8 Bizarre Coincidences That Sound Too Perfect To Be True.
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"What a random coincidence!" It's true, coincidences happen everyday. But every once in a while you hear a story of something happening that you just can't believe is true. This a collection of those "too good to be true" stories.
1. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, fifty years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
2. Joseph Figlock, a Detroit man, was walking down a city street in 1937 when a baby fell out of a window above him. Figlock broke the baby David's fall and both were uninjured. A year later baby David fell out of the same window again and Figlock once again happened to be walking underneath and broke the fall.
3. In 1838 Edgar Allen Poe published his only novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Prym of Nantucket. It tells the tale of a crew shipwrecked who draw straws to see who will be sacrificed first for food. One Richard Parker is chosen and promptly stabbed. 46 years later, a yacht called the Mignonette is shipwrecked and the sailors choose to sacrifice someone to be killed for food - a cabin boy named Richard Parker.
4. American novelist Anne Parrish was shopping in a bookstore in Paris with her husband when she came across one of her favourite books from her childhood, Jack Frost and Other Stories. Her husband opened the book to find the following inscription: "Anne Parrish, 209 N. Weber Street, Colorado Springs". It was her childhood copy.
5. Identical twins Jim Lewis and Jim Springer were adopted by two different families shortly after their birth. Raised apart the two were reunited at age 39 and found some striking similarities in their lives. Each had a dog named Toy, smoked Salem cigarettes, bit their fingernails, and had worked part-time as a sheriff. But the weirdest similarity is that each had been married twice - first to a woman named Linda, second to a woman named Betty - and both had named a son James Allan (though one spelled it James Alan).
6. In 1973 Anthony Hopkins signed on to the film adaptation of The Girl From Petrovka by George Feifer. Wanting to read the novel before filming began, he went to London to track down a copy. Unable to initially find one, he came across a copy on a bench in a train station. Two years later when filming the movie Feifer visited the set and mentioned that he wanted to own a copy of the book - he had lent his last copy to a friend in London who had lost it. Hopkins offered his copy and upon opening it Feifer realized it was his copy.
7. 19th century painter Joseph Matthias Aigner attempted suicide several times. The first time at age 18 he attempted to hang himself but was interrupted by a Capuchin monk. Four years later he tried to hang himself again and was interrupted again by the same monk. At 30 he was sentenced to death for his political affiliations and the same monk intervened to save him. At 68 Aigner finally succeeded in committing suicide and that Capuchin monk presided over his funeral.
8. In Monza, Italy King Umberto I went to a small restaurant for dinner and noticed that the restaurant owner looked almost identical to him. The two discussed the matter and discovered that they were born on the same day in the same town, had married a woman named Margherita, and that the owner opened his restaurant the same day the King was crowned. Years later the King was brought news that the owner had died in a mysterious shooting accident and hours later the King was assassinated by gun.
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