Do you believe in good and bad luck? What about divine intervention? When a coincidence occurs, do you think it is the result of magical forces or a higher being at work? Or is it just a coincidence? Perhaps these stories will leave you feeling a bit perplexed, because they sure had us scratching our heads! It is our list of 15 Most Amazing Coincidences You Won’t Believe Happened.
From totally separate lives crossing paths, to simultaneous events, and a string of bad luck (and good luck), these stories are going to really blow your mind. It is hard to believe that all of these stories are true and actually happened in real life. Some of them sound like things out of an urban legend or lofty piece of fiction. And yet…here they are!
Some of these stories involved famous people and historical figures, while others involved everyday people who happened across some really unlikely events. Coincidences are things that amaze and confuse a lot of people, but there is no denying that they are incredibly intriguing, especially if they are of this caliber! Trust us, whether or not you believe in such occurrences, you will find yourself gasping and wondering about how exactly or why these things happened. Do coincidences happen for a reason, or are they just strange incidents that make for good stories? Is there really something at work making these instances happen to certain people? You don’t have to answer that question; just read our list and be sure to share them with your friends!
15. Unlucky 13
If you fear the number 13 for its association with bad luck, then this story will throw you for a loop. In some countries, Friday the 13th is thought to be a day filled with bad luck, risks, and dangers. Some people even choose to stay inside the whole day and just refrain from doing anything for fear of bad things happening. Well, for a boy in Suffolk, England, he will always have a fear of Friday the 13th. When he was 13 years old, he was struck by lightning. And the time of his accident was 13:13 in military time (also known as 1:13pm). Fortunately, the boy was okay and he survived with just a small burn on his body. He was hanging out near the oceanfront and others witnessed the huge clap of thunder and bolt of lightning that struck him. This is one of the eeriest (and most painful) coincidences on record, but we’re just glad that the guy lived to tell the tale.
14. Rockefeller’s Missed Fate
John D. Rockefeller is still considered to be one of the richest American men in the history of the country. He was an oil tycoon and the Rockefeller Plaza in New York City is named after his family. The Rockefeller fam is still rich and powerful to this day, even though John was alive back in the 1800s. He died in 1937, but he would have died a lot earlier had he not avoided this tragic event known as the “Angola Horror.” John D. Rockefeller was known for being on time all the time. He had never been late in his life. That’s a good habit to have, or so they say! One day in 1867, Rockefeller was late, and he missed his train. He was distraught because he broke his perfect record of punctuality. But, he was counting his blessings shortly afterwards because that train that he missed ended up being derailed and getting into a fatal crash. The accident killed 48 people and injured 50 others.
13. Mark Twain and the Comet
Mark Twain was known for being a rare bird, and he made a living off of being clever, comical, and a bit odd. He is a national hero, to be honest. Anyway, it seems that besides being an excellent wit and writer, Mark Twain had a bit of premonition going on. He was born in 1835, the same year that Halley’s Comet shot across the sky. As most people know, Halley’s Comet only makes an appearance once every 75 years. Mark Twain made a comment that he was born with Halley’s Comet and he would die with it. And it turns out that it happened just like that. Mark Twain died on April 21, 1910 just as Halley’s Comet was soaring past the Earth. Of course, this is pure coincidence. After all, during that time, 75 was an appropriate lifespan for an American male. Still it is a bit odd!
12. Identical Deaths
This coincidence is really creepy, and it has to be some kind of divine intervention. Plus, we can only imagine what the family of these two people had to go through…talk about trauma. Anyway, it just so happened that a 17-year-old named Erskine Lawrence Ebbin was killed in Bermuda. He was riding on a moped when he was struck and killed by an oncoming taxi cab. It happened in July 1975. Now get this: in July 1974, his brother Neville was killed…by an oncoming taxi cab that struck him…while he was riding the same moped. Even the passenger in the taxi cab was the same! Jeez, who was it, some wizard or sorcerer? This is just so wrong on so many levels. It seems too far-fetched to have actually happened, and yet you can see the newspaper clipping from a Bermuda newspaper. Maybe this has to do with the Bermuda Triangle?
