Mere Coincidence or Unexplained Phenomena?

It is no great wonder if in long process of time, while fortune takes her course hither and thither, numerous coincidences should spontaneously occur.— Plutarch.

The World Book Dictionary defines "Coincidence" as: "The chance occurrence of two things at the same time or place in such a way as to seem remarkable or fitting".

Each of us has experienced many events during the normal course of our lives which, although seemingly quite remarkable, can simply be put down to 'mere coincidence'. For instance, maybe you've been thinking of a friend or relative whom you haven't seen for years. Suddenly the telephone rings. "Hello John, how have you been after all this time? It's Nikki here. I'll be in town tomorrow. How about catching up for lunch?"

There have however been literally thousands of occurrences documented throughout history which seem to stretch the limits of 'mere coincidence' to the point of 'unexplained phenomena'. Below is just a few of these cases.

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Dead Man's Hand

During a poker game at the Bella Union Saloon in San Francisco in 1858, Robert Fallon of Northumberland, England was accused of cheating and shot dead. As money won by cheating was considered unlucky, the other players called in the first passerby to take the dead man's place, confident that they would soon win the money (some $600) back.

By the time they arrived, the police found that the new player had increased the original $600 to $2,200. When they asked for the money so they could pass it onto the dead man's next of kin, the young stranger proved that he was in fact Fallon's son, who had not seen his father for seven years.

Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe

Poe's Premonition

In the 1838, the famous American writer, Edgar Allan Poe, wrote his only complete novel called ‘The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym’. It relates to the tale of the young Pym who stows away on a whaling ship called the Grampus. In one misadventure the ship is wrecked and four survivors including Pym were stranded in an open boat for many days before they decided to kill and eat the cabin boy whose name was Richard Parker.

Some years later, in 1884, the yawl, Mignonette, floundered, with only four survivors, who were in an open boat for many days. Eventually the three senior members of the crew, killed and ate the cabin boy. The name of the cabin boy was by 'coincidence 'Richard Parker'.

King Umberto I of Italy Portrait in 1878
King Umberto I of Italy Portrait in 1878 | Source

King Louis XVI

As a young child King Louis XVI of France was warned by an astrologer to beware the 21st day of every month. He was so concerned by this advice that thereafter he refused to undertake any important business on that day.

  • 21 June, 1791: Louis and Marie Antoinette are arrested at Varennes while attempting to escape the Revolution.
  • 21 September, 1792: France becomes a republic and abolishes the institution of royalty.
  • 21 January, 1793: Louis XVI is beheaded.

King Louis XVI
King Louis XVI | Source

King Umberto I of Italy

On July 28, 1900, King Umberto I of Italy arrived in Monza to make presentations at an athletic event. That night, while dining at a small restaurant, the King was surprised to notice that the owner was virtually his double in looks. He remarked on this fact to the other man and as they talked an extraordinary series of coincidences emerged:

  • Both men were born on March 14, 1844, in the same town, and each was named Umberto.
  • They both married on April 22, 1868, each to a woman named Magherita.
  • Both named their sons Vittorio.
  • On the day of the King's coronation, the other Umberto opened his restaurant.

The day after the restaurant meeting the King sought his double out once again, only to be informed that the man had died that morning in a shooting incident. Suddenly! three shots rang out and the King fell down dead.

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Handbill circulated on November 21, 1963, one day before the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Handbill circulated on November 21, 1963, one day before the assassination of John F. Kennedy. | Source

Death Of Two Presidents (Lincoln vs Kennedy)


Two of the most famous deaths in history, the assassinations of United States Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F Kennedy have surprising parallels which have already been well documented, but which have to be included in any essay on coincidence vs unexplained phenomena.

  • Lincoln was elected President in 1860. Kennedy was elected 100 years later in 1960.
  • Both men were assassinated on a Friday.
  • Both men were shot through the back of the head.
  • Lincoln was killed in Ford's Theatre. Kennedy was killed while riding in a Ford Lincoln convertible.
  • Both men were replace by Vice-presidents named Johnson.
  • Andrew Johnson was born in 1808, and Lyndon Johnson 100 years later in 1908.
  • John Wilkes Booth was born in 1839, and Lee Harvey Oswald was born in 1939, 100 years later.
  • Both assassins were murdered before being brought to trial.
  • Booth shot Lincoln in a theatre and fled to a barn. Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and fled to a theatre.
  • LINCOLN and KENNEDY each has seven letters.
  • ANDREW JOHNSON and LYNDON JOHNSON each have 13 letters.
  • JOHN WILKES BOOTH and LEE HARVEY OSWALD each have 15 letters.

