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Top 10 Unbelievable Coincidences That Actually Happened

The universe has always had its way in events surrounding humans and we’ve all had coincidences in life in one way or another. But some coincidences have beaten every logical explanation because of their mysterious nature. Some of these coincidences can be surprising, mind-blowing, and or outrightly eerie. This rare but common phenomenon has prompted scientists to embark on serious research to establish what exactly causes coincidences as far as human nature is concerned. Below are the top ten unbelievable coincidences that happened to people.

Violet Jessop

Violet Jessop

Born on October 2, 1887, Violet Jessop had not only a coincidence full life but also the coincidences saved her life big time. Violet was born in Argentina, and her parents were of Irish origin. Her love for cruise ships saw her get a job at the White Star Line Company in 1910 working on the Olympic Vessel. On 20th September 1911 Olympic Vessel was struck by a British warship to sink it. Fortunately, the Olympic ship managed to steer to the dock safely, and Violet Jessop escaped unharmed. Violet Jessop later moved and worked as a stewardess on RMS Titanic, a sister ship to the Olympic Vessel.

On April 10, 1912 while on a voyage from South Hampton, RMS Titanic rammed into an iceberg, and luckily Violet Jessop boarded a lifeboat and escaped unharmed. 1,503 lives were lost during the incident. The third incident was when Violet was working as a nurse in the Britannic, which was transporting wounded British soldiers. On 21st November 1916 after a series of successful voyages through the same route, Britannic rammed into a mine installed by a German Submarine. Violet again escaped by boarding lifeboats. However, she suffered a head injury.[1]

The Jim Twins

Unbelievable Coincidences - The Jim Twins

Naturally, twins are known to have major common traits since their conception. The fact that twins, especially the identical twins, have the same genetic structure explains why they tend to perform things the same way to each other. If one identical twin loves coffee, the other twin will 100% be a coffee lover too. However, differences in the form of doing things may happen to twins if they are raised in different environments. Separated at the age of three weeks, the Jim twins hold the most unbelievable coincidences. Jim Lewis and Jim Springer were both adopted by different families and later reunited at the age of thirty-nine. What sparked more curiosity and even drew the attention of scientists from the University of Minnesota headed by Thomas Bouchard were their life events. First, the twins were named Jim by their adoptive parents. This was not intentional; the parents had no idea of each other.

The twins lived forty miles apart but never met during their childhood age. They smoked the same cigar brand. The eerie part about them is that they both had Linda as their first wives, divorced and both remarried to women named Betty. Their sons were both named James Allan. The twins united in 1979 after Jim Lewis phoned his supposed brother. This happened after Jim Lewis, and his adoptive mother had visited the court to finalize the adoption papers, and in the process, they overheard someone mention that the other baby was named James “Jim.” Jim Lewis went back to the court and requested for the address to the Jim Springer adoptive parents. He called his brother, and the first word he uttered was, “Are you, my brother?” Jim Springer, on the other end, responded, “Yes.” They mated later after four days and realized they had a lot more in common. They both bit their nails, and both had dogs called Toy.[2][3]

Joseph Figlock & the Falling Babies

Joseph Figlock & the Falling Babies

Joseph Figlock is another man to have been a victim of coincidences. Joseph Figlock was a street cleaner when he experienced two separate events that were coincident. Figlock was not your regular street cleaner, but also a baby magnet. In 1937, Figlock was hit by a baby who was falling from the fourth floor of a story building as he was by down the alley. Thankfully, both the baby and Figlock survived but with injuries. What would appear like a creepy coincidence is that a year later, Joseph Figlock saved another baby falling at terrific speed from the sky!

Just like the first baby, David Glenn Thomas, the baby saved by Figlock fell from the forth Storey window and landed on Figlock’s head. To add, the two incidences happened at the same time but different streets. Thankfully, Baby Glen Cheated death and escaped with injuries on the arm, thigh shoulder, and a wound on the skull. The mothers to the two babies must have thanked Figlock for his “baby magnets” otherwise the babies would have fallen to their deaths.[4]

Twins Die the Same Death

Twins Die the Same Death

Twins have a supernatural connection no human can understand. If they are not thinking the same, they are absolutely craving for the same food at the same time. This supernatural connection is also evident in creepy and freaking incidences like death. This spooky incident happened to two identical twins in Finland. They both died the same death.

