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15 Strange Coincidences That Will Leave You Scratching Your Head

We've all experienced some weird coincidences in our lives - getting a call from someone right as you were thinking about them, or hearing a song on the radio that just so happens to relate to a current life situation. Some coincidences, however, are much weirder. 

Here are 15 of the weirdest coincidences we've ever heard of, including some that literally made history.

1. Lincoln and J.F.K.

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Two of America's most famous Presidents share a lot of similarities. They were both over six feet tall, both had served in the military, both suffered from genetic diseases, and both met their end at the end of an assassin's bullet - to the head, on a Friday, while sitting next to their wives.

2. Brilliant neighbors

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Jimi Hendrix and George Handel were both hailed as musical geniuses of their respective eras, and, had they not been separated by two centuries, they may have been neighbors in London! Hendrix lived at 23 Brook Street, while Handel lived at 25 Brook Street.

3. Predicting the Titanic

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Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan was a novella written by Morgan Robertson 14 years before the sinking of the Titanic. The ship in the book was called the Titan, and besides having similar dimensions as the real-life Titanic, it was also billed as "unsinkable", had a massive shortage of lifeboats, and sank after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic. 

4. Victims of the Hoover Dam

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The Hoover Dam claimed the lives of several workers during its construction, which took more than a decade to finish. The first worker to die was J.G. Tierny on December 20, 1922. The last worker to die? Tierny's son, who died exactly 13 years later on December 20, 1935.

5. Video game predicts 9/11

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Back in June, 2000, a futuristic shooter-style game called Deus Ex was released. The city of New York was accurately rendered in the game - except for a depiction of the skyline that didn't have the World Trade Center towers due to an artist error. In order to save time and explain their absence, the game's developers simply altered the narrative slightly to say the towers were destroyed in a terror attack.

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6. Unlucky moped brothers

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In 1974, a moped driver in Hamilton, Bermuda was killed after a collision with taxi. The next year, another moped driver - the original victim's brother - was killed by the same taxi driver, carrying the same passenger, on the same street.

7. What are the chances...

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In 1895, the automobile industry was still in its infancy and only two people owned a car in the state of Ohio. That number dropped to zero, however, when those two cars found each... via a devastating collision.

8. Poe predicts the future

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Edgar Allen Poe famously claimed that his story, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, where shipwrecked survivors resorted to eating a cabin boy named Richard Parker to stay alive, was based on real events. At the time, however, it wasn't. Fast forward 46 years, however, and a disaster at sea actually did leave a shipwrecked crew with no other option but to eat their cabin boy - named Richard Parker!

9. The start of WWI predicted its own end

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The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria kickstarted a series of events that led directly to the outbreak of the first World War. Interestingly, the car the archduke was shot in has a license plate number "A111118." World War I officially ended on what is now called Armistice Day - November 11, 1918 (11/11/18).

10. The tale of two Umbertos

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King Umberto I of Italy was delighted one day to meet a restaurant owner who shared his name. The bond between the two was further deepened by the fact that they were born on the same day, in the same town, and had both gone on to marry wives with the same names. Sadly, King Umberto received the sad news just a few days later that the other Umberto had been shot dead. Later that day, the king was also assassinated.

11. A rare book indeed

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When legendary actor Sir Anthony Hopkins was researching his role in The Girl From Petrovka, he tried to find a copy of the George Feier novel that the film was based on. He was unable to find any copies of the book until, by chance, he came across one just sitting on a bench. Hopkins opened it up to discover that it wasn't just any copy - it was Feifer's personal, annotated copy which had been stolen from him not long ago.

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12. Napoleon and Hitler

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Hitler and Napoleon are curiously linked by the number 129. Hitler rose to power 129 years after Napoleon did, invaded Russia 129 years after Napoleon did, and was also soundly defeated 129 years after Napoleon was.

13. Doppelgängers through time

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I'm sure a lot of you have seen the photos and paintings of Nicolas Cage and Keanu Reeves lookalikes throughout history (see here). Sometimes, however, the coincidence is uncanny enough to make you have serious questions about reincarnation. Case in point: Enzo Ferrari, founder of Ferrari, dies in 1988... the same year that his historical doppelgänger, soccer star Mesut Özil, was born.

14. Canadians discover a coral reef... near Greenland

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Coral reefs are generally associated with tropical waters, but a group of Canadian scientists studying water samples near the Southwest of Greenland stumbled upon a coral reef quite by accident. The reef is 900 meters deep in an area with very strong currents.

15. Red teams win more

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Researchers collected data going all the way back to WWII to discover that home teams that wear red tend to win more, while teams with yellow or orange tend to have the lowest chance of success. One suggested reason is that red might also inspire more fans, which would consequently lead to the team having more/better resources to put the best lineup on the field.

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