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20 Most Amazing Coincidences
Oddweek ^ | 5-2-2007 | unknown

Posted on 05/03/2007 7:25:56 AM PDT by Renfield

James Dean's car curse

In September 1955, James Dean was killed in a horrific car accident whilst he was driving his Porsche sports car. After the crash the car was seen as very unlucky.

a) When the car was towed away from accident scene and taken to a garage, the engine slipped out and fell onto a mechanic, shattering both of his legs.

b) Eventually the engine was bought by a doctor, who put it into his racing car and was killed shortly afterwards, during a race. Another racing driver, in the same race, was killed in his car, which had James Dean's driveshaft fitted to it.

c) When James Dean's Porsche was later repaired, the garage it was in was destroyed by fire.

d) Later the car was displayed in Sacramento, but it fell off it's mount and broke a teenagers hip.

e) In Oregon, the trailer that the car was mounted on slipped from it's towbar and smashed through the front of a shop.

f) Finally, in 1959, the car mysteriously broke into 11 pieces while it was sitting on steel supports.

A falling baby, saved twice by the same man

In Detroit sometime in the 1930s, a young (if incredibly careless) mother must have been eternally grateful to a man named Joseph Figlock. As Figlock was walking down the street, the mother's baby fell from a high window onto Figlock. The baby's fall was broken and both man and baby were unharmed. A stroke of luck on its own, but a year later, the very same baby fell from the very same window onto poor, unsuspecting Joseph Figlock as he was again passing beneath. And again, they both survived the event. (Source: Mysteries of the Unexplained)

A bullet that reached its destiny years later

Henry Ziegland thought he had dodged fate. In 1883, he broke off a relationship with his girlfriend who, out of distress, committed suicide. The girl's brother was so enraged that he hunted down Ziegland and shot him. The brother, believing he had killed Ziegland, then turned his gun on himself and took his own life. But Ziegland had not been killed. The bullet, in fact, had only grazed his face and then lodged in a tree. Ziegland surely thought himself a lucky man. Some years later, however, Ziegland decided to cut down the large tree, which still had the bullet in it. The task seemed so formidable that he decided to blow it up with a few sticks of dynamite. The explosion propelled the bullet into Ziegland's head, killing him. (Source: Ripley's Believe It or Not!)

Twin Boys, twin lives

The stories of identical twins' nearly identical lives are often astonishing, but perhaps none more so than those of identical twins born in Ohio. The twin boys were separated at birth, being adopted by different families. Unknown to each other, both families named the boys James. And here the coincidences just begin. Both James grew up not even knowing of the other, yet both sought law-enforcement training, both had abilities in mechanical drawing and carpentry, and each had married women named Linda. They both had sons whom one named James Alan and the other named James Allan. The twin brothers also divorced their wives and married other women - both named Betty. And they both owned dogs which they named Toy. Forty years after their childhood separation, the two men were reunited to share their amazingly similar lives. (Source: Reader's Digest, January 1980)

Just like Edgar Allan Poe's book

In the 19th century, the famous horror writer, Egdar Allan Poe, wrote a book called 'The narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym'. It was about four survivors of a shipwreck who were in an open boat for many days before they decided to kill and eat the cabin boy whose name was Richard Parker. Some years later, in 1884, the yawl, Mignonette, foundered, with only four survivors, who were in an open boat for many days. Eventully the three senior members of the crew, killed and ate the cabin boy. The name of the cabin boy was Richard Parker.

Twin brothers, killed on the same road, two hours apart

On 2002, Seventy-year-old twin brothers have died within hours of one another after separate accidents on the same road in northern Finland. The first of the twins died when he was hit by a lorry while riding his bike in Raahe, 600 kilometres north of the capital, Helsinki. He died just 1.5km from the spot where his brother was killed. "This is simply a historic coincidence. Although the road is a busy one, accidents don't occur every day," police officer Marja-Leena Huhtala told Reuters. "It made my hair stand on end when I heard the two were brothers, and identical twins at that. It came to mind that perhaps someone from upstairs had a say in this," she said. (Source: BBC News)

Three suicide attempts, all stopped by the same Monk

Joseph Aigner was a fairlly well-known portrait painter in 19th century Austria who, apparently, was quite an unhappy fellow: he several times attempted suicide. His first attempt was at the young age of 18 when he tried to hang himself, but was interrupted by the mysterious appearance of a Capuchin monk. At age 22 he again tried to hang himself, but was again saved from the act by the very same monk. Eight years later, his death was ordained by others who sentenced him to the gallows for his political activities. Once again, his life was saved by the intervention of the same monk. At age 68, Aiger finally succeeded in suicide, a pistol doing the trick. His funeral ceremony was conducted by the same Capuchin monk - a man whose name Aiger never even knew. (Source: Ripley's Giant Book of Believe It or Not!)