In the year 2002, two seventy-year-old twin brothers were hit by a truck and died two hours apart on the same road. The first twin, while riding his bicycle along Raahe which was six hundred kilometers from Helsinki was hit by a speeding truck and lost his life on the spot. Two hours later his twin brother went by the same road riding his bicycle and coincidentally was hit by a truck and died. The second twin died just 1.5 km from where his twin brother’s spot. One finish police officer was quoted, saying, “It made my hair stand when I heard the two were brothers and identical twins at that.”[5]

King Umberto Double

King Umberto Double

This is another fascinating incidence to happen in history. This time round happening to a dynasty. In what was a typical day to King Umberto of Italy turned freaking coincident event when he ran to his look alike. On this particular day, King Umberto had gone to a restaurant accompanied by his assistants. The attendant who was taking King Umberto I’s orders was shocked to see his look alike, and on the other hand, Umberto was equally astonished. They appeared as if they were looking in a mirror. After a minute of astonishment, the two gentlemen sat down to know each other more.

Their conversation would get more exciting and fascinating as the two gentlemen realized that they were not just look alike, but also shared many everyday things in life. They were both named Umberto, They were both born on March 14, 1844, in the same town called Turin and each had a wife called Margherita. To add, Umberto’s look-alike opened his restaurant business on the day Umberto ascended to power as the king of Italy. The two men lost their lives to gunshots in a tragic turn of events. On 29 July 1900, the restaurant owner was killed in a gun shooting and shortly after learning about the shooting and the death of his look-alike, King Umberto was assassinated.[6]

A Couple’s Childhood Photo

A Couple’s Childhood Photo

This is another unbelievable but beautiful coincidence. The universe forces brought together the couples in a photo eleven years before they got to know each other. Aimee Maiden and Nick Wheeler is a married couple who share a fantastic story. While growing up, Aimee lived in Mousehole, Cornwall while in Wheeler was raised in Kent before him and his family moved to Newlyn.

While perusing through family photos at Nick’s grandparents home, Aimee stumbled upon a snapshot taken of Wheeler and his family members while on vacation. In the photo, Aimee recognized herself from the background of the picture. Practically, their paths had crossed while they were still innocent kids. The grainy photo was taken in 1994. The couple married twenty years later after the photo was taken and at Gulval church in Mousehole a few minutes from the spot in which the rare snap was taken from.[7]

James Dean & His Porsche

James Dean & His Porsche

James Dean was not only a young, talented Hollywood star but also had a “cursed car.” At age 24, Dean acquired his dream car Porsche 550 spyder which he jokingly named it Little Bastard. While growing up, Dean had a favorite spot for Porsche cars, and before acquiring the “little bastard,” Dean owned Porsche 356. Dean didn’t enjoy his newly acquired car for long. On 30th September 1995, Dean sped his life to death with the car. The eerie coincident part is that on 23rd September 1995, Dean as warned by his fellow actor Alec Guinness not to drive the car or else he would die in a week. Seven days later, Dean lost his life to an accident with his car. Also, months before the crash, Dean was in an advertisement warning the drivers to drive safely because they would be saving Deans life.[8]

The First & the Last British’s Soldier Graves

The First & the Last British’s Soldier Graves
St. Symphorien Military Cemetery: John Parr’s headstone is in the foreground while that of George Ellison is on the extreme right (Image: Alamy)

This is another Creepy and yet fascinating coincidence of two British soldiers who fought during the First World War. Pte John Parr and Pte George Ellison do share not only a common name but also were great commonwealth soldiers that lost their lives during World War I. Uncanny, but pure truth, the two soldiers died four years apart with John Parr being the first British soldier to die during the World War I and George Ellison being the last soldier to die few minutes before the war was called off. At age 16, Parr is believed to have been shot dead by advancing German soldiers when the war started.

On the other hand, George was a fully skilled and a well-trained soldier when he was shot dead a few hours before the terrible war that claimed millions of lives was called to end. George was 40 years when he lost his life. The coincidence in these two soldiers is that they are both buried in St. Symphorien in Belgium under the same tree facing each other.[9]

The Unsinkable Hugh Williams

The Unsinkable Hugh Williams

This is one of the mightiest coincidences ever recorded in history. The power in which the name Hugh Williams bears is mind-boggling. The coincidences revolve around three ships that sunk in the sea, and the only survivors in the three incidences happened to have been named Hugh Williams. History has it that the first ship sunk on December 5, 1664, in the Menai Straits in Wales and out of all the 81 passengers on board, only one passenger survived and his name was Hugh Williams. On December 5, 1785, another ship sunk in the same place as the first ship, everyone aboard the ship died except one person, and his name was Hugh Williams. Lastly, on December 5, 1820, another ship went down the sea and only one person cheated death, his name as Hugh Williams.[10][11]

Napoleon & Hitler

Unbelievable Coincidences - Napoleon & Hitler

Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler were both authoritative leaders who held power in their respective countries close to their chests. Coincidentally, numbers have proved their way in Napoleon’s and Hitler’s lives. The mysterious number is 129. Apparently, the two leaders were born 129 years apart, rose to power 129 years apart, and both visited Vienna 129 years apart. To add, the two leaders came to power when they were aged 44, attacked Russia when they were aged 52 and sadly lost the wars when they were aged 56.[12]

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