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More Amazing Coincidences or Synchronicity

John loves to read, especially crime, fantasy, psychological thriller, and sci-fi novels. He is interested in the paranormal and unexplained

Quote by Albert Einstein from 'The World As I See It".

Quote by Albert Einstein from 'The World As I See It".

More Coincidences - or Are They?

Due to the popularity of my previous article "Mere Coincidence or Unexplained Phenomena" and the good feedback I received I decided to write about more rather eerie 'coincidences'. Whether these can be classed as just coincidences or there is something much more mysterious at work I will let you be the judge. But whatever the case, I think these stories make interesting reading.

Abraham Lincoln 1858: By Abraham Byers, Beardstown, IL - Daniel W. Stowell, Public Domain,

Abraham Lincoln 1858: By Abraham Byers, Beardstown, IL - Daniel W. Stowell, Public Domain,

The Lincoln/Booth Encounter

No, not John Wilkes and Abraham. but Edwin and Robert.

Did you know that a few months before John Wilkes Booth became notorious for murdering the President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater, the President’s son, Robert Todd Lincoln, was waiting on a narrow, crowded platform for a train in Jersey City, New Jersey when he lost his footing and fell beneath the slowly moving carriage of a departing train? Fortunately, he was pulled to safety before any serious harm befell him. Robert Lincoln turned to thank his rescuer and was surprised to recognise the well known actor Edwin Booth, the brother of John Wilkes.

In what has to be one of the most remarkable coincidences in history, the son of a president was rescued by the brother of the same president’s assassin! But then, Abraham Lincoln’s only son had a penchant for such occurrences, having been present at the assassination of President Garfield in 1881 (he was Garfield’s Secretary of War at the time and an eyewitness to the event) and of President McKinley in 1901. It seems that Robert Todd Lincoln could have been considered somewhat of a Jonah.

Robert Todd Lincoln: By Photo by John Goldin & Co. - This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs divisionunder the digital ID cph.3b38870. Public Domain

Robert Todd Lincoln: By Photo by John Goldin & Co. - This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs divisionunder the digital ID cph.3b38870. Public Domain

The First World War Almost Wasn't.

A 19-year old Bosnian peasant named Gavrilo Princip would not have expected that his actions, one beautiful June Sarajevo day in 1914, would have such a drastic effect on the course for the rest of the twentieth century, but that’s exactly what it did when he took out his pistol and fired twice at the motorcade carrying Austro-Hungarian leader Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, killing them both.

Their deaths set off a chain of events that would plunge the world into one of the bloodiest wars in history and foster the advent of Communism and Nazism over the next few decades.

And the sad thing is, World War I need never had happened except for a single, remarkable coincidence; Princip was part of a band of conspirators who had planned on killing the Archduke. However the planned assassination had been aborted after an earlier attempt that day to kill the Franz Ferdinand with a bomb had failed. Walking into a café for a quick bite to ease his disappointment—as well as his appetite—Princip had just stepped outside when he spotted the Archduke’s car stopped not twenty feet away. The driver had apparently taken a wrong turn and, in the process of backing up, had stalled the engine, leaving the Archduke and his wife sitting ducks. Thinking quickly, Princip pulled his pistol and the rest is, as they say, history—all because the Archduke’s driver got lost and Princip's hunger got the better of him.

For the full story of the above check out the wonderful hub by UnnamedHarald.

  • World War 1 History: The Assassins of June 28, 1914
    Archduke Franz Ferdinand, next in line to succeed the aging Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary, was assassinated by Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina on June 28, 1914. His death set in motion a chain of events which led to the star
Image by Klári Cseke from Pixabay

Image by Klári Cseke from Pixabay

  • On June 24, 2005, veteran actor Paul Winchell died at age 82. He voiced the character of Tigger in Disney’s Winnie the Pooh films. In what seems more than mere coincidence, the very next day, John Fiedler died at age 80. He was the voice of Piglet.
Paul Winchell: By Photographer: James Kriegsmann, New York - eBay itemphoto frontphoto back, Public Domain,

Paul Winchell: By Photographer: James Kriegsmann, New York - eBay itemphoto frontphoto back, Public Domain,

Hanna's Farm

On Jan 18, 1890 the Quebec Daily Telegraph reported that “a well-to-do" farmer named Campbell Hanna, had thrown himself into the Maitland River running through his farm and was drowned before assistance arrived. Three of Mr Hanna's neighbor’s witnessed the event and rushed to assist him, but the swollen river was raging and they were unable to save him.

