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10 Amazing Coincidences

Published by s hayes in Offbeat
August 27th, 2008

We have all come across coincidences in our lives. To some they are amazing and worthy of note, to the skeptics, it is just the law of probability. Check out these 10 examples of coincidence and let me know what you think.

What’s in a Name?

A computer error gave two women in America called Patricia the same social security number. When the two women were brought together in an office to rectify the blunder they discovered that

  • They had both been born with the names Patricia Ann Campbell
  • Both of their fathers were called Robert Campbell
  • Their birthdays were on 13th March 1941
  • They had both married military men in the year 1959 (within eleven days of each other)
  • They each had two children aged 19 and 21
  • They both had an interest in oil painting
  • Both had studied cosmetics
  • Both had worked as book-keepers

Bullet With Your Name on It

In 1893, Henry Ziegland ended a relationship with his girlfriend.

Tragically, his girlfriend took the news very badly, became distraught and took her own life.

Her distressed brother blamed his sister’s death upon Henry, he went round to Henry’s house, saw him out in the garden and tried to shoot him.

Luckily, the bullet only grazed Henry’s face and embedded itself in a nearby tree.

In 1913, twenty years after this incident, Henry decided to use dynamite to uproot a tree in his garden. The explosion propelled the embedded bullet from the tree straight into Henry Ziegland’s head – killing him immediately.

Lucky Hughs?

On December 5th 1660, a ship sank in the straights of Dover – the only survivor was noted to be Hugh Williams.

On 5th December 1767, another ship sank in the same waters – 127 lost their lives, the only survivor was noted to be Hugh Williams

On 8th August 1820, a picnic boat capsized on the Thames – there was one survivor – Hugh Williams.

On 10th July 1940, a British trawler was destroyed by a German mine – only two men survived, one man and his nephew – they were both called Hugh Williams.

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  1. Karen N
    Posted August 27, 2008 at 8:33 am

    You couldn’t get much stranger than that:)

  2. ebazaar
    Posted August 27, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    WONDERFUL!! simply wonderful. The facts are awesome, creepy some of it but some of it are even amusing. The first one sends me a little chill up spine though….Another great ‘never failed to impress’ article.

  3. Leo Reyes
    Posted August 28, 2008 at 3:44 am

    really amazing coincidences, sometimes unbelievable!

  4. Aor
    Posted August 30, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    The farmer one is fake.

    My comments, and in fact an entire blog post by this s. hayes, have been deleted… lets see if this one makes the cut.

  5. s hayes
    Posted August 30, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    The source I used for the farmer coincidence was from the book “Beyond Coincidence” by Martin Plimmer & Brian King

    Thanks for noticing Aor, the article you mention proved so popular is has been requested by a magazine – will let you know when it goes out.

  6. s hayes
    Posted August 30, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Aor – another article of mine which may be of interest to you is on cultcase online mag
    http://www.cultcase.com/2008/08/five-mysterious-skulls-dare-they-be.html

  7. nisha
    Posted September 1, 2008 at 8:14 am

    its very thrilling and interesting too great work!!!

  8. ruby Hawk
    Posted September 2, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Uncanny isn’t it? An interesting article.

  9. SeventhSibling
    Posted September 6, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    How eerie!

  10. Melie
    Posted September 16, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Acutally for the farmer one is incorrect, but only slightly. in canada they have a letter a number a letter a number a letter. so really the postal address “zip code” would be E1(one)E1(one)O. which would infact look like “EIEIO” haha

  11. Ferdog
    Posted September 18, 2008 at 9:39 am

    I’d like to see the picture mentioned in “She’s Behind You!”

  12. Martyn
    Posted September 18, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    I don’t see how this is in any respect suprising or unexpected. This only demonstrates how laymen consider science/mathematics.

  13. Escoofield
    Posted September 20, 2008 at 10:49 am

    Wow this is so smart and absolutely useful!
    It is truly amazing and very good! Thanks for this it really helped me!

