13 Coincidences That Will Give You the Creeps Oct 26, 2015 2:55:13 GMT -5
Post by Joanna on Oct 26, 2015 2:55:13 GMT -5
13 Coincidences That Will Give You the Creeps
Following are 13 coincidences with a side order of creepy:
1. On November 26, 1911, three men were convicted of murdering Sir Edmund Berry and were promptly hanged at Greenberry Hill in London. The men’s names were Green, Berry and Hill.
2. King Umberto I of Italy was having dinner in a restaurant in the city of Monza July 28, 1900. To his astonishment, he discovered the restaurant’s owner looked exactly like him and was also named Umberto. Furthermore, their wives had the same name and the restaurant had been opened on the same day as King Umberto’s coronation. The next day, both Umbertos were shot dead in unrelated incidents.
3. A French Baron by the name of Rodemire de Tarazone was killed by Claude Volbonne in 1872. Two decades earlier, Baron de Tarazone’s father had been killed by a different man, also named Claude Volbonne.
4. A Frenchman named Jean Marie Dubarry was executed for murdering his father February 13, 1746. One hundred years later, on the 13th of February, another man was executed for patricide. His name? Jean Marie Dubarry.
5. On September 20, 1911, RMS Olympic, the White Star Line’s lead transatlantic ocean liner collided with the British warship HMS Hawke. The Olympic sustained severe damage to its hull and almost capsized. Fortunately, no one was killed or seriously injured.
Seven months later, the sinking of the Titanic would become one of the deadliest maritime disasters of all time, claiming the lives of more than 1,500 people.
In the morning hours of November 21, 1916, the White Star Line’s largest and latest Olympic-class vessel, HSMS Britannic, was shaken by an explosion. Fifty-five minutes later, it sank into the Mediterranean Sea. Thirty people lost their lives. It is unclear whether the explosion was caused by a torpedo or an underwater mine.
What do all of these water disasters have in common? Well, besides involving three state of the art passenger ships belonging to the same shipping company? One stewardess/nurse, Violet Jessop (above), was present on all three vessels when things took a turn for the worse. She survived them all, leading some to believe she was an albatross.
6. Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, was born in 1835 shortly after the appearance of Halley’s Comet. Later in life, he predicted he would die when the comet returned. In 1910, one day after Halley’s Comet appeared at its brightest, Mark Twain died of a heart attack. Perhaps Twain considered the comet a harbinger of death. If so, he had good reason. In 1222, as the comet passed near Earth, it appeared to be moving west. At the time, Genghis Khan was preparing for his invasion. Believing this was a sign, he also marched west, killing millions in the process.
7. In 1838, Edgar Allan Poe published The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. The novel includes the tale of four men stranded at sea after their ship sank. Desperate, the men kill and ate a cabin boy named Richard Parker. Forty-six years later, a ship called Mignonette suffered a similar fate and the four survivors killed and ate the cabin boy whose real name was .... you guessed it – Richard Parker.
8. In 1883, Henry Ziegland dumped his longtime girlfriend, broke her heart and she hanged herself. The lady's brother vowed to avenge his sister's death and hunted down Ziegland. When he finally found him, he aimed for his head and shot. Ziegland fell to the ground. The brother, believing he had exerted his vengeance, turned the gun on himself. However, the bullet had only grazed Ziegland's cheek and lodged in a tree. Several years later, Ziegland attempted to cut down the particular tree and because it was large, decided to use dynamite. The dynamite caused the bullet lodged within the tree trunk to explode and, this time, it found its mark – Ziegland's skull, killing him.
9. In 2002, a 70-year-old Finnish man was hit and killed by a truck as he was crossing the highway on his bicycle. Two hours later, his identical twin was killed under the exact same circumstances, less than one mile down the road.
10. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand sparked World War I. He was shot to death in a car that bearing the license plate "A III 118." The war ended in an armistice 11-11-18 at 11 a.m.
11. During the production of Deus Ex (a video game released in 2000), the development team forgot to add the Twin Towers. An in-game explanation was provided: the buildings had been brought down by a terrorist attack.
12. In May 1959, South African astronomer Daniel du Toit had just finished giving a lecture, which he concluded by saying death could strike at anytime. He then sat down, popped a peppermint in his mouth and choked to death on the candy.
13. On November 4, 2008, US Senator Barack Obama of Illinois won the presidential election. The following day, one of the winning combinations at the Illinois Lottery was 6-6-6. It gets even creepier because this isn't the first time the Illinois Pick 3 has come up 6-6-6. The Numbers of the Beast also came up 1-16-2008, the one-year anniversary of Obama's announcing his candidacy for president; 3-22-2008, the day New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson endorsed Obama for president; 10-23-2008, the day the New York Times endorsed Obama; and 12-10-2013, the day Obama called on Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to resign.
Source: Mad Patriots.