Poker winnings, to the unsuspected son

In 1858, Robert Fallon was shot dead, an act of vengeance by those with whom he was playing poker. Fallon, they claimed, had won the $600 pot through cheating. With Fallon's seat empty and none of the other players willing to take the now-unlucky $600, they found a new player to take Fallon's place and staked him with the dead man's $600. By the time the police had arrived to investigate the killing, the new player had turned the $600 into $2,200 in winnings. The police demanded the original $600 to pass on to Fallon's next of kin - only to discover that the new player turned out to be Fallon's son, who had not seen his father in seven years! (Source: Ripley's Giant Book of Believe It or Not!)

A novel that unsuspectedly described the spy next door

When Norman Mailer began his novel Barbary Shore, there was no plan to have a Russian spy as a character. As he worked on it, he introduced a Russian spy in the U.S. as a minor character. As the work progressed, the spy became the dominant character in the novel. After the novel was completed, the U.S. Immigration Service arrested a man who lived just one floor above Mailer in the same apartment building. He was Colonel Rudolf Abel, alleged to be the top Russian spy working in the U.S. at that time. (Source: Science Digest)

Mark Twain and Halley's Comet

Mark Twain was born on the day of the appearance of Halley's Comet in 1835, and died on the day of its next appearance in 1910. He himself predicted this in 1909, when he said: "I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it."

Three strangers on a Train, with complementary last names

In the 1920s, three Englishman were traveling separately by train through Peru. At the time of their introduction, they were the only three men in the railroad car. Their introductions were more surprising than they could have imagined. One man's last name was Bingham, and the second man's last name was Powell. The third man announced that his last name was Bingham-Powell. None were related in any way. (Source: Mysteries of the Unexplained)

Two brothers killed by the same taxi driver, one year apart

In 1975, while riding a moped in Bermuda, a man was accidentally struck and killed by a taxi. One year later, this man's bother was killed in the very same way. In fact, he was riding the very same moped. And to stretch the odds even further, he was struck by the very same taxi driven by the same driver - and even carrying the very same passenger! (Source: Phenomena: A Book of Wonders, John Michell and Robert J. M. Rickard)

Swapped Hotel Findings

In 1953, television reporter Irv Kupcinet was in London to cover the coronation of Ellizabeth II. In one of the drawers in his room at the Savoy he found found some items that, by their identification, belonged to a man named Harry Hannin. Coincidentally, Harry Hannin - a basketball star with the famed Harlem Globetrotters - was a good friend of Kupcinet's. But the story has yet another twist. Just two days later, and before he could tell Hannin of his lucky discovery, Kupcinet received a letter from Hannin. In the letter, Hannin told Kucinet that while staying at the Hotel Meurice in Paris, he found in a drawer a tie - with Kupcinet's name on it! (Source: Mysteries of the Unexplained)


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A diversion from the usual political fare.....
1 posted on 05/03/2007 7:26:09 AM PDT by Renfield
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To: Renfield
Explain this...

Why do we drive on parkways and park and driveways...!!!!!

2 posted on 05/03/2007 7:29:01 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Renfield

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the same day, July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.


3 posted on 05/03/2007 7:32:06 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (My favorite coincidence.)
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To: Renfield

Christine?


4 posted on 05/03/2007 7:35:08 AM PDT by null and void (The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.)
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To: Renfield

Interesting, and http://www.snopes.com/autos/cursed/spyder.asp neither refutes nor confirms the James Dean car legend.


5 posted on 05/03/2007 7:35:38 AM PDT by knittnmom (...surrounded by reality!)
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To: Renfield

vey interesting... thanks for the post.