11. Lefties Rule
Odds are that you know at least one or two people who are left-handed. The fact of the matter is that only 10% of the U.S. population is left-handed. And yet, 5 of the last 7 Presidents of the United States have been left-handed! For the past twenty years, United States citizens have been choosing between two left-handed candidates for almost every single Presidential election. That’s quite a coincidence considering that lefties are still a rare breed. The U.S. Presidents who are left-handed include Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, Herbert Hoover, James Garfield, and George H.W. Bush. Left-handed people are said to have typically higher IQs, be better at sports, have better memory and multitasking skills, and maybe even be healthier. Those sound like some good traits to have in a President. After all, Obama went to a prestigious school, had a high-paying job, and is good at basketball.
10. Edgar Allan Poe’s Premonition
Yeah, so we already know that Edgar Allan Poe was a super creepy dude and social outcast. In 1838 he wrote a novel (his only published novel) called The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. The story is about four men on a ship that becomes lost at sea. During the distressing situation, the four men end up drawing lots to see which one of them will be killed and eaten by the three other men. Anything to survive, right? Well, in the story they end up killing and eating the character Richard Parker. Well…46 years after Poe wrote that novel, there was a real life situation in which four men were lost at sea on a ship. They drew lots. They ended up eating their cabin boy. His name was Richard Parker. This is weird on so many levels because Edgar Allan Poe is eerie AF and the odds that the Nantucket story would happen in real life is creepy and cannibalism is always horrifying. Also, in Life of Pi the tiger’s name is Richard Parker. Just saying.
9. Predicting His Own Assassination
President John F. Kennedy was popular for a lot of reasons, but we didn’t think one of them was for having psychic powers. Yet this coincidence could make some conspiracy theorists think that JFK had a bit of ESP going on. You see, on the morning of his own assassination, John F. Kennedy turned to his wife and told her that if someone was to shoot him with a rifle, he couldn’t do anything to stop it. He also commented that they were going to be driving their motorcade through “nut country,” also known as Dallas, Texas. We don’t know how Jackie O. Kennedy responded to her husband, but she was probably a bit distressed. Anyway, they went through with the motorcade and as they were riding, Lee Harvey Oswald shot JFK from a 6th story window with a rifle. November 22, 1963 is a day that Americans will never forget.
8. Poker Face
In 1858, a man by the name of Robert Fallon was playing a game of poker in San Francisco. He had amassed $600 and was accused of cheating (it is not clear whether or not he actually was cheating), and as a result the other players shot and killed him. That sounds kind of harsh. Anyway, after Fallon’s death, no one wanted to sit in the seat that he occupied during the fated poker game. The other players finally found someone who would take the seat and they began playing poker with him. The guy racked up winnings totally $2,200, and the other players were amazed. They made a comment that $600 of those winnings ought to go to Robert Fallon’s next of kin. It turned out that they were already looking at him. The man who had replaced Fallon’s seat was his own son, but he had no idea! He got to keep all the moolah.
7. Lees Out of Luck
Who doesn’t love Bruce Lee? He was the most awesome martial arts master ever, and did you know that he was also a really good dancer? Kind of makes sense when you think about it. Anyway, you might not have known that Bruce Lee had a son named Brandon Lee. And you definitely didn’t know this strange coincidence that happened. Bruce Lee starred in a movie called Game of Death (which was his last film project, by the way). During the film, Bruce Lee played a character who got killed by a gun. The gun was only a prop, but the director chose to have it loaded with a real bullet. Sounds risky! Now get this: Brandon Lee starred in a film Called The Crow. While filming the movie, Brandon was shot and killed by a prop gun. Why no one saw this coming is beyond us, but it is downright creepy!
6. The War That Followed Wilmer McLean
Wilmer McLean was just a shopkeeper in Virginia during the 1800s. He was born in Manassas, which is where he took up his trade as a grocer. In 1861, the American Civil War broke out, and it happened right in McLean’s front yard. The Battle of Bull Run began on July 21, 1861 and marked the first major battle in this war. McLean was fearful of living so close to the bloody action, so he packed up and moved out to the Appomattox Court House, a village in Appomattox, Virginia. Hoping that he would be safe and sound, McLean was content to live here for the time being. That is until the Civil War legitimately followed him and ended up having one of their final battles at the Appomattox Court House. In fact, General Robert E. Lee of the Confederates surrendered in McLean’s own living room. We don’t want to hear you complain about bad neighbors..at least you didn’t have a civil war breaking out right in your yard or home!
