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Norwegian cousins meet by chance in Miami

April 1, 2013 at 2:34 PM   |   Comments

MIAMI, April 1 (UPI) -- A pair of women who struck up a conversation at a Florida drug store said they discovered they were both from Norway and were actually cousins.

Inger Copland, 74, and Diane Crosman, 52, said they had never met before striking up a conversation about shoe insoles at the Miami CVS store last week and they soon discovered they had lived within 5 minutes of each other in Miami for the past 25 years, originally came from Norway were actually second cousins, the Miami Herald reported Monday.

"I think it's incredible," Crosman said, "that our paths intersected now, in that little wrinkle in time."

Copland, who is from Oslo, said the pair discovered they were related after Crosman mentioned she was from the small village of Hvittingfoss, where Copland's mother was born.

"Our great-grandfather's name was Abraham Foss," Copland said. "He would be so happy to know we've met now."

The women said they were delighted to have grown their families from the chance meeting.

"We could have just walked away and never known we were related," Copland said.

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