Collection of Coincidences

List of Improbable Bizarre Coincidences


Literary Coincidences are a mysterious class of coincidence somewhat related to synchronicity and possibly more relative to premonition and clairvoyance. There are multiple instances, and probably many more undocumented in which authors produce works of fiction, which later turn out to unwittingly reflect a future reality. Are they just "Coincidences" ?

Titanic 1912: The original news reporting of the sinking of the Titanic Paperback – March 28, 2012

The Titanic

Morgan Robertson In 1898 wrote Futility, It described the maiden voyage of a transatlantic luxury liner named the Titan.

Although it was touted as being unsinkable, it strikes an iceberg and sinks with much loss of life.

"In the Book The Month of the Wreck was April, same as in the real event.

In the Book There were 3,000 passengers---- In reality 2,207

In the Book There were 24 Lifeboats ---- In reality 20

Months after the Titanic sank, a tramp steamer was traveling through the foggy Atlantic with only a young boy on watch. It came into his head that it had been thereabouts that the Titanic had sunk, and he was suddenly terrified by the thought of the name of his ship - the Titanian.

Panic-stricken, he sounded the warning. The ship stopped, just in time: a huge iceberg loomed out of the fog directly in their path. The Titanian was saved.

There are dozens of even more bizarre coincidences, premonitions, strange parallels and more associated with the Titanic disaster. See - Titanic Coincidences

Morgan Robertson, the same author who wrote the novel premonition of the Titanics sinking also wrote a book, Beyond the Spectrum, that described a future war fought with aircraft that carried "sun bombs".

The World Set Free is a novel published in 1914 by H. G. Wells. It is noteworthy for its depiction of what he referred to as "atomic bombs". Physicist Leo Szilard read the book in 1932, conceived of the idea of nuclear chain reaction in 1933, and filed for patents on it in 1934.


Jules Verne Writing Paris in the Twentieth Century, long before the Eiffel Tower was even thought of, describes 20th Century Paris as having a skyline dominated by a large metallic tower.





Technology and business dominate Parisian life, and women are “Americanized” as is the language, which is filled with adapted American words. The horses that jammed Parisian streets are gone, replaced by metal vehicles. Average people sit in offices and work at computing machines, and send paperwork to one another by facsimile machines. He even uses the word "facsimile".

Jules Vernes 1865 novel From the Earth to the Moon takes it to the next level when he predicts a manned flight to the Moon by the USA from Florida with a splashdown in the Pacific.

He predicted in incredible detail the Apollo 11 mission a Century before it happened. Read More at Jules Verne Coincidences


Edgar Allen Poe published a book in 1883, The Arthur Gordon Pym of Naugatuck, at one point in this novel 4 men are adrift in a boat.

To survive, they kill and eat the cabin boy Richard Parker

40 years later four men are adrift in a boat and they kill and eat the cabin boy Richard Parker to survive.

"There are few persons, even among the calmest thinkers, who have not occasionally been startled into a vague yet thrilling half-credence in the supernatural, by coincidences of so seemingly marvelous a character that, as mere coincidences, the intellect has been unable to receive them."-- Poe


Playwright Arthur Law In 1885 wrote a play about shipwreck sole-survivor "Robert Golding" from a ship named the Caroline. A few days after the Plays first showing a ship named the Caroline sank, the sole survivor - Robert Golding.


The Synchronicity Key: The Hidden Intelligence Guiding the Universe and You Paperback – July 29, 2014

Jonathan Swift in Gulliver's Travels [1726], makes reference to two moons of Mars.

The number of moons is correct.The moons were not discovered until 1877.

He places them in close proximity to the planet, which they are.

The moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, were discovered in 1877 by Asaph Hall, Sr. This was 151 years after Swift wrote Gulliver’s Travels. Read More - Jonathan Swift Coincidences


Shakespeare in the Bible ?

Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 and died on April 23, 1616. Most of Shakespeare is known to us through the first folio published in 1623. 23+23=46.

Shakespeare was 46 years old in the year 1610 (1+6+1+0=8, 8=2³), the year the King James Bible was published. Psalm 46 in that translation has as its 46th word "shake" while the 46th word from the end is "spear."

Shakespeare and Cervantes {Considered his equal if not literary superior during their lives} both died on April 23rd {St. Georges Day - A Holiday in UK}

The Shakespeare coincidence may quite possibly be explained by one of English Histories most profound unexplained mysteries. Many theories have been put forth arguing that someone other than William Shakespeare wrote the plays and poems published under his name. And one favored candidate as the Ghost writer is Francis Bacon. The printing of the King James Bible , sponsored by King James I of England also involved Bacon. Bacon, like other queer geniuses before him, most notably DaVinci ,was a perverted genius and is known to have been involved in producing the King James version of the Bible. It is quite possible that the coincidence of Psalm 46 is an engineered coincidence.

