1The man who decided to look for his biological mother and discovered she was the bearded woman
The 33-year-old Kansas man had always been curious about his birth parents. His search began when he filed a request with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services to find his biological parents. Six weeks later he received a letter from the department saying it had the identity of his mother: Vivian Wheeler, now 62. It also informed him that both his mother and his maternal grandmother had hypertrichosis, known as werewolf syndrome. Each had facial hair, even as children. The letter further stated that his mother was born a hermaphrodite, with both male and female reproductive organs. Wheeler's facial fuzz had appeared at birth with an inch and a half of light hair covering her cheeks and chin. She says her mother wanted a daughter, and doctors were instructed to remove the male parts. Wheeler claimed her father was humiliated by his bearded little girl, but it didn't prevent him from capitalizing on her condition. She began working in sideshows at an early age, earning money to send home to her family.
Wheeler stopped shaving her beard entirely in 1990 shortly after the death of her mother. Since then, her beard has grown to 11 inches in length, leading to appearances in Ripley's Believe It or Not! and in the Guinness World Records book. According to Wheeler, doctors examining her for Guinness said she has a male bone structure, with half her hormones being male. Doctors thought it would be impossible for her to give birth, but she became pregnant, and baby Richard was delivered by cesarean section in 1977. For Wheeler, a Seventh-Day Adventist, it was a miracle. But she says the father, a carnival ride operator she had met in Nebraska, took the baby away from her soon after the birth. A DNA test would prove that Lorenc is in fact the Richard William Chambers Jr. born in Nebraska in 1977 -- the same Richard William Chambers Jr. who was taken away by Richard Sr. shortly after Wheeler gave birth. Wheeler says she spent years searching for her son but never contacted the authorities about the disappearance. Her son was placed in foster care. At 7, he was adopted and became Richard Kevin Ryan. When he married, he took his wife's surname, Lorenc. (Source)
2The identical twins separated at birth that met each other after 40 years and discovered they had been living identical lives
3The grandmother and grandchild who found each other, fell in love and now are having a baby
Mrs. Carter said that she searched for her lost daughter for many years, finally giving up hope 15 years ago. After Mr. Bailey's mother died from cancer, he decided to find his grandmother, finally tracking down her address and writing to her. Mrs. Carter, who was then single, thought what a handsome and sexy man he was before pinching herself – he was her grandson. She wrote back immediately and included her phone number. Mr. Bailey, a carpenter, said that he too felt instant attraction towards his grandmother. After a night out during their first week of dating, Mrs. Carter decided that she would no longer hide her feelings from her grandson.
She said: “I called Phil into my bedroom, sat him on the bed, and then I leant over and kissed him. I expected rejection but instead he kissed me back.
In 2009, Mr. Bailey announced that he wanted a child. Mrs. Carter told him she was also desperate for a baby, but it was one wish that she could not fulfill as she had already gone through menopause. The couple then decided to use Mrs. Carter's retirement money to find a surrogate mother and buy a donor egg to inseminate with Mr. Bailey's sperm. They placed an advertisement asking for an open-minded surrogate, and Roxanne Campbell applied. The couple sees Miss Campbell, 30, once a month and accompany her for scans. (Source)
4The sons of a Nazi concentration camp survivor who discovered each other because they were both searching for their father's story
Mr Beschorner, 67, was searching for information about his Jewish father, Hans, a former inmate at the Dachau Nazi concentration camp, who later fled to Britain. He had no idea he had a brother, Klaus Mueller, 76, who was also doing the same. Both men contacted the International Tracing Service in Switzerland - and they quickly put two and two together and realised they shared the same father. The brothers were contacted by staff at the archives and eventualy met in Berlin.
The brothers' father Hans Beschorner, who was born in 1911, had a Polish father and Jewish mother and grew up in eastern Germany. At the age of 22, he had an affair with Alfreda Wensel, the 22-year-old daughter of a local mayor and she fell pregnant with Klaus Mueller.
The relationship was forbidden and Miss Wensel brought up Klaus as a single parent. Mr. Beschorner, a Jew, was later captured by the Germans and thrown into the concentration camp. He was released in 1939 when he became one of the 40,000 German Jews to be deported to Britain before the outbreak of the Second World War. In 1941 he married a British girl, Joan Soan, who gave birth to Peter later that year. None of the kids knew about the existence of the other. (Source)
5The long-lost brothers who discovered they were neighbors
The unusual thing was, despite living across the road from each, they couldn't really ever remember seeing or speaking to each other. However, there was an encounter just days before where Larkin was looking at Goosney's snowmobile in the dump of his truck at a city daycare. The brothers say they had an instant connection, facilitated by the fact they have so much in common. They were both adopted into families who informed them at a young age they were adopted, and both have an adopted younger sister. (Source | Via)
6The couple who got back together after finding in a fireplace a love letter written a decade ago
Carmen - who had remained single and never forgot the love of her life - was given the letter in which Steve had written: 'I hope you are well. I was just writing to ask if you ever married and if you ever still thought of me? It would be great to hear from you, please great in touch if you can. Steve XXX.'
Carmen said she was initially too nervous to call as so much time had passed but plucked up the courage and the pair arranged to meet. They met up in Paris a few days later and have now wed - 17 years after they first fell in love. (Source)
7The kidnapped kid who was found by his mom after 27 years with help from Facebook
Over 25 years later, her sister, Beryl Wilson, typed the name Gavin Paros into Google and found a link to someone of that name on the social networking site Facebook. A frustrating wait followed. With more than 200 million users, there was a possibility that the Facebook member merely shared the name with Mrs. Grube's son. It was several weeks before Mr. Paros, now a 30-year-old father of three, checked his Facebook page and found the message from his aunt. Mother and son were reunited after her husband Jeff picked him up from Gatwick and drove him to their home in Poole, Dorset. The pair managed to communicate, although Mr. Paros has forgotten all the English he knew as a boy and Mrs. Grube does not speak Hungarian. Mrs. Grube, who has three other children, has yet to meet her daughter-in-law, Sylvia, and three grandchildren Anastasia, 10, Thomas, 7, and Angelina, 6. She hopes they will decide to move to Britain. (Source)
8The man who found his lost dog after 5 years (this means 35 years in dog's age) thanks to a microchip
A spokesman for the animal shelter said: "Jack's story has amazed us all. We've had a few cases where it took several months for an owner to be reunited with their dog, but never anything like five years." (Source)
9The married couple who accidentally ran into each other after 60 years apart
“I thought my eyes were playing games on me,” Anna said. “I saw this familiar looking man approaching me, his eyes gazing at me. My heart jumped. I knew it was him. I was crying with joy.” 80 years-old Boris had returned to visit his parents' grave. As he stepped out of the car, he looked up to see Anna standing by her old house, where they had lived for the few days after the wedding. “I ran up to her and said: ‘My darling, I've been waiting for you for so long. My wife, my life…'” (Source)
10The great-grandmother abandoned by parents who met brother she never knew she had after 78 years apart
After a fruitless search spanning decades, his niece Sylvia Waters, 59, finally managed to track Irene down after doing a family tree. She managed to trace Irene through searching the Barnados archive, and passed on the details to Terry. Irene said that she was stunned when the brother she never knew she had turned up out of the blue. Terry and Irene found out they both holidayed in the same places, and may even have crossed paths without realizing. Irene is a mother of six, grandmother of 11 and great-grandmother of 13. Terry is a father of five, grandfather of 12 and great-grandfather of one. (Source)