We’ve all had those funny little coincidences that make us wonder about the magic in life. You know what I mean. Like the time you pick up your phone to reach out to an old friend, and find a text from that long lost person has just come in.
These stories will convince you that life has more important and powerful coincidences than the everyday things that happen to all of us.
1. Professor Marvel
Remember the wonderful old movie, “The Wizard of Oz?” A lot of us grew up with the magical story of Dorothy and her trip to the land of Oz. An amazing coincidence happened during the filming of the movie.
As they searched for a costume for the character of “Professor Marvel,” the wardrobe crew bought a second hand jacket at a thrift store. It was perfect. When the actor pulled out the pocket, he saw the name L. Frank Baum printed inside. Baum was the author who wrote the Wizard of Oz books.
This is just plain funny. In 1895, the state of Ohio was proud to claim that there were two fancy new automobiles on the roads. Somehow or other, they managed to be in the same place at the same time, where they promptly crashed.
3. What’s In a Name?
A young teen in Northern Wales was taking an exam to graduate from high school. His test had the reference number 007 on it. The boy’s name? You guessed it. He was James Bond.
4. Mark Twain
The famous author was born on the day that Halley’s comet appeared in the skies. He always hoped he would live long enough to see it himself. In 1909, Twain said:
I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it.’
In fact, he did die on the very day that the comet came by again.
5. A Favorite Book
In the 1920s, American author Anne Parrish was shopping at a used book store in Paris. She stumbled upon a copy of one of her favorite childhood books, “Jack Frost and Other Stories.” She picked it up to show to her husband, telling him how much she had enjoyed the book. As she opened it, she saw her own name and the address where she’d lived. She had found her own old book!
6. Like Bookends
The first British soldier to die in World War I is buried in a graveyard in Belgium. His name was John Parr, and he was only 16 years old. As the terrible war raged on for four more years, nearly a million other British and Commonwealth soldiers were killed. The last of them was George Ellison, who died an hour before the war was declared over.
The two soldier are buried in the same cemetery, about 15 feet apart. Oddly enough, although this wasn’t planned, they face each other.
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