    Escoofield -
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  14. Circle
    Posted September 26, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Actually Melie, here in Canada, our postal codes are LetterNumberLetter NumberLetterNumber so the one with the farmer can’t be true.
    E1E 1O(missing number)

  15. Steve
    Posted September 28, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    The only thing I’d say about James Bond and his reference 007 is that the candidate number is at the school’s discretion – someone in the office with a sense of humour could have rigged that one. Still funny though, and kudos to that person if that’s the case!

  16. What photo?
    Posted September 28, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    - shown in the photograph above.

    … ummmm what photograph?

  17. Mark
    Posted September 30, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Yeah, Circle is right. The postal codes here are letter number letter number letter number
    ex. T8H 3C7

  18. Shut up Steve
    Posted October 2, 2008 at 11:54 am

    I live in Vancouver, and there has never, ever, ever been a case of anyone hit by lightning once, let alone 3 times. The rest of the stuff is therefore stupid as well

  19. Ben Dover
    Posted October 3, 2008 at 5:38 am

    Wow – I read these on the internet so they must be true….

  20. Rory
    Posted October 4, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Actually, Circle, the article stated that his postal code CONTAINED the sequence E1E10. So, it IS a possibility.

  21. Amused
    Posted October 4, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    This was entertaining despite being fake.

  22. Jeremy
    Posted October 5, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    I like peoples use of the word “facts” in the responses. Cheeri0!

  23. M J Katz
    Posted October 6, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Unless a person experiences a weird situation personally, researching for an article will always involve using information that someone else has previously written about. Most likely the first person who saw E1E1O1 opted to take some poetic license in hand and simply chose to ignore the last 1. Overall, I think you did a pretty good job, s hayes, and it will be interesting to see what you come up with, next.

  24. Scott
    Posted October 6, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    In fact there is NO possibility of that postal code in Canada. The “E” postal codes are from New Brunswick. They go as they normally would (letter number letter-number letter number).
    So they start at E1x-xxx and continue logically until you get to where the “O” would be. We skip from the “N’s” to the “P’s”…..no “O’s”

    http://www.postalcodedownload.com/NEW%20BRUNSWICK.html

    The E1E postal codes are linked on the upper right of the page

  25. Lyinzie
    Posted October 7, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Very entertaining to say the least…

  26. BC
    Posted October 8, 2008 at 8:38 am

    I find it hard to believe that nobody in Vancover has ever been hit by lightning as Shut up Steve says, so I did some research…

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/07/13/ipod_lightning_strike/

  27. realist
    Posted October 8, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    And every day 6+ billion people go about their lives… someone has go to win the lottery, so how amazing are these, really?

  28. Rufus
    Posted October 9, 2008 at 1:47 am

    I just choked on a smokehouse almond!

  29. loon
    Posted October 10, 2008 at 12:03 am

    “contained” the sequence E1E10.
    E1E101 contains E1E10, does it not?

  30. Grozilla
    Posted October 10, 2008 at 12:14 am

    Gee, I wonder how they got the same SS# from a COMPUTER IN 1941??? Since there was no such thing at that time. But you do come up with some good solidly entertaining STORIES!

  31. Nick
    Posted October 10, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Bi’ys chill out with the postal code business. Scott is right in his post, they start with the A’s in Newfoundland and move alphabetically across the country. There are no E1E 1′O’* postal codes. So that theory is gone. Fun idea though.

  32. shiv
    Posted October 11, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    the first one about the social security one probably happened because they had all of those similar characteristics. people are so dumb sometimes that they ignore the obvious and easily explainable facts and believe whatever they are told is true. sounds a lot like religion… and those emails that tell you you will die if you dont forward it..

  33. dick*stinky
    Posted October 11, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    my thoughts exactly grozilla. the adding machine must have just gotten a buggy firmware update. a lot of these sound like bs. neat stories, just false is all.

