10 Unbelievable Coincidences


The world is filled with astonishing occurrences of coincidence and synchronicity that defy explanation. Are these incredible true stories of mere coincidence... or the hand of fate?

Twice in seven years (1274 and 1281), the Mongols under the leadership of Kublai Khan could have almost certainly conquered Japan, but each time the invading fleet was turned back by a typhoon.

The sun and moon appear to be of same size because of an astonishing coincidence. The moon is 400 times smaller but 400 times closer, which makes the eclipses possible.

When a Nebraska church exploded in 1950, not one of the fifteen people who were supposed to be there for choir practice was injured because every member of the choir was late arriving for practice that evening and everyone had their own reason to not be there.

J.J. Thomson won the Nobel Prize in Physics (1906) for showing that the electron is a particle. His son, George Paget Thomson, won the Nobel Prize in Physics (1937) for showing that the electron is a wave.

On June 6, 2009, two men in China picked the same winning seven-digit lottery number. Though they were hundreds of miles away from each other, they bought their tickets at the exact same time, down to the second.

The developers of the 2000 video game Deus Ex left the Twin Towers out of the New York skyline in game due to texture memory limitations. The developers justified that the towers were destroyed by terrorists early on in the game’s storyline.

Anne Hathaway’s husband Adam Shulman has an uncanny resemblance to William Shakespeare. William Shakespeare had a wife called Anne Hathaway.

In the entire state of Ohio in 1895, there were only two cars on the road, and the drivers of these two cars crashed into each other.

During an August 17, 1957 game, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Richie Ashburn hit a foul ball into the stands that struck spectator Alice Roth. When play resumed Ashburn fouled off another ball that struck her while she was being carried off in a stretcher.

On the Christmas Eve 1994, two cars collided near Flitcham, England. The drivers were twin sisters who were delivering presents to each other. Their names were Lorraine and Lavinia Christmas.