"The 1611 King James Bible is ornamented with Bacon's symbols and in my own special copy of the record edition, also dated 1611, these symbols are Rosicrucianly marked to call the attention of the initiated to them and to tell them that the 1611 Bible is without possibility of doubt, one of Bacon's books.....When Bacon was born, English as a literary language did not exist, but once he died he had succeeded in making the English language the noblest vehicle of thought ever possessed by mankind. This he accomplished merely by his Bible and his Shakespeare." --Edwin D. Lawrence author of Bacon is ShakespeareSearch Results for Bacon is Shakespeare and The Shakespeare Myth from a lecture October 9, 1912. Read more at Shakespeare Coincidences


Early in 1938, playwright A. J. Talbot published a one-act comedy, 'Chez Boguskovksy, in which a man named Boguskovksy steals a painting from the Louvre in Paris. On August 15, 1939, a painting was stolen from the Louvre. The name of the thief: Boguskovksy.


Irwin Allen- Producer

In 1972 Poseidon Adventure Produced - later that Year 'Queen Elizabeth' capsized.

1974 The Towering Inferno - later that year several skyscrapers in Brazil caught fire killing hundreds.

1980 Film about a volcanic eruption, shortly thereafter Mount St. Helens in Washington erupted.


The Patricia Hearst Case

In his 1972 novel, James Rusk published a pornographic work titled Black abductor, the story was incredibly similar in intricate detail to the abduction of heiress Patricia Hearst in 1974.

In the novel the victim is named Patricia.

In reality the victim is named Patricia.

In the novel, the victim is the daughter of a prominent, wealthy, politically conservative figure.

In reality, the victim is the daughter of a prominent, wealthy, politically conservative figure.

In the novel, Patricia is a college student living on Campus.

In reality, Patricia is a college student living on Campus.

In the novel, the kidnapping occurs at night, not far from the campus.

In reality, the kidnapping occurs at night, not far from the campus.

In the novel, Patricia is dragged away half-naked, screaming.

In reality, Patricia is dragged away half-naked, screaming.

In the novel, she is with her boyfriend when abducted.

In reality, she is with her boyfriend when abducted.

In the novel, the boyfriend is a suspect, but later cleared.

In reality, the boyfriend is a suspect, but later cleared.

In the novel, The abductors are multiracial, ideologists, of both sexes led by a Black Man.

In reality, The abductors are multiracial, ideologists, of both sexes led by a Black Man

An investigation was conducted by the FBI , and Rusk was interrogated to determine if he was involved in the Kidnapping. The Author was vindicated- just a coincidence?


In a 1973 novel, Arthur C. Clarke wrote: "At 0940 GMT on the morning of September 11 in the exceptionally beautiful summer of the year 2077, most of the inhabitants of Europe saw a dazzling fireball.... Somewhere above Austria it began to disintegrate.... The cities of Padua and Verona were wiped from the face of the earth, and the last glories of Venice sank forever..."


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.


Bishop Fulton J. Sheen of New York gave a dramatic reading of the burial scene from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, with the names of prominent Soviet leaders — Stalin, Beria, Malenkov, and Vishinsky — substituted for those of Caesar, Cassius, Marc Antony, and Brutus. The Bishop said, "Stalin must one day meet his judgment." Stalin was dead within the week. The official cause was listed as a stroke, but the probable cause was murder. Read More at - Stalin's Assassination Foretold


While American novelist Anne Parrish was browsing bookstores in Paris in the 1920s, she came upon a book that was one of her childhood favorites - Jack Frost and Other Stories. She picked up the old book and showed it to her husband, telling him of the book she fondly remembered as a child. 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 book. (While Rome Burns, Alexander Wollcott)


September 11 - World Trade Center Attacks

Also See - 9-11 Coincidences

During the production of a video game "Deus Ex" released in 2000, the NY Skyline was lacking the Twin Towers. When questioned about the seeming error the developers added an in game explanation the the buildings had been brought down by a terrorist attack. This was all long before the 911 attacks.


Episode Johny Bravo which appears to have anticipated 9-11Episode of the Simpson which appears to have anticipated 9-11Album Cover anticipated 911

4 Months before the attack, Johnny Bravo cartoon published a warning - just a coincidence ?

A Simpson episode a few years before the attack "coincidentally" posted a forewarning for those who had ears to hear.

The Album Cover from a Hip Hop Group "Coup" was released in 2001 - several months before the Towers were attacked. It's cover depicts an explosion at the World Trade Center - people shown the cover after the 911 attacks can not tell the difference between the cover itself and the actual footage from 911.



In 1979, the German magazine - Das Besteran - ran a writing competition. Readers sent in unusual stories, but they had to be based on true incidents.

The winner, Walter Kellner of Munich, had his story published . He wrote about a time when he was flying a Cessna 421 between Sardinia and Sicily. 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 turned out to be true, even though they were nearly identical. Moral of the story is - if your name is Walter Kellner - don't fly a Cessna near Sardinia ?


