The strangest coincidences

On December 5, 1664, a passenger ship sank off the coast of Wales. All but one of the crew members and passengers were killed. The lucky one was named Hugh Williams. More than a century later, on December 5, 1785, another ship was wrecked at the same place. And again the only man named ... Hugh Williams was saved ...

British officer Major Summerford, during a battle in the Flanders region in February 1918, was knocked off his horse by a flash of lightning and paralyzed from the waist down. Summerford was expelled from the army. He soon moved to Vancouver. One day in 1924 he was fishing in the river when lightning struck the tree under which he was sitting and paralyzed the entire right side of his body. Two years later, Summerford recovered enough for a walk in the park. He was walking there one day in the summer of 1930, when lightning struck him directly, paralyzing him forever. He died two years later. But the lightning found him one last time. Four years later, during a storm, lightning struck the cemetery and destroyed the tombstone. Who was buried there? Major Summerford.

The plot of Morgan Robertson's 1898 novel Futility was surprisingly similar to the fate of the sunken Titanic. The book described a fictional ocean liner named Titan, which ultimately collided with icebergs on a calm April night on its way to New York. Many of the details in the book were strangely similar to the tragedy of the Titanic.

In 1920, the American writer Anne Parrish, who was on vacation in Paris at the time, came across her favorite children's book, Jack Frost and Other Stories, in a second-hand bookstore. Anne bought the book and showed it to her husband, talking about how she loved the book as a child. The husband took the book from Ann, opened it, and found on the title page the inscription: 209H Ann Parrish, Webber Street, Colorado Springs. It was the same book that once belonged to Anne herself!

Louis XVI was predicted that he would die on the 21st. The frightened king on the 21st of every month sat locked in his bedroom, did not receive anyone, did not appoint any business. But the precautions were in vain: on June 21, 1791, Louis and his wife Marie-Antoinette were arrested. On September 21, 1792, royal power was abolished in France. And on January 21, 1793, Louis XVI was executed.

Edgar Poe wrote an eerie tale of how shipwrecked and food deprived sailors ate a cabin boy named Richard Parker. In 1884, the horror story came to life. The schooner "Lace" was wrecked, and the sailors mad with hunger ate the cabin boy, whose name was ... Richard Parker.

A resident of Texas, USA, Allan Falby had an accident and injured an artery in his leg. He probably would have died of blood loss, if not for the passing Alfred Smith, who put a bandage on the victim and called an ambulance. Five years later, Falby witnessed a car accident: the driver of the crashed car lay unconscious, with a torn artery in his leg. It was ... Alfred Smith.

In 1944, the Daily Telegraph published a crossword puzzle containing all the codenames of the secret Allied landing operation in Normandy. The words were encrypted in the crossword: “Neptune”, “Utah”, “Omaha”, “Jupiter”. Intelligence began to investigate the "information leak." But the compiler of the crossword puzzle turned out to be an old school teacher, no less puzzled by such an incredible coincidence.

In 1992, the French artist Rene Charbonneau, commissioned by the Rouen City Hall, painted the painting "Jeanne d'Arc at the stake". A young student Jeanne Lenois served as a model for him. However, the next day after the canvas was hung in the spacious exhibition hall, reagents exploded in the university laboratory. Jeanne, who was there, could not get out of the room and burned to death.

It is impossible not to appreciate the jokes of fate. It is known, for example, that in 1848 the petty bourgeois Nikifor Nikitin "for seditious speeches about the flight to the moon" was exiled not just anywhere, but to the distant settlement of Baikonur! The article was first published in 1974 in the newspaper "Dnepr Vecherniy" by V. Pimenov, a researcher at the Dnepropetrovsk Historical Museum. In fact, there were no notes about the petty bourgeois Nikitin in the Moscow Provincial Gazette, and Pimenov himself later admitted that he had invented this story.

By a strange and frightening coincidence, many ufologists died on the same day - June 24, however, in different years. So, on June 24, 1964, the author of the book "Behind the Scenes of Flying Saucers" Frank Scully died. On June 24, 1965, film actor and ufologist George Adamsky died. And on June 24, 1967, two UFO researchers, Richard Chen and Frank Edwards, left the world at once.

The famous actor James Dean died in a terrible car accident in September 1955. His sports car remained intact, but soon after the death of the actor, some kind of evil fate began to pursue the car and everyone who touched it. Judge for yourself: Soon after the accident, the car was taken away from the scene. At that moment, when the car was being brought into the garage, its engine mysteriously fell out of the body, crushing the mechanic's legs. The motor was acquired by a certain doctor who placed it in his car. He was killed shortly thereafter in a race. James Dean's car was later repaired, but the garage it was being repaired in burned down. The car was exhibited as an attraction in Sacramento, fell off the podium and shattered the thigh of a passing teenager.

Residents of the Scottish countryside watched the film "Around the World in 80 Days" in a local cinema. At the moment when the heroes sat in the basket of the balloon and chopped off the rope, a strange crack was heard. It turned out that a balloon fell on the roof of the cinema ... exactly the same as in the cinema. It happened in 1965 ...

Two cars collided on a suburban Italian highway. However, both drivers were not injured. They decided to get to know each other and ... they said the same first and last name. Both were called Giacomo Felice, which, by the way, means “happy” in translation.

Once, in the midst of a noisy friendly feast, Marcello Mastroianni sang the old song "The house where I was so happy burned down ...". Before he had time to finish singing the verse, he was informed about the fire in his mansion.

An Australian midwife named Triplet (translated as “triple”) was born on the third of March, lives on the third floor in house No. 3, was married three times, gave birth to three children and three times for her medical practice took triplets.

In 1966, four-year-old Roger Lozier nearly drowned at sea near the American city of Salem. Fortunately, he was rescued by a woman named Alice Blaze. In 1974, Roger, who was already 12, paid a favor for a service - in the same place he saved a drowning man who turned out to be ... the husband of Alice Blaze.