10 Unbelievable Coincidences That Will Leave You Astounded

Have you ever wondered if you will ever come across someone who looks exactly like you? The probability of meeting your doppelgänger is only 9%!

We all have experienced some crazy coincidences in our lives at some point or the other.

In a world as unpredictable as ours, coincidences are bound to happen sooner or later.

Here’s one such incident that I recently experienced: I was at a pub quiz, and as the quiz master started reading out a question about Childish Gambino, the song by Childish Gambino started playing on the jukebox randomly. Can you believe it?

Yes, coincidences are a natural part of life.

However, some coincidences are so unbelievable that they leave you in awe.

Here are 10 such coincidences that are so crazy that they are hard to believe!

The Bearded Lookalikes

In 2015, Neil Thomas Douglas, a photographer from Glasgow, boarded a Ryanair flight to Galway and was surprised to find another man sitting in his seat.

On seeing the bearded stranger, Neil realized that the two shared an uncanny resemblance.

They both laughed about it, and even the other passengers on the flight joined in. They clicked a selfie together that went viral.

Meeting your doppelgänger has a probability of only 9%, making it a massive coincidence.

But things got even more bizarre for Neil when he checked into his hotel.

After checking in, Neil went to a pub near his hotel where he bumped into his doppelgänger again! It turned out that both of them were staying in the same hotel!

They clicked another selfie, had a good laugh together, and chatted about their lives while sipping a pint. How fascinating!

The Battle of the Imposters

World War I was a catastrophic event that changed the course of history forever.

Technology had advanced significantly since the last war, and so had tactics, especially deception tactics.

In the early days of the war, the British Navy converted a civilian cruise liner, the RMS Carmania, into a makeshift war vessel.

They equipped her with eight 4.7-inch guns and put her under the command of Captain Noel Grant to act as a merchant war vessel in the waters around Bermuda.

In an attempt to avoid detection, the British Navy disguised the Carmania as a German passenger liner, the SMS Cap Trafalgar.

The plan worked brilliantly when on September 14, 1914, the Carmania attacked and sank a German vessel off the coast of Brazil.

In a bizarre coincidence, the German ship that the Carmania sank was none other than the real SMS Cap Trafalgar, the same vessel that the Carmania was disguised as.

But in an even more mind-boggling twist of fate, the SMS Cap Trafalgar had also been disguised to look like a British ocean liner.

In particular, it had been made to look like the RMS Carmania!

A Disposable Pseudonym

During the late 1800s, London was plagued by a notorious murderer known as Jack the Ripper. He would stalk and attack women at night, mutilating their bodies in gruesome ways. Catherine Eddowes was arrested for drunken behavior on September 29, 1888, and released shortly after midnight. She lied to the police about her identity and whereabouts, claiming to be Mary Kelly. Unfortunately, Eddowes encountered the Ripper on her way home and became one of his victims. The Ripper continued to kill several other women over the following months, including one named Mary Kelly.

Violet Jessop, also known as “The Unsinkable Lady,” lived a remarkable life full of coincidences and tragedies. She worked as a stewardess and nurse for White Star liners and survived three of Britain’s worst ocean disasters. In 1911, she started working on the RMS Olympic, which collided with the HMS Hawke but survived with no fatalities. In 1912, Jessop was on board the RMS Titanic when it struck an iceberg. She helped instruct passengers on how to safely evacuate and survived in lifeboat 16. During World War I, Jessop worked as a stewardess on the HMHS Britannic, which sank after an explosion in the Aegean Sea. Jessop survived once again, despite sustaining a head injury.

Private John Parr was the first British soldier to fall during World War I, which claimed around 40 million lives, including soldiers and civilians. The British Empire mobilized six million troops, with one million never returning home and many more being wounded.

On August 21, 1914, John Parr was killed by advancing German troops on the French/Belgian border. At only 16 years old, he was the first British soldier to fall during The Great War. However, he was not the last. The war continued to rage on until November 11, 1918, when the Central Powers surrendered, and Private George Ellison of the Royal Irish Lancers was tragically killed in fighting with enemy forces at 9:30 am that day. John Parr and George Ellison were the first and last British soldiers to die in the war, respectively. Coincidentally, they were both buried in Belgium’s Saint Symphorien Cemetery, just 15 feet apart, with their graves facing each other.

In 1972, Anthony Hopkins accepted the lead role in the film adaptation of George Feifer’s book, The Girl from Petrovka. Hopkins searched for the book in London bookstores but was unable to find it. However, while riding the London Underground, he found a copy of the book face down on the carriage. Two years later, during filming, Hopkins and Feifer were discussing the book, and Feifer mentioned that he had even lost his own personal copy. Hopkins then revealed that the copy he had found on the Tube two years prior was the same copy that Feifer had lost, complete with all of his original annotations.

In 1900, Italian King Umberto the First visited a small restaurant named Umberto in Monza, near Milan, for his dinner. The restaurant’s owner, also named Umberto, personally waited on the King and realized they shared the same name. They also shared the same birthday, March 14th, and looked very much alike.

Additionally, they were both born in the same town of Turin in the year 1844, and even married ladies named Margherita on the same day. Remarkably, the date of King Umberto’s coronation was also the same day that Umberto the pizzeria opened its restaurant.

