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Amazing Coincidences

Life is full of coincidences; some very minor, but occasionally – extraordinary.


This is a list of the most incredible, unbelievable coincidences.

Childhood Book
While American novelist Anne Parrish was browsing bookstores in Paris in the
1920s, she came upon a book that was one of her childhood favorites – Jack Frost
and Other Stories. She picked up the old book and showed it to her husband, telling
him of the book, she fondly remembered as a child. Her husband took the book,
opened it, and on the flyleaf found the inscription: “Anne Parrish, 209 N. Weber
Street, Colorado Springs” It was Anne’s very own book.

Poker Luck
In 1858, Robert Fallon was shot dead, an act of vengeance by those with whom he
was playing poker. Fallon, they claimed, had won the $600 pot through cheating.
With Fallon’s seat empty and none of the other players willing to take the now-
unlucky $600, they found a new player to take Fallon’s place and staked him with
the dead man’s $600. By the time the police had arrived to investigate the killing,
the new player had turned the $600 into $2,200 in winnings. The police demanded
the original $600 to pass on to Fallon’s next of kin – only to discover that the new
player turned out to be Fallon’s son, who had not seen his father in seven years!

Twin Deaths
On 2002, Seventy-year-old twin brothers have died within hours of one another
after separate accidents on the same road in northern Finland. The first of the twins
died when he was hit by a lorry while riding his bike in Raahe, 600 kilometers
north of the capital, Helsinki. He died just 1.5km from the spot where his brother
was killed. “This is simply a historic coincidence. Although the road is a busy one,
accidents don’t occur every day,” police officer Marja-Leena Huhtala told Reuters.
“It made my hair stand on end when I heard the two were brothers, and identical
twins at that. It came to mind that perhaps someone from upstairs had a say in
this,” she said.

Poe Coincidence
In the 19th century, the famous horror writer, Edgar Allan Poe, wrote a book called
(The narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym). It was about four survivors of a shipwreck
who were in an open boat for many days before they decided to kill and eat the
cabin boy whose name was Richard Parker. Some years later in 1884 the yawl
Mignonette founded, with only four survivors, who were in an open boat for many
days. Eventually the three senior members of the crew killed and ate the cabin boy.
The name of the cabin boy was Richard Parker.

Royal Coincidence
In Monza, Italy, King Umberto I. went to a small restaurant for dinner,
accompanied by his aide-de-camp, General Emilio Ponzia-Vaglia. When the owner
took King Umberto’s order, the King noticed that he and the restaurant owner were
virtual doubles, in face and in build. Both men began discussing the striking
resemblances between each other and found many more similarities.
1. Both men were born on the same day, of the same year, (March 14th, 1844).
2. Both men had been born in the same town.
3. Both men married a woman with same name, Margherita.
4. The restaurant owner opened his restaurant on the same day that King Umberto
was crowned King of Italy.
5. On the 29th July 1900, King Umberto was informed that the restaurant owner
had died that day in a mysterious shooting accident, and as he expressed his regret,
he was then assassinated by an anarchist in the crowd.
Falling Baby
In 1930s Detroit, a man named Joseph Figlock was to become an amazing figure in
a young (and, apparently, incredibly careless) mother’s life. As Figlock was
walking down the street, the mother’s baby fell from a high window onto Figlock.
The baby’s fall was broken and Figlock and the baby were unharmed. A year later,
the selfsame baby fell from the selfsame window, again falling onto Mr. Figlock as
he was passing beneath. Once again, both of them survived the event.

Mystery Monk
In 19th century Austria, a near-famous painter named Joseph Aigner attempted
suicide on several occasions. During his first attempt to hang himself at the age of
18, Aigner was interrupted by a mysterious Capuchin monk. And again at age 22,
he was prevented from hanging himself by the very same monk. Eight years later,
he was sentenced to the gallows for his political activities. But again, his life was
saved by the intervention of the same monk. At age 68, Joseph Aigner finally
succeeded in suicide, using a pistol to shoot himself. Not surprisingly, his funeral
ceremony was conducted by the very same Capuchin monk – a man whose name
Aigner never even knew.

Photographic Coincidence
A German mother who photographed her infant son in 1914 left the film to be
developed at a store in Strasbourg. In those days some film plates were sold
individually. World War I broke out and unable to return to Strasbourg, the woman
gave up the picture for lost. Two years later she bought a film plate in Frankfurt,
over 100 miles away, to take a picture of her newborn daughter. When developed
the film turned out to be a double exposure, with the picture of her daughter
superimposed on the earlier picture of her son. Through some incredible twist of
fate, her original film, never developed, had been mislabeled as unused, and had
eventually been resold to her.

