28 November, 2015

Nails Wanted On Machu Picchu Coincidence

Machu Picchu

...and following on from yesterday's post, another one:

My husband owned an ironmongers shop and I worked with him. One year we went on holiday to Peru and travelled to Machu Picchu, which we visited on a very rainy day.

Our group was climbing up very steep steps slowly, and stepped aside to make room for another group coming down the steps.

Suddenly a man grabbed my arm and, as he passed me said, "Three pounds of 4 inch round nails please, Mrs Potts," before disappearing downhill.

So far from home in the rain ... but who was he?

We would have loved it if he had come into the shop to tell us afterwards.

~ Kathleen Potts

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27 November, 2015

The 5,500 Mile coincidence Connection

Have had a run of similar coincidences, on this blog recently, where people have met up in unexpected places. Here's yet another one.

I was on holiday in Sri Lanka (from England) with a friend and we went on a sightseeing trip with a couple from another hotel.

We exchanged names and they asked where we were from. "Peterborough," we replied, and asked where they were from.

"Jersey," was the answer.

"My son and family live on Jersey, " I said, "In Grouville."

"That's where we live!" they exclaimed, and asked for his address. When I told them, they looked at each other and smiled.

"That was our house when we were first married," they said.

On their return home, they visited my son and showed him some photos they had taken of us from the trip.

~ Jan Tod.

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26 November, 2015

The Dollar Bill Assassination Prediction

Prediction or coincidence

It was the anniversary of John F Kennedy's death on the 22nd of this month and by 'coincidence' I came across a story in a newspaper, from that time, with an article headed: The Dollar Bill That Predicted Kennedy's Death.

I think to most it'll be a bit far fetched, but though I'd publish it any way. Here goes:

The Dollar Bill That Predicted Kennedy's Death

Two weeks before the Kennedy Assassination, the Treasury Department released a series of dollar bills. The serial number on these bills start with the letter K and end with A (Kennedy Assassination).

When Federal Reserve Districts were assigned, Dallas was assigned the letter K, which is the eleventh letter of the alphabet. John Kennedy has eleven letters. Below the serial number on the right of the dollar bill, and above the serial number on the left, are two elevens. Two elevens add to twenty-two - the day and month of the assassination. To the right of Washington's picture on the bill is "Series 1963A" - the year of the assassination/ Coincidence?

Source: Ocala Star-Banner.

Unfortunately I cannot find a $1 bill from that period on Google Photos or elsewhere.

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25 November, 2015

They Met By Coincidence In A Salt Mine

Salt mines Salzburg
Salt mines Salzburg
Today, another coincidence story I saw in the Daily Mail newspaper from Mike Matthews of South Wales.

"While studying A-levels at grammar school in Brighton I went on a school trip to Germany and Austria, led by our German tutor, Len Symes.

The trip took us to Munich, Innsbruck and the beautiful city of Salzburg.

One of the highlights of the trip was a train journey from Munich to Innsbruck, travelling through the foothills of the Alps on an old steam train that had open-air carriages at either end.

When we got to Salzberg, the school had arranged a visit to a salt mine, which involved a steep descent to a depth of 300 feet.

While at the bottom and looking at he rock formations Len, our tutor, felt a tap on his shoulder. When he turned around, he discovered he was looking at his next-door neighbour from Brighton!

Neither of them knew that the other was going on a trip, let alone to the same place.

Once back on the surface, they marked the coincidence with a stein full of Austrian beer. Unfortunately, we boys were not allowed to join in."

~ Mike Matthews

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24 November, 2015

The Ghostly Woman Sat Four Feet From His Bed

1880 woman ghost

The following story was described as A Modern Ghost Story by the Hartford Weekly Times. Though this was way back in 1886, so maybe not quite so modern now! The newspaper told of a Curious Coincidence of a Death and an Apparition.

Cleveland, Ohio: At about 8 o'clock on Friday morning Mrs Emily Frayne, a widow, of Hamilton, Ont., who had come to Cleveland to visit her sister, who resides on a block on Prospect Street, died very suddenly.

Frank Lamb, a fresco painter, aged 33, who occupies apartments adjoining those in which Mrs Frayne died, relates a remarkable story.

He says that between 2 and 3 o'clock on the morning in question he was awakened, and, looking across the room he saw a lady sitting about four feet from his bed.

"What do you want?" he asked.

Raising her right hand, the lady said, "Hush! Hush!" and then disappeared,

Lamb is a disbeliever in ghosts and he at once made a search of the room and examined the lock of the door. He found the door was securely fastened, and, getting in bed, he lay for ten minutes thinking about the strange occurrence.

Suddenly the clothing of his bed and the cover were tumbled off on the floor by some unseen power, and he fell himself to the floor.

Being angry by this time, Lamb made another search of the room without finding anybody. He then opened the door, and as he did so Mrs Hadden, the sister of Mrs Frayne came from her room into the hall saying. "My sister."

Lamb declares that he was not excited and he was perfectly sober. He cannot account for the strange occurrences.

Other people in the block who heard Lamb fall also left their rooms, and they corroborate his story as to the coincidence of his fall with Mrs Frayne's death.

The coroner has decided that the woman's death was caused by heart decease.

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23 November, 2015

Three Short Coincidence Stories

Breaking news coincidence

Three short coincidence stories.

Salt Lake City: Having the same names wasn't so odd, when John Bollwinkel of American Falls, Idaho, met John Bollwinkel of Salt Lake City for the first time but:

They each have a pioneer ancestor of the same name, wives named Erma, sons named John, and ten years service as Sunday school superintendents in the Latter Saints church.

McAlester, Okla: Mrs. Addie Pilgrim has the auto license plates 1620, the year the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.

Cabbage Patch Doll: For her birthday, Helen Barker received from her grandson, Scott, a Cabbage Patch orphan baby doll. Mrs. Barker collects dolls.

With the doll came an application along with a history of the baby, a background of her parents, and circumstances of her being available for adoption.  The doll's name was Pauline Terry, which by coincidence, is the same as Mrs. Barker's sister-in-law.

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21 November, 2015

They Meet Up By Coincidence After 50 Years

Here's a coincidence story I saw in yesterday's Daily Mail. It seems even the press are getting interested in coincidences now! The story was from Jeff Pickard from Sussex.

As an eleven year old in 1945, I passed my exams and went to Maldon Grammar School in Essex. On leaving school at 15 and later marrying an Essex girl, we moved to Hertfordshire and I served 30 years in the Herts Police.

I retired in 1987 and moved to Sussex where, in 1995, I joined Middleton Bowling Club.

During one of my first home matches, I was aked by a fellow Middleton bowler where did I come from.

I replied: "Hertfordshire, but originally I came from Essex,"

He then asked where in Essex to which I replied: "Burnham-on-Crouch."

"I know Burnham," he said, "Where did you go to school?"

"Malden Grammar," I replied.

He appeared quite startled and said, "Who was your secondary school history teacher?"

"Mr. Thomas," I said.

With that, he extended his hand to mine and introduced himself: "I was your history teacher. I am that Mr. Thomas."

Meeting someone 50 years later - amazing!

~ Jeff Pickard.

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