In an episode of Johnny Bravo that aired on April 27, 2001, just four months before the 9/11 attacks, a poster in the background of a shot features a building on fire with the words, "coming soon." The image eerily looks like a Twin Tower. Did Cartoon Network predict 9/11? Is Johnny Bravo Nostradamus? These are some questions we'll never have answers for.
One-hundred-twelve men lost their lives while working on the Hoover Dam in Nevada. The first man died on December 20, 1922. His name? J. G. Tierney. The last man died on December 20, 1935 — thirteen years to the day after the first Hoover Dam casualty. His name? Patrick W. Tierney. He was J.G. Tierney's son.
The director of The Wizard of Oz wanted the character of Professor Marvel to have a "seedy gentility," so the costume department picked up a bunch of old coats from a thrift store. On set, actor Frank Morgan turned the pocket of the coat inside out and found the name "L. Frank Baum" written inside. Baum's widow later verified that the coat did indeed once belong to the author of The Wizard of Oz books!
Tamerlane was one of the most ruthless invaders the world has ever seen. In his attempt to conquer the world in the 14th century, over 17 million lives were lost. Tamerlane's tomb contained the inscription of the curse, "Whoever disturbs my tomb will unleash an invader more terrible than I." In 1941, Joseph Stalin ordered that Tamerlane's tomb be opened. The tomb was finally opened on June 21, 1941. Two days later, the Nazis (under the command of Adolf Hitler) invaded Russia.
Edgar Allan Poe wrote a story called "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket." In the story, three crewmen on a whaling ship are forced to eat a cabin boy named Richard Parker after drawing lots. Cut to: real life 46 years later when three crewmen got into trouble for being forced to eat their cabin boy, named Richard Parker, after drawing lots.
King Umberto I dined at a restaurant owned by a man who looked creepily like him. But they didn't have just the same face —they had the same life. It turned out that the King of Italy and the lowly restaurateur also had the same birthday and both were married to a woman named Margherita. The restaurant owner opened his business on the same day that King Umberto took his throne. And to top it all off, in 1900, the restaurant owner died during a mysterious shooting accident the same day King Umberto was assassinated. Do we smell a Prince and the Pauper situation?
When browsing a bookshop in Paris, American Author Anne Parrish found the book, Jack Frost and Other Stories and commented on how much she loved it as a child. When she looked inside the book she found the inscription, "Anne Parrish, 209 N. Weber Street, Colorado Springs." She didn't just love the book as a kid, she loved that specific book as a kid.
The man who founded Rome was named Romulus. The man who was the first emperor of Rome was named Augustus. The name of the last emperor of Rome was Romulus Augustus. It was a popular name at the time, but still.