The world is filled with coincidences. They happen all around us and sometimes we fail to notice them. Some of the eerie coincidences throughout history have no explanation as to why they happened. Whether they happened for a reason or simply because of sheer luck, these crazy coincidences throughout history are the coolest. Here are 8 such incidents that will surely blow your mind.
1. ‘Jim Twins’: Twins who were separated at birth turned out to have the same life.
At the age of just 4 weeks, identical twins Jim Lewis and Jim Springer, were separated and raised apart. In 1979, at the age of 39, both men were reunited and found out that they had some astonishing similarities in their lives. Even though the twins were adopted by different families, they both lived a mere 45 miles apart, both in Ohio. Both the families had dogs that were named “Toy”. The creepy part does not end there. Both Jims were married twice; once to a woman named Linda and the second to women named Betty.
The Jims also had children who shared the same name, as well as drove the same Chevrolet cars. They both were appointed as sheriffs in different Ohio counties and had the habit of smoking. The Jim twins case have been used by many experts as a part of the nature vs. nurture debate and as evidence supporting telepathic connections between twins. (source)
2. The Hoover dam: Father and son who worked on the Hoover dam, died on the same day, 14 years apart.
Built between 1931 and 1936, Hoover dam was named after President Herbert Hoover. The dam is a major supplier for flood control, river regulation, and improved navigation. Until its completion, 96 people lost their lives from drowning, falling rocks or slides, falls from the canyon walls, accidents involving heavy equipment, etc. On December 20, 1921, a man named John Gregory Tierney was among the crew surveying locations for the dam. Sadly, Tierney became the first casualty of the project when a flash flood swept him away, claiming his life.
On December 20, 1935, 14 years after the first fatality, a worker named Patrick William Tierney fell to his death. Patrick’s death was the last fatality recorded during the project. Also, Patrick William Tierney was J.G. Tierney’s only son, who died the same day as his father. (source)
3. Mark Twain: Born shortly after the arrival of Halley’s comet, predicted that he would die when it returned – and he did.
Halley’s comet is a short-period comet that is visible to the naked eye from Earth. One of the most peculiar things about the comet is that it passes by Earth every 74–79 years. The last time it was seen was in 1986 and is next expected to appear in 2061. Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835, the same year that Halley’s comet appeared. The American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher and lecturer was quoted saying,
“I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: ‘Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.’”
4. The taxi driver who killed two brothers riding the same moped; one year apart.
Among all the coincidences listed in this article, this one might be the hardest to believe. The story surrounding two brothers, 17-year-old Erskine Lawrence Ebbin and Neville, is very much real and their story was documented by The Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph on July 21, 1975.
In Hamilton, Bermuda, 17-year-old Neville was riding a moped when he was hit by a taxi and killed. The taxi was carrying a passenger, who unfortunately had to witness the incident. One year after the incident, the same taxi driver was carrying the same passenger when it hit and claimed the life of another man. The man was Neville’s brother Ebbin, who was riding the same moped. Here’s a newspaper clipping from the July 21, 1975 edition of The Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph:
The story sounds something like a scene from the movie “Final Destination”. (source)