Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Strange Coincidences

Death of Twins
On the obituary page of a newspaper was the story of the deaths of two sisters who were twins. They lived in Ohio 30 miles apart, and they both died of natural causes on Mother’s Day. Ruth and Rachel were born two hours apart 74 years ago. They each died of heart failure on the same day, only three hours apart.
What a strange coincidence! What are the odds of that happening?

U.S. Open

At the U.S. Open Golf Tournament, in 1989 (Rochester, NY), four golfers shot holes-in-one on the same hole (par-3 # 6), in the same round, and all four used a number 7-iron.
One spectator who saw all four aces remarked, “I don’t think I will ever see that again as long as I live!” I would say that is a safe bet! The National Hole-In-One Foundation put the odds of that happening at more than 8 million to 1.


A mother in Germany photographed her infant son in 1914 and left the film to be developed at a store in Strasbourg. It was a single “film plate” and before the time of “rolls of film.” World War I broke out, and she was unable to return to Strasbourg. So she gave up the picture for lost.

Two years later in Frankfurt, over 100 miles away, she bought a film plate to take a picture of her newborn daughter. When developed, the film turned out to be double exposure—with the picture of her daughter superimposed on the earlier picture of her son. Through an incredible twist of fate, her original film, which had never developed, had been mislabeled as unused, and was eventually resold to her two years later and 100 miles away!

Wow! What are the changes of that happening by chance???

The Deaths of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy

Kennedy was elected President exactly 100 years to the week after Lincoln.

Both were deeply involved in civil rights for blacks.

Both were assassinated on a Friday in the presence of their wives.

Each lost a son while living in the White House.

Lincoln’s secretary was named Kennedy. Kennedy’s secretary was named Lincoln.

Lincoln was shot in Ford’s Theater. Kennedy was shot in a Lincoln convertible made by the Ford Motor Co.

Lincoln’s assassin ran from the theater and was caught in a warehouse. Kennedy’s assassin ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theater.

Both assassins were themselves assassinated before their trials.

Both Presidents were succeeded by Vice Presidents named Johnson who were born 100 years apart (1808 and 1908).

Coincidence or Providence?

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