Freaky Coincidences: 1900s

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    Mark Twain

    Samuel Langhome Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, was a popular American author of such books as the Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. He was born on the day that Halley’s Comet appeared in 1835, and died on the day of its next appearance in 1910. In fact, he himself predicted this a year before his death when he said: "I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1935. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it."


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    Photographic Coincidence

    A German mother who photographed her infant son in 1914 left the film to be developed at a store in Strasbourg. In those days some film plates were sold individually. World War I broke out and unable to return to Strasbourg, the woman gave up the picture for lost. Two years later she bought a film plate in Frankfurt, over 100 miles away, to take a picture of her newborn daughter. When developed the film turned out to be a double exposure, with the picture of her daughter superimposed on the earlier picture of her son. Through some incredible twist of fate, her original film, never developed, had been mislabeled as unused, and had eventually been resold to her.

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    Return To Childhood

    While in Paris, American novelist Anne Parrish was browsing bookstores when she came across one of her childhood favorites, Jack Frost and Other Stories. She picked up the old book and showed it to her husband, telling him that she fondly remembered the book. Her husband took the book, opened it, and on the flyleaf found the inscription: "Anne Parrish, 209 N. Weber Street, Colorado Springs." It was Anne’s very own childhood book!

    While Rome Burns, Alexander Wollcott[spacer size=”10″]

    Strangers On A Train

    In the 1920s, Three Englishmen, who had been traveling separately by train through Peru, found themselves en route in the same railroad car. They introduced themselves and were surprised to find that they had more in common than they first thought. One man’s last name was Bingham, the second man’s last name was Powell, and the third man announced that his last name was Bingham-Powell. Yet none were related in any way.

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    Falling Baby

    Joseph Figlock was walking down the street when a Detroit mother’s baby feel from a high window onto Figlock. The baby’s fall was broken, and both man and baby were unharmed. Certainly lucky the first time around, but a year later, the same baby feel from the same window onto the same Joseph Figlock, who had been passing under that same window at the time. And, once again, both survived the accident.

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    Norman Mailer

    When Norman Mailer started work on his novel Barbary Shore, in 1951, he had no plans on having a Russian spy as a character. However, as work continued on it, he introduced a Russian spy in the US as a minor character, who soon became the dominant character in the novel. After completion of the novel, the US Immigration Service arrested a man living one floor above Mailer in the same apartment building. His name was Colonel Rudolf Abel, allegedly a top Russian Spy working in the US at the time.

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    Switched Hotels

    In 1953, a TV reporter, Irv Kupcinet, was covering Elizabeth II’s coronation in London. In one of the drawers in his room at the Savoy Hotel, he found items that belonged to a man named Harry Hannin. Coincidentally, the famed Harlem Globetrotter Harry Hannin and Kupcinet were good friends. But here’s the twist in this story. Just two days later, and before he could tell Hannin of his discovery, Kupcinet received a letter from Hannin. The letter mentioned that, while staying at the Hotel Meurice in Paris, Hannin had found a tie in a drawer and it had Kupcinet’s name on it!

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    Locating George Bryson

    In the late 1950s, George D. Bryson, during a business trip, registered at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. After signing the register and being given the key to his room (Room 307), he asked the mail desk if any letters had arrived for him. The mail girl told him that there was, indeed, a letter and gave him an envelope addressed to Mr. George D. Bryson, Room 307. This is not remarkable in itself, but the letter was not actually his. It was for the just-previous room’s occupant – another man named George D. Bryson!

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    Double Twins

    John and Arthur Mowforth were twins, who lived in UK but were separated by about 80 miles. On the evening of May 22, 1975, both suffered from severe chest pains. Both men’s families were completely unaware of the other’s illness. Both men were rushed to separate hospitals at approximately the same time. And both died of heart attacks shortly after their arrival.

    Chronogenetics: The Inheretance of Biological Time, Luigi Gedda and Gianni Brenci[spacer size=”10″]

    Bermuda Taxi

    In 1975, while riding a moped in Bermuda, a man was accidentally struck and killed by a taxi. A year later, the man’s brother was also similarly killed. In fact, he was riding the very same moped and, against the odds, was hit by the same taxi driven by the same driver – even carrying the same passenger as before!

    Phenomena: A Book of Wonders, John Michell & Robert J. M. Rickard
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    Found Book

    In 1973, actor Anthony Hopkins agreed to appear in "The Girl From Petrovka", based on a novel by George Feifer. Unable to find a copy of the book anywhere in London, Hopkins was surprised to discover one lying on a bench in a train station. It turned out to be George Feifer’s own annotated (personal) copy, which Feifer had lent to a friend, and which had been stolen from his friend’s car.

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