A weird coincidence in connection with this was that the previous owner of Hanna’s farm, named McCourt, drowned himself in the same spot and in the same manner some years before. Authorities could not establish a cause for either act.

Maitland River in flood from melting snow

Maitland River in flood from melting snow

The John Lennon/Mark Chapman Connection

On December 8th 1980, Beatles singer, songwriter, and guitarist John Lennon was shot and killed by an obsessed fan named Mark Chapman in front of the Dakota Apartment Complex in New York City. Chapman shot Lennon four times in his back and remained at the scene reading the novel Catcher in the Rye, until police arrested him. Chapman was a night security guard and general loser, who was found to be schizophrenic and has ever since been serving his 20 years to life sentence in Attica Prison, New York.

Five years after the shooting, the NBC decided to do a biographical film about Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, entitled John and Yoko: A Love Story. Unfortunately, the look-alike actor they hired to play Lennon, unbeknownst to them, happened to be named Mark Chapman, making for one eerie and almost unbelievable coincidence. Once news of this fact got out, the studio quickly recast the role ( giving the part to an actor who was not named Mark Chapman) and life went on as normal.

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However, Mark Chapman (the actor, not the assassin) got his just rewards by playing John Lennon in a 2007 film called Chapter 27, which was a huge flop. Apparently, by then looking like John Lennon but having the same name as his assassin was no longer considered weird for some reason.

John Lennon's last TV interview in 1975:By NBC Television - eBayitemphoto frontphoto back, Public Domain,

John Lennon's last TV interview in 1975:By NBC Television - eBayitemphoto frontphoto back, Public Domain,

Greenberry Hill

English politician and justice of the peace Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey was found murdered on October 17, 1678. His body had been left in a ditch on Greenberry Hill in London. Three men were arrested and tried for the crime. Their names were Robert Green, Henry Berry, and Lawrence Hill.

You're constantly surrounded by signs, coincidences, and synchronicities , all aimed at propelling you in the direction of your destiny.

— Denise Linn

The Message on the Balloon

June 2001 in Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, England, 10 year old Laura Buxton was visiting her grandparents for the celebration of their golden wedding anniversary. Laura wrote a message giving her name and address on one of the helium-filled balloons used in the festivities, along with a request to send the balloon back if discovered. She then released the balloon into the air.

About ten days later, in Milton Lilbourne, Wiltshire, a farmer noticed a balloon that had become tangled in one of his hedges. On removing the balloon he read the message and the name - Laura Buxton. He then took the balloon to his nearest neighbour, whose daughter's name was Laura Buxton, presuming it would belong to her. However, this was a different Laura Buxton and she lived more than 140 miles away from where the original Laura had released the balloon.

But the strange coincidences didn't end there. The Wiltshire Laura, promptly wrote to Laura in Staffordshire. Because of the extraordinary coincidences both girls' parents allowed them to meet. This is where the story gets even weirder, as the similarities between the girls are listed below:

  • both girls were of similar height and were tall for their age.
  • both girls wore pink sweaters at the meeting with each other.
  • both girls had brown hair and wore it in similar styles
  • both girls had 3 year old black Labrador Retrievers and pet rabbits.
  • both girls took a pet guinea pig to their meeting.

The Prime Minister's Boat Is Missing

Former British Prime Minister Edward Heath must have thought he was having a bad dream on September 4, 1974 when he learned that his yacht Morning Cloud III had been lost at sea en route to the Isle of Wight. Only two days earlier the same fate had befallen his former yacht Morning Cloud I.

The previous week he had posed for a photo with author John Dyson at the launch of his thriller 'The Prime Minister's Boat Is Missing'.

Barbara Forrest / Mary Ashford

Barbara Forrest / Mary Ashford

The Erdington Coincidence

In a somewhat grisly coincidence, two young women, Barbara Forrest and Mary Ashford, were both victims of a similar crime committed in the tiny village of Erdington, some five miles outside of Birmingham in England. Both twenty-year olds (who happened to share the same birthday) were raped and strangled, and their bodies were found 300 yards apart. Both the bodies were found on the same day—May 27th—157 years apart (Mary Ashford in 1817 and Barbara Forrest in 1974)! Even more remarkable, both had been visiting friends on the evening of their murder, both wore a new dress that night, and both had gone to a dance (where they presumably met their killer). Still not amazing enough for you? How about the fact that the men accused in both their murders were named Thornton, and that both Thornton’s were eventually acquitted for the crime? Reincarnation? Coincidence? Who knows?