Each similarity can be dismissed as coincidental in its own right, but the fact that there are so many parallels makes one question whether there is not some stronger force involved.

There have been a number of conspiracy theories put forward concerning both assassinations over the years, in particular that there was a second gunman involved in the Kennedy shooting

.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy_assassination_conspiracy_theories

There were known to be co-conspirators involved in Lincoln's assassination ("Lewis Powell (or Paine/Payne) attempted to assassinate Secretary of State William Seward, but only managed to injure him. David Herold accompanied Powell. However, Herold fled before the deed was finished. At the same time, George Atzerodt was supposed to have killed Vice President Andrew Johnson. Atzerodt did not go through with the assassination.")

http://americanhistory.about.com/od/lincolnsdeath/a/lincolnsdeath.htm

This being the case and considering the other parallels regarding the two assassinations, perhaps any investigations into co-conspirators in the Kennedy murder should concentrate on suspects with the same amount of letters as Powell, Herold and Atzerodt, birthdates exactly 100 years later than theirs etc..

Wooden Fence on the Grassy Knoll.
Wooden Fence on the Grassy Knoll. | Source

The 20-Year Cycle Of Fate

Eight United States Presidents have died in office (either through illness or assassination). Did you know that seven of these men were elected at precisely 20 year intervals.

The seven were:

  • William Harrison (elected 1840)
  • Abraham Lincoln (elected 1860)
  • James Garfield (elected 1880)
  • William McKinley (elected 1900-second term)
  • Warren Harding (elected 1920)
  • Franklin Roosevelt (elected 1940-third term)
  • John F. Kennedy (elected 1960)

The eighth was Zachary Taylor, who was elected in 1848 and died in office in 1850.


One Good Turn?

Allan Falby, a motorcycle policeman with the El Paso County Highway Patrol in the 1930s was involved in a collision with a speeding truck. He had a severed artery in his leg and was slowly bleeding to death when a passerby, named Alfred Smith, stopped to offer assistance. Smith tied a tourniquet around the bleeding leg and Officer Falby survived. It took several months but he fully recovered and was able to resume his duties.

Five years later, Officer Falby arrived at the scene of another accident in the same area. A car had crashed into a tree and the driver was bleeding profusely from a severed artery in the right leg. Before the ambulance arrived Falby was able to tie off the leg and save the man’s life. Only then did he recognise that the victim was his own savior of five years before – Alfred Smith.

Falby took the eerie coincidence in his stride, quipping, "it all goes to prove," he said, "that one good tourniquet deserves another."


Menai Strait Mystery

Perhaps one of the strangest coincidences of them all spans a period of nearly 200 years and involved three ships that sank off the coast of Wales, in the Menai Strait .

  • The first vessel sank on December 5th,1664, and of its 81 passengers, only one survived. His name was Hugh Williams.
  • On December 5th, 1785, 121 years later, another ship sank in the Menai Strait, and again, all of the passengers drowned except one – named Hugh Williams.

Two ships sinking in the same area on the same day of the same month is certainly some coincidence, but when each of them have only one survivor of the same name, it gets very eerie indeed. But the story does not end there.

  • On December 5th, 1860, a small vessel with 25 passengers on board, sank in the Menai Strait, off Wales. Again there was only one survivor – and once again his name was... Hugh Williams.

Believe it or not!

Cesna 421
Cesna 421 | Source

Plagiarism?

In 1979, the German magazine called 'Das Besteran', ran a literary competition. Readers were asked to submit unusual stories, but they had to be based on true incidents. Walter Kellner of Munich was judged the winner and had his story published . He wrote about a situation when he was flying a Cessna 421 between Sardinia and Sicily. The plane developed engine trouble at sea and crash landed into the water. Kellner floated in an emergency dinghy some time before being rescued.

This story was read by an Austrian, also named Walter Kellner, who claimed that the German Walter 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 the plane in Sardinia. The magazine had both stories investigated, and found both to be true. They were nearly identical except for a slightly different ending.

Ancient cave painting showing somethng very similar to the Tardis.
Ancient cave painting showing somethng very similar to the Tardis.

Do you consider the events in this hub to be.....

  • mere coincidence
  • unexplained mysteries
  • warnings or interventions by God
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More Questions Than Answers.

In modern times science has made great progress in the discovery of vaccines for previously incurable diseases, in creating amazing new inventions to aid mankind, and in solving many previously unanswerable problems. However, no matter how they try scientists remain at a loss to provide a feasible explanation for the baffling phenomenon known as "coincidence".

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59 comments

Rayne123 2 years ago

Great hub

Well myself I do not believe in coincidence, I am not even sure why that word has that certain meaning.