  34. rose
    Posted October 12, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    this is so boring :0 ;) ;( :( :)

  35. agghtee
    Posted October 13, 2008 at 3:53 am

    I used to work for the NEAB (National examination agency in the UK) as a temp when I was a student – we had to assign papers to schools and register the students against them – so I’ve got no problems in imaging that someone as board to hell as I was doing the job saw the name James Bond and thought… oooooh YES!!!
    Coincidence my arse!

  36. Cam
    Posted October 13, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    One other quick thing about postal codes. To avoid confusion, only 1’s show up, not I’s. The same with O’s(ohs) not 0’s(zeros). Therefore, in the sequence, E1E1O-, it is not possible, because an O(h) is not used, and a zero cannot fit in that spot. On an interesting note, on big planes, you won’t see H, I, J, or K as seat designations. Why? Put them together and you make…Hijk, or hijak if you were to just pronounce it as a word.

  37. Mrs.R
    Posted October 14, 2008 at 7:07 am

    I’m having a hard time believing the McDonald story. In Canada postal codes have half letters half numbers. It usually goes Letter, Number Letter Number Letter Number, eg. A3A 3A3. Which would mean the I’s in EIEIO are really 1’s…but the O’s are the problem I’m having. There are no “O”s in Canadian postal codes…only zeros (to forgo confusion), but the “O” would fall in the letter spot in the sequence EIEIO, and since no postal code includes the letters D, F, I, O, Q, or U…I’m not sure that this story is real.

  38. James Smith
    Posted October 14, 2008 at 9:29 am

    To the immortal Hugh Williams: Maybe you should stay off of boats? Of course, if you really are immortal, a sinking once ever 100 years or so is nothing to fret about. ;)

  39. davo
    Posted October 14, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    any of these verified?

  40. acecampillo
    Posted October 14, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Very interesting. I really enjoyed reading it. :)

  41. thestickman
    Posted October 14, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    That is some eerie stuff right there…

    -thestickman

  42. C. Jordan
    Posted October 14, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Nice one S. Very Enlightening ( hope I spelt that correctly I’d hate to have them all come crawling back out of the woodwork again).Keep it up .This one is just going to run and run.:) C.

  43. Jeff
    Posted October 14, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Sorry but that Hugh Williams one is fake. I read it in a book many years ago, and I reread the book a few weeks ago. I googled it and found absolutely nothing.

  44. Gon Pincha
    Posted October 14, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    WOOW hahaha. I don’t know what to do: if laugh or cry ^^
    Very good article,
    yours, Gon Pincha

  45. bhavna nair
    Posted October 15, 2008 at 1:16 am

    i dont know whether to laugh or cry at this coincidences

  46. Mimi C N
    Posted October 15, 2008 at 10:03 am

    It’s really an amazing article. It kind of freaks you out. Well done.

  47. Dan Haugh
    Posted October 15, 2008 at 10:11 am

    If half of them are true it is amazing! I did google the Hugh Williams story and found several references to it.

  48. greencat
    Posted October 15, 2008 at 10:33 am

    The incident in France took place in the 80’s, not in 1996. What happened was a head-on collision between two cars on a highway: one of the cars was in the wrong lane. The deceased were indeed husband and wife, but they had become estranged. the accident was not far from the wife’s home where the door had been left open and the lights and TV on. She had not even taken her handbag.
    As far as I know they never figured it out. The newspaper “LibĂ©ration” asked a number of novelists for their views on how all this might have come about.

  49. ffairconnetue
    Posted October 15, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    You would never think things like this would be possible.

  50. Kim Buck
    Posted October 15, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Cool read.

  51. valli
    Posted October 15, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Wow, amazing!

  52. Emily James
    Posted October 15, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    I LOVE this article, its amazing, humourous, and more than a liitle extraordinary!

    Emily James

  53. TMR
    Posted October 15, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    E1E is the postal code of moncton New Brunswick. My grandfather lives there, and his last name is MacDonald.

