Maybe you don’t believe in coincidences; maybe you think there’s some larger, possibly nefarious mechanism at work making weird things happen the way they do! Regardless of what you believe or don’t, here’s a list of 25 most weird coincidences to have happened throughout recent history.
1. The Twin Deaths
In 2002, a man in Finland while trying to cross Highway 8 on his bike, was struck and killed. Within 2 hours his twin brother, while attempting to cross the same Highway was also struck and killed. Thus, both were killed about one-and-a-half kilometers from one another, two hours apart.
2. The Patient Bullet
A man vowed revenge against Henry Ziegland, who’d broken her sister’s heart, forcing her to commit suicide. So he shot at Ziegland but missed, and the bullet lodged in a nearby tree. Years later, Henry with the motive to clear that very land, used dynamite to pull out the tree. The bullet was dislodged with great force, hit Ziegland, and killed him.
3. Musical Neighbors
If not for the 200-year gap, Jimi Hendrix and George Handel would have been neighbors. Their residence address was 23 and 25 Brook Street, respectively, in London.
4. Mr. Bryson Checks in Twice.
A Mr. George D. Bryson checked into the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, only to discover that the occupant before him was also a Mr. George D. Bryson.
5. The Hoover Dam’s First and Last Victims
The first labourer to die in the course of the dam’s construction was J.G. Tierny on December 20, 1922. The last person to die there was J.G. Tierny’s son, who passed away on December 20, 1935.
6. He Wasn’t Kidding.
On June 20, 1940, Soviet archaeologists dug out the tomb of Tamerlane, a scion of Genghis Khan. A warning inscription read “Whoever opens my tomb will unleash an invader more terrible than I.” They opened it anyway. Within two days Germany attacked the Soviet Union.
7. The License Plate That Signaled More Than Anyone Thought
The license plate number of the car in which Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated was A III118. The WWI officially ended on Armistice Day, 11/11/18
8. A Giant Mess of Disguised Ships.
At the time of WWI, the British army converted a passenger ship, the RMS Carmania, into a battleship disguised as another passenger ship, the German SMS Trafalgar. Confused yet? It gets better. The camouflaged ship sank a German ship off Brazil in 1914. That ship was the real Trafalgar, which the Germans had camouflaged to resemble the British Carmania.
9. Don’t Bring Her On A Cruise.
Violet Jessup was like a walking bad omen. She was on the HMS Olympic when it hit the HMS Hawke, she was on the HMHS Britannic when it hit a mine, and yes she was on the RMS Titanic, too. Jessup was in fact a stewardess and nurse, so being on ships was her job. She’d be afterwards known as “Miss Unsinkable.” All three ill-fated ships were also “sister” ships.
10. We Assume They Tip Either Time.
In 1975, in Bermuda a taxi hit a man, killing him. A man witnessed it. After a year, the same taxi driver was driving the same passenger when the taxi struck and killed the original victim’s brother.
11. You Guys Really Need To Keep The Baby Away From The Window
Someone on this street of course had it in for this baby, since during the 1930s, a man called Joseph Figlock was taken aback by a falling baby landing on his shoulders. Next year, same day the same baby fell on him again at the same spot. Neither Figlock nor the baby were hurt, but we hope someone got this family a screen.
12. Mark Twain’s Comet-Framed Life.
Halley’s Comet passes Earth around once every 76 years, so it’s really unlikely that someone’s life could be measured by it. Mark Twain however is an exception; he was born during its 1835 pass, and died the day of its appearance in 1910. He even predicted it in 1909.
13. We Wonder What Their Insurance Was Like.
In 1895 the number of cars in state of Ohio were just two. They ran into each other. Then there were zero cars on road.
14. More Twin Mortality
On May 22, 1975, both of the twins John and Arthur Mowforth had heart attacks. Living 120 km apart, they were treated in separate hospitals and were unaware of the other’s condition. Both died shortly after.
15. History Repeats Itself
Hitler was born 129 years after Napoleon. Furthermore, Hitler came to power 129 years after Napoleon, attacked Russia 129 years after Napoleon, and lost the battle 129 years after Napoleon.
16. The Case For Taking Your Own Advice
49-year-old South African astronomer Danie du Toit was lecturing about how death could come at any time. After finishing his lecture, he popped a mint into his mouth with a little too much vigor, and choked to death.
17. Maybe There’s Something In The Water
Stalin, Hitler, and Franz Josef, who collectively caused around 80 million deaths, all lived in Vienna at the same time.
18. Even More Weird Twins
Man, twins are weird! These twins separated at birth, grew up unaware of the other’s existence. After adoptions both were named James, both grew up to be police officers and married women named Linda. They each had a son, named James Alan and James Allan, respectively. They as well had a dog named Toy. They both got divorced, however afterwards each remarried women named Betty.
19. The Eternal Neighbors
The first British soldier killed in WWII is laid to rest only a few meters from the last British soldier killed in WWII. This was not deliberate.
20. The Name That Began And Ended Rome
Romulus the man who founded Rome, was said to have been raised by a wolf along with his brother, Remus. Incidentally, the last emperor of Rome was named Romulus Augustus.
21. An Honest Mistake
While the landscape scenes for video game Deus Ex were being designed, one of the artists omitted a key landmark of the New York City Skyline: the Twin Towers. To cover the flub, the game concocted something about a terrorist attack. This game was made in 2000.
22. Jack Frost and Other Stories
American writer Anne Parrish chanced upon a book of fairy tales, Jack Frost and Other Stories, and went on to tell her husband about how much she’d loved the book as a child. When she opened it, she discovered this written on the inside cover: “Anne Parrish, 209 N Weber Street, Colorado”.
23. The Three Men Who We Hope Became Friends or At Least Formed A Band
According to a legend in the 1920s, three Englishmen met on a train somewhere in Peru. The first one was named Bingham, the second Powell, and the third Bingham-Powell.
24. Not Quite Twins, But Twin Deaths
King Umberto I of Italy had a queer dining experience when he discovered that he and the owner of a restaurant at which he was eating were born on the same day in the same town and had both married a woman named Margherita. On July 29, 1900, the restaurant owner was shot and killed in the street. Later that day, the king was also assassinated.
25. The Book That Came True
Edgar Allen Poe’s lone novel,The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, tells of a doomed Antarctic voyage. In one scene, four marooned survivors, adrift on a raft, decide to eat the cabin boy, Richard Parker, to survive. In 1884, a ship named Mignonette sank, leaving four survivors. They also made a decision to cannibalize the cabin boy to survive. The cabin boy’s name? Richard Parker.