There are many strange things happening in this world, both good and bad. But the strangest thing is when seemingly random things match up too perfectly.
On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama won the presidential election. On November 5th, one of the winning combinations in the Illinois lottery was 6-6-6.
South African astronomer Daniel du Toit has just finished a lecture in which he concluded that death could come at any moment. Then he sat down and put a peppermint in his mouth. Unfortunately he choked on this candy and died
During the creation of Deus Ex (a video game released in 2000), the development team forgot to add twin towers. The game gave an explanation: the buildings were destroyed in a terrorist attack.
The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand provoked the First World War. He was shot to death in a car with license plate A III 118. The war ended in an armistice at 11-11-18, at 11 am.
In 2002, a seventy-year-old Finnish man was killed by a truck while trying to cross a highway on a bicycle. Two hours later, his identical twin was killed in exactly the same circumstances, less than one kilometer away on the same highway.
In 1883, Henry Siegland left his longtime girlfriend. Heartbroken, she hanged herself. Her brother vowed to avenge her and hunted Siegland down. When he finally found him, he aimed for the head and fired. Siegland fell to the ground.
The girl's brother, deciding that he had taken revenge, committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with the same gun. He did not know that Siegland would survive, as the bullet only grazed his cheek and got stuck in a nearby tree.
Several years later, Siegland tried to cut down this particular tree. He came up with a brilliant idea to use dynamite, and as a result of the explosion, a bullet that had been in a tree all these years flew out and hit him right in the head.
In 1838, Edgar Allan Poe published The Tale of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. The novel tells the story of four men who find themselves at sea after their ship sank. Desperate, the men kill and eat a cabin boy named Richard Parker.
Forty-six years later, a ship called the Mignonetta suffered the same fate. Four starving survivors killed and ate the boy's cabin boy, who was actually called - you guessed it - Richard Parker.
Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, was born in 1835, shortly after the appearance of Halley's comet. He later predicted that he would die when the comet returned. In 1910, a day after Halley's brightest comet appeared, Mark Twain died of a heart attack.
Perhaps Twain considered the comet a harbinger of death. If so, then he had good reasons. In 1222, when the comet passed near the Earth, it turned out that it was moving westward. At that time, Genghis Khan was preparing to invade. Believing it to be a sign, he also moved westward, killing millions in the process.
September 20, 1911. RMS Olympic, White Star Line's leading transatlantic ocean liner, collides with the British warship HMS Hawke. The Olympic sustains serious damage to the hull and nearly capsizes. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured or killed.
Seven months later, the sinking of the Titanic will be one of the deadliest maritime disasters, claiming more than 1,500 lives.
On the morning of November 21, 1916, the largest and newest Olympic-class vessel of the White Star Line, the HSMS Britannic, exploded. Fifty-five minutes later, it sank in the Mediterranean Sea. Thirty people died. It is unclear whether the explosion was caused by a torpedo or an underwater mine.
What do all these water disasters have in common? Well, besides the fact that they were attended by three modern passenger ships belonging to the same shipping company? One nurse was present at all of these trials when everything went wrong. She survived all these disasters.
A Frenchman named Jean Marie Dubarry was executed for the murder of his father on February 13, 1746. One hundred years later, on February 13, another man was executed for parricide. His name? Jean Marie Dubarry.
A French baron named Rodemire de Tarazon was assassinated by Claude Volbonne in 1872. Two decades earlier, Baron de Tarazon's father had been killed by another man, also named Claude Volbonne.
On July 28, 1900, King Umberto I of Italy dined at a restaurant in Monza. To his surprise, he found that the owner of the restaurant looked exactly like him, and his name was also Umberto.
Moreover, their wives bore the same names, and the restaurant was opened on the same day as the coronation of King Umberto. The next day, both Umbertos were shot to death in unrelated incidents.
On November 26, 1911, three men were convicted of the murder of Sir Edmund Berry and immediately hanged on Greenberry Hill in London. Their names were Green, Berry and Hill.