards from someone with the same name.


Mike Perry said...

The odds against this happening must be very high. Hadn't heard of Postcrossing but I used to collect postcards and have boxes of them from all over the world. There's something special about receiving letters and postcards that emails and texts will never replace.

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

I haven't heard of this, either. And wow, the odds in this one, just as Mike said, must be incredibly high. Love the concept - and the synchro.

Lizzy Miles said...

I have not yet heard from them to see if they noticed the synchronicity, but I will post when they do. Please check out postcrossing.com... it is my favorite website and I think you all would like it.

Luna said...

This is very cool. "postcrossing". I will check it out. Thanks!