11.03.2016

10 Creepy Coincidences

1. Unlikely, unlucky moped brothers

A moped driver in Hamilton, Bermuda lost his life in 1974 when a taxi hit him. The next year, on the same street, another moped brother  the victim's brother  was struck down by a taxi driven by the same driver, carrying the same passenger.

2. Long odds

Back in 1895, with the automobile still in its infancy, there were only two cars in the entire state of Ohio. That was until the two cars somehow found each other in the state's 88,000 square miles and collided, meaning there were now zero cars in Ohio.

3. Poe predicts the future

Edgar Allan Poe claimed his The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, with its story of four shipwreck survivors forced to eat a cabin boy named Richard Parker, was based on true events. It wasn't. But 46 years after it was written, there was a disaster at sea in which the crew from a stricken ship decided to eat their cabin boy  Richard Parker.

4. Intertwined fates

King Umberto I of Italy bonded with a restaurant owner after discovering that both men had been born on the same day, in the same town, and married a woman with the same name. A few days later, Umberto was saddened to learn that the man had been shot dead. Later that day, Umberto himself was assassinated.

5. The beginning of WWI predicts the end.

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand touched off a firestorm that led to World War I. The car the archduke was killed in had the license plate number A111118. The armistice that ended hostilities in the war happened on November 11, 1918 - 11/11/18.

6. A very rare book

Actor Anthony Hopkins needed to research his role in the upcoming film The Girl From Petrovka, based on a novel by George Feifer. He couldn't find any copies of the novel, but ran into some incredible luck when he found a copy sitting on a bench. He opened the cover and learned that it was Feifer's annotated personal copy, which had earlier been stolen from the author.

7. Napoleon's connection to Hitler

Adolf Hitler was born 129 years after Napoleon Bonaparte. He rose to power 129 years after Napoleon's rise. He invaded Russia 129 years after Napoleon did the same thing. One guess as to how many years later he was defeated.

8. Historical doppelgängers.

History is full of people with an uncanny likeness to one another (you've seen Nic Cage's historical lookalike, right? But sometimes the situation isn't just about lookalikes  it's about lookalikes who seem to be full-on reincarnated from each other. Case in point: Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari died in 1988  the same year that his apparent twin, soccer player Mesut Ă–zil, was born.

9. How a bunch of Canadians discovered a coral reef... near Greenland

Most coral reefs are located in the tropics, but Canadian researchers just happened to stumble upon the reef just Southwest of Greenland when they were collecting water samples. The reef is located 900 meters deep in an area with very strong currents, making it very hard to reach. 

10. Wearing red could give you a boost in sports

Researchers used data dating all the way back to WWII to discover that home teams wearing red were more likely to win, while teams wearing yellow or orange were the least likely to come out on top. One reason proposed is the fact that fans may be more likely to support a team wearing red, thereby allowing them to allocate more resources to put a better team on the field. 

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