13 Unbelievable Coincidences You Won’t Believe

Do you believe in Deja Vu? Have you ever dreamt about something that later became true? Have you ever visited a place for the first time and feel you have been there before? Are there people who can predict the future? We’ll take a look at 12 examples of the unexplained.

Nr 13 – Jennifer Lawrence lookalike

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We are often told that we have a double lurking in the shadows somewhere in this world and actress Jennifer Lawrence is no exception to the myth. The hollywood bombshell and star of ‘The Hunger Games’ has been compared to the famous Egyptian actress from the 1950’s, Zubaida Tharwat, and the resemblance is astounding.

The Egyptian star of the silver screen, starred in the 1956 film “Delila” while studying law to appease her grandfather who didn’t share her acting aspirations. She later dropped out of law and went on to star in several more movies, finally retiring from her acting career in the 1980’s

The striking resemblance of the two stars has caused quite stir recently and one ‘imposter’ even claimed that Zubaida Tharwat was in fact his grandmother, but he was soon exposed when it was realised he had spelled her name incorrectly. Not something a loving grandson would do.

Nr 12 – Morgan Robertson

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We often hear of people who can purportedly, predict the future with pinpoint accuracy. One such instance was in the form of a novel written in 1898, by author Morgan Robertson. Initially titled ‘Futility’, it was later changed to The Wreck Of The Titan’.

The details of his fictitious novel bear such remarkable resemblance to the real life sinking of the Titanic 14 years later, that it could almost be regarded as an exact account of the tragedy.

The similarities included, the length of the ship being 800 feet, the speed at which both ships crashed into the iceberg, the number of passengers, the owners of the ships, the section of hull damaged on impact, the time of night, the proximity of the tragedies, the severe lack of lifeboats, and both ships having a triple screw propeller.

Following the Titanic tragedy, and owing to the similarities, Robertson was even accused of being clairvoyant, however, he attributed the similarities to extensive research of maritime trends and his knowledge of ship building.

Nr 11 – Neighbours from different centuries


You might ask what George Frederic Handel, and Jimi Hendrix have in common? After all the both lived in different centuries.

Baroque composer, George Frederic Handel was born in 1685 in the German town of Halle. By the time he was in his mid 20’s, he had gained fame throughout europe for his operas. His popularity also won him favour with the English royals of the time, and he later moved to England and took up residence at 25, Brook Street, in Mayfair, London.

Johnny Allen Hendrix, later renamed James Marshall Hendrix by his father, was born in 1942, in Seattle, USA. He later became known as Jimi Hendrix and in just four short years, his meteoric rise in the music scene made him a household name. His talent continues to influence a host of modern musicians today and in 1969 he moved to England and took up residence at Nr 23 Brook Street, Mayfair London.

By pure coincidence, George Handel and Jimi Hendrix were neighbours in different centuries.

Nr 10 – The Tragedy On The Hoover Dam

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The Hoover Dam wall was built in the The Black Canyon on the Arizona – Nevada border USA. Construction of the wall took place between 1930 and 1936 with an estimated workforce of 5000 men.

Holding back the Colorado River, the Dam has been supplying hydroelectric power for the past 80 years with its structure stretching 726 feet from its base to the top.

Earlier, on December 20th 1921, while a team was surveying the site, a flash flood tragically took the life of John Tierney, who was swept away by the raging Colorado River. He was the first of more than 100 men to lose their lives to the Hoover Dam project.

To the day, 14 years later, the job site suffered its last fatality, when a worker fell to his death from one of the towers on the Arizona side of Black Canyon. That man was Patrick William Tierney, John Tierney’s only son.

Their names appear on a metal plaque near the dam, never to be forgotten.

Nr 9 – Two Cars That Found Each Other

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When looking into strange coincidences, the details on this story are sketchy.

It has been reported that in 1895, the only two cars in the American state of Ohio, collided with each other.

If true, that’s quite a remarkable coincidence. Go figure, the only two cars in the entire state and they end crunching each other.

Then again, it could be a true story, as vehicles were not required to register until 1905, so it’s difficult to know definitively, how many operating motor vehicles there were in 1895.

The first sales of commercially available cars were made by the Duryeas Brothers, in 1896.

Ohio’s History website, claims that a vehicle owner named Lambert was involved in an automobile accident, in Ohio City. They also claim it was the first recorded auto accident in history. However, it’s widely believed that the vehicle collided with a tree, not another car, and that happened in 1891.

The Jury is still out on this one.

Nr 8 – Coincidental facts about JF Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln, was born in 1809. He was also known as ‘The Great Emancipator,’’ due to his role in the abolition of slavery and his political career began when he was elected to Congress in 1846. He was elected president in 1860

John F. Kennedy, was born in 1917. He was was probably best known for his tough stance during the Cuban Missile Crisis (Bay of Pigs) in 1962. His political career began in 1952 when he became Senator of Massachusetts. He was elected president in 1960.

The names Lincoln and Kennedy each contain seven letters.
Both presidents were particularly concerned with anti-corruption and civil rights.
Both their wives lost their children while living in the White House.
Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
Both were shot in the back of the head.
Both were shot on the eve of a holiday
Both successors were named Johnson.
Andrew Johnson, successor to Lincoln, was born in 1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.

Nr 7 – The First and Last Soldiers

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Private John Parr, was born in 1898 and grew up in North Finchley, London. He joined the army at age 14, five years younger than the legal recruitment age at the time.