  54. Lauren Axelrod
    Posted October 15, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    The article was quite interesting. I’m just glad it wasn’t another top ten list.Cheers to you for being original.

  55. Ralph Brandt
    Posted October 15, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    I enjoy how gullible people are believing these. Most are from the web, either listed as urban legends or unverified.

    But the same people who are going gaga over this are planning to vote for BO. (That is B. Hussein Obama…)

  56. Unofre Pili
    Posted October 15, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    I have came across a couple of these in encyclopedias.They must have some bearing with the physics of quantum mechanics.

  57. Mariah Johnson
    Posted October 15, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    That was some truly crazy stuff there.

  58. Kiefer
    Posted October 15, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Very, VERY interesting.

  59. Summer Dawn Colinco
    Posted October 15, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Wow! These coincidences are ridiculously crazy! One crazy coincidence: I know a girl who had crushes on four guys who had the same birthday. Not all at the same time, but still.

  60. Anna Ski
    Posted October 15, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Wow, great, interesting stuff that really makes you think.
    But what happens when coincidence strikes when you talk about someone and then one minute later they call you, weird huh!

  61. Stirling
    Posted October 16, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Entertaining!! I have no idea how many are real but i loved it none the less!

  62. eddiego65
    Posted October 16, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Entertaining and amazing coincidences.

  63. janice
    Posted October 17, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    WOW ! how weird is that it is said we all have a double ! & i belive what this depicts is what is called FATE which seems to have more power over the mind & makes you really think what the world is all about ! brilliant fascinating reading.

  64. Me
    Posted October 18, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Grozilla, learn to read. They were born in 1941, it does not say this *happened* in 1941. In fact, it gives several facts about their adult lives. How would someone get assigned a Social Security number as an adult? It happens in limited cases, usually due to identity fraud or some other personal objection.

  65. liveitup
    Posted October 19, 2008 at 2:19 am

    pretty cool and scary at the same time

  66. cheese
    Posted October 21, 2008 at 6:54 am

    i had the same s.s. number with my sister-in-law (of course we had it changed). we have the same name but our surnames were different until she married my brother. AND we both like cheese!!! how weird is that????

  67. PPS
    Posted October 23, 2008 at 12:34 am

    The story about the man killed by the bullet embedded in the tree is a bit odd. If the guy was standing unprotected and too close to the tree when it exploded (unlikely) it’s possible that the bullet hit him along with other stuff. Cause of death could be any number of things. Pinning in down to one object would be quite an act for a pathologist in 1913. If he was standing at what could be considered a safe distance (more likely), a bullet shot into a tree would be deformed way beyond the point of being streamlined enough to travel further and faster than the other debris from the explosion.
    Fun story though…

  68. blankshooting
    Posted October 23, 2008 at 4:55 am

    i love this list – it did bring a big smile to my face :)

  69. Dave
    Posted October 23, 2008 at 5:18 am

    It would be nice to see some references cited for these “stories”.
    I’m to tires to go to snopes.com and disprove all of these but maybe someone else cares to.

    Dave

  70. jk
    Posted October 23, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    I believe that Dave ^ is cool, and Ralph Brandt is intelligent.

  71. JAD
    Posted October 23, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Need references on these. May be some truth to a few of these, but need some verifiable references. Otherwise, just urban legend material. Fun to imagine…but most likely embellished stories or outright fakes. Textual Photoshopping.

  72. DaveyDaveDave
    Posted October 24, 2008 at 2:22 am

    This is really weird! I’m amazed!

    “Henry decided to use dynamite to uproot a tree in his garden”

    You American’s are f’ing crazy!

  73. francis mcclean
    Posted October 24, 2008 at 8:51 am

    truth is indeed stranger than fiction

  74. ..-o(-_-)o-..
    Posted October 24, 2008 at 11:30 am

    I dunno.. These could be amusing. But I think I’m gonna have to see some references before I can enjoy reading them. Documented proof, from at least 3 major encyclopedia printings.. along with signed and notorized statements from any and all witnesses to said events. Otherwise I’ll not crack a smile. Jeez. Develop a sense of humor and imagination people, it will only enrich your life. Have you ever told an amusing anecdote and then had to explain or clarify every detail to some nit-pick? ‘Nuff said.