Book Find
In 1973, actor Anthony Hopkins agreed to appear in “The Girl from Petrovka”,
based on a novel by George Feifer. Unable to find a copy of the book anywhere in
London, Hopkins was surprised to discover one lying on a bench in a train station.
It turned out to be George Feifer’s own annotated (personal) copy, which Feifer
had lent to a friend, and which had been stolen from his friend’s car.
Twins
The twin brothers, Jim Lewis and Jim Springer, were separated at birth, adopted by
different families. Unknown to each other, both families named the boys James.
Both James grew up not knowing of the other, yet both sought law-enforcement
training, both had abilities in mechanical drawing and carpentry, and each had
married women named Linda. Both had sons, one of whom was named James Alan
and the other named James Allan. The twin brothers also divorced their wives and
married other women – both named Betty. And they both owned dogs which they
named Toy.

Revenge Killing
In 1883, Henry Ziegland broke off a relationship with his girlfriend who, out of
distress, committed suicide. The girl’s enraged brother hunted down Ziegland and
shot him. Believing he had killed Ziegland, the brother then took his own life. In
fact, however, Ziegland had not been killed. The bullet had only grazed his face,
lodging into a tree. It was a narrow escape. Years later, Ziegland decided to cut
down the same tree, which still had the bullet in it. The huge tree seemed so
formidable that he decided to blow it up with dynamite. The explosion propelled
the bullet into Ziegland’s head, killing him.

Golden Scarab
From The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche: “A young woman I was treating
had, at a critical moment, a dream in which she was given a golden scarab. While
she was telling me this dream I sat with my back to the closed window. Suddenly I
heard a noise behind me, like a gentle tapping. I turned round and saw a flying
insect knocking against the window-pane from outside. I opened the window and
caught the creature in the air as it flew in. It was the nearest analogy to the golden
scarab that one finds in our latitudes, a scarab beetle, the common rose-chafer
(Cetonia aurata) which contrary to its usual habits had evidently felt an urge to get
into a dark room at this particular moment. I must admit that nothing like it ever
happened to me before or since, and that the dream of the patient has remained
unique in my experience.” – Carl Jung.

Taxi
In 1975, while riding a moped in Bermuda, a man was accidentally struck and
killed by a taxi. One year later, this man’s brother was killed in the very same way.
In fact, he was riding the very same moped. And to stretch the odds even further,
he was struck by the very same taxi driven by the same driver – and even carrying
the very same passenger!

Hotel Discovery
In 1953, television reporter Irv Kupcinet was in London to cover the coronation of
Elizabeth II. In one of the drawers in his room at the Savoy he found some items
that, by their identification, belonged to a man named Harry Hannin.
Coincidentally, Harry Hannin – a basketball star with the famed Harlem
Globetrotters – was a good friend of Kupcinet’s. But the story has yet another
twist. Just two days later, and before he could tell Hannin of his lucky discovery,
Kupcinet received a letter from Hannin. In the letter, Hannin told Kupcinet that
while staying at the Hotel Maurice in Paris, he found in a drawer a tie – with
Kupcinet’s name on it.
Historical Coincidence
The life of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams are two of America’s founders.
Jefferson crafted the Declaration of Independence, showing drafts of it to Adams,
who (with Benjamin Franklin) helped to edit and hone it. The document was
approved by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. Surprisingly, both Jefferson
and Adams died on the same day, July 4, 1826 – exactly 50 years from the signing
of the Declaration of Independence.

Car Curse
In September 1955, James Dean was killed in a horrific car accident whilst he was
driving his Porsche sports car. After the crash the car was seen as very unlucky.
a) When the car was towed away from accident scene and taken to a garage, the
engine slipped out and fell onto a mechanic, shattering both of his legs.
b) Eventually the engine was bought by a doctor, who put it into his racing car and
was killed shortly afterwards, during a race. Another racing driver, in the same
race, was killed in his car, which had James Dean’s driveshaft fitted to it.
c) When James Dean's Porsche was later repaired, the garage it was in was
destroyed by fire.
d) Later the car was displayed in Sacramento, but surprisingly it fell off its mount
and broke a teenager's hip.
e) In Oregon, the trailer that the car was mounted on slipped from its tow bar and
smashed through the front of a shop.
f) Finally, in 1959, the car mysteriously broke into 11 pieces while it was sitting on
steel supports.

