Weird History The Eeriest Coincidences Throughout History  

Christopher Shultz
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Many coincidences are just that and nothing more. This is true almost across the board, and while the coincidence at hand might be amusing, it isn't significant in anyway and certainly not the portent of a curse. However, there are some creepy coincidences out there that are just plain weird - simultaneous or predicative events that seem far too similar to be the product of mere chance. Is it just happenstance, or is there something more at play?

This list details such eerie coincidences and some will seriously freak you out.
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Tamerlane's Prescient Words

Tamerlane's Prescient Words is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Eeriest Coincidences Throughout History
Photo: German Federal Archive/Wikimedia Commons

Military leader Tamerlane's body was exhumed in 1941 by a Soviet scientist. Inside his tomb, a message read, "When I rise from the dead, the world shall tremble," and, "Whomsoever opens my tomb shall unleash an invader more terrible than I."  

Two days later, despite having signed the German-Soviet non-aggression pact, Adolf Hitler and his Nazi troops invaded the Soviet Union.
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Man Survives Atomic Blasts at Both Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Man Survives Atomic Blasts at ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Eeriest Coincidences Throughout History
Photo: Enola Gay Tail Gunner S/Sgt. George R. (Bob) Caron/Wikimedia Commons
Tsutomu Yamaguchi happened to be on a business trip to Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the day US bombers dropped an atomic bomb on the city. He suffered severe burns, but was otherwise okay. He returned to his home in Nagasaki, where the US dropped a second atomic bomb just days later, and managed to survive that attack as well.
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Twins Killed by the Same Taxi with Almost Too Many Similarities

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This incident occurred in 1975 in Bermuda. One of the twins died when a taxi cab struck his moped scooter. One year later, the other twin, riding the exact same scooter, was struck and killed by the exact same taxi, driven by the exact same driver, who was driving the exact same passenger as in the death of the first twin.

The odds of this happening might seem astronomical, leading you to believe the story was made up, but apparently this really happened.
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Separated Identical Twins Live Nearly Identical Lives

Separated Identical Twins Live... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Eeriest Coincidences Throughout History
Photo: Universal Pictures

Two identical twin boys were separated at three-weeks-old and adopted to separate families in Ohio in 1940. 39 years later, in 1979, the brothers were reunited. They'd both been named James by their adoptive parents and they both went by Jim. Both became law enforcement agents as adults. Both married women named Linda, divorced, and then remarried women named Betty. Both had dogs named Toy at different times in their lives. And both had sons named James Allan.  

Coincidence, a strong argument for nature over nurture, or unconscious psychic communication?