Synchronicity is an ever-present reality for those who have eyes to see.

— Carl Jung

Psychologist Carl Jung believed the traditional notions of causality could not explain some of the more improbable forms of coincidence. Jung felt that where no causal connection can be demonstrated between two events, but where a meaningful relationship exists between them, a wholly different type of principle is likely to be operating. Jung called this principle "synchronicity."

"A young woman I was treating had, at a critical moment, a dream in which she was given a golden scarab. While she was telling me his dream I sat with my back to the closed window. Suddenly I heard a noise behind me, like a gentle tapping. I turned round and saw a flying insect knocking against the window-pane from outside. I opened the window and caught the creature in the air as it flew in. It was the nearest analogy to the golden scarab that one finds in our latitudes, a scarabaeid beetle, the common rose-chafer (Cetoaia urata) which contrary to its usual habits had evidently felt an urge to get into a dark room at this particular moment. I must admit that nothing like it ever happened to me before or since, and that the dream of the patient has remained unique in my experience."

(from Synchronicity, An Acausal Connecting Principle [1952] by C. G. Jung.)

© 2014 John Hansen


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 26, 2019:

Hi JC, thank you for reading. You are right that some of these occurrences are difficult to comprehend. Glad you enjoyed it though.

JC Scull on October 26, 2019:

Hello John....great article. Some of this stuff is way above my thought processing capabilities. Thanks for sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 07, 2019:

I agree totally Dale. There are countless similar incidents that are difficult for the mind to even comprehend. Glad you enjoyed. Thanks for reading.

Dale Hyde from Tropical Paradise on Planet X on February 07, 2019:

History is full of such instances as you reference. It is amazing and it does create a thought process that will keep one awake at night if they are not careful! Thank you for sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 31, 2016:

Thank you for sharing your own experience. That was certainly something unexpected but obviously meant to be, and you to become a published author.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on October 31, 2016:

What a great article. I can add my own...years before I met my publisher and life partner Robin Beck, before I even started writing my first novel, we, my first husband and I changed our home into a B & B after our children left home. During that time in the early nineties two of Robin's Authors stays with us. I had never heard of Kima Global Publishers. I attended their workshops and helps promoting their book, but never investigated their publisher from Cape Town! I never even considered writing a novel, being a dyslexic!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 15, 2016:

Thank you for reading these hubs, Glenn. I really think these type of cases are something more than mere coincidence. Synchronicity is as good a name as anything for this unexplainable phenomena. Cheers.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on June 15, 2016:

John, I enjoyed reading this hub in addition to your other hub on a similar topic. I find synchronicity happening a lot in my life.

As Carl Jung had said, there is no common cause that I can see. But, yet, it happens. I tend to write it off to coincidence. But since it happens more often than just a rarity, I often wonder is something else is going on that causes super special coincidences to occur.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 03, 2016:

LesserRoadTraveled, thank you for sharing that amazing story. I certainly think that was a perfect example of synchronicity between you and your friend. Incredible stuff.

Will Young from Texas on March 03, 2016:

Thought I would share with you how I met a friend. Maybe you could tell me if this is coincidence, synchronicity, destiny or something else. Thanks

I met a girl in LA at the end of 2011. After many texts and phone conversations and meeting up here and their she invited me over to her place. She had me over often. The more we humg out the closer our friendship got. One day she asked me to tell her of my travels. I started with my adventures before I joind the army. I was in Ft. Walton beach Fl. I hitchhiked with a friend. The night we got their it was late, cold and rainy. I got an idea that the church would welcome us and give us shelter. We find one but to my complete shock it was closed. We ended up finding a clothing donation box to sleep in that night. About 3am I was awoken by a man who broke open the box. He asked whats a white guy doing in here. I hit my friend and he jumped up from his sleep. The gentleman then asked Whats a brother and a white guy doing in here? We explained our situation and the gentleman invited us to his home. We stayed there for two days. The homeowner got my buddy a bus ticket to Miami so my friend could go live and take care of his blind aunt. The homeowner said I could stay. I ended up getting a job on a commercial fishing vessel the next day. After returning from my second fishing job I went to this guys home. I opened the front door (which he gave me a key). The lights were on. I closed and locked the door. Took about 5 steps into the living room and the lights went out. Next thing I know someone grabbs me from behind and puts a knife to my throat. I was dragged to a room in the back of the house and when the lights came on, it was the homeowner who geabbed and held me at knifepoint.