    I enjoyed the post, by the way. I love stories like these. What would life be without irony?

  75. sollipsist
    Posted October 24, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Glad this is just humor…with fewer coincidences than this, people have proven the existence of god, the 9/11 conspiracy, aliens, ghosts, or anything else that people believe based on hearsay and shaky logic.

  76. Chris
    Posted October 24, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    “Gee, I wonder how they got the same SS# from a COMPUTER IN 1941??? Since there was no such thing at that time. But you do come up with some good solidly entertaining STORIES!”

    1941 is their birth date, I dont know anyone who gets their SIN number right when they are born…

    1941 + 18 (working age) = 1959. Its possible.

  77. Mal
    Posted October 25, 2008 at 11:34 am

    If all the people in all the world were taught statistics and probability there would be no coincidences – apart from the interpretation of the word as “two (or more) things that happen at the same time”. We would then have to find “weird” and “eerie” things elsewhere.

  78. chris
    Posted October 25, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    I don’t believe in coincidences. I believe everything happens for a reason. I’m thankful I’m neither a Hughs or a Summerford!

  79. yeah
    Posted October 26, 2008 at 3:58 am

    For everyone asking for sources, you take life to seriously. This is obviously just something to read and enjoy, not to pick apart to find every fault.

  80. Emily
    Posted October 26, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    cool stories! so crazy!

  81. Z
    Posted October 26, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    82, I feel u )

  82. anonymous
    Posted October 26, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    I recall someone doing the exact same article on digg a year ago. This isn’t original and it ended up on the hot content. What is Triond coming too?

  83. Arjun
    Posted October 26, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    [citation needed]

  84. James Bond
    Posted October 26, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    I’m James Bond. Yes, the 1990 story was true. I was surprised to see the number 007 on my exam paper!

    Well, it’s a pity I have to live with the name James Bond. People always expect me to open bank vaults or casino’s money depositories. :-(

  85. Hugh Williams
    Posted October 26, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Hi folks, I’m a modern day Hugh. I don’t consider myself lucky, because when I was ten, I almost drowned in a bathtub.

  86. nooneshouldbelievethese
    Posted October 26, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    cite your sources

  87. boris
    Posted October 27, 2008 at 6:37 am

    well i’m from suffolk and i remember the ’she’s behind you story’ in the local paper. dunno how true it is but was definately in the news (with a clearer pic too)

  88. Urek Hawk
    Posted October 27, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Are you my daddy Mike Hawk?

  89. bill
    Posted October 27, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    ..-o(-_-)o-..#75, #82, #84, though you are right these are interesting stories and can be enjoyed as such, but they are being called fact. which, with out citing sources, just aren’t facts. no one should ever believe these.

  90. RJ Chamberlain
    Posted October 27, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    I enjoyed the article S Hayes and think you did a great job. Looking forward to reading more.

  91. you have a small dong
    Posted October 28, 2008 at 2:03 am

    all of you are morons.
    people are reading these for enjoyment and you go and get technical.
    shut your damn mouth and go become president or something
    a-holes

  92. Cyrage
    Posted October 28, 2008 at 7:55 am

    WOW…i’ve heard some of them…but wen i read the one “Lightning never strikes twice?” … sure felt sorry for ol Major Summerfield

  93. john wayne gacy
    Posted October 28, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    i

  94. john wayne gacy
    Posted October 28, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Sorry bout that last one, computer blew up. Talking bout coincidents, these are nothing to what happened to me in the summer of 1956. I was involved in a car crash where on the operating table i died for 15 minutes. What did i see? No tunnels of bright lights i,m afraid,BUT i saw a brilliant surgeon that obviously saved my life,i actually saw him operating on my brain and putting me all back together again as i watched from above. Nothing strange in that i hear you say. 52 years on and my only son is now a brilliant brain surgeon in OHIO. The surgeon i saw save my life was tall average build but with a distingusing purple birthmark which covered half his face. Anyone who has been operated on by a brain surgeon in ohio will describe the man. Yes,tall,average build with a birthmark!! The same surgeon that saved my life. My son,in fact, only when he operated on me, he hadn,t been born then!! Strange but true.

