In 1898, Morgan Robertson wrote…

In 1898, Morgan Robertson wrote a novel about an ocean liner sinking in the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg. That is 14 years before the Titanic sunk in the same place and in the same way. And if this was not enough, the novel was titled: “The Wreck of the Titan: Or, Futility”. The ship in the novel, just like in real life, was touted as “unsinkable” and therefore did not have enough lifeboats aboard to accommodate all the passengers.

Leroy Irwin, a 92-year-old farmer living in Allegan, Michigan…

1949irwin03-croppedLeroy Irwin, a 92-year-old farmer living in Allegan, Michigan, decided to have the dates of his life carved on his gravestone before he died, because (having no children) he wasn’t sure who would pay to do it after he died. He carved the dates 1856-1950, but it turned out he was a little too optimistic. He died in November 1949, seven weeks shy of reaching 1950. The incorrect date wasn’t changed. Leroy Irwin’s grave (with the wrong date) remains standing in Hudson Corners Cemetery.