This is where me telling my friend this story gets interesting.....

At this point she stopps me and asked if this guy had a limp. This totally shocked me because yes this guy had a limp. She asked me to continue my story. I told her this guy held me at knifepoint for hours and attempted to rape me. She stopps me again and asked me if he lived across the street from a park. Yes he did. She then asked if his sister lived about four houses away. Again I was shocked because his sister did live a few houses away. I couldnt remember this guys name. I looked down to the floor trying to remember and when I did I looked up at Tia and she looked at me at the same time and we both said Mike at the same time.

She explained to me that she too was in Ft. Walton Beach years before me and stayed at Mikes sober living and he too attempted to rape her at knifepoint. Mike was an nfl hopeful whos sports career was ended due to a knee injury. He became depressed and turned to drugs. Eventually he cleaned up and opened a sobor living facility Tia ended up at. Years later he turned to drugs again and thats the point in his life I met him.

Once the shock of this subsided she asked me to continue my story.

I then tell her my second time in Florida many years later. I goto Key West. As I didnt know anyone and I didnt like the bar and club scene I found a street preformer that I enjoyed watching so Id sit close by him watching his acts and meeting locals that would come to greet him daily. He recited classical novels and poetry, recite brilliant mathematical equations and he would also do sketches drawings and paintings. As I said this Tia jumped up frantically digging through her dressers. She told me to continue my story and that she was listening. So I told her this street performing artists artwork wasnt for sale. He was very adamant and vocal about this. People would even offer him large ammounts of money for his artwork and hed yell at the top of his lungs What partbof my artwork isnt for sale do you people not understand!!! As I said that Tia jumps in front of me with a sketch that I immediately recognize. I asked her wher she got it and she said from an artist at Miami beach for $50.

I asked her to give me a moment. I call a buddy of mine who lives in Key West. He answered and I asked him if Lance is selling his artwork. He said no. I asked him if he was sure. Everyone in Key West knew Lance. My buddy asked me to hold on as he spoke to his wife. About a min later I hear his wife and him laugh. He gets back on the phone and tells me his wife had just called Lance and asked him if he's selling his artwork now. He told her no but had only sold one sketch to a very sweet girl in Miami for $50 many years ago. I told my buddy....Dude, Im freaking sitting in her livingroom in frontnof her right now and she is showing me Lances sketch he sold her.

Thats pretty much all I would like to share of this personal event at this time. I have been experiencing many coincidences and synchronicity's since meeting this woman and am learning from them as my journey continues.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on November 05, 2015:

No Bart, it was March 10th, 1940. So maybe I will delete that capsule. Thanks.

Bart on November 05, 2015:

That's definitely not Chuck Norris' birthday

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 16, 2015:

Thanks for reading woahthere, yes it certainly does. It's hard to imagine some of these situations but they really happened.

Dot from USA on February 16, 2015:

This is really interesting , makes you stop and think a little hmm.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 16, 2015:

Thank you Laura. I agree this is the type of stuff that interests me most. I have two hubs on Coincidences so not sure if you read the other one a well. I did have three but I removed one because it kept getting flagged as "duplicate". It is a little difficult to find new subjects in this area that haven't already been shared on the Internet hundreds of times. I'm still keeping my eyes open for new ones though.

Laura Smith from Pittsburgh, PA on February 16, 2015:

I love stuff like this. In a way, it helps the world make a little more sense. Keep them coming!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 16, 2014:

Hi Dianna, thanks for reading. Oho ooh yes it is all very mysterious :)

Dianna Mendez on September 16, 2014:

This is a fascinating post on unsusal coincidences. You make it all sound so mysterious!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 16, 2014:

Thanks Paula, glad you enjoyed this. Yes I liked the Einstein pic and quote too.

Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on September 16, 2014:

Very entertaining. I love the Albert Einstein picture and quote at the top. Great read!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 19, 2014:

Thanks for the insightful comment and your kind words Dan. I agree, these aren't 'merely' coincidences. At least Jung provides a term we can use to describe them, "synchronicity" and it sounds good too. Oh to find these, I dusted off a couple of books in my library and shook the Internet tree a little. Yes, I try to be diverse in my subjects, don't want to bore myself (or my readers).