  95. saywhat
    Posted October 28, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Candian post codes are alphanumeric and 6 digits/letters long. It would have to be E1E 1O and then another number on the end. If this is the case then Old McDonald lived in Moncton.

  96. NoNoNo
    Posted October 28, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    The story about the bullet in the tree is, I am afraid, an adaption of a similar story (about a lovers’ tiff) attributed to an Italian source in the 1980’s. What is interesting is that you all believe in coincidences as if there is some external influence. There is not. Stuff happens and as humans we are driven to look for answers and connections in all things. When you go to bed tonight and your Mum did not phone the second after you thought about her, or you did not bump into an old friend, or when nothing coincidental occurred, you can truly say that today was a remarkable day.

  97. Dante
    Posted October 28, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    And you still think there are coincidents? then think again

  98. Kendi
    Posted October 28, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Will everyone stop about the lightning strikes already? geez, you can be struck by lightning more than once if your body chemistry is more prone to it.
    My own mother has had THREE near hits in her life. Two of them I was there for. One was 50 ft away, the other a few years later was only 5 feet away, and blew a hole down through the ceiling of the mall we were at. That was in Texas. The first one was in FL when she was younger and before I was born.

    http://science.nasa.gov/newhome/headlines/essd18jun99_1.htm

    Can you survive a lightning strike more than once?
    Some people like to push the odds. And at least one person has been hit by lightning some seven times and survived. An American park ranger by the name of Roy Sullivan was nailed seven times between 1942 and 1977. Known as the “human lightning rod”, Mr. Sullivan survived being struck although his hair was set on fire twice and he suffered burns on various parts of his body. But he lived. Kids, he was a professional. Don’t try that at home. While being struck by lightning does not mean automatic death, especially who knows CPR is nearby, who wants to take that kind of chance? [http://www.sky-fire.tv/index.cgi/lightning.html#cmoreonce]

  99. Bryan
    Posted October 29, 2008 at 1:36 am

    The farm one is complete bubkis… as mentioned the postal codes in canada are letter/number/letter space number/letter/number. A little (15 seconds worth) of research indicates the E1E is the postal code from the city of Moncton New Brunswick… not very good farming in the city from what i’ve been told, but i don’t know anything about milking no horses, but i digress. another 10 seconds into looking one would find that according to Canada Post, there is no such postal code as E1E 1E0. one could be led to believe that they might know a thing or two about postal codes…. although sometimes they make me wonder….
    cheers

  100. Michael
    Posted October 29, 2008 at 2:54 am

    Lies Lies Lies

  101. corona
    Posted October 29, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    the farmer one for sure is fake (EIEIO is not a canadian postal code) making the rest of the questionable.

  102. Posted October 29, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Actually, Grozilla, there were computers in the 1940’s. Social Security started in 1936, but many people didn’t even get their Social Security card until they began to have some sort of income. This was common even in the 80’s. It is quite possible that they got their Social Security numbers later in life, and there was some sort of mistake.

    E1E10?
    I don’t know, you people keep complaining about and “O”, what about a zero?

    Who knows if any of these are real?
    Who cares?

  103. Posted October 30, 2008 at 12:19 am

    These stories were great, and nothing but coincidences. Cool!

  104. Ben
    Posted October 30, 2008 at 4:55 am

    Sources? Get over yourselves. Enjoy the article and stop being rude.

    Unless you’ve decided to cite this blog in MLA style for your high school essays.

    Joking of course. About the essays at least, though you do all seem like you’re in high school. Are you the same people scribbling in sharpie on the bathroom stall?