Falling Baby
In Detroit sometime in the 1930s, a young (if incredibly careless) mother must
have been eternally grateful to a man named Joseph Figlock. As Figlock was
walking down the street, the mother's baby fell from a high window onto Figlock.
The baby's fall was broken and both man and baby were unharmed. A stroke of
luck on its own, but a year later, the very same baby fell from the very same
window onto poor, unsuspecting Joseph Figlock as he was again passing beneath.
And again, they both survived the event.

Bullet’s Destiny
Henry Ziegland thought he had dodged fate. In 1883, he broke off a relationship
with his girlfriend who, out of distress, committed suicide. The girl's brother was
so enraged that he hunted down Ziegland and shot him. The brother, believing he
had killed Ziegland, then turned his gun on himself and took his own life. But
Ziegland had not been killed. The bullet, in fact, had only grazed his face and then
lodged in a tree. Ziegland surely thought himself a lucky man. Some years later,
however, Ziegland decided to cut down the large tree, which still had the bullet in
it. The task seemed so formidable that he decided to blow it up with a few sticks of
dynamite. The explosion propelled the bullet into Ziegland's head, killing him.

Twin Boys, Twin Lives


The stories of identical twins' nearly identical lives are often astonishing, but
perhaps none more so than those of identical twins born in Ohio. The twin boys
were separated at birth, being adopted by different families. Unknown to each
other, both families named the boys James. And here the coincidences just begin.
Both James grew up not even knowing of the other, yet both sought law-
enforcement training, both had abilities in mechanical drawing and carpentry, and
each had married women named Linda. They both had sons whom one named
James Alan and the other named James Allan. The twin brothers also divorced their
wives and married other women - both named Betty. And they both owned dogs
which they named Toy. Forty years after their childhood separation, the two men
were reunited to share their amazingly similar lives.

Cabin Boy
In the 19th century, the famous horror writer, Edgar Allan Poe, wrote a book called
'The narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym'. It was about four survivors of a shipwreck
who were in an open boat for many days before they decided to kill and eat the
cabin boy whose name was Richard Parker. Some years later in 1884 the yawl
Mignonette founded, with only four survivors, who were in an open boat for many
days. Eventually the three senior members of the crew killed and ate the cabin boy.
The name of the cabin boy was Richard Parker.
Twin Brothers
On 2002, Seventy-year-old twin brothers have died within hours of one another
after separate accidents on the same road in northern Finland. The first of the twins
died when he was hit by a lorry while riding his bike in Raahe, 600 kilometers
north of the capital, Helsinki. He died just 1.5km from the spot where his brother
was killed. "This is simply a historic coincidence. Although the road is a busy one,
accidents don't occur every day," police officer Marja-Leena Huhtala told Reuters.
"It made my hair stand on end when I heard the two were brothers, and identical
twins at that. It came to mind that perhaps someone from upstairs had a say in
this," she said.

Three Suicide Attempts


Joseph Aigner was a fairly well-known portrait painter in 19th century Austria
who, apparently, was quite an unhappy fellow: he several times attempted suicide.
His first attempt was at the young age of 18 when he tried to hang himself, but was
interrupted by the mysterious appearance of a Capuchin monk. At age 22 he again
tried to hang himself, but was again saved from the act by the very same monk.
Eight years later, his death was ordained by others who sentenced him to the
gallows for his political activities. Once again, his life was saved by the
intervention of the same monk. At age 68, Aigner finally succeeded in suicide, a
pistol doing the trick. His funeral ceremony was conducted by the same Capuchin
monk - a man whose name Aigner never even knew.

Poker Winnings
In 1858, Robert Fallon was shot dead, an act of vengeance by those with whom he
was playing poker. Fallon, they claimed, had won the $600 pot through cheating.
With Fallon's seat empty and none of the other players willing to take the now-
unlucky $600, they found a new player to take Fallon's place and staked him with
the dead man's $600. By the time the police had arrived to investigate the killing,
the new player had turned the $600 into $2,200 in winnings. The police demanded
the original $600 to pass on to Fallon's next of kin - only to discover that the new
player turned out to be Fallon's son, who had not seen his father in seven years!
The Spy Next door
When Norman Mailer began his novel Barbary Shore, there was no plan to have a
Russian spy as a character. As he worked on it, he introduced a Russian spy in the
U.S. as a minor character. As the work progressed, the spy became the dominant
character in the novel. After the novel was completed, the U.S. Immigration
Service arrested a man who lived just one floor above Mailer in the same
apartment building. He was Colonel Rudolf Abel, alleged to be the top Russian spy
working in the U.S. at that time.