5. Stalin’s Snarky Attitude Led to His Demise!
Well, maybe it was all just a crazy coincidence or maybe it was the curse of Timur, a famed warlord of the past. Stalin was a huge war lover and an authoritative dictator in the Soviet Union, so he wanted to see Timur’s corpse entombed in Samarkand. Now, there was an urban legend surrounding Timur’s tomb (he was also known as Tamerlane). Timur died back in the 1300s, and it was said that his tomb was to remain in peace for the rest of eternity. Anyone who tried to disturb the site would be subject to war in three days. Of course Stalin took this to be a bunch of hocus pocus, so he went ahead and scoured the tomb. He even opened up the coffin holding Timur’s corpse. He did this on June 19, 1941. On June 21, 1941, Stalin received the news that German forces were heading to the Soviet Union for an invasion.
4. They Can Never Enjoy Vacation
Taking a holiday is just out of the question for Jason and Jenny Cairns-Lawrence. Yet, it might be a bit nerve-wracking for them to take a “staycation” instead. That’s because whenever they go on vacation, something bad seems to happen. And we’re not talking about getting rained out or losing their passports or wallets. Let us explain. On September 11, 2001, Jason and Jenny took a vacation to New York City. That’s when 9/11 happened. On July 7, 2005, Jason and Jenny were on holiday in London, England. That is also known as the day when there was a deadly terror attack on the subway. In 2008, they tried again and took a trip to Mumbai in November. For those who don’t know, that is when a militant Islamic organization staged several attacks in the Indian city. Family members know not to expect any postcards from Jason and Jenny’s holiday travels.
3. Historical Conspiracy
It has got to be tough to live with yourself knowing that your brother was a total a**hole. Edwin Booth was the brother of John Wilkes Booth, also known as the guy who shot and killed President Abraham Lincoln in April 1865. Well…Edwin wasn’t an a**hole. In fact, he was a really heroic dude! There was one time when he was boarding a train for a trip. He noticed that there was a man near the tracks as the train was getting ready to depart. Edwin jumped off the train and ran to the man’s rescue and ultimately saved him from certain death. And guess who that man he saved was? None other than Robert Lincoln, the son of Abraham Lincoln. Whoa! Of course, that doesn’t discredit what Edwin’s brother did to Robert’s dad, but it is a strange coincidence. It really is a small world after all.
2. Frane Selak
He is called “The Luckiest Man Alive,” or sometimes the luckiest “Unluckiest man alive.” That’s because Frane has escaped the clutches of death seven times…and then he won the lottery with the first ticket he bought. Frane’s near-death experiences have been anything but cool. He managed to flee from a plane crash, a train derailment, a burning car, a bus accident, being hit by a bus, and a near head-on collision with a truck that sent him off a cliff. What is it with Frane and transportation? We aren’t sure, but he might want to think about walking from now on. It’s awesome that he’s lucky, but he’s lucky in the most unluckiest of circumstances. Is it just coincidence, or is there something greater at work in Frane’s life? The music teacher from Croatia is now 87 years old. We don’t know if he can take any more “surprises”!
1. The Curse of the Declaration of Independence
Hmm, is the Declaration of Independence cursed? If so, that’s pretty scary, considering that it is the most important document in the United States of America. Then again, it could explain why that country is a hot mess with police brutality, rampant racism, and one of the craziest election seasons ever. It turns out that two of the country’s founding fathers met the same fate in a coincidental way. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died 50 years after signing the Declaration of Independence, passing away on July 4, 1826. In fact, John Adams’ last words were that Thomas Jefferson would live longer than him. He didn’t. Thomas Jefferson ended up passing away slightly earlier than John Adams. Thomas Jefferson died of multiple complications and illnesses, include intestinal and urinary disorders and rheumatism. He was in a lot of debt, too. John Adams is presumed to have died of natural causes.
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