20 March, 2013

Parallel Lives Of Synchronicity


I've written before about parallel lives and came across an example I hadn't heard before, even though it dates back to 1978. Are such lives by coincidence? Synchronicity? Or maybe something more? Anyway, enough of the waffle, here's the story. If you've heard it before, my apologies.

This story appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and told of two unrelated Maryland women who had the identical names of Wanda Marie Johnson. They had never met until introduced to each other by a reporter. It was then that the coincidences were unveiled.

They were born on the same day, 15th of June 1953, and both were the eldest sister of two sisters and one brother, but more was to follow.

Both of the Wandas were former residents of the District of Columbia before moving to Prince Georges County, where they both become mothers of two children.

Both attended the Howard Clinic and both had the births of their children at the Howard University Hospital.

And so it goes on. Both Wandas owned 1977 two door Ford Grenadas - the eleven digit serial numbers of which were identical other than the last three. Their Social Security numbers had the same first four digits, and the following two, although transposed, were the same.

I suppose this has similarities to the two girls in the Red Balloon Coincidence or the King Umberto I coincidence - though in that particular case one was a king (obviously) and the other a restaurant owner.

It's interesting how often, with parallel lives, birthday dates are shared. One of the most impressive was told by Evelyn Diebold from Muldelein, Victoria. She was born on May 24, 1940 and her daughter was born on May 24, 1961. Okay not mind blowing but it was also discovered that her great uncle (1891), nephew Dale, (1957), niece Kathy (1967) and cousins Bud (1946), Tom (1970) and Arthur (1991) were also born on May 24th. (Source: The Power of Coincidence )

So why do such things occur. Maybe Ignatius Donnelly in his diary entry for July 4, 1881 had it right: "Do we see in these singular coincidences the purpose of a supernatural power to enforce the attention of mankind to the fact that there is something more in this world than mere matter?"

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10 comments:

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    "Maybe Ignatius Donnelly in his diary entry for July 4, 1881 had it right: "Do we see in these singular coincidences the purpose of a supernatural power to enforce the attention of mankind to the fact that there is something more in this world than mere matter?" "

    1881 is the dead-mans hand of poker.-)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_man%27s_hand

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    1. The dead man's hand is described as a two-pair poker hand.
      I meant to mention the two pair thing in the above comment before I hit the publish button,but I got a bit trigger happy there.-)

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    2. Haven't heard that expression used in poker before - two pairs, two parallels ...

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  2. Wow! And it isn't like these two women were twins separated at birth or anything. I like Donnelly's take...and Daz's observation!

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    1. I was impressed, not quite a wow, but pretty impressed!

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  3. interesting coincidence story mike

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  4. These things just keep blowing my mind.

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    1. Know what you mean, there's so much we don't understand.

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