I believe as you say that this is how scientists explain something they cannot really explain.

They are skeptic on everything that makes no sense to them. They are skeptic even on the scriptures.

Any weather related incident has to always be justified and explained.

I have come to realize as it states in scriptures, never question anything it just adds more questions to what you think are answers.

This certain scripture reminds me of this all the time

Timothy 1:4

4 and occupying themselves with myths and endless genealogies. These myths and genealogies raise a lot of questions rather than promoting God’s plan, which centers in faith.

I believe that these are coded messages that are left for the certain someone to figure out. Jesus spoke in parables for that same reason. He wants those that understand to understand it and those that don't to decode the words.

Thank you for the information

Laurie


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I enjoyed this very much -- especially the tale about King Umberto. You are a fine writer. Voting up and more plus sharing and pinning. Keep up this great work!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Laurie for checking out this hub and the wonderful and informative comments. Yes, I believe people do try to question things too much rather than have faith and try to decipher the hidden message within. As you say, when they can't find the scientific answer they label the event 'coincidence'. Timothy 1:4 is very relevant here, thanks for sharing. God Bless!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks FlourishAnyway,

So pleased you enjoyed this hub, and thanks for voting up, sharing and pinning. There are so many amazing stories like these out there. It would be easy to do a dozen hubs on this subject. I agree, the King Umberto story was something extraordinary.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Hi, This was my kind of thing! Wow! the king and his double was especially fascinating! great read, thanks!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Good to see a new face visiting my hubs. This is totally different from any topics I have written about before but the subject matter is so extensive I would never run out of new material, so this may be the first of more on the subject. So glad you enjoyed the read.


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theraggededge 2 years ago from Wales

Fabulous... and makes me wonder if you can dig out any more stories like this to make more hubs along the same lines?

Edited: Ah... I should have read your comment above before writing mine! Good luck!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Bev, Thanks for visiting and glad you enjoyed this hub. Your encouragement already has me looking for more stories along these lines for a future hub.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Fascinating stuff!! There is more things in heaven and earth.... Horatio :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

There certainly is tobusiness; Thanks for visiting and your comment.


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Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

Very thought provoking. It does make one wonder if there are larger forces at work. I too believe that one day science will discover explanations for the phenomena we now call supernatural. Great hub!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Mel, glad you enjoyed. I agree that even the 'supernatural' will probably become more 'natural' and less 'super' when science comes up with rational explanations for everything.


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drbj 2 years ago from south Florida

Coincidental occurrences like those you mentioned, Jodah, are usually fascinating to read. This was no exception. Thanks for the research and the treat.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

thanks drbj, for checking this hub out. Glad you enjoyed the subject, I love researching these type of weird occurrences.


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CMHypno 2 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Interesting stuff. Are these really mere coincidences or fate? Do we humans write off things we don't yet understand as supernatural, because we don't want to admit that we aren't the masters of the universe that we think we are?


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for visiting CMHypno, and I'm glad you found the content interesting. I think you hit the nail on the head with your comment that "we aren't the masters of the universe that we think we are".

I like this quote: “It's hard to believe in coincidence, but it's even harder to believe in anything else.”

― John Green


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Wow, this is really interesting! Great to have something a little different to read. ^+


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Jackie, I aim to please...haha. No, I always find these type of unusual occurrences enthralling reading. I thought others may as well.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Jackie, I aim to please...haha. No, I always find these type of unusual occurrences enthralling reading. I thought others may as well.


Mklow1 2 years ago

Great Hub. Ironically, I had a one night fling with a girl that was born the exact day I was and at the same hospital. I bet not many people can claim that!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Wow that is some coincidence, just hope she wasn't your twin and you were somehow separated...lol. Thanks for your kind comments.


Mklow1 2 years ago

She was too pretty to be my twin! lol


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kidscrafts 2 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

What a great hub! Thank you very much! I love this kind of stories even if I find them a little bit creepy :-)

It's like the book of Morgan Robertson, "Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan" published in 1898 who resemble a lot to the real story of the Titanic that happened 14 years later.

Thank you for sharing! Voted up, interesting and awesome!

Have a great day!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi kidcrafts. Thanks for the kind comments, and voting up. I'm glad you enjoyed these stories. I know of the Morgan Robertson book also and the uncanny parallels between the Titan and the Titanic. In fact I wrote another hub in which that story was included. Unfortunately I had to remove it because Hub Pages wouldn't approve it for publication as they said too much of the content was similar to information found in other web sites. You have a great day too, and I'll be sure to check out your hubs in return.