Dan W Miller from the beaches of Southern California now living in Phoenix since 2000 on June 19, 2014:

I remember as a young teen and my sister being 8 years older and wiser telling me to be aware of life's coincidences because they are not JUST coincidences.

Well what were they then, I asked and she had no answer. From that day forward, by being acutely aware of some other force in the universe at work, I have had the upper hand in analyzing, foretelling and anticipating the "spinning wheels of the universe" at work.

Where did you "beat the bushes" to drum up such wild and yes, unbelievable but true stories, my friend?

You are so eclectic in your subjects to write about. Someone I look up to.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 14, 2014:

Thank you for reading grand old lady. There will always be occurrences that we cannot explain but I agree that these should be called "synchronicity" as termed by Jung. Have a good day.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on June 14, 2014:

This is a great collection of stories on synchronicity. It really makes you wonder. Well, we live in a world full of surprises, and your article has listed a few of them. Well done.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 09, 2014:

Glad you enjoyed this Nadine. I think there is much more at play than 'coincidence' and hopefully one day all will be understood. There are so many unexplained incidents like these to fill 100 hubs, it was diffeicult to choose which to include. Thanks for the vote up and share.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on June 09, 2014:

Wow what an entertaining read. Remarkable indeed and i,m sure one day we know for a fact that there is really no such a thing as a coincident, but for now the more we investigate this mystery through writing a hub like yours, we will awaken to the truth of this phenomenon. Well done voted up and shared.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 08, 2014:

Thanks Mel. I appreciate you taking the time to read this hub. Yes, these things sure make you wonder about space and time.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on June 08, 2014:

There is definitely a lot of interesting stuff going on here and it makes one wonder if there is some kind of connection, perhaps through the fabric of space/time itself. Excellent job compiling these coincidences. Great hub!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 23, 2014:

Thank you for reading Peg, glad you found these stories astounding. Thank you for the follow as well.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on May 23, 2014:

Amazing stories that truly astound the imagination. I'm with those who don't believe in coincidences - things happen for a reason. This was highly entertaining reading. Great way to start the day.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 21, 2014:

Thanks for reading clot girl, and for your kind comment. Glad you hadn't heard all these before.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on May 21, 2014:

Reading about these coincidences was fascinating. Thanks for sharing them - there was a lot I didn't know. Your writing is awesome, too!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 18, 2014:

Glad you found these stories amazing teaches, as did I. Thanks for reading.

Dianna Mendez on May 18, 2014:

These stories are amazing and makes one think of the coincidences. Thanks for sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 15, 2014:

Thanks for your interesting comment dis-cover. Too amazing to be a coincidence. I appreciate the vote up.

Nikolic Predrag from Serbia, Belgrade on May 15, 2014:

Very interesting hub Jodah. Believe it or not, 15 years ago, when my son was a little boy, we released the balloon into the air with a message on it. Eight days later, from the city that is 200 miles away from the mine, a man called me and he said that he found our balloon. He told me that his son is also named David (rare name in Serbia) and that he is five years old, same as my son. Unbelievable but true. Voted up as interesting!!!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 12, 2014:

Sure is.. :)

Suzie from Carson City on May 12, 2014:

Deletion can be a wonderful thing!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 12, 2014:

Thank you for reading this article also fpherj48. I appreciate your generous comments once again. As for my hub thought him very pedantic to pic on the opening image of Einstein as a reason for not reading the hub. Also, criticising is fine as long as you have researched your facts and know what you are talking about. In this case he obviously hadn't and I think I put him in his place...or so it seems...he deleted his last comment.

Suzie from Carson City on May 11, 2014:

Jodah....This is as intriguing as the first hub you wrote on this similar topic.....and as I said in my comment to your 1st hub, I don't believe in "coincidence"....But "SYNCHRONICITY"....I surely do. 100%. I have studied the works of Jung....but this is not the only reason I embrace fact, had I not gone into my field of interest and passion, I'd probably not have studied Jung....merely for something to do!! LOL.

Your writing is superb and I thoroughly enjoy your hubs! (BTW...I also admire the polished way you handle some of the utter unnecessary & unacceptable..."who-the-HELL-asked-you-to-critique-my-hubs-ole-chap?"...RUDE comments.....Keep smiling Jodah! Peace, Paula

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 11, 2014:

The more I read about Einstein the more I am impressed Kawika. Thank you so much for reading this hub and your kind comment, vote up, and most of all follow. Have a good day.

