Ghost stories and urban legends are unarguably terrifying, but I find a few, much more simpler things a bit more unnerving. Take strange coincidences for example. There have been only a handful of memorable recorded coincidences from our history, and the following will list 7.
1.) 14 years before the Titanic sank, Morgan Robertson wrote a book about a ship. The book described the ship as unsinkable and as the most advanced ship humans have ever built. Both of the ships were British-owned steel vessels around 800 feet long and sank after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic, in April, at around midnight. It struck an iceberg 400 miles off the coast of Newfoundland going 22.5 knots. 14 years later, the Titanic also hit an iceberg 400 miles off the coast of Newfoundland, but there is a small difference, the Titanic was going 25 knots. Everything else occurred exactly as Robertson wrote, 14 years before it even happened. The only difference between the real Titanic and Robertson’s ship? The ship in the book was called the Titan.
2.) In Detroit sometime in the 1930’s, a young (horrible) mother was eternally grateful to a man named Joseph Figlock. As Figlock was walking down the street, the mother’s baby fell right on top of him from a high building. Luckily, both the baby and Figlock survived with minor injuries. This is where things get weird: sometime later in the same year, the baby fell from the same window again – right onto Joseph Figlock’s head. Again, as luck would have it, they were both uninjured. That mother must have been pretty grateful for Figlock’s existence.
3.) Tamerlane was a 14th century descendent of Genghis Khan and spent much of his life dedicated to the family business (you know, conquering Asia). When Soviet archeologists opened his tomb, they found an inscription reading “Whomsoever opens my tomb shall unleash an invader more terrible than I.” The date was June 20th, 1941.
4.) In 1974, a moped driver in Bermuda was killed when a taxi ran into him. One year later, that man’s brother was killed while riding the same moped on the same street. He was also hit by the same taxi driver carrying the same passenger.
5.) In 1895, there were only two cars in the entire state of Ohio…and they crashed into each other.
6.) In 2002, a seventy year-old man was struck and killed by a lorry while attempting to cross a highway on his bicycle 600 kilometers north of Helsinki. Two hours earlier and 1.5 kilometers away, another seventy year-old man was struck and killed by a lorry while also attempting to cross a highway on his bicycle 600 kilometers north from Helsinki. They were identical twins.
7.) Mark Twain was born when Halley’s comet came past, and died when it came by again. Twain stated, “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.” Looks like he got his wish.