Halley’s Comet
Mark Twain was born on the day of the appearance of Halley's Comet in 1835, and
died on the day of its next appearance in 1910. He himself predicted this in 1909,
when he said: "I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next
year, and I expect to go out with it."

Three Strangers
In the 1920s, three Englishman were traveling separately by train through Peru. At
the time of their introduction, they were the only three men in the railroad car.
Their introductions were more surprising than they could have imagined. One
man's last name was Bingham, and the second man's last name was Powell. The
third man announced that his last name was Bingham-Powell. None were related in
any way

Taxi Driver
In 1975, while riding a moped in Bermuda, a man was accidentally struck and
killed by a taxi. One year later, this man's brother was killed in the very same way.
In fact, he was riding the very same moped. And to stretch the odds even further,
he was struck by the very same taxi driven by the same driver - and even carrying
the very same passenger!
Swapped Hotel Findings
In 1953, television reporter Irv Kupcinet was in London to cover the coronation of
Elizabeth II. In one of the drawers in his room at the Savoy he found some items
that, by their identification, belonged to a man named Harry Hannin.
Coincidentally, Harry Hannin - a basketball star with the famed Harlem
Globetrotters - was a good friend of Kupcinet's. But the story has yet another twist.
Just two days later, and before he could tell Hannin of his lucky discovery,
Kupcinet received a letter from Hannin. In the letter, Hannin told Kupcinet that
while staying at the Hotel Maurice in Paris, he found in a drawer a tie - with
Kupcinet's name on it

Same Hotel Room


While on a business trip sometime in the late 1950s, Mr. George D. Bryson
stopped and registered at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. After signing
the register and being given his key to room 307, he stopped by the mail desk to
see if any letters had arrived for him. Indeed there was a letter, the mail girl told
him, and handed him an envelope addressed to Mr. George D. Bryson, room 307.
This wouldn't be so odd, except the letter was not for him, but for room 307's just-
previous occupant - another man named George D. Bryson

Heart Attack
John and Arthur Mowforth were twins who lived about 80 miles apart in Great
Britain. On the evening of May 22, 1975, both fell severely ill from chest pains.
The families of both men were completely unaware of the other's illness. Both men
were rushed to separate hospitals at approximately the same time. And both died of
heart attacks shortly after arrival

Titanic’s Destiny
Morgan Robertson, in 1898, wrote "Futility". It described the maiden voyage of a
transatlantic luxury liner named the Titan. Although it was touted as being
unsinkable, it strikes an iceberg and sinks with much loss of life. In 1912 the
Titanic, a transatlantic luxury liner widely touted as unsinkable strikes an iceberg
and sinks with great loss of life on her maiden voyage. In the Book, the Month of
the Wreck was April, same as in the real event. There were 3,000 passengers on the
book; in reality, 2,207. In the Book, there were 24 Lifeboats; in reality, 20. Months
after the Titanic sank; a tramp steamer was traveling through the foggy Atlantic
with only a young boy on watch. It came into his head that it had been thereabouts
that the Titanic had sunk, and he was suddenly terrified by the thought of the name
of his ship - the Titanian. Panic-stricken, he sounded the warning. The ship
stopped, just in time: a huge iceberg loomed out of the fog directly in their path.
The Titanian was saved.
Found Book
While American novelist Anne Parrish was browsing bookstores in Paris in the
1920s, she came upon a book that was one of her childhood favorites - Jack Frost
and Other Stories. She picked up the old book and showed it to her husband, telling
him of the book she fondly remembered as a child. Her husband took the book,
opened it, and on the flyleaf found the inscription: "Anne Parrish, 209 N. Weber
Street, Colorado Springs." It was Anne's very own book

Plum Pudding
In 1805, French writer Émile Deschamps was treated to some plum pudding by the
stranger Monsieur de Fortgibu. Ten years later, he encountered plum pudding on
the menu of a Paris restaurant, and wanted to order some, but the waiter told him
the last dish had already been served to another customer, who turned out to be de
Fortgibu. Many years later in 1832 Émile Deschamps was at a diner, and was once
again offered plum pudding. He recalled the earlier incident and told his friends
that only de Fortgibu was missing to make the setting complete and in the same
instant the now senile de Fortgibu entered the room, who had also been invited to
the party. Deschamps said, “Three times in my life I have eaten plum pudding, and
three times I have seen M. Fortgibu. My hair stood up on my head!”

