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Best Friends of 60 Years Discover They’re Brothers After Random DNA Test

Two Hawaii men who have been best friends for 60 years discovered they’re brothers just in time for the holidays, KHON reports.

Alan Robinson and Walter Macfarlane have been inseparable for six decades.

“Let’s see, well we love to play cribbage. We’ve been playing cribbage all our lives,” Macfarlane told KHON.

“I beat him the last time we played,” Robinson said.

Both men were born in Hawaii and met in the sixth grade.

“He was the party-er, I never went to or did any partying in high school,” Macfarlane said.

They also bonded because Macfarlane did not know his father and Robinson was adopted.

“I had a younger brother that I lost when he was 19, so I never had nieces or nephews. I thought I’ll never know my birth mother, I’ll never have any nieces or nephews,” Robinson said.

Macfarlane and his family began to search for answers on DNA websites. One of the top matches was a user with the handle Robi737.

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

Robinson too had used Ancestry.com to find his answers. After making a few phone calls, the men learned they had the same biological mother.

“It was a shock,” Macfarlane said.

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

“Yea hairy arms, that did it!” Macfarlane said.

“It was an overwhelming experience, it’s still overwhelming. I don’t know how long it’s going to take for me to get over this feeling,” Robinson said.

“This is the best Christmas present I could ever imagine having,” Robinson said.

“It really is a Christmas miracle and we’re just so happy that we found it,” Macfarlane-Flores said.