7 strangest coincidences in history
Sometimes in life, weird things happen. I’ve picked some of the insanely bizarre coincidences that have gone down in the past. Interested? Read the article!
#1 The Futility of the Titanic
In 1898 writer Morgan Robertson wrote a novel called “Futility” which describes the maiden voyage of a luxury ship called «The Titan» that sinks. The book was published just 14 years before the Titanic sank, and the similarities between the book and the actual event are mind-blowing.
Here are some of them:
- In the book, the Titan was called unsinkable. So was the Titanic.
- Both ships were British owned vessels around 800 feet long and both hit an iceberg and sank.
- The Titan sank at midnight in April, 400 miles from Newfoundland. The Titanic sank at midnight on April 14, 1912, 400 miles from Newfoundland.
- The Titan had 3,000 passengers and not enough life jackets. The Titanic had 2,207 passengers and not enough life jackets.
#2 The Ohio-Space Connection
There is a really odd connection between the State of Ohio and Space/Flight. In 1903 the Wright Brothers demonstrated the world’s first functioning airplane. They were from Ohio. The first American ever shot into space was John Glenn, who’s from Ohio. Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon. Guess where he was from? In fact, a total of 25 astronauts have come from that state. So many, that NASA has a page dedicated to them.
#3 King Louis’ Bad Day
Around 1760 when King Louis XVI was a child, he was warned by an astrologist to always be on guard on the 21st day of each month. What followed was bizarre. On June 21, 1791, he and his queen were both arrested following the French Revolution. On September 21, 1791, France abolished the institution of royalty and proclaimed itself a Republic. And finally, on January 21, 1793, King Louis was executed by guillotine.
#4 The Cannibalized Boy
In 1838, writer Edgar Allan Poe released his only complete novel called “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket”. The story is about four men that survive a shipwreck on a stormy sea and are forced to kill and eat a boy named Richard Parker.
The disturbing coincidence is that 46 years later there was a ship called the Mignonette that was shipwrecked with only four survivors and well, you can see where this is going. In order to survive, the three men were forced to kill and eat the fourth survivor who was a boy named Richard Parker.
#5 Twin Boys with Twin Lives
In 1940 two identical twins were separated at birth and adopted by different families. Unknown to each other, both families named each boy James. Without knowing each other, both boys grew up pursuing a job in law enforcement. They both had skills in carpentry. They both married a woman named Linda. They both had boys they each named James Alan. They both got divorced and remarried to a woman named Betty. And they both had a dog named Toy. This was all discovered when they reunited later in 1979.
#6 The Lee Family Curse
Bruce Lee died in 1973 following the production of what would become his final movie, “Game of Death”. The movie was based around an actor that gets shot after a prop gun accidentally goes off. What’s creepy is that exactly 20 years later in 1993, his son Brandon Lee, was shot and killed when a prop gun accidentally went off, while shooting the movie “The Crow”.
And as if that wasn’t creepy enough, Brandon Lee’s death occurred just two months before the release of “Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story”, which is a movie about a demon that battles Bruce Lee and then goes after his son.
#7 The Mysterious Monk
Joseph Aigner was a well-known painter in the 19th century who was unhappy with life. Because of this, at the age of 18, he attempted to kill himself but he was interrupted by a mysterious Capuchin monk that he did not know. When he turned 22 he again attempted suicide, only to again be interrupted by the same monk. When he turned 68, he was finally successful in ending his own life. But surprisingly, the funeral was conducted by the same mysterious Capuchin monk.
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