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kidscrafts 2 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

Sorry that you had to remove that hub. I heard that the Titanic was transporting some furniture that was supposed to be delivered for a big hotel in Ottawa : the Chateau Laurier. I don't know if it's true.... but it make a lovely story :-)

Have a great day... or night in your case ;-)


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Rosemay50 2 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

This is my kind of reading love this sort of thing, There is a great deal in this world that can't be explained, history repeating itself, paralell worlds maybe. very strange.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

I totally agree Rosemary". The world is a mysterious place. I had another hub on a similar subject but HP wouldn't pass it, said too much duplication on other sites. It is a topic that is difficult to find new info on that isn't already published elsewhere. Thank you for reading and leaving a comment. Glad you enjoyed the topic.


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Cathi Sutton 2 years ago

VERY interesting Hub! How very odd that all these things could be simple coincidence...


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for visiting and commenting Cathi. If these are all mere coincidence it make them all the more remarkable.


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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago

Really interesting Jodah!


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Mary McShane 2 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Someday I hope all is explained so we know what was a coincidence and what wasn't. LOL

This was a great hub, Jodah. Voted up and shared with my wee list of followers.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Wow--this was a fascinating read! Thank you!


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JayeWisdom 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

This is an incredibly interesting topic, John, and your examples of "coincidence" (or "unexplained mystery") are top-notch. I hope this is the first in a series, as I enjoyed it tremendously and would like to read more.

Voted Up+++/Shared

Jaye


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travmaj 2 years ago from australia

Oh yes, what a fascinating hub and so much to ponder. Well documented information that can't be explained is intriguing. Thank you.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Crafty. I am glad you found this an interesting topic.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Mary, also the vote up and share. Maybe one day they'll have an explanation for these types of occurrences, but to me it's more then coincidence.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Audrey, glad you enjoyed.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for your kind comment Jaye. This was going to be first of a series, and I did write another hub on the subject but I couldn't get it past HP. They classed it as duplicate and it didn't matter what I did I couldn't get it published here. It's difficult with this topic because these occurrences are always found somewhere else. I may try again. I appreciate the vote up and share.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi travmaj, thanks for reading. Yes there sure is a lot of unexplained events to ponder. Glad you found this interesting.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Hi Jodah. This is remarkable and such an interesting hub. You did some fine research on this. I did hear about the Lincoln/Kennedy related issues and the Menai Strait Mystery with Hugh Williams (weird that one), but not the other coincidences. Really well written and great formatting, Jodah.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Oh! I meant to say I think all of them are 'unexplained phenomena'. And the ancient Tardis drawing looks like an alien visited the cave dwellers.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading and your kind comment Phyllis. The unexplained really interests me, hence this hub. I had written another hub on the subject but a lot of these mysteries have been written about before, so it is difficult to find new and original material and format it so it isn't duplicate.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading and your kind comment Phyllis. The unexplained really interests me, hence this hub. I had written another hub on the subject but a lot of these mysteries have been written about before, so it is difficult to find new and original material and format it so it isn't duplicate.


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heidithorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

These kinds of stories just fascinate me! I just hope I don't find my double somewhere like King Umberto. :) Voted up and interesting!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Heidi, yes how freaky would that be to come across your exact double? Thanks too for the vote up, glad you enjoyed this.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Jodah....Great hub! Such mystery & intrigue......very interesting true tales that can certainly cause a reader to be in awe......

However, for me.....no coincidences here. As many similarities and unexplained activities, names, dates.....all of it. It is my firm, unwavering belief that there is no such thing as "coincidence."

Referring to your own statement...."the fact that there are so many parallels, makes one question whether there is not some stronger force involved." I don't question. I simply know.

Of course, without a single doubt there is an incredibly powerful force involved....at all times. The authentic and constant powers of the Universe.

I'm off to read your follow-up hub to this one....UP+++ Amazing research, Jodah!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you very much for reading and for your insightful comment fpherj48. I don't believe in coincidence either, though that is how anything that can't be explained is termed. There is definitely a higher power at work. The vote up is much appreciated.


