New York resident Seth Cohen is on a kickass mission to track down and meet every single one of his namesakes in the world. He plans to travel all over the globe just to meetup and get to know his – non relative – Seth Cohen namesakes.
“I am on a mission to meet every Seth Cohen in the world, live life to its fullest and inspire others to do the same, I don’t know what I will find, but I’m excited to find out…”
The name ‘Seth Cohen’ is apparently quite common, a fact that Seth realized a couple of months ago. “My last birthday was in September,” he explained. “Everyone started posting on my [Facebook] wall, and this one woman that I barely knew said, ‘Seth, my favorite person in the world, have an amazing birthday.’ I was flattered, but I thought there is no way I am this woman’s most favorite person.”
So Seth did a bit of digging and figured out that the woman, and four other friends, were connected with Seth Cohens on Facebook that weren’t him. He was so intrigued by this that he spent weeks trying to find out just how many Seth Cohens were out there. He spent time combing Google, social media websites, and online White Pages, and to his surprise he found out that there are at least 300 other Seth Cohens in the USA alone.
That’s when Seth decided to launch the ‘Seth Cohen Project’ with a goal to meet as many people with that name as possible. He started by contacting several Seth Cohens (SCs) via social media and met the first one in November 2014 in Bedford, Massachusetts. Since then, he has met 10 more SCs, and has written about every one of them on his blog http://thesethcohenproject.tumblr.com/
The project, he says, isn’t so much about meeting his namesakes as it is about the road less traveled, living in the world, not just on it, connecting with people he would never otherwise connect with, visiting places he would never otherwise visit and experiencing things he would never otherwise experience.
As interesting and unique as the project sounds Seth Cohen is not the first person to look around the world for his namesakes. British stand-up comedian and travel book author, Dave Gorman has engaged in a similar mission some years ago. His quest carried the name ‘Are you Dave Gorman?’ and it all started after one legendary night in the pub. Far from sober Dave & Danny the duo have an argument. Tequila is involved. Dave tells Danny about an e-mail he had received telling him that the Assistant Manager of East Fife Football Club was also called Dave Gorman. Danny doesn’t believe him. They were drunk. Dave tells Danny there must be “loads” of other Dave Gormans. Danny bets him there aren’t. More tequila gets involved. Five hours later they were on the first train to East Fife in Scotland! There they meet the Assistant Manager of East Fife FC; Dave Gorman. They also meet his son – another Dave Gorman.
Danny argues that meeting two Dave Gormans is not “loads”. Confusion arises over the meaning of the word “loads”. A new Gorman-ian definition of the word is crafted and Danny and Dave settle on a bet for the (im)possibility of meeting 54 other Dave Gormans: one for every card in the deck. Including the jokers. Alarmingly, they were sober when this happened.
A six month and 25,000 mile odyssey follows which gets them on page 3 of the Sun, they get caught in a tornado in New York, they lose their shoes in Norway and cause a security alert at an Israeli airport. They even create a stand-up comedy show around the ‘Are you Dave Gorman mission that wins them the most prestigious comedy award in the UK. And a book and DVD set under the same title is released.
All in all Seth Cohen should probably get in touch with Dave Gorman for some tips and tricks!
While Seth is not directly related to any of the other SCs, he did point out an interesting aspect of the name ‘Cohen’. “According to tradition, all Cohens (including all the various spellings) are direct descendents of Aaron, brother of Moses, the first High Priest of the Temple of Jerusalem. So, in very basic terms, there is a chance I am relatively closely related to any given Seth Cohen. This is not the main thrust of my project, just a fun side note.”
Seth admitted that he has met other Seth Cohens throughout his life, but he never paid close attention earlier.
“For example, my old lawyer used to represent two of us and would call me all the time rambling on about things I had no idea about, when I would remain silent he would eventually stop and say, ‘I did it again, didn’t I?’”
All the other Seth Cohens that Seth Cohen has met – like Dave Gorman meeting other Dave Gormans – are enthusiastic about his mission. Seth Cohen number 8, for example said: “I was very impressed with what he was doing. I thought that it was a really creative way of reaching out and getting to know people and learning about yourself as a reflection of the people you meet.”
On his best day so far Seth Cohen met three other Seth Cohens at once.