Kawika Chann from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place on May 11, 2014:

Hey Jodah, well that was fun. I agree with Einstein - he really was a smart man. Upvoted/interest/follow. Peace. Kawi.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 11, 2014:

Hi Neil, good to meet you too. What a coincidence that I commented on one of your hubs and vice versa, out of all the people on Hub at it's best. Thanks for reading, voting up, sharing and tweeting.

Neil Sperling from Port Dover Ontario Canada on May 11, 2014:

Jodah - Coincidences are fascinating..... Are they the subtle message of the law of attraction through vibrations created in our thought? A chance coincident brought us to meet.... although miles apart here we are on hub pages. You commenting on my hub and I yours.

Pleasure meeting you.

great hub.... interesting facts you've dug up. Well done!

Up and Shared... tweet and FB

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 11, 2014:

Thank you Devika. I appreciate you're reading this.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 11, 2014:

Hi Jodah, ''World War 1 History: The Assassins of June 28, 1914

Archduke Franz Ferdinand, next in line to succeed the aging Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary, was assassinated by Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina on June 28, 1914. His death set in motion a chain of events which led to the star.'' You have certainly did your research here and accomplished a very interesting hub thank you

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 11, 2014:

Thanks electronician, yes it certainly seems that way to me. Logic only goes so far..

Dean Walsh from Birmingham, England on May 11, 2014:

Fascinating coincidences; no matter how logical you are it is hard not to feel in some way that these events were fated to happen.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 10, 2014:

Debbie, these are too weird to just be random coincidences. there has to be a more significant and deeper reason for this phenomena. Thanks for reading.

Debby Bruck on May 10, 2014:

Eery, weird, scary, spooky, real and incredible coincidences that we wonder if they were meant to be for a very special reason.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 10, 2014:

Thank you for reading this Alicia. I too have experienced some quite remarkable 'coincidences' but I usually just put them down to that, however I do think there is something else at work that we still have no idea about. Maybe that is 'synchronicity'.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 10, 2014:

This is a very interesting hub that contains some amazing stories, Jodah. I've experienced some strange examples of synchronicity that are very hard to explain. It makes me think that we don't yet understand how reality operates. "Coincidence" is a fascinating topic!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 10, 2014:

Tsadjatko, I suggest you check this link which attributes this quote to Einstein and the book The World As I See It.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 10, 2014:

The quote actually sources "The World as I See It" so I didn't bother to research further (maybe I should have), and not being or claiming to be a journalist I didn't feel it worth the effort. I simply write hubs to entertain others, not to make money or provide irrefutable facts. If that was the case I wouldn't attempt to write a hub about coincidences that are constantly under scrutiny of being fabricated and sensationalised.

I do appreciate your comments, and maybe you should check out the Carl Jung quote at the end of the hub, that is actually part of the article and is substantiated. As for plain sloppiness, that seems to be an increasing trait of modern journalism since the Internet has evolved as the major source of news. Most news services are not even required to quote the original source anymore. They just subscribe to 3rd party news sources and quote them.

The Logician from then to now on on May 10, 2014:

Yeah Jodah, but when you start a hub page with what is actually an obvious internet sensationalism it makes one wonder, why should I read further or take this seriously? If I read on I'd be skeptical of anything else presented.

As soon as I read it I thought why would Einstein say such a thing, he was a genius scientist. If anything, existence of coincidences would lead him to attribute those occurrences to simple coincidence or else to "God" rather than invoke the idea of anonymity.

If you were to go through life believing everything that was said to have been said by someone famous without sourcing it you'd be living in a literal fantasy land of false beliefs and false assertions.

It is a tenant of journalism to source your information and if you can't you must say Einstein may or may not have said this but to pass the unknown off as fact is plain sloppiness.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 10, 2014:

Glad you enjoyed this Flourish. You may be right, everything happens for a reason.....maybe one day we will know.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 10, 2014:

Thank you for reading and keeping an open mind Pamela. Glad this gave you food for thought. Some things are just beyond reasonable explanation.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 10, 2014:

Thank you Dana, yes I did quite a lot of research. Even then it was hard to choose which stories to include. Thanks for your kind comment.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 10, 2014:

Thanks for pointing that out tsadjatko, but if you go through life searching for inaccuracies you will find them everywhere and have quite a sad and disappointed existence I feel the statement attributed to Einstein could have been said by him and 1000 others. Where is the proof that he never said it, and it isn't necessary that he said it first or it was attributed to him. Maybe the creators of the quote just stuck any famous face with it for effect, doesn't really bother me as it isn't the basis of the hub. It's up to you what you read or not though. Thanks for visiting anyway.

