Coincidences happen all the time, and it’s pretty much always a weird feeling when they do. For example, you were just telling your roommate about a friend you haven’t heard from in years, and then they just happen to call you two minutes later. Speak of the devil, right? While instances like that are odd, the following coincidences take it to a whole other level of weird…
This one isn’t a well-known case, but it really should be. In 2002, two 70-year-old Finnish twin brothers were killed by trucks while riding bicycles in a snowstorm. Here’s the weird part: they died in separate accidents on the same road, only about a mile apart. It gets weirder: the second twin was killed about two hours after the first, before he had even learned of his twin’s death.
Tamerlane was a famous Turco-Mongol conqueror in the fourteenth century. His tomb was excavated in 1941 by Soviet scientists and what they found in it was eerie, to say the least. A message inside the tomb read: “When I rise from the dead, the world shall tremble … Whomsoever opens my tomb shall unleash an invader more terrible than I.”
Two days after the excavation, Adolph Hitler invaded the Soviet Union.
Two women named Barbara Forrest and Mary Ashford, were both brutally murdered in the tiny town of Erdington, UK — except that the two murders took place 157 years apart. They were both 20 years old and shared the same birthday. They were also murdered in the same brutal manner and their bodies were found just 300 yards apart, and on the same day. Furthermore, both were murdered by men named Thornton after attending a dance, and both were eventually acquitted for the murders.
Before Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth, his son, Robert Todd Lincoln (pictured), was waiting on a platform for a train in Jersey City. He fell off the platform under a moving train, but was pulled up to safety by well-known actor Edwin Booth, the brother of John Wilkes Booth.
John Lennon was shot and killed in 1980 by an obsessed schizophrenic fan named Mark Chapman in New York City. In 1985, NBC decided to produce a film about Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono entitled, John and Yoko: A Love Story. They cast an actor to play Lennon, and guess what his name was? Yup, Mark Chapman. Once news spread to the public about the fact that the actor had the same name as the killer, NBC was quick to cast someone else (whose name was also Mark, funnily enough).
In 1975 in Bermuda, a man was killed when he was struck by a taxi while riding his scooter. One year later, his twin was riding the same scooter and was killed by a taxi driver. And get this: it was the exact same taxi driver, driving the exact same passenger as in the previous death.
One can only hope that the taxi driver was fired after the second death…
An author named Morgan Robertson may have “predicted” the sinking of the Titanic in 1898 in his book, entitled, Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan. The story is about a ship named the Titan that hits an iceberg and sinks in the Atlantic Ocean. And guess what, the Titanic itself sunk after striking an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean just 14 years later. Almost sounds like some sort of conspiracy, doesn’t it?
A man named Tsutomu Yamaguchi was on a business trip to Hiroshima when the US dropped the first atomic bomb. While he did suffer some burns from the attack, he was able to return home safely to Nagasaki. The second bomb was then dropped on Nagasaki and he managed to survive that too.
If you ever think you’re having a bad week, just think about this guy.
In Ohio in 1940, two twin boys were separated at birth and adopted by two separate families. The brothers were reunited in 1979 and discovered some very odd things about each other: Their adoptive parents named them both James and they both went by Jim; both had careers in law enforcement; both married women named Linda, then divorced and remarried women named Betty; both had dogs named Toy; and both had sons they named James Allan.
In 1838, Edgar Allan Poe published his first and only novel entitled, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. In one part of the story, a ship becomes stranded at sea. Starving and desperate, the ship’s crew draws straws to see who would be sacrificed for food. The character who drew the short straw was named Richard Parker.
Forty-six years later, the story came to life when a ship called the Mignonette sank during a storm. The crew was forced to choose someone to sacrifice, so they chose a young crew member who was already dying. His name? Richard Parker.
You’re probably aware that Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were both involved in drafting the Declaration of Independence, which was signed on July 4, 1776. What most probably don’t know is that they both died on July 4, 1826 - exactly 50 years after the Declaration was signed.