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IN OMG! ON 03 Feb, 2015
How many times you had experienced awkward moment when you faced something astonishing or an event that has an eerie resemblance to some other, which in reality should have no connection?
If you have ever faced a situation such as this, then you know the degree of amazement that moment brings along with it! Coincidences can be enough, or they can be bad. But whichever they are, one thing is for sure, they are the most astounding form of amusement life we can face.
And, thus for pure entertainment and general knowledge purpose, we bring to you some of the most incredible historical coincidences that will leave you speechless.
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Some time before the death of Abraham Lincoln, his son Robert was taking a trip and passing through New Jersey. While waiting for a train, the young Lincoln fell onto the tracks of an approaching train. Luckily Robert was pulled to safety before anything terrible happened to him. And the name of his savior? It was Edwin Booth, the stage actor and brother of John Wilkes Booth, the man who went ahead to assassinate President Lincoln. Weird or what!
Twain had once quoted," I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it." And so he did. Mark Twain was born in 1835, on the first day that year that Halley's Comet appeared. He died in 1910, he did so on the first day of the comet's next appearance, which was that year.
In 1974, Neville Lawrence Ebbin was killed when a taxi ran into him as he rode his moped. The next year, his brother Erskine too was killed when a taxi ran into him as he rode his moped. But there's more... Both brothers were 17 when they were killed. They were killed on the same street, were riding the same moped, and were killed by the same taxi, driven by the same driver, carrying the same passenger!
Anne Hathaway's husband, Adam Shulman, holds an unearthly resemblance to William Shakespeare. Shakespeare's wife's name was Anne Hathaway!
British actor Anthony Hopkins had bagged himself a lead role in a film based on the book The Girl From Petrovka by George Feifer. After the contract was signed, Hopkins traveled to London to get himself a copy of the book. But even after trying many bookstores, he could not find one. Waiting at Leicester Square underground for his train home, he noticed a book apparently discarded on a bench. Incidentally, it was the same book he was looking for! Two years later, in the middle of filming in Vienna, Hopkins was visited by the George Feifer, the author. Feifer mentioned that he didn't have a copy of his own book. He had lent the last one containing his own annotations to a friend who had lost it somewhere in London. Astonished, Hopkins handed him the book he had found. And guess what? It was the same book!
In 1835, Richard Lawrence tried to kill the then President Andrew Jackson. Lawrence had two pistols on him for the job. He approached Jackson and fired one of the pistols at him, it didn't go off. Jackson then fought with Lawrence, trying to subdue him. That's when he took out the second gun to try again to kill the president. This one too malfunctioned and didn't go off. That's when the crowd finally stepped in and stopped Lawrence. Later when police tested the guns Lawrence had been carrying, both were determined to be perfect working order.
In 1906, J.J. Thomson won the Nobel Prize in Physics for showing that electrons are particles. In 1937, his son won the Nobel Prize for showing that electrons are waves.
The moon and the sun appear to be of the same size because of an amazing coincidence. The moon is 400 times smaller, but 400 times closer to the Earth than the sun!
In the entire state of Ohio in 1895, there were only two cars on the road, and the drivers of these two cars crashed into each other.
American writer Edgar Allan Poe, in his 1838 novel "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket", wrote about three survivors of a shipwreck who were in an open boat without food for many days eventually killed and ate the fourth survivor, the cabin boy, whose name was Richard Parker. In 1884, a yawl named Mignonette was foundered with only four survivors in an open boat. After many days, the three members of the crew killed and ate the cabin boy. The name of the cabin boy was Richard Parker. In image, Illustration for Edgar Allan Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, 1898.
Years before the Titanic tragedy took place, Morgan Robertson had written a book on a fictional ship named Titan. Now for the unending list of unbelievable coincidences. Both ships had 'Titan' in their names. Robertson described the Titan as the largest craft afloat and the greatest of the works of men, equal to that of a first-class hotel, and, of course, unsinkable. Both were British owned steel vessels, around 800 feet long, and sank after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic in April, near mid-night. And there is more! The Titan crashed 400 miles from Newfoundland at 25 knots. The Titanic crashed 400 miles from Newfoundland at 22.5 knots!
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