The old saying that truth is stranger than fiction is often appended: because fiction has to actually make sense.
We dusted off the old history tomes and scoured them for hours looking for the weirdest, most unbelievable coincidences throughout the ages. Or at least we used Google to look them up.
Here's the top five:
1. The first strange event occurred during 1975 in Bermuda. A 17-year-old teenager died when a taxi cab collided with his moped scooter. Twelve months later, his twin brother, riding the exact same scooter, was hit and killed by the exact same vehicle, driven by the exact same motorist, who was ferrying the exact same passenger involved in the death of his brother. Spoopy!
2. In the year 1883, Henry Ziegland ended a relationship with his partner who was so anguished she killed herself. The woman’s furious sibling tracked down Ziegland and turned a gun on him. Confident he had murdered the fellow, the brother also killed himself. The kicker is, Ziegland had survived the attack. The ammo had ricocheted off his face, embedding into a trunk. It was a very close call. A few years down the track, Ziegland made the choice to chop down the exact tree, which still contained the metal projectile. The enormous trunk was so daunting that he blew it up with explosives. The detonation then dislodged the bullet from the tree and into Ziegland’s skull and he died.
3. A mother of Germanic descent took a picture of her young son in the year 1914, leaving the shot to be developed at a shopfront in Strasbourg. Back then some film plates were sold on an individual basis. The First World War transpired and they were unable to return to France, so the mother gave up on finding the photograph. Two years passed, and she purchased a film plate in Frankfurt, over 160 kilometres away, to snap a photograph of her newborn daughter. When the film was developed it turned out to be a double exposure, with the photo of her newborn superimposed on the previously taken one of her son. Through some freak occurrence, the film had never been developed, was resealed, resold and had eventually returned to her.
4. In 1838, the renowned macabre author, Edgar Allan Poe, published a book called The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym. The story entailed four survivors of a maritime wreckage who remained in a lifeboat for an extended timeframe before they chose to murder and feast upon the cabin boy named Richard Parker. Decades later, in 1884, a ship called the Mignonette sank with only four survivors, who were in a life boat for many days. In the end the three older members of the group, knocked off and consumed the cabin boy. The name of the cabin boy was also Richard Parker.
5. More twin brother eeriness! Jim Springers and Jim Lewis were divided at birth and taken in by different parents. Both of whom called the boys James. The brothers went through life being unaware of each other’s existence, yet both pursued police training, both had talents in woodwork and mechanical sketching, and each had wedded separate women with the name Linda. Both had sons called James Alan and James Allan, respectively. Eventually, they both separated from their original wives and wedded other ladies – both called Betty. In addition, they both owned pooches which they called Toy.