15 Amazing Coincidences ( Part 2) | Amazing Facts 4U
- The flags of Haiti and Lichtenstein were identical and amazingly both nations were unaware. It was discovered only when they competed against each other in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
- On 2002, Seventy-year-old twin brothers amazingly died within two hours of one another after separate accidents on the same road in northern Finland in Raahe, 600 kilometres north of the capital, Helsinki. Distance between accident sites was 1.5 km.
- During the Cold War, Russian spies used hollow coins to pass messages to each other in America. One spy accidentally used his hollow coin as actual currency and it ended up in the general population. The coin was in possession of a paperboy, who discovered the message in the hollowed out container when he dropped it splitting it open. Message inside was written in Russian code with a 10 columns of numbers. The government spent four years trying to decode without luck. Eventually, a Russian spy 1957, a Soviet agent, Hayhanen defected to America, and in the process of handing over Russian secrets, the spy was asked about the coded message in the hollow coin. The man translated the message, and it turned out to be a “Welcome to America, here’s the way our operations work” message from Russia, meant amazingly for the very spy who decoded the message.
- Scientific theory that correctly predicted the existence of asteroids has been discarded. It was just an amazing coincidence that the prediction turned out to be correct.
- In Texas, USA, in 1899, Canadian actor Charles Francis Coghlan became ill and died whilst he was in Galveston. Because it was too far to return his remains to his home on Prince Edward Island, 3500 miles away, he was instead buried in a lead coffin inside a granite vault. A year after his death, in September 1900, a hurricane hit Galveston, flooding the graveyard, shattering Charles Coghlan’s granite vault and carrying away his lead coffin out into the Gulf of Mexico. In October 1908, eight years after the hurricane, fishermen on Prince Edward Island spotted a weathered box floating near the shore. Amazingly it was the coffin of Charles Coghlan, which had finally returned home. He was buried in the nearby church where he had been christened as a baby.
- Mark Twain was born on the day of the appearance of Halley’s Comet in 1835, and amazingly died on the day of its next appearance in 1910.
- In 1979, the German magazine , Das Besteran ran a writing competition based on true incidents. The winner, Walter Kellner of Munich, wrote about a time when he was flying a Cessna 421 between Sardinia and Sicily when he encountered engine trouble at sea, landed in the water, spent some time in an emergency dinghy and was then rescued. This story was spotted by an Austrian, also named Walter Kellner who said that the German Kellner had plagiarized the story. The Austrian Kellner said that he had flown a Cessna 421 over the same sea, experienced engine trouble and was forced to land in Sardinia. It was essentially the same story, with a slightly different ending. The magazine checked both stories, and both amazingly turned out to be true.
- In 1930’s when a man named Joseph Figlock was walking down the street in Detroit, the mother’s baby fell from a high window onto Figlock. Both baby and Figlock were unharmed. A year later, the same baby fell from the same window, again amazingly falling onto Mr. Figlock as he was passing beneath. Once again, both of them survived.
- American novelist Anne Parrish found an old book that was one of her childhood favorites ‘ Jack Frost and Other Stories’ in a Paris bookstore in the 1920s. She showed it to her husband who opened it and on the flyleaf found the inscription: “Anne Parrish, 209 N. Weber Street, Colorado Springs.”Amazingly it was Anne’s very own book.
- 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 riding the same moped. Most amazing thing was that , he was struck by the very same taxi driven by the same driver and even carrying the same passenger!
- On December 5, 1664, a ship in the Menai Strait, off North Wales, sank with 81 passengers on board. The sole survivor was a man named Hugh Williams. On the same date in 1785, a ship sank with 60 passengers on board. There was one survivor , Hugh Williams. Amazingly on the very same date in 1860, a ship sank with 25 passengers on board. Only survivor was a man named Hugh Williams.
- Barbara Forrest and Mary Ashford, were both victims of a similar crime committed in the tiny village of Erdington, some five miles outside of Birmingham in England. Both twenty-year olds happened to share the same birthday ,had been raped and strangled, their bodies were found 300 yards apart and both had been found on the same day May 27th but 157 years apart (1817 and 1974)! Amazingly the man accused in both these crimes was named Thornton, and that both Thornton’s were eventually acquitted for the crime.
- In Beatrice, Nebraska, on March 1, 1950, all church choir members scheduled to appear for group practice arrived late. Each member’s various reasons for being tardy were unrelated. But it was a lucky escape. Amazingly at appointed time , the church was destroyed by a gas explosion.
- A woman in Gwent who had spent years trying to track down her long lost brother amazingly discovered that he lived across the road from her house. Rose Davies had been raised by foster parents and only later been told that she had three brothers. Sid and John had been relatively easy to find but there was no trace of Chris. Little did she know that she had already befriended him and his family for three months.
- In 1805, French writer Émile Deschamps was treated to some plum pudding by the stranger Monsieur de Fortgibu. In 1815 he encountered plum pudding on the menu of a Paris restaurant, and wanted to order some, but the waiter told him the last dish had already been served to another customer, who turned out to be de Fortgibu. Many years later in 1832 Émile Deschamps was at a diner, and was once again offered plum pudding. He recalled the earlier incident and told his friends that only de Fortgibu was missing to make the setting complete and amazingly now senile de Fortgibu entered the room. Émile Deschamps ate plum pudding in his life only 3 times and each time he met the stranger Monsieur de Fortgibu.
By Amazing Facts 4U Team