  105. Ashish Singh
    Posted October 31, 2008 at 1:41 am

    Strange man. Are they all true?

  106. Gerald Weber
    Posted October 31, 2008 at 8:14 am

    Very freaky stuff. Is there any way to confirm if these stories are fact or fiction?

  107. Tommy
    Posted October 31, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    If stories like these keep being passed as facts it will not be too long before children are taught these things in school, therefore history will be all lies…computer errors in 1941 indeed…

    Reminds me of something…Religion :)

  108. hey
    Posted October 31, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    Grozilla – it says they were born in 1941 not that the ssn was assigned then. ssn were not required until some time later

  109. SniperFox
    Posted November 1, 2008 at 1:52 am

    “Gee, I wonder how they got the same SS# from a COMPUTER IN 1941??? Since there was no such thing at that time.”

    Not quite true. While it is true there were likely no computers that could assign anyone a SSN, there WERE computers, in 1941. Not personal computers like what we have today, but computers none the less.

    The Zuse Z3 [May 1941], and the Atanasoff–Berry Computer [Sometime in the Middle of 1941].

  110. Ernie
    Posted November 2, 2008 at 12:48 am

    I was impressed until I read the one about a farmer in Canada…..

    ”Mr McDonald was a farmer who lived in Canada – nothing extra-ordinary in that – until you learn that his postcode contained the letter sequence EIEIO”

    Impossible…. for the good reason that in Canada we don’t use sequence of 5 letters as postcode, but two separate blocks of 3 figures (letters and numbers), always in the same order, ex: J4S 3J8

  111. Hunchbook
    Posted November 4, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Another slightly annoying Canadian commenting about the farmer one.
    While a postal code might **contain** E1E1–, O’s are NEVER used in Canadian postal codes as they are too easily mistaken for zeros (neither are I’s). That being said, this is the internet, no one was actually using this for serious research now were they? :D

  112. deck
    Posted November 4, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    i was going out with a girl when the subject of birthdays come up and we shared the same one,same day actualy in the same hospital.maybe we where having some wierd baby talk and got disturbed and thought we’re carry that on later.

  113. Shaun
    Posted November 7, 2008 at 1:17 am

    I bet the SS# mix up was because the computers were using vista.

  114. Katie
    Posted November 7, 2008 at 6:32 am

    Canadian postal codes are letter-number-letter num-let-num..

    i.e. J8T R4E

    How could you have EIEIO?

  115. SICK OF THIS
    Posted November 9, 2008 at 8:22 am

    I wish you all would SHUT IT over the postal code thing already!!! don’t you people READ these posts!!!!

  116. gullible and entertained
    Posted November 10, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    I think the purpose of this post was probably entertainment, so does it really matter whether it’s true or not? As long as you get a chuckle or some goosebumps out of it (which I did), I ‘d say it’s worth a read. Go pick on Wikipedia entries if you want to get all pedantic and waste your time. Stumble on!

  117. Chris
    Posted November 11, 2008 at 10:34 am

    this is amazing.

  118. Giovanna
    Posted November 11, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    JUST amazing

  119. markster
    Posted November 11, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    These coincidences have clearly been photoshopped…

  120. markster
    Posted November 11, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    “Canadian postal codes are letter-number-letter num-let-num..

    i.e. J8T R4E

    How could you have EIEIO?”

    In that case, it could have read E1E I0* (* equalling additional character).

  121. Posted November 13, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Great article!!!

  122. aborath
    Posted November 14, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    COOL!

  123. Ken Laninga
    Posted November 17, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    I’ve had numerous coincidences. Finally I made a list of them; some are incredible. If you think back and start keeping a record of them, you too may be amazed.

  124. Emad
    Posted November 19, 2008 at 4:50 am

    it would be amazing if the above stories are not fiction!!!!

  125. Posted November 22, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Enjoyed reading your article.

  126. MG
    Posted November 22, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Methiks somebody has a great imagination.