As the inhabitants of Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire, were watching a scene in the film Around the World in 80 Days, where a hot air balloon was about to take off, their TV sets went off due to a power cut. Nearby, power lines had been damaged. A hot air balloon had crashed into them.


Joseph Aigner was a fairly 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. (Ripley's Giant Book of Believe It or Not)


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! (Ripley's Believe It or Not)


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. (Mysteries of the Unexplained)


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! (Mysteries of the Unexplained)


Paging Mr. Bryson - While on a business trip sometime in the late 1950s, Mr. George D. Bryson stopped and registered at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. After signing the register and being given his key to room 307, he stopped by the mail desk to see if any letters had arrived for him. Indeed there was a letter, the mail girl told him, and handed him an envelope addressed to Mr. George D. Bryson, room 307. This wouldn't be so odd accept the letter was not for him, but for room 307's just-previous occupant - another man named George D. Bryson. (Incredible Coincidence: The Baffling World of Synchronicity)


On December 5, 1664, a ship sank in the Menai Straight with 81 passengers. The only survivor was a man named Hugh Williams.

On December 5, 1785, a ship sank in the Menai Straight with 60 passengers. The only survivor was a man named Hugh Williams.

On December 5, 1860, a ship sank in the Menai Straight with 25 passengers. The only survivor was a man named Hugh Williams.

Hugh Williams is a very popular name in Wales, where the Mensai Straight is located, with that kind of Luck I'd like to be named Hugh Williams also!


On July 28th 1900, the King of Italy Umberto I was having dinner in a restaurant in the city of Monza. It turned out later that the restaurant's owner looked identical to the king. The restaurant owner's name was Umberto, his wife's name was the same as the queen's and the restaurant was opened on the same date as the king's inauguration. The Restaurant-owner Umberto was shot dead the next day. So was King Umberto.


Male to Female Birth Ratio

"The ratio of male births to female births is declining. Whereas the ratio used to be 105 boys to every 100 girls, there has been a measurable decline over the last 20 years (a loss of 2.2 male births for every 100 live births from 1970 to 1990).

The experts are looking for an explanation for why this ratio, which used to be extremely stable, has changed. They cite older age of parents, environmental pollution, fertility drugs .... But maybe the explanation is more subtle and yet more profound. ...In nature, the ecosystem maintains a remarkable stability. It is well documented that when certain species become overpopulated the size of their litters decline, and when their population is sparse, the size of their litters increases.

This change can be quite remarkable, two to three times the number of live births in one cycle -- whatever is needed to maintain the species. For the human race, the ratio of 105 male births to every 100 female births was remarkable. Given the higher mortality rate among males...However, things have changed. Survival in general has improved, especially at younger ages. The difference between the mortality rates among males and females, which until 1970 had always favored females, has actually narrowed. Thus, were the natural world to continue to produce 105 boys for every 100 girls, we would have an oversupply of males in the reproductive ages, rather than an equilibrium. What was needed to compensate was a decrease in the ratio of male to female live births. And guess what? That's exactly what has happened!

Coincidence? I do not know. However, I do know that not everything in demography has an easy actuarial explanation, which is what makes the discipline so fascinating." ... Coincidence? I think not


Aug. 31, 2001 -- If you think you're seeing evidence of more twins -- usually double strollers rolling down the sidewalk -- it's not a coincidence, or an illusion. The most recent government statistics prove that the incidence of twins has almost doubled in the past two decades.Full Article

Russian city of twins continues to puzzle scientists



Twins

March, 2002 -Finnish twin brothers, aged 71, were killed in identical bicycle accidents along the same road two hours apart, police said. "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.


John and Arthur Mowforth were twins who lived about 80 miles apart in Great Britain. On the evening of May 22, 1975, both fell severely ill from chest pains. The families of both men 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 arrival. Chronogenetics - the inheritance of biological time


Twin boys from Ohio 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. (Reader's Digest, January 1980)


Mark Twain was born in 1835 on the day Halley’s comet appeared. He died in 1910, the day the comet reappeared.

Comet Hale Bopp passed through the constellation Perseus, named for the Greek hero who slew Medusa and carries her disembodied head at his side. The comet will pass Algol, the star known as the eye of Medusa, on April 11th. This in itself is no big event except for the fact that Comet Hyakutake also passed through the head of Medusa at Algol on the 11th of Aprilthe previous year. Of course, it was inevitable the paths of these two comets would cross but why in Medusa's head almost right between her eyes. and why exactly on the same day, April 11th, one year apart? On Hale-Bopp, Hyakutake and Medusa

Hernán Cortés' arrival in Mexico in 1519 coincided precisely with the year the Mayan Calendar predicted that the pale-faced Jesus-like Quetzalcoatl would return to reclaim the city of Tenochtitlán.

Opera singer Marie Collier was happily discussing her plans with her manager when she opened a window and unaccountably fell, being killed instantly. The last part she had played on stage was that of Tosca, who leaps to her death.


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