The Logician from then to now on on May 10, 2014:

As often happens to me when I read a hub page I can't get past the beginning of a hubpage without encountering an "inaccuracy". Usually it is false premises the whole page is based upon, liberal lies or misrepresentations of some sort.

In your case it is not so serious :-) but the picture of Einstein and his quotation bothers me. Why? Because there is no evidence anywhere that Einstein ever said that. Though "Coincidences are God’s way of remaining anonymous" is a provocative phrase and I don't blame you for using it, that quote has been attributed to Doris Lessing, Albert Einstein, Robert Frost and Bill Moyer. Although you may find it attributed to Einstein on various websites nowhere is it's origination, time, place, venue etc. cited, most likely because he never actually said it. That said, a very interesting hubpage but I didn't read it all for fear I might encounter another controversial statement.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 10, 2014:

This was terrific. I'm not sure there is ever a pure coincidence, just a connection we haven't figured out yet. Voted way up and sharing, pinning.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 10, 2014:

What an interesting hub! I have never really believed in coincidence as it seems I have always at least eventually seen some purpose or reason in various happenings, however, after reading your hub I am a bit speechless on that score. This hub was definitely fascinating, and I enjoyed it immensely.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on May 10, 2014:

This was a very interesting read Jodah, you must have done lot's of research here. Voted up!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 10, 2014:

God was certainly watching over you and the other woman that day Faith. I never stress too much if something happens to make me late etc. I feel it is usually for a reason. Glad you liked this hub, thanks for tweeting, pinning and sharing. Happy Mother's Day to you too.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 10, 2014:

Hi Availiasvision, that's quite a compliment, the most entertaining hub you have read all week. Glad I could bring to your attention some amazing history you weren't aware of. Yes it was fun to research.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on May 09, 2014:

Fascinating read here. I really enjoyed each account you have written of here. All very interesting. The video also contained truly amazing happenings.

One time I stopped at a red light and was the first in line to enter a very busy road at lunch. For some reason I happened to notice across the street directly in front of me another car waiting for the light to turn green on the other side of the busy road. Well, the light turned green and neither one of us moved one inch although the light had just turned green. I even remember thinking why doesn't she go and then noticed she was looking in her purse. Then I thought to myself ..."The light is green" but I still did not move. This was all in a matter of seconds and right at that moment a huge semi truck came speeding through the red light. The woman looked up just as the truck passed and we looked at each other in shock, for if we had both gone when the light turned green, we would have died. Strange thing was that I remember neither one of us had turned our heads to look to see about any vehicles coming through the light, but just remained so still, not moving an inch.

Who knows why, but I am thankful for not moving one inch when that light turned green.

Up and more, tweeting, pinning and sharing

Blessings and I hope your wife has a lovely Mother's Day.

Jennifer Arnett from California on May 09, 2014:

This was the most entertaining Hub I have read this week. It must have been tons of fun to research and write. I learned so much about history I didn't know.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 09, 2014:

Thanks Kevin, glad you enjoyed this. The pin and vote up is always appreciated.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 09, 2014:

Thanks for reading Shyron. Glad these were all new to you. I appreciate the vote up and share.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 09, 2014:

Thanks for reading, sharing and tweeting Ruby. Many of these incidents have to make us wonder about reincarnation I must admit.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on May 09, 2014:

Jodah, this is very interesting, I had never heard of any of these.

Voted-up, UI, and Shared.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 09, 2014:

Hi Nell, I thought you'd enjoy this hub. I know it's a topic that interests you. I thought you may have been aware of the Uk based incidents mentioned. Thanks oft the kind comment.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 09, 2014:

Thanks travmaj, these stories and many others are beyond explanation. Thanks for the vote up.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 09, 2014:

Thanks Eric, glad you found this interesting. Do you think these incidents are God's attempts to send people a message?

