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8 Unbelievable Coincidences That Leave Us With Many Questions About the World

Life sometimes brings us strange surprises that are seemingly impossible to explain simply by referring to theories of probabilty.

We at Bright Side never cease to be amazed by the coincidences that occur in this world which demonstrate just how unpredictable and mysterious it is.

Almost like reincarnation

8 Unbelievable Coincidences That Leave Us With Many Questions About the World
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Enzo Ferrari, who founded the Ferrari company, died in 1988. About a month later, the footballer Mesut Özil was born. Looking at their portraits, you could be forgiven for thinking they’re twin brothers. Is this a case of reincarnation?

Is this another evidence of time travel?

8 Unbelievable Coincidences That Leave Us With Many Questions About the World

Jennifer Lawrence is a spitting image of a silver age Egyptian actress Zubaida Tharwat.

Neighbors living in different centuries

8 Unbelievable Coincidences That Leave Us With Many Questions About the World
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The famous composer George Handel was a neighbor of famous guitarist Jimi Hendrix – admittedly, they were separated by two centuries. Handel lived in London at 25 Brook Street, whilst Hendrix lived for a time at 23 Brook Street. They were both incredible musicians who had a major influence on the development of music in their respective eras.

Source: andelhendrix

The Tragedy on the Hoover Dam

8 Unbelievable Coincidences That Leave Us With Many Questions About the World
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One of the first people who lost their life during the construction of the Hoover Dam was George Tierney, who died on December 20, 1922, when carrying out preparatory work. The last person to die during construction was Patrick Tierney – George’s son. He also died on December 20.

Source: http://damofhoover, usbr, digital-desert

The cars that found each other

8 Unbelievable Coincidences That Leave Us With Many Questions About the World
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In 1895, in the state of Ohio, two cars collided. The peculiarity of this particular accident is to be found in the fact that during this period, automobile production was only just beginning to take off, and there were only these two cars in all of Ohio. Unfortunately, at that time automobile accidents still weren’t documented, and sσ the official records of this case haven’t survived.

Sources: books.google, allfunandgames

Rumors of Edgar Allan Poe’s time machine

8 Unbelievable Coincidences That Leave Us With Many Questions About the World
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In the book The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, written by Edgar Allan Poe, we learn the story of four sailors who survived the sinking of their ship and were forced to eat a shipboy called Richard Parker. Po claimed that this story was based on real-life events, but this wasn’t actually the case.

46 years after the book was written, an actual boat did sink, and the members of the crew who were saved recounted how they had eaten a shipboy called…Richard Parker. This led to rumors that the famous American writer had owned a time machine.

Sources: seesouthampton, skeptics, nytimes

Unlucky brothers

8 Unbelievable Coincidences That Leave Us With Many Questions About the World
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In July 1975, Erskine Lawrence Ebbin, a 17-year-old inhabitant of the Bermuda Islands, was riding along the road on his moped when he was hit by a taxi. Almost a year before, also in July, Erskine’s brother – who was also 17 – was killed. He was riding the same moped and he was killed by a taxi as well. Behind the wheel was the same driver, and he was carrying the same passenger.

Sources: skeptics, royalgazette, dailytelegraph

Anthony Hopkins and a rare book

8 Unbelievable Coincidences That Leave Us With Many Questions About the World
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Once, the actor Anthony Hopkins urgently needed to get hold of a book sσ that he could study for a role in a film he was starring in: The Girl from Petrovka, written by George Feifer. He couldn’t find the book in a shop anywhere, but then completely coincidentally he came across a forgotten copy in the subway.

When Hopkins later met Feifer, the latter told him that he didn’t have a copy of the book himself – he had lent his last one to a friend, who had lost it somewhere in the subway.

Sources: npr, dailymail, theactuary

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