Best friends for 60 years learn they're biological brothers through DNA site

This is a truly heartwarming story.

As a way to find his father, a man in Hawaii took an DNA test. He soon discovered he shared the same birth mother as someone else using the site: his best friend of 60 years.

Now in their 60s, Walter Macfarlane and Alan Robinson of Oahu recently learned that they are half-brothers. The men, both born and raised in Hawaii, are 15 months apart in age and used to play football together in high school. Macfarlane says that he and Robinson have been playing cribbage together all their lives.

KHON reports:

Macfarlane never knew his father, and Robinson was adopted.

With the help of his family, Macfarlane searched for answers over the years through the internet and social media with no luck so they turned to family DNA matching websites.

“So then we started digging into all the matches he started getting,” Cindy Macfarlane-Flores, Macfarlane’s daughter, explained.

At the top of the list of DNA matches was the username Robi737.

The results showed Macfarlane and robi737 had several matches in their DNA including identical X chromosomes.

Here’s where Robinson comes in.

“As a nickname everybody called him Robi and he flew 737s for Aloha Airlines, he was a pilot,” Macfarlane-Flores says.

It turns out Robinson had also used to find answers about his family.

After a few phone calls back and forth, the men learned they shared the same birth mother.

“It was a shock,” Macfarlane said.

“Yea it was shock, definitely and then we thought about it and compared forearms,” Robinson said.

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Guy shipped gifts to homeless people

Viral marketing agency head Rob Bliss used Amazon's same-day delivery service to sent gifts of shoes, long johns, and other much-needed items to some people living on the cold streets of New York City.

He writes: "I'm sure this technique could be used with Postmates or whoever else too. I simply wanted to demonstrate how easy and convenient it can be to bring a person in need, what they need, and to encourage that behavior." Read the rest

11-year-old boy performs 'Let it go' onstage with 'Frozen' singer Idina Menzel

Idina Menzel, the voice of Elsa from Frozen, closed out her Dallas area concert on July 30th by inviting children to sit on stage. She picked out the one boy in the sea of girls and brought him up to sing the film's hit song, "Let it Go."

And sing he did. Wow.

The boy, 11-year-old Luke Chacko, owned the stage like a pro. Menzel was so wowed that she demanded an immediate encore. He, of course, got a standing ovation from the audience.

In a post-concert news interview, Luke describes Menzel's performance as, "amazing" and furthered, "She talked to the audience. She took people on a journey which is really important to music."

He continued, "I know boys don't like 'Let it Go' because it's a girls' song but, I mean, songs are for everyone. It's music. It's art." (A-men.)

I imagine we'll be hearing more of this talented young man in the future. Read the rest