While on active duty, Parr became a reconnaissance cyclist, with the Middlesex Regiment. In August 1914, he was sent to find a missing unit and was most probably killed by rifle fire from a German cavalry patrol. His body was never identified and having gone missing 17 days after Britain declared war, he was the first British fatality of WW1.

George Edwin Ellison was born in 1878. He was from Leeds, and had been in the army as a younger man and was recalled shortly before the outbreak of WW1 and joined the Royal Irish Lancers with whom he survived several major battles.

He was killed in action by rifle fire on the morning of November 11th., 1918, just 90 minutes before the armistice came into effect, declaring the end of the war. He was the last recorded British fatality of WW1.

Both soldiers were buried within meters of each other in the St Symphorien military cemetery, just south-east of Mons in Belgium with their gravestones facing each other.

Nr 6 – Rumours of Edgar Allan Poe’s Time Machine


Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket’, was published in 1838.
The story reveals the tale of a stowaway on a whaling vessel called the Grampus which was wrecked in heavy seas leaving four survivors adrift in small lifeboat.

After several days adrift, three of the surviving crew decided to murder the youngest member on the boat and eat him in order to survive. The victim was the cabin boy, Richard Parker.

In 1884, 42 years after Poe’s novel was published, a similar real life event occurred when captain Tom Dudley and three other crew members were stranded at sea in eerily similar conditions.

After being stranded at sea for 19 days without much to eat, the sailors decided to kill and devour the weakest member of the crew. The victim’s name was Richard Parker, just as in Poe’s novel several decades earlier.

The three man crew were rescued five days later, and were arrested for the murder of the boy.

Nr 5 – Unlucky Brothers

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On a hot and balmy day in Bermuda Isles, in July 1975, 17 year old Erskine Lawrence Ebbin, was riding his moped when he collided with an oncoming taxi. Tragically, the teenager succumbed to his injuries and died.

The taxi driver and his passenger were fortunate enough to escape any injury.

One year later, also on a balmy day in July, Erskine’s brother Neville, was riding the same moped his brother had ridden when he too collided with a taxi and sadly died from his injuries.

The taxi was driven by the same driver that had collided with Erskine a year earlier and at the time of the accident that killed Neville, the taxi was carrying the same passenger who had survived the accident with Erskine on that fateful day one year earlier.

Nr 4 – Anthony Hopkins and a rare book

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In 1974, Anthony Hopkins co-starred with Goldie Hawn in the film called “The Girl From Petrovka.” The film was an adaptation from a novel and to gain a better understanding of his role in the film, Hopkins decided to read the book in advance.

He scoured several bookshops in his pursuit of obtaining the book, but was unsuccessful in finding a copy and then whilst travelling home on the subway, he noticed an abandoned book sitting on a nearby bench.

Picking up the book, he was amazed to see that it was a copy of the very book he was seeking, ‘The Girl From Petrovka.’ When he opened the book, he couldn’t help noticing all the annotations scribbled on several pages.

Later on during the filming of the movie, Hopkins met the the book’s author, George Feifer and after both examining the book, Feifer told Hopkins he had lent the book to a friend who had misplaced it on the subway.

Nr 3 – Almost like reincarnation

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There are several religions around the world that believe in reincarnation. Their belief is based on the spirit or soul of a dead person being reborn again.

Some also believe that reborn people often retain their original physicalities and in this light, many believe that the uncanny resemblance between famous German Footballer Mesut Ozil and Ferrari founder, Enzo Ferrari is no coincidence.

Founder of the supercar, Ferrari, Enzo Anselmo Ferrari was born in 1898 and died in 1988 at the age of 90.

Famous German footballer Mesut Ozil, was born in 1988, the same year Enzo Ferrari died.

When studied side by side, their images are identical and it’s not hard to see why so many believe Mesut Ozil is the reincarnation of Enzo Ferrari.

Nr 2 – Two Strangers Find Out They’re Twins at 39

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Two Identical twins who were separated by adoption when they were three weeks old, rediscovered each other in Ohio USA at age 39 with staggering similarities in their lives.

Both males had curiously, been christened James by their adoptive parents. Whilst at school, both boys hated spelling, but enjoyed math and carpentry.

As adults, both men had similar jobs. One was a security guard and the other, a deputy sheriff. Both men married women named Linda whom they both later divorced. They both got remarried to two women named Betty. The brothers have sons, who are both named James.

At the age of 39, one of the brothers decided to trace his biological background. He wrote to the probate court who had records of his adoption and he was soon informed that he had a twin brother who lived just 40 miles away.

39 years after last seeing each other, the twins finally met-up and soon discovered all the shared similarities in their lives.

Nr 1 – Dutchman cheats death twice after changing flight plans

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When Dutch cyclist, Maarten de Jonge, changed his travel plans, he never realised just how lucky he was.
In 2014, the 29-year-old cyclist had been scheduled to fly on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. After discovering a cheaper flight that flew via Frankfurt German, he rescheduled his flight for the next day.
Flight MH17 was shot down in Hrabove in the Donetsk region in 2014, while overflying Ukraine territory. All 298 passengers perished in the disaster including 80 children.

A few months later, in a second stroke of luck, De Jonge had been due to compete in a race in Taiwan and was scheduled to fly on Malaysia Airlines MH370.

To avoid a stopover in Beijing, he changed his flight an hour before take off. Flight MH370 vanished on 8 March 2014 and still remains missing.