Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Most Amazing Coincidences In Human History (2)


The world is full of weird occurrences. Here are a few of the most mind-boggling, jaw-dropping coincidences ever recorded in human history. You won't be disappointed.

The King's Double

In Monza, Italy, King Umberto I went to a small restaurant for dinner, accompanied by his aide-de-camp, General Emilio Ponzia-Vaglia. When the owner took King Umberto's order, the King noticed that he and the restaurant owner were virtual doubles, in face and in build.

Both men began discussing the striking resemblances between each other and found many more similarities. Both men were born on the same day, of the same year, March 14th, 1844. Both men had been born in the same town. Both men married a woman with same name, Margherita.

The restaurateur opened his restaurant on the same day that King Umberto was crowned King of Italy. On July 29 1900, King Umberto was informed that the restaurateur had died that day in a shooting accident, and as he expressed his regret, he was assassinated by an anarchist in the crowd.


In their exploration of the Western United States in 1804, Lewis and Clark were using Sacagawea as an interpreter. Before they crossed the Rocky Mountains, they had to secure horses for their journey in order to survive.

The local Indian tribe didn't trust Lewis and Clark and Sacagawea was forced to talk with the Indian chief. At first, the chief was unmovable, but things changed when they realized they were long lost siblings. Sacagawea was taken as a slave from a neighboring tribe at a very young age.

It completely changed the direction of the talks and Lewis and Clark's party of 40 people got their horses.

Deus Ex's Prediction

The developers of the 2000 video game "Deus Ex" left the Twin Towers out of the New York skyline in game due to texture memory limitations. The developers justified that the towers were destroyed by terrorists early on in the game's storyline.


When a Nebraska church exploded in 1950, not one of the fifteen choir members who were supposed to be there got injured. Why? They all got held up for different reasons and were running late for practice.

This Man's Life...

Frane Selak, a Croatian music teacher, began his unlucky streak in 1962 on a train going from Sarajevo to Dubrovnik. The train inexplicably jumped the tracks and fell into an icy river killing 17 passengers. He managed to swim to shore suffering from hypothermia and a broken arm.

A year later, while on an airplane, its door flew off and he was sucked out of the airplane. The plane crashed and he woke up in a hospital. He was found in a haystack. In 1966, he was on a bus that went off the road and into a river. Four people were killed, but he only suffered minor injuries. In 1970, his car caught on fire and he stopped it and got out just before the whole car blew up.

In 1973, Selak was driving another car when a faulty fuel line sprayed gas all over the engine and flames blew through his air vents. His only injury was the loss of most of his hair. In 1995 he was hit by a bus, but only sustained minor injuries.

Finally, in 1996, he was driving on a mountain road when he went around a bend and saw a truck coming right at him. He ran his car through a guardrail and jumped out to watch his car blow up 300 feet below him. In 2003, Selak bought a lottery ticket for the first time in 40 years at the age of 74 and ended up winning 1 million.

The Duke's Bad Luck

Archduke Ferdinand of Austria's assassination spiraled into World War I. What many people don't know is that the initial assassination attempt failed when the bomb blew up the car behind Ferdinand's. However, one of the Black Hand terrorists managed to complete the mission when he went to a shop for lunch... and ran into Ferdinand himself.

Like Father, Like Son

J.J. Thomson won the 1906 Nobel Prize in Physics for showing that the electron is a particle. His son, George Paget Thomson, won the 1937 Nobel Prize in Physics for showing that the electron is a wave.

Jackson's Luck

In 1835 an unemployed house painter named Richard Lawrence tried to assassinate then U.S. president Andrew Jackson. He produced a pistol and fired at Jackson, but the gun did not go off. A scuffle ensued, with the 67-year-old Jackson beating the offender with his walking cane.

Lawrence then pulled out a second pistol and fired, but this gun also did not go off and bystanders wrestled him to the ground. Both guns were later test fired successfully on the first try and appeared to be in fine working condition.

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