Since you liked our previous list of creepy coincidences, here are 13 more:
Most of the time, karaoke is a harmless activity. In the Philippines, however, people tend to take it more seriously and over the years, there have been numerous karaoke-related killings. The weird thing is that many of the victims were murdered while performing Frank Sinatra’s 1969 song My Way.
It goes without saying that the song is banned in many bars.
King Louis XVI of France was terrified of the 21st day of each month. His fear stemmed from the fact that his royal astrologer had once warned him that date would one day prove harmful to his kingly persona.
Louis dreaded the 21st so much that he avoided doing business or making decisions on that day. But, as it turns out, he couldn’t keep ahead of the prophecy. On the 21st of June 1791, Louis and his queen were apprehended while trying to flee from France. On the 21st of September, France proclaimed itself a republic, putting an end to the institution of Royalty and essentially terminating Louis’ job.
And on January 21st, 1793, they terminated King Louis himself, with a guillotine.
On the evening of May 22, 1975, John Mowforth accused severe chest pains and was rushed to a hospital. Shortly after arriving, John died of a heart attack. So far, tragic, but not unusual.
As it turns out, John had a twin brother, Arthur. Around the same time John started feeling ill, his brother was experiencing the same symptoms. Arthur was also taken to a nearby hospital, where he suffered a fatal heart attack, roughly at the same time as his twin brother.
On December 5, 1664, a ship sank off the coast of Wales. Out of the 82 people aboard, 81 died. The only survivor was a man named Hugh Williams.
Exactly 121 years later, another ship sank in the Menai Strait, Wales. Sixty people died, one survived. His name was Hugh Williams.
The story repeated itself in 1820, when a ship capsized in the same strait. Twenty-five people drowned and the sole survivor was a man named Hugh Williams.
But wait, there’s more! In 1940, a British passenger ship was sunk by a German mine. This time, two men survived: Hugh Williams and his nephew…Hugh Williams.
When the Hoover Dam was finished in 1935, it was the tallest dam in the world. This achievement was only made possible by the efforts of thousands of workers.
During its construction, 112 men lost their lives. The first victim was JG Tierney, who fell to his death on December 20, 1922. The last man who died while building the Hoover Dam was killed exactly 13 years later, on December 20, 1935. He was none other than Tierney’s son, Patrick.
Because of a computer error, two women were given the same social security number. The two women met when they were both called to an office to set things straight. That’s when the coincidences started rolling out.
Both were named Patricia Ann Campbell. Both their fathers were named Robert Campbell. They were born on the same day, March 13, 1941. Both women married military men in 1959 and had two children, aged 19 and 21. They both worked as book keepers and shared common interests.
During the grim days of the First World War, the British navy converted one of their cruise ships, the RMS Carmania, into an improvised war ship. As a clever bit of trickery, the Brits disguised the Carmania as a German passenger ship called the SMS Cap Trafalgar.
Their plan paid off on September 14, 1914, when the Carmania sank a German ship in the Atlantic. Here comes the interesting part: the German ship was the real Cap Trafalgar, which the Germans had disguised as a British commercial liner, the RMS Carmania. Talk about irony…
In February 1918, Major Summerford was fighting in Flanders when a lightning bolt knocked him off his horse and paralyzed him from the waist down. After the war, he retired and moved to Vancouver, Canada.
In 1924, while he was out fishing, lightning struck the tree he had taken refuge under. Luckily, Summerford survived but his entire right side was left paralyzed.
Several years later, he was enjoying a fine summer day out in a local park when – you guessed it – he was once again hit by lightning.
A few years after Summerford passed away, his tombstone was destroyed by a lightning bolt. He must have done something to incur the wrath of the thunder gods.
The first and last British soldiers who died in WWI are buried in the same cemetery. Actually, their graves are located 20 feet apart and facing each other. The placing was not intended.
In 1955, James Dean was killed while driving his 1955 Porsche Super Speedster, which he had lovingly nicknamed Little Bastard. Following his death, the Little Bastard was involved in a number of accidents and deaths, leading many to believe the car was in fact cursed.
Shortly after James Dean’s accident, the wreck was taken to a garage, where the engine fell out, shattering a mechanic’s legs. A doctor bought the engine and installed it into his racing car. The Little Bastard’s driveshaft ended up being fitted on another racing car. Shortly after that, both drivers were killed during the same race.
Several years later, while the Porsche was being repaired, the garage it was in burned down. Mysteriously, it survived the fire untouched. Later on, while the car was on display in Sacramento, California, it fell off its mount and broke a teenager’s hip.
The Little Bastard continued to wreak havoc until it vanished in 1959. We strongly suggest nobody goes looking for it.
In 1975, a man riding a moped in Bermuda was struck and killed by a taxi. One year later, his brother met his demise while riding the same moped. And yes, he was killed on the same road by the same taxi driver who was carrying the same passenger.
A game of poker ended in tragedy and with a twist of fate in a San Francisco saloon in 1858. A man named Robert Fallon was shot and killed by the other poker players who believed he had cheated his way into winning $600. Since Fallon’s seat remained empty and the men were superstitious about taking the unlucky dollars, they invited the first guy who passed in front of the saloon to join in.
By the time the police arrived on scene, the new player had already raked in $2,000. They demanded that the $600 be passed on to Fallon’s next of kin but the new guy got to keep all of his earnings since, as it turned out, he was Fallon’s estranged son. He hadn’t seen his father in seven years.
Timur —known as Tamerlane to the western world— was a 14th century Mongol warlord who considered himself a direct descendant of Genghis Khan. He is the founder of the Timurid dynasty in Central Asia.
Historians believe that as many as 17 million people (5% of the world population at the time) perished as a result of Tamerlane’s expansionist policy. He died in 1405 and his body was placed in the Gur-e-Amir mausoleum, now located in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
According to legend, before his death, Tamerlane promised that “When I rise from the dead, the world shall tremble.”
Proving that he couldn’t care less about legends, Joseph Stalin ordered that the tomb be excavated in 1941. Leading the excavation was prominent Soviet archaeologist Mikhail Gerasimov. The local Muslim clergy warned Gerasimov against opening Tamerlane’s tomb and thus triggering his curse but he was unmoved by their plea.
On June 20, 1941, the Soviet archaeologists opened the mausoleum. Above Timur’s casket another inscription read: “Who ever opens my tomb shall unleash an invader more terrible than I.” Ignoring the inscription, the archaeologists sent Tamerlane’s body to Moscow.
Two days later, without any formal declaration, Hitler launched operation Barbarossa which saw four million soldiers of the Axis powers invading Russia. It was the biggest military campaign in human history, with heavy losses on both sides.
After suffering many losses at the hands of the Germans, Stalin caved in and ordered that Tamerlane’s remains be returned to Samarkand and reburied with full Islamic rites. Shortly after, the Soviets caught their first break. They won the Battle of Stalingrad and the German forces surrendered.
It would seem that Tamerlane’s Curse came true. A more down-to-the-ground explanation would be that it was all a tragic coincidence.
And since the only way to validate either hypotheses is to reopen his tomb, let’s hope we never find out.