16 Strangest And Creepiest Coincidences Ever Recorded

A falling baby, saved two times by the same man. Twin brothers, killed in along the same road, two hours apart. 

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?


1. He wasn't kidding

On June 20, 1940, Soviet archaeologists uncovered the tomb of Tamerlane, a descendent of Genghis Khan. A warning inscription read "Whoever opens my tomb will unleash an invader more terrible than I." They opened it anyway. Germany invaded the Soviet Union two days later. (Source)

2. Two twins die almost the same way in almost same spot at almost the same time

In 2002, a man was hit by a truck in Finland as he was trying to cross highway 8 on his bike. 2 hours later his twin brother was also hit by a truck while trying to cross highway 8 on his bike. They died within 1.5 km of each other, 2 hours apart. (Source)

3. Sister Act

Jennifer Bricker is an American gymnast who was put up for adoption at birth because she didn’t have any legs. She grew up and developed a love for gymnastics, thanks to her hero, Dominique Moceanu. One day, while Jennifer’s parents were rifling through her adoption papers, they discovered that Jennifer was actually Dominique’s sister. (Source)

4. When Stalin, Hitler, and Franz Josef lived in same area

Stalin, Hitler, and Franz Josef, who are collectively responsible for about 80 million deaths, all lived in Vienna at the same time. (Source)

5. The Hoover Dam's first and last victims

The first worker to die during the dam's construction was J.G. Tierny on December 20, 1922. The last person to die there was J.G. Tierny's son, who died on December 20, 1935. (Source)

6. The cars that found each other

There were only two cars in the state of Ohio in 1895. They ran into each other. Then there were no cars. (Source)

7. The beginning of WWI predicts the end.

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand touched off a firestorm that led to World War I. The car the archduke was killed in had the license plate number A111118. The armistice that ended hostilities in the war happened on November 11, 1918 - 11/11/18. (Source)

8. The nurse who survived three disastrous ship sinkings

Some people are born lucky, Violet Constance Jessop is one of them. Over the course of her career as an ocean liner stewardess, she survived the sinkings of HMS Olympia, RMS Titanic and her sister ship the HMHS Britannic.

The Argentinian nurse, who died in 1971, earned herself the nickname ‘Miss Unsinkable’. (Source)

9. The man who survived 9/11 and the Bataclan massacre

Fourteen years after surviving the 9/11 attack on New York, an American man living in Paris found himself caught up in the Islamic State massacre at the Bataclan theatre.

The 36-year-old, known only as Matthew, said was he went through in France was “1,000 times worse” than the Twin Towers tragedy. (Source)

10. The graves of the first and last soldiers from WWI are located opposite one another

The first and last British soldiers killed in World War I are buried in Belgium’s St Symphorien military cemetery.

The graves of Private John Parr, killed 17 days after the UK declared war, and Private George Ellison, who died 90 minutes before the armistice, are located just six metres apart and their headstones face one another.

This is a major coincidence considering the arrangement was not planned. (Source)

11. Musical neighbors

If not for the 200-year difference, Jimi Hendrix and George Handel would have been neighbors. They lived at 23 and 25 Brook Street, respectively, in London. (Source)

12. The writer who predicted his own death

American writer Mark Twain was born in 1835 when Halley’s Comet was passing the Earth. It only passes once every 76 years or so.

The publisher predicted he would die on its next passing, saying in 1909: “I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it.” Mark died on the day it appeared in 1910. (Source)

13. Falling Baby

In 1930s Detroit, a man named Joseph Figlock was to become an amazing figure in a young (and, apparently, incredibly careless) mother’s life. As Figlock was walking down the street, the mother’s baby fell from a high window onto Figlock. The baby’s fall was broken and Figlock and the baby were unharmed. A year later, the selfsame baby fell from the selfsame window, again falling onto Mr. Figlock as he was passing beneath. Once again, both of them survived the event. (Source)

14. Three suicide attempts, all stopped by the same Monk

Joseph Aigner was a fairlly well-known portrait painter in 19th century Austria who, apparently, was quite an unhappy fellow: he several times attempted suicide.

His first attempt was at the young age of 18 when he tried to hang himself, but was interrupted by the mysterious appearance of a Capuchin monk. At age 22 he again tried to hang himself, but was again saved from the act by the very same monk.

Eight years later, his death was ordained by others who sentenced him to the gallows for his political activities. Once again, his life was saved by the intervention of the same monk.

At age 68, Aiger finally succeeded in suicide, a pistol doing the trick. His funeral ceremony was conducted by the same Capuchin monk – a man whose name Aiger never even knew. (Source)

15. Twins who led almost same life

The twin brothers, Jim Lewis and Jim Springer, were separated at birth, adopted by different families. Unknown to each other, both families named the boys James. Both James grew up not knowing of the other, yet both sought law-enforcement training, both had abilities in mechanical drawing and carpentry, and each had married women named Linda.

Both had sons, one of whom was named James Alan and the other named James Allan. The twin brothers also divorced their wives and married other women – both named Betty. And they both owned dogs which they named Toy. (Source)

16. Almost like reincarnation

Enzo Ferrari, who founded the Ferrari company, died in 1988. About a month later, the footballer Mesut Özil was born. Looking at their portraits, you could be forgiven for thinking they’re twin brothers. Is this a case of reincarnation? (Source)