anonymous 2 years ago

I experienced four incredible coincidences. One was a sad one where I dreamed that my neighbor died. The following day I discovered that he had died in the hospital from a long struggle with cancer. On another occasion while sleeping, I dreamed that a light bulb burned out. The following day the light bulb in my room burned out. On another occasion, I had a dream showing the Brady Bunch. The following day they showed a Brady Bunch TV special which I didn't know about. Most imcredible coincidence happened one day in 1998. While at my workplace, I found a 10 dollar bill on the floor. Obviously someone dropped it. I didn't know who it belonged to. I decided to give it to a co-employee. Later on in the same day, I went to a mall, miles away. Lo and behold, while walking, I notice a dollar bill on the floor, which someone had dropped. It was another 10 dollar bill! I didn't know who it belonged to. I decided to keep it. What are the odds of the same person, finding a 10 dollar bill on two different occasions and in two different places, on the same day? Astronomically high odds indeed. Maybe this was more than a coincidence. Maybe there's something supernatural about it. Maybe intelligent forces dictated for it to happen. Its not likely to happen again. The world is endlessly mysterious.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading. Those first three instances are the type of thing I experience a lot. The fourth is incredible and against the odds. It seems there must gave been a need for you to have $10. Whether it was God or some other great force, you were meant to find and keep just that amount of money. I have sometimes needed a certain amount of money for a certain reason, and unexpectedly I have found that much, or been given it unexpectedly, or won it in a lottery etc.Never more than I needed though.


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Billrrrr 2 years ago from Cape Cod

Very fine job on this one Jodah.

Back in the 1970s, I met my double. It is an un-nerving thing when you see yourself in somebody else's body.

I have always been regarded by most people to be gregarious and social; willing to help and, work with, my friends and associates. In the beginning it appeared my 'doppleganger' was my opposite.

A police officer, he had a reputation of using 'strongarm' tactics. While that may have seemed to be true; as I had an opportunity to work with him, I began to feel that he was merely using an in-kind system of dealing with a dangerous group of people in a very rough and tumble city.

After a year of sharing the same workspace, it seemed to me that it was only our different jobs that made our personalities outwardly different. Had we both been in exactly the same profession, I think people would have been hard pressed to tell one of us from the other.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for that personal story Bill, quite eerie to actually meet your double especially when his personality was the opposite to your own. I have read that everyone has a double somewhere in the world. I haven't met mine but I know I have one. Once when staying at my grandmothers house I walked to the store and a teenager about the same age came up to me and began a conversation, calling me a different name and asking what I was doing back in the area after changing schools the previous year etc. I had trouble convincing him that I wasn't't the person he thought he knew. Anyway, glad you enjoyed this hub. I have another similar "More Amazing Coincidences".


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Billrrrr 2 years ago from Cape Cod

I hope you get to actually meet up with this guy sometime in the future. It will be interesting to see if the resemblance goes deeper than the physical similarity.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Bill, it would be interesting.


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Greensleeves Hubs 23 months ago from Essex, UK

Intriguing stories John - particularly the one about Umberto I which does seem to involve so many coincidences. Nonetheless, I do believe that if the stories are all absolutely true - and have not in some cases been elaborated in tellings and retellings over the decades - that coincidence must be the primary explanation.

There are just so many people in the world and so many events in their lives day after day after day, that literally millions of potential coincidences must occur every single day on Earth. Only those few which actually come about as a result of sheer chance are remembered and talked about.

Nonetheless, whether coincidences or not, stories like these are always fascinating to look into, and make this an enjoyable and interesting read. Thanks, Alun


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Alun. You make some good points, though when when chains of events occur or things are repeated in the same place or to the same person over and over it is difficult to think it is just random occurrence. As you say though whether coincidence or some greater force is at play they are still intriguing stories. Whether some change over years of re telling is something to consider as well.


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Robert Levine 7 months ago from Brookline, Massachusetts

I'm surprised you didn't mention the classic explanation of the presidents elected in years ending with "0" from 1840-1960--the "curse of Tecumseh," defeated in battle in the War of 1812 by the man who became the first of those presidents, William Henry Harrison.

About John Wilkes Booth's death, a solider who was a few cards short of a full deck fired a single shot into the burning barn where Booth was trapped and, when Booth's remains were found to have a bullet in them, took credit. Since he could have had no way of knowing exactly where in the barn Booth was, I think it's much more likely that, refusing to surrender but wanting to avoid the pain of burning to death, Booth shot himself.


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Jodah 7 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Robert. I would have loved to include more information including what you mention. Unfortunately with this type of content on HubPages it is difficult passing the "duplication" flag because everything is somewhere else on the Internet. I had another hub in this series removed because I couldn't get it to pass. Interesting insight into the Booth shooting.


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Glenn Stok 3 months ago from Long Island, NY

You put together a great list of examples, John. As a scientific oriented person it's hard for me to consider these events anything other than mere coincidence. Nevertheless, I have to agree that some of these events are just too extreme and therefore I tend to consider that something else is going on that we don't realize with the way life ensues. Life sure is a mystery sometimes.


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Jodah 3 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi, Glenn. Thanks for taking the time to read this hub. There are some things that even science has trouble explaining. I think these events are an example of that and something slightly more than just coincidence. Life certainly can be mysterious.

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