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 09, 2014:

Blond Logic, that is indeed an interesting question. It seems much more than mere coincidence.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 09, 2014:

Phyllis, thanks for the kind comment, vote up and share. There are so many incredible stories like this, but it is difficult trying to find ones that haven't been shared to death already. I'm continuously on the lookout however. I thought the Erdington incident particularly remarkable.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 09, 2014:

Hi Jackie, thanks for the vote up. Yes we'd go crazy trying to figure out the reason why and how these events happen. Maybe it is God trying to give us a message.

The Examiner-1 on May 09, 2014:

This was awesome John. I liked all of it but I really liked the one about the two friends with the balloon. I bet that they were twins. I voted this up and pinned it.


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 09, 2014:

Thanks for reading, voting up and sharing LadyFiddler. I am also a history buff for interesting facts and strange occurrences. I am glad you enjoyed this hub.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 09, 2014:

Wow John this is amazing! So many coincidences, unexplainable. The more i think about reincarnation the more i'm pulled in that direction. I feel the same as Bill. The day John Lennon died was unbelievable and left a void in my heart. Thank you again for sharing. Tweeted..

Nell Rose from England on May 09, 2014:

Hi Jodah, I love this sort of thing! coincidences call them what you will, they are pretty darn strange! the little girl with the balloon, john lennon and the actor and so on, amazing! I often mention these sort of things to my partner when something similar happens, they fascinate me! great hub! nell

travmaj from australia on May 09, 2014:

These stories are so interesting and intriguing. Really there's no logical explanation and that makes it all the more fascinating. Voting.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 09, 2014:

Very cool stuff here. They will stick with me.

Mary Wickison from USA on May 09, 2014:

Interesting hub. There is so much we still don't understand not only about our minds, but also the world (s) in general. Are these really coincidences or were they meant to happen in a pre ordanined destiny?

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on May 09, 2014:

My gosh, Jodah, these are fantastic stories. The only one I knew about was Mark Twain and Halleys Comet. I was going to say how profound the Laura Buxton story is till I read the Erdington incident. Wow! You have done a remarkable job on this hub. All the stories are so interesting. This sure makes one wonder about coincidences and divine intervention.

Up, Awesome, Interesting

I love the Albert Einstein poster and quote.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on May 09, 2014:

So very interesting and synchronicity was the word I was searching for all the way down! Hard to even wrap your brain around a reason why for most of this, huh? ^+

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on May 09, 2014:

WAW! You've got your history down pact, very very interesting hub thanks much for putting it together for us. I enjoyed it as i love history and learning about new things.

Have a bless day ,voted up, interesting , useful and sharing :)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 09, 2014:

Thanks for reading Frank, glad you found this interesting.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 09, 2014:

Wow Shauna, that's weird. The same type of thing happens to me, and my wife and I reading or hearing about the same random things from totally different sources at the same time is also freaky. Thanks for reading this.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on May 09, 2014:

should be crazy coincidences.. wow a very fun read Jodah.. I love these types of hubs

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 09, 2014:

Do do do do, do do do do. Can you say Twilight Zone?

I had a weird thing happen to me several years ago. I always wake up with a song in my head. How my subconscious chooses them, I have no idea. Anyway, one morning as my alarm went off, I had Yes's "Roundabout" in my head. I got up and turned on the radio, which was my habit. Now, here's where it gets weird. Roundabout was playing on the radio and was at the exact same point of the song as where it was in my head! I will never forget that for as long as I live.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 09, 2014:

Thank you for reading dragonfly and for the vote up. Glad you found it an interesting read.

dragonflycolor on May 09, 2014:

Coincidences keep the mystery alive in life. Very interesting hub and voted up. Thanks, Jodah!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 09, 2014:

Hi Rachael. I think you are right, there is another power at work. I think Albert Einstein's quote is close to the mark. So glad you enjoy this series and I hope to be able to add to it in future. Thanks for the vote up and share.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 09, 2014:

Thanks Bill, you were quick off the mark. Yes, I think I'm still mad at him too. John Lennon was taken way too early. Glad you enjoy this series, I'll hopefully do more from time to time...and no recipes, promise. :)

Rachael O'Halloran from United States on May 09, 2014:

Truly amazing coincidences, but are they coincidences? I don't think so! Some mysterious hand is at work here. lol This is a gem of a series, Jodah. It is sure to always keep the reader's interest to the very end. It kept mine! Voted up, shared, awesome and interesting.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 09, 2014:

I'm still mad at Mark Chapman. Maybe it's time for me to let go of that grudge. :)

Love this young series. Keep them coming, John. Much more interesting to read than a recipe. LOL

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