Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Coincidences to ponder.

Occasionally we hear some facts and figures that grip our attention. We then start to dwell on the laws of probability. Like the connection between Halley's comet and Mark Twain.
From Wikipedia:

Two of the comet's visits - 1835 and 1910 - are the same years as the birth and death of the American novelist Mark Twain. He wrote 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."
He did!

In that vein, here are stats a friend of mine sent over that may make you say: "What are the odds?"
Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846. > John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.
Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860. > John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.
Both were particularly concerned with civil rights. > Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.
Both Presidents were shot on a Friday. > Both Presidents were shot in the head.
Lincoln 's secretary was named Kennedy. > Kennedy's Secretary was named Lincoln.
Both were assassinated by Southerners.
> Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson.
Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born
in 1808. > Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.
John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839. > Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.
Both assassins were known by their three names.
> Both names are composed of fifteen letters.
Lincoln was shot at the theater named 'Ford.' >
Kennedy was shot in a car called 'Lincoln' made by
'Ford.'
Lincoln was shot in a theater and his assassin ran and hid in a warehouse. > Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and his assassin ran and hid in a theater.
Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their
trials.
A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe, Maryland.> A
week before Kennedy was shot, he was with Marilyn Monroe.

I couldn't find the sound file from the Twilight Zone which would have been an appropriate accompaniment for this piece.

4 comments:

NeoGex said...

The one with Lincoln and Kennedy... wow that is really freaky.....

*Hides*

roman said...

neogex,
Thanks for stopping by my site.
Yes, it is an extraordinary set of coincidences.
One thing comes to mind. If this type of relationship of facts exists with Kennedy and Lincoln, I wonder how many more could be found
just like it. I'm going to keep an eye out for this most unusual type of statistical phenomena.
It really does boggle the mind.

Vman said...

NO way, that is so weird. The odds are probably a trillion to one against that ever happening again.

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