King Umberto I’
In Monza, Italy, King Umberto I’ went to a small restaurant for dinner,
accompanied by his aide-de-camp, General Emilio Ponzia-Vaglia. When the owner
took King Umberto's order, the King noticed that he and the restaurant owner were
virtual doubles, in face and in build. Both men began discussing the striking
resemblances between each other and found many more similarities.
a) Both men were born on the same day, of the same year, (March 14th, 1844).
b) Both men had been born in the same town.
c) Both men married a woman with same name, Margherita.
d) The restaurant owner opened his restaurant on the same day that King Umberto
was crowned King of Italy.
e) On the 29th July 1900, King Umberto was informed that the restaurant owner
had died that day in a mysterious shooting accident, and as he expressed his regret,
he was then assassinated by an anarchist in the crowd.

The 21st Day


When King Louis XVI of France was a child, he was warned by an astrologer to
always be on his guard on the 21st day of each month. Louis was so terrified by
this that he never did business on this day. Unfortunately Louis was not always on
his guard. On June 21st 1791, following the French revolution, Louis arrested
along with Queen, whilst trying to escape France. On September 21st 1791, France
abolished the institution of Royalty and proclaimed it a republic. Finally on
January 21st 1793, King Louis XVI was executed by guillotine.

Emergency Landing
In 1979, Das Besteran, a German Magazine, held a writing competition. Readers
had to send in unusual stories based on real life occurrences. Walter Kellner from
Munich won with his story about flying a Cessna 41 between Sardinia and Sicily.
In his story he had engine trouble, landed in the water, and was later rescued. An
Austrian man, also named Waltner Kellner, wrote to the paper and told them that
the winner of the prize had plagiarized the story because virtually the same thing
had happened to him. The magazine checked out both stories and found that they
were both true, despite being nearly identical.

Lucky Number
In the 1930s in New York, a commuter train dove off an open drawbridge into
Newark Bay killing 30 passengers. The newspaper published photographs of the
incident and the number ‘932' could be seen clearly on the side of one of the
coaches. A large number of people selected that number for the Manhattan
numbers game and the number came up! Thousands of people won.

Bad Lightning
In 1899 a man was killed by a bolt of lightning as he stood in his backyard in
Taranto, Italy. Thirty years later, his son was killed in the very same spot by
another bolt of lightning. On October 8, 1949, Rolla Primarda, the second victim’s
son (and grandson of the first victim) was also killed in the same spot by yet
another bolt of lightning.

Patricide
Jean Marie Dubarry, a Frenchman, was executed on February 13, 1746 for the
murder of his father. 100 years, to the day, another Frenchman also named Jean
Marie Dubarry was executed… also for the murder of his father.

Dueling Luck – or not


Henri Trange fought five duels in Marseilles, France, between the years of 1861
and 1878. The first four of his opponents died before any shots were fired. Just
before any shots were fired in the fifth duel, Trange himself dropped dead.

Mysterious Murder Link


Barbara Forrest (Born 1954) and Mary Ashford (Born 1797) were both the victims
of murder 157 years apart yet both instances have remarkable similarities. They
were both found murdered on the same day, 27th May, in the same town, both in
1817 and 1974 the 26th of May was Whit Monday, they had both been raped
before they were murdered, they were both found within 400 yards of each other,
they were both murdered at about the same time of day, there were attempts to hide
both bodies, both girls had visited a friend on the evening of Whit Monday, both
changed into a new dress that night, and both went to a dance. The man accused of
each murder had the same name – Thornton, and both men were acquitted of
murder, both girls have very similar facial features and 10 days before, 17th May
1974, Barbara Forrest said to a friend, “This is going to be my unlucky month. I
just know it. Don’t ask me why.”

Lucky for Some


Oregon’s Columbian newspaper announced the winning Pick 4 lottery numbers for
June 28, 2000 in advance. The newspaper had intended to print the previous set of
winning numbers but erroneously printed those for the state of Virginia, namely 6-
8-5-5. In the next Oregon lottery, those same numbers were drawn.

Rest in Peace
In Texas, USA, in 1899, Canadian actor Charles Francis Coghlan became ill and
died whilst he was in Galveston. Because it was too far to return his remains to his
home on Prince Edward Island, 3500 miles away, he was instead buried in a lead
coffin inside a granite vault.
A year after his death, in September 1900, a hurricane hit Galveston, flooding the
graveyard, shattering Charles Coghlan’s granite vault and carrying away his lead
coffin out into the Gulf of Mexico.
In October 1908, eight years after the hurricane, fishermen on Prince Edward
Island spotted a weathered box floating near the shore. It was the coffin of Charles
Coghlan, which had finally returned home. He was buried in the nearby church
where he had been christened as a baby.