In 1973, Anthony Hopkins agreed to play a role in ďThe Girl From PetrovkaĒ based on a novel by George Feifer. He wanted to buy the book, but couldnít find it anywhere. However, one day he found one on a bench in a train station. That book turned out to be Feiferís own annotated copy, which he lent to a friend and which had been stolen from his friendís car.
In 1975, a man riding a moped in Bermuda was accidently killed by a taxi. A year later, his brother, driving the very same moped was killed by a taxi driven by the same man who was driving the same passenger.
In 1883, a man named Henry Ziegland decided to end the relationship with his girlfriend, who later decided to commit suicide. Her brother decided to end Zieglandís life by shooting him dead. After he thought he had killed Ziegland, he also committed suicide. However, Ziegland didnít die; the bullet had just grazed his face and lodged into a tree. A few years later, he decided to blow up the tree with dynamite (as it was too big to simply cut it down), but the explosion propelled the bullet into Zieglandís head, killing him.
Edgar Allan Poe wrote in the 19th century a story about 4 survivors on a ship who decided to eat the cabin boy, called Richard Parker. A few years later, a boat called Mignonette foundered with only four survivors, who decided to kill and eat the cabin boy. His name was Richard Parker.
A German mother photographed her infant son in 1914, but did not get to receive back her film plate from a developing store because the war broke out. She moved to Frankfurt, 100 miles away, and after two years, when she photographed her daughter she noticed her picture had been superimposed on the earlier picture of her son. Her original film, never developed, had been mislabeled as unused and eventually sold back to her.
In the 1930ís, a baby fell out of a window in Detroit, but survived because he fell onto Mr. Figlock, a man who was simply passing by. A year later, the same baby fell from the same window onto the same man: Mr. Figlock.
In 19th century Austria there was a painter who tried to commit suicide 3 times at different times in his lifetime, and everytime he was interrupted by a misteryous Capuchin monk. When he finally succeeded in taking away his life by shooting himself, his funeral ceremony was conducted by the same Capuchin monk whose name the painter never knew.
While browsing bookstores in Paris in the 1920ís, the famous novelist Anne Parrish came upon a book she used to love as a child. When she got home and showed it to her husband and opened the book, she noticed that on the flyleaf was written: ďAnne Parrish, 209 N. Weber Street, Colorado SpringsĒ. It was her very own book she had as a child.
While dining in a restaurant, King Umberto I of Italy met his virtual double: the owner of the restaurant. Besides the obvious resemblance between them, they were both born the same day of the same year, in the same town and both married a woman named Margherita. The restaurant owner opened his restaurant the same day Umberto was crowned king of Italy. On July 29th, the king was informed that the restaurant owner died in a mysterious shooting accident. While the king was expressing his regret he was assassinated by an anarchist in the crowd.
Twin brothers Jim Lewis and Jim Springer were separated at birth and were adopted by different families. They hadnít known each other but it turned out when they eventually met that they had oth sought law-enforcement training, each married a woman named Linda, their sons were names James Alan, repsectively James Allan and both of them divorced their first wife only to marry other women both called Betty.
Carl Jung once said that during a session with one of his patient, a woman was telling him about a dream she had in which she was given a golden scarab. As he was listening leaning towards the window, Jung noticed a golden scarab knocking against the window-pane.
In 1858, a man called Robert Fallon was killed during a game of poker because he was accused of cheating. Because nobody wanted to fill in his seat, the other men asked a random man to play with them. This player managed to turn the $600 the recently deceased had made, into $2200. While investigating the murder, the policemen discovered that the deceased was in fact the father of the man who replaced him, and the latter hadnít seen his father in seven years.
Irv Kupcinet was in London in 1953 to cover the coronation of Elizabeth II. During his stay in a hotel, he found in one of his roomís drawers some items belonging to his good friend and basketball star, Harry Hannin. This may have been odd, but this is not all. He also received a letter from Hannin in which he was told that during his stay in Paris, he had found a tie in his hotel room, with Kupcinetís name on it.
- Thomas Jefferson was the one who crafted the Declaration ofd Independence which he then sent to Adams (and Benjamin Franklin) to edit it. The Continental Congress approved the document on July 4, 1776. Surprisingly, both Jefferson and Adams died on the same day, July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years from the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
In 2002, two twin identical brothers died within hours of one another after separate accidents on the same road in northern Finland.