Three Unbelievable Coincidences

“It's hard to believe in coincidence, but it's even harder to believe in anything else.” 
― John Green


Emery Allen, one of my favorite poetesses, said once that some things are too strange and strong to be coincidences. I can't help it but to think about her when I read stories like the ones I will present to you today. I've heard thousands, read hundreds and lived dozens; enough to make my mind shiver and my thoughts roam.

Maybe the universe and it's oddities are both way to immense for us to ever wholly comprehend them. So let's simply and, without resistance, be dazzled by the flukes of the ordinary - opening our vision to their existence around us.


The photograph


In the year 1914, a German woman photographed her toddler son, she left the one-shot film plate in Strasbourg to be developed, unfortunately, due to the outbreak of the First World War, she could never return and retrieve her picture.

Two years later this woman went to Frankfurt, around 220 km away, and bought a film plate which she used to photograph her daughter. When the plate was developed, superimposed in the portrait was the earlier image of her son. Somehow the plate had been labelled unused and sent to Frankfurt where it spent two years in a store, waiting patiently to be bought by her.


The twins


Born in Ohio, 1940. Jim Lewis and Jim Springer were given away to an orphanage. They got adopted by separate families and grew up around 45 miles of each other, unaware of the other's existence. Both were named James by their adoptive parents. Both married two times; first to women named Linda, and then to women named Betty. Both their sons were named James Allen and both, at some point, owned a dog named Toy.

They reunited in 1979, 39 years after being separated. The local news sponsored test on the twins with astonishing results; their medical histories were identical. When they visited each other's houses their jaws dropped even lower; the pair shared the same habits, both Lewis and Springer had woodworking workshops in their garages, vacations on one particular beach in Florida and a fondness for Chevys.


Lincoln and Kennedy

  • Abraham Lincoln was Elected to Congress in 1846 - John F. Kennedy was Elected to Congress in 1946.
  • Lincoln was elected President in 1860 - Kennedy was elected President in 1960.
  • Both were particularly concerned with civil rights. 
  • Both their wives lost a child while living in the White House.
  • Both were shot on a Friday and both were shot in the head.
  • Both were assassinated by Southerns.
  • Both were succeeded by Southerns named Johnson.
  • Andrew Johnson, succeeder of Lincoln, was born in 1808 - Lyndon Johnson, succeeder of Kennedy, was born in 1908.
  • John Wilkes Boot, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1838 - Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939. Both assassins were known by their three names, both names are composed of fifteen letters.
  • Lincoln was shot at the theater named ‘’Ford’’ - Kennedy was shot in a ‘’Lincoln’’ car made by ‘’Ford’’
  • Both assassins were murdered before their trails.
  • Lincoln was shot in a theater and the assassin ran to a warehouse - Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and the assassin ran to a theater.

The list of coincidences between this two presidents extends several more points, however I've shortened it to only the ones which are factually confirmed.


Found in a 1975's newspaper from Hog Bay in Bermuda

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Every single moment is a coincidence.

~ Douglas Coupland