While a 53-year-old man was competing successfully in the swimming section of the National Senior Games in Palo Alto, California, his 61-year-old brother was back home in Madison, Indiana, at the Yacht Club. When the brother called home to his mother to tell her he had just won a 500-yard freestyle, she told him his older brother had just been swept away in the rain-swollen Ohio River and could not be located. His body was later found.
Consider the situation in which a woman hoping to gain material about an ancestor’s residence rented a motel out of state in the area of ancestor’s residence, generations ago. No one in the vicinity seemed to remember the family, but the courthouse land records showed that the motel where she elected to stay, was built on property once owned by the ancestor. Coincidence?
The Pittsburgh Press reports on Sep 14, 1928 that “a short time after a peddler and his wife had been murdered and robbed on a road near Soldin, in Brandenburg, a farmer’s horse died on the same spot. When the horse reached the scene of the murder he stopped, whinnied and dropped dead“.
Nobody is quite certain how the name of the poet Shakespeare ought to be spelt. One quite common way is “Shakspeare”. Separate this word in portions, “Shak” and “Speare”. Count the letters in each – four and six – which may be read as 46. Now turn to the 46th Psalm in the Bible. Count off the first 46 words, and you will arrive at “Shake.” Now off the last 46 words and you come to “Spere”.
On February 25th, 1960, a man was arrested in a Canada bank for check fraud. While he was trying to deal with a forged check for $420, the owner of the account on which it was written began to transact business at the wicket besides him. She overheard man talking to the teller and mentioning her name as a former employer. She immediately told her own teller to call the police.
A hot-air balloon crashed into a power line in Ruthwell, Scotland, interrupting the movie being shown on local television: Around the World in 80 Days… about a voyage in a hot-air balloon.
An occurrence of the 14th of June, 1931, is told of, in the Homes News (Bronx) of the 15th. “When Policeman Talbot, of the E. 126th St. station, went into Mt. Morris Park, at 10 a.m., yesterday, to awaken a man apparently asleep on a bench near the 124th St. gate, he found the man dead. Dr. Patterson, of Harlem Hospital, said that death had probably been caused by heart trouble.” New York Sun, June 15 — that soon after the finding of this body on the bench, another dead man was found on a bench near by.
In 1950, Life magazine reported that 15 people barely missed disaster by an intricate stroke of luck. The 15, members of a church choir in Beatrice, Nebraska, were supposed to meet at 7:15 pm for practice. Each one got delayed…each for different reason! For example, one had car trouble, another was finishing house chores, another was catching a radio show, etc. Whatever the reason, they were all lucky to be late: The church was destroyed in an explosion at 7:25.
In 1983, a woman told British Rail authorities about a disturbing vision she had of a fatal train crash involving an engine with the number 47 216. Two years later, a train had a fatal accident, similar to one the woman described. The engine number, however, was 47 299. Later, someone noticed that the number had previously been changed by nervous British Rail officials. The original number: 47 216.
In 2007, a Bosnian couple found out that they had been cheating on one another in online chatrooms… with each other.