6 posted on 05/03/2007 7:39:49 AM PDT by bedolido (I can forgive you for killing my sons, but I cannot forgive you for forcing me to kill your sons)
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To: Renfield

And I thought this was going to be about those missing legal files that just “appeared” in the First Lady’s WH closet during the Clinton years.


7 posted on 05/03/2007 7:40:19 AM PDT by Fudd
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To: Renfield

In 1992 enough Americans were duped into electing Bill Clinton as their President.

After 4 years of getting a thorough education about the man, they RE-elected him!

And 8 years later, Americans are actually considering electing the mans’ evil wife as president.

Amazing stuff here....


8 posted on 05/03/2007 7:40:45 AM PDT by KingRonnie9
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To: Renfield
A diversion from the usual political fare.....

Thus, moved to Chat.

9 posted on 05/03/2007 7:41:37 AM PDT by Sidebar Moderator
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To: Renfield

A fresh breath....ahhhhhh!


10 posted on 05/03/2007 7:44:37 AM PDT by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: Renfield

Rudy’s Fault.


11 posted on 05/03/2007 7:52:10 AM PDT by agent_delta
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To: Renfield
In Oregon, the trailer that the car was mounted on slipped from it's towbar

It would be a safe bet that the folks at Oddweek didn't spend much time studying grammar in elementary school.

12 posted on 05/03/2007 7:53:31 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: KingRonnie9

Who woulda ever thought Hillary would win? I predicted it years ago.


13 posted on 05/03/2007 7:55:10 AM PDT by cajunangel
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To: stylecouncilor

ping


14 posted on 05/03/2007 7:59:55 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: Renfield

This wouldn’t happen if El Presidente Jorge would just secure the borders!


15 posted on 05/03/2007 8:15:06 AM PDT by BJClinton (in possession of a large burrito and drugs)
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To: Renfield

Cool


16 posted on 05/03/2007 8:47:25 AM PDT by the lastbestlady (I now believe that we have two lives; the life we learn with and the life we live with after that.)
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To: Sidebar Moderator
A diversion from the usual political fare.....
Thus, moved to Chat.

Shortly after discovering FR in 1999, through a dear friend now departed, the forum changed totally and I gave up trying to understand the system.
After many years of visiting FR, I still don't understand it, but life is too short, and it ain't broke, so why fix it?

But I've got to ask. I make no conscious effort to visit "chat", whatever that is, and yet I am reading this thread; as well as many others that I know have nothing to do with "chat". How does that work?
I am able to read muslim threads, political threads, international threads, Iraq threads, humor threads, the FR Canteen, pretty much everything except (Thank God!) evolution-credo threads.

Is there a magic hidden page somewhere that explains all these secret Freeper idiosyncrasies?

17 posted on 05/03/2007 8:52:42 AM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: Renfield

I love this sort of stuff.


18 posted on 05/03/2007 8:55:00 AM PDT by Xenalyte ("A cat can give birth to kittens in the oven. That don't make 'em biscuits." - Quanell X)
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To: Publius6961

When you go to your “main” FR page, the one where you can see what live posts are around, near the top right is a little area headed Browse by Forum.

In your list under that heading, you’ll probably see General/Chat (along with lots of other stuff). That means all G/C threads show up in your “main” page.

If you want to add or remove forums, click on More at the very top right, then “My Subscriptions.” You can check or uncheck which channels you want to show up in that little list, and in which order.


19 posted on 05/03/2007 8:58:55 AM PDT by Xenalyte ("A cat can give birth to kittens in the oven. That don't make 'em biscuits." - Quanell X)
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To: Xenalyte

“I love this sort of stuff...”

Well, then, check out this page, also from Oddweek:

http://www.oddweek.com/item_64209.aspx

REALLY interesting stuff here!


20 posted on 05/03/2007 9:43:52 AM PDT by Renfield
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To: al baby; Allegra; Auntbee; BJClinton; Dashing Dasher; dfwddr; exile; feinswinesuksass; ...

Tard ping


21 posted on 05/03/2007 10:13:59 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Renfield
The greatest set of "coincidences" involving one Man in the history of the world
22 posted on 05/03/2007 10:17:36 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ("A [Free] Republic, if you can keep it.")
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To: Renfield

bttt


23 posted on 05/08/2007 5:38:15 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!)
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