3 of the Strangest Coincidences Ever to Occur
The world can be a crazy place – but not much of it is weirder than these 100% verifiable and ridiculous coincidences. From prophetic novels to unbelievable synchronicity and divine winds, here are just a few of the craziest coincidences ever to occur on Planet Earth.
A Titanic Prediction
In 1898 little-known American author Morgan Robertson penned a story entitled The Wreck of the Titan; or Futility. In the book, a supposedly unsinkable ship called the Titan smashes into an Iceberg on an April night 400 miles off the coast of Newfoundland. Almost everyone onboard died, because of the lack of lifeboats. Do you see where this is going?
Well, Robertson certainly didn’t – little did he know some 14 years later his story would seem eerily prescient. In a near perfect mirror of his story, the famous Titanic sank on the night of April 12th after hitting an iceberg 400 miles off the coast of Newfoundland. Although it wasn’t all as bad as the novel – of the Titanic’s 2200 passengers and crew, 705 survived the disaster. In the 1898 book, the Titan was carrying 2500 people and only 13 survived.
Robertson wrote the story before the idea of the Titanic had even been born, and this has been proven by understandably interested journalists looking into it after the event.
The Strange War of Wilmer McLean
Wilmer McLean was not a great general, heroic soldier or passionate statesmen. Indeed, he was primarily a humble grocer. However, his name has gone down in history. Despite moving 120 miles away in between the two events, Wilmer’s house was directly involved in the both the first and last major actions of the American Civil War.
On July 21st, 1861, Confederate soldiers were using McLean’s farmhouse in Manassas, Virginia as a base when it was fired upon in what were the first shots of the Battle of Bull Run. Understandably not enthused at being in the middle of a war-zone (and worried for his business prospects) Wilmer upped sticks after the battle and moved over 100 miles away to Appomattox Court House. Not four years later, in April 1865, Confederate soldiers were once again banging on Wilmer’s door asking to use his large farmhouse as a meeting space. He begrudgingly obliged, and not long after General Robert Lee was signing surrender documents for General Ulysses S. Grant of the Union.
Wilmer was said to remark at the time, ‘the war began in my front yard and ended in my front parlor.’ And he hadn’t even intended to be involved in it.
A legend that gave birth to the word Kamikaze (literally translated as Divine Wind), this story tells the tale of Kublai Khan and his Mongol forces to invade the island of Japan. Twice within the space of seven years they were repelled by two separate typhoons that decimated their ships and drowned many soldiers. Typhoons of that size are only estimated to occur once every hundred years or so in Japan, however, two occurred in seven years – on the exact time and place a Mongol invasion fleet was passing by. Coincidence? You decide.