‘Coincidences’ happen all the time, there’s no question about that. Below, we’ve assembled some of the creepiest coincidences that ever occurred in the world.
Barack Obama won the Presidential Election on November 4, 2008, and the following day, one of the winning combinations at the Illinois Lottery was 6-6-6.
As South African astronomer Daniel du Toit finished his lecture saying that death could strike at anytime, he sat down and put a peppermint candy in his mouth. He then choked to death on that candy.
As the Twin Towers were unintentionally left out by the development team for their Deus Ex video game, released in 2000, the in-game explanation said that the buildings had been brought down by a terrorist attack.
The registration plate of the car in which the Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated was A III 118. The incident sparked World War I, which ended in an armistice on 11-11-18, at 11 a.m.
In 2002, a 70-year-old Finnish man was killed by a truck while crossing a highway on his bike. His identical twin died under the exact same circumstances, less than one mile down the same highway, just two hours later.
In 1883, Henry Ziegland left his longtime girlfriend, who, being heartbroken, hanged herself. In order to avenge her death, her brother hunted down Ziegland, and when he found him, he shot him in the head. Although Ziegland fell to the ground and appeared dead, the bullet had only scratched his cheek and ended in a nearby tree. The girl’s brother, unaware that his victim was still alive, committed suicide. Ziegland survived, but several years later, when trying to bring down that tree with dynamite, he died as the explosion sent the bullet right through his skull.
Edgar Allan Poe’s The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket was published in 1838. The book tells a story of four men shipwrecked at sea. In their desperation, the men kill and eat a cabin boy named Richard Parker.
Forty-six years after the book’s publication, a ship called Mignonette sank and the four survivors killed and ate the cabin boy whose name was Richard Parker.
Samuel Clemens, widely known as Mark Twain, was born in 1835, and his birth almost coincided with the appearance of Halley’s Comet. He later joked that he would die when the comet returned. In 1910, when the Halley’s Comet was the brightest, Mark Twain died of a heart attack.
On September 20th, 1911, the RMS Olympic ocean liner crashed into a British warship called HMS Hawke. Although the ship was seriously damaged and almost capsized, there were no seriously injured or killed.
One of the greatest ship tragedies of all time is the sinking of the Titanic, which happened 7 months later, killing over 1,500 people.
In the early morning of November 21st, 1916, the HSMS Britannic – the White Star Line’s largest and latest Olympic class ship, was shaken by an explosion. It sank in the Mediterranean Sea fifty-five minutes later killing thirty people onboard. It’s still unknown what caused the explosion – a torpedo or an underwater mine.
These three ship disasters have two things in common – they were manufactured by the same shipping company, and one nurse was present on all of them when the disasters happened. She survived all of them and is believed to be an albatross.
A Frenchman called Jean Marie Dubarry was executed under the charges of murdering his father on February 13, 1746. A century later, on the 13th of February, another man was executed for patricide. His name was also Jean Marie Dubarry.
A French Baron, Rodemire de Tarazone, was killed by Claude Volbonne in 1872. Twenty years before that, Baron de Tarazone’s father had also been killed by a man named Claude Volbonne.
On July 28th, 1900, King Umberto I of Italy was dining in a restaurant in the city of Monza. To his amazement, he discovered that the restaurant’s owner completely resembled his appearance and was also named Umberto. Their wives also had the same name, and the restaurant’s opening was on the same day as King Umberto’s coronation. Both Umbertos were killed in unrelated incidents the following day.
Three men were found guilty of murdering Sir Edmund Berry and were executed at Greenberry Hill in London on November 26, 1911. Their names were Green, Berry and Hill.
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