Tragically, the day after dining at the restaurant, King Umberto learned that the restaurateur had been killed in an unexplained shooting. The King expressed his sorrow during a speech to the public, and at that moment, an anarchist named Gaetano Bresci shot and killed King Umberto I.

Franz Ferdinand’s License Plate

The assassination of Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914, is often cited as the event that sparked the First World War.

The Archduke’s assassination was coincidental in itself. After surviving an assassination attempt days prior that left several officers wounded in a car behind him, the Archduke decided to visit the injured officers in the hospital. On the way back, his driver took a wrong turn and got stuck in traffic outside a cafe. At that exact moment, a young man named Gavrilo Princip came out of the cafe after picking up a sandwich for lunch. Princip, a member of the terrorist group The Black Hand, had previously attempted to assassinate the Archduke. Upon seeing him, Princip pulled out his gun and shot Franz Ferdinand and his wife. This event ultimately led to the outbreak of World War I.

While this coincidence was remarkable, even more astonishing was the license plate number of the Archduke’s car: A 111 118. Why is that significant? Well, the First World War ended with an Armistice on November 11th. A 111 118. Armistice Day – A. November 11, 1918 – 11/11/18. A 111 118. Mind-blowing!

Meeting Your Rescuer at Work

On Labor Day in 1965, Gary Barnhill piloted an F105D fighter jet heading towards Hanoi, North Vietnam. During a routine mid-air refueling, Barnhill’s wingman alerted him to a fuel leak. Without checking the situation, Barnhill disconnected from the tanker and ejected from the aircraft just a second before it burst into flames.

After landing in a clearing in a dense forest, Barnhill waited for rescue, hoping that friendly forces would reach him before his enemies. Despite his flight lead alerting rescuers to his location, Barnhill decided to fire a flare for the fun of it. The helicopter that found him had lost its radio earlier that day and was only able to locate him thanks to the coincidentally lucky flare he fired. Barnhill never knew the name of the pilot who rescued him, nor did he ever express gratitude. He served the rest of the war and retired as an airline co-pilot for TWA.

Many years later, while sitting in a coffee shop during a layover in Philadelphia, Barnhill struck up a conversation with a TWA Flight Engineer named Bill Wirstrom. They began discussing their previous occupations, and to Barnhill’s surprise, Wirstrom revealed that he had flown choppers during the Vietnam War. Wirstrom also mentioned that he had rescued a few downed fighter pilots, including one who had ejected just one second before his plane exploded. Barnhill asked Wirstrom if he remembered the date, and he did – September 5, 1965. Barnhill was grateful for the chance encounter and thanked Wirstrom for what he had done all those years ago. It was a coincidence that they had met again, on the opposite side of the world, years after they had first met, all because they worked for the same company.

The story of the Ebbin brothers is another mind-boggling coincidence. On July 30, 1975, Neville Ebbin was riding his electric cycle down a stretch of Middle Road in Bermuda when he was struck by a taxi driven by Willard Manders, killing him. A year later, on the same stretch of road, Neville’s younger brother Erskine was riding Neville’s auxiliary cycle when the exact same taxi, driven by the same driver and carrying the same passenger, struck and killed him. Both brothers were 17 years old when they were killed, and both were struck down on the same bicycle, by the same taxi, with the same driver and passenger, on the same stretch of road. It’s a coincidence that is hard to fathom.

These are just two examples of the top 10 crazy coincidences. Have you ever experienced a coincidence that was stranger than these? Let us know in the comments, but always remember – don’t mistake coincidence for fate!

FAQ

1. What is a coincidence?

A coincidence is an occurrence of two or more events or circumstances that appear to be related but are not necessarily caused by each other. Sometimes, coincidences can be so bizarre or unlikely that they are hard to believe.

2. What are some examples of crazy coincidences?

One example is the story of two brothers who were killed in separate accidents on the same road at the same spot, exactly one year apart. Another example is the case of a man who was struck and killed by a taxi while crossing the street, and then one year later his brother was killed by a taxi in the same spot.

3. Is it possible for coincidences to have a scientific explanation?

Yes, some scientists believe that coincidences can be explained by probability and statistics. They argue that with so many events happening all the time, it’s inevitable that some coincidences will occur by chance alone.

4. Can coincidences be a sign of something supernatural?

Some people believe that coincidences are a sign of a higher power or a supernatural force at work. However, there is no scientific evidence to support this claim.

5. Are there any famous coincidences in history?

One famous coincidence is the story of the Lincoln and Kennedy assassinations. Both presidents were shot in the head on a Friday, while sitting next to their wives. Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theatre, while Kennedy was shot in a Lincoln car made by Ford.

6. Are coincidences always negative or can they be positive too?

Coincidences can be positive as well. For example, the story of two strangers who were seated next to each other on a plane and discovered that they were long-lost childhood friends.

7. Do coincidences happen more often to some people than others?

There is no evidence to suggest that coincidences happen more often to certain people. However, some people may be more likely to notice and remember coincidences due to their personality or beliefs.

8. Can coincidences change the course of history?

It’s possible that some coincidences have had a significant impact on history. For example, if Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s driver had not taken a wrong turn in Sarajevo, World War I may never have happened.

9. Are there any theories about why coincidences happen?

Some psychologists believe that coincidences happen because our brains are wired to find patterns and connections in the world around us. Other theories suggest that coincidences may be a result of our subconscious thoughts and desires.

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