  127. Andy
    Posted November 29, 2008 at 9:20 am

    The Argoed one is fake too.

  128. sirius
    Posted December 2, 2008 at 7:00 am

    Weird… I wish people would stop arguing about the EIEIO thing. It could be E1E1-0, or perhaps the post code system was different? But anyway, guys, don’t be so PARTICULAR.

  129. Devin Grosz
    Posted December 15, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Aren’t Canadian Postal codes in alternating alpha numeric format. For example N2L 7B2, J5C 7S1, Y9G 4X9. EIEIO just doesn’t work. Other than that one they are all plausible. Good post though.

  130. Casual Obsrvr
    Posted January 4, 2009 at 5:42 am

    Oy vey! The postal code controversy is so-ooo annoying!

  131. Shute
    Posted January 17, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Yes Canadian postal code could be E1E 1O something, so if this is incorrect, is anything. Even one attempts to find any configuration of this code it doesn’t work. Thus, nothing on this page can be trusted

  132. amazed
    Posted January 21, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    I got onto this site because there has been a coincidence in my family recently. Every month, around the same time one of my family members has had a fall, got badly cut on the forehead needing about 7 stitches. This has happened 3 times in a row. Yesterday was the third fall.. Just Imagine !!

  133. alohacyberian
    Posted February 19, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    This is really fascinating and a superb read! Thanx.

  134. BJ
    Posted March 4, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Such an awesome dowacky!
    xxx
    BJ
    (best so far!)

  135. Common
    Posted March 12, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Fools, are you guys really believing this crap? It’s obviously all made up.

  136. rich huntley
    Posted March 14, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Im full of coincidenses honestly what is written is the truth, poor spelling but true. i was born on 25-12-75 and my parents middle names are mary and joseph. my national insurance numer starts with jc and if you translate numbers to letters it reads IECADB. i have a number 389OA in my right eye and a birth mark on the back of my head. go on take a guess what my nickname was in school.

  137. .
    Posted March 24, 2009 at 11:42 am

    shopped

  138. Posted July 2, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Did you know that two twins, seperated at birth, found each other again decades later, both wearing EXACTLY the same clothes and EACTLY the same hairstyle !

  139. Kristen
    Posted July 3, 2009 at 2:51 am

    Hugh Williams HAS to be a vampire.

  140. Posted July 7, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Hugh Williams is a realtor in my hometown(Fernandina Fl.)

  141. Posted July 14, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    that’s really crazy i have seen the one about the lightning guy and it’s nothing compared to some of the others,

  142. rakhi
    Posted March 6, 2010 at 8:19 am

    i want somethng more intresting

  143. Kristina
    Posted May 12, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Jeff Williams you should tell the realtor to stay away from boats!

  144. Posted June 3, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Well I enjoyed it- fake or not. We’re here to read and enjoy. For all of you picking apart for facts, where the hell are your licenses to do so? Just read and enjoy. And for goodness sake – GET OFF THE POSTAL CODE THING!!
    It made me smile and yea, I kinda believed some for a moment.Either way, it was a nice read and it’s factual content doesn’t matter.

  145. tedsters
    Posted June 12, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    the peperment one was totaly unlucky, but that was totally amazing; and so was the lightning one!

  146. Posted July 17, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Truly amazing coincidences.

  147. Corey Miller
    Posted June 2, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    I actually have had a very strange coincidence myself. Throughout my life in northern Iowa I had seen in the paper several arrests of someone by the name of Corey Miller (My name is Corey Miller). The man lived in a town that was about 40 miles away from where I grew up and I always had people asking me why I was in trouble so often, although it wasn’t me. I had throughout the years become addicted to pain killers and had scheduled an appointment at a treatment facility about 40 miles from where we both grew up and when they called my name I stood up and so did another patient (The only other person in the waiting room besides me which turned out to be him). It turns out that we had both decided to clean up around the same time and had scheduled our appointments at the same time in the same facility.

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