6 Truly Peculiar Coincidences

  • April 19, 2010
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Twin lives, twin deaths

There are many stories of twins that somehow lived eerily identical lives or died at the same time. A Finnish newspaper reported that two identically twin brothers died within hours of each other as they were both crossing the same highway. The two didn’t know about each other’s death and the places where they died were a few kilometers apart, but they were both riding bicycles and were hit by a lorry.

Another peculiar story is that of Jim Lewis and Jim Springer. They were identical twins separated at birth and adopted by different families. The two families had no knowledge of each other yet both named the boys James. The twins who only recently met both ended up in law-enforcement, both had abilities in mechanical drawing and carpentry, and each had married a woman who was named Linda. Even the names they gave their children are strangely familiar: one named his son James Alan and the other James Allan. When the Jim’s divorced their wives, which they both did, they married women named Betty. Finally, each twin owns a dog which he named Toy.

Both had sons, one of whom was 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.

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Wilmer McLean and the Civil War

Wilmer McLean is famous for his incredible bad luck. The man, despite trying to avoid the American civil war, somehow always ended up in the middle of the bloodiest battles. When the war started his property was so close to Bull Run, one of the first warzones, that his house was used by Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard as a headquarter.

Wilmer survived this first battle, despite his house being bombarded and shot at for several days. Thinking that he was safe Wilmer hung around Bull Run long enough to witness the second battle that took place there. Convinced that his house was bad luck Wilmer moved to Virginia, but the war chased after him in the form of General Lee who was retreating from Ulysses S. Grant. The two generals chased each other all across America until they ended up in Wilmer’s house. In fact the declaration of peace was signed right in Wilmer’s very front room.

The poor man famously remarked that: “The war began in my front yard and ended in my front parlor.”

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Identical Stories

By now we established that some weird coincidences take place, but how would you feel if a piece of your life was just a recycled story that someone else had already experience?

In 1979 Walter Kellner send in a true short story to the German magazine, Das Besteran. The story told of him crashing a Cessna 421 plane between Sardinia and Sicily. Just days after the magazine published the story an Australian also named Walter Kellner reported that the story had to be an account of his life. He as well had flown a Cessna 421 and crashed in the same spot like the first Walter.

Das Besteran checked both stories and despite the fact that they sounded like someone copy and pasted the same incident, they were both true.

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  • - The Sandwich that Caused the First World War: http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/4849/warat.jpg
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