I grew up in rural NWPA, surrounded in forest. I took an early interest in cryprozoology and sharks and have read many books on various crypto subjects such as Bigfoot and Megalodon over the years. I am not a professional writer or a journalist, but I do the best I can. I have a quirky, obscurely dry and sometimes sarcastic sense of humor than can get me in trouble. Some love me and some hate me, but I am who I am.

Most will agree that two of the top 5 presidents in the history of this great land were Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy.

Unfortunately both were assassinated but out of their presidential lives comes some eerie similarities. Some of you may have seen a few of these before but I thought it would be nice to lay it all out for you right here at GT.

The following is a list of commonalities between the two men, commonalties that seem a bit too accurate to call coincidence.

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.

The names Lincoln and Kennedy each contain seven letters.
Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.
Both wives lost a son while living in the White House.

Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
Both were shot behind the head.

Here is an interesting one…
Lincoln’s secretary was named Kennedy.
Kennedy’s secretary was named Lincoln.

Both were assassinated by Southerners.
Both were succeeded by Southerners.

Both successors were 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 made of fifteen letters.

Mr. Booth shot Lincoln in a Theatre called “Ford”.
Lee Harvey Oswald, shot Kennedy in a car called “Ford” Lincoln.

Booth ran from a theater and was caught in a warehouse.
Oswald ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theater.

Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

A month before Lincoln was shot he was in Monroe, Maryland.
A month before Kennedy was shot he was with Marilyn Monroe.

A bit too accurate to call coincidence….also, a bit too accurate to call accurate. The truth is, while there are some bona fide aspects to the list, most of it is just fabricated folklore.

Believe it or not, the list has been circulating for years and many believe it to be completely factual.

So, pretty cool stuff, huh? Can anyone else find a similar list on a different subject? I’m sure they’re out there. The trick is to find one that is true all the way thru.

In the meantime, here’s another crop of coincidences that’s sure to get you thinking:

20 Most Amazing Coincidences

James Dean’s car curse

In September 1955, James Dean was killed in a horrific car accident whilst he was driving his Porsche sports car. After the crash the car was seen as very unlucky.
a) When the car was towed away from accident scene and taken to a garage, the engine slipped out and fell onto a mechanic, shattering both of his legs.
b) Eventually the engine was bought by a doctor, who put it into his racing car and was killed shortly afterwards, during a race. Another racing driver, in the same race, was killed in his car, which had James Dean’s driveshaft fitted to it.
c) When James Dean’s Porsche was later repaired, the garage it was in was destroyed by fire.
d) Later the car was displayed in Sacramento, but it fell off it’s mount and broke a teenager’s hip.
e) In Oregon, the trailer that the car was mounted on slipped from it’s towbar and smashed through the front of a shop.
f) Finally, in 1959, the car mysteriously broke into 11 pieces while it was sitting on steel supports.

A falling baby, saved twice by the same man

In Detroit sometime in the 1930s, a young (if incredibly careless) mother must have been eternally grateful to a man named Joseph Figlock. As Figlock was walking down the street, the mother’s baby fell from a high window onto Figlock. The baby’s fall was broken and both man and baby were unharmed. A stroke of luck on its own, but a year later, the very same baby fell from the very same window onto poor, unsuspecting Joseph Figlock as he was again passing beneath. And again, they both survived the event. (Source: Mysteries of the Unexplained)

A bullet that reached its destiny years later

Henry Ziegland thought he had dodged fate. In 1883, he broke off a relationship with his girlfriend who, out of distress, committed suicide. The girl’s brother was so enraged that he hunted down Ziegland and shot him. The brother, believing he had killed Ziegland, then turned his gun on himself and took his own life. But Ziegland had not been killed. The bullet, in fact, had only grazed his face and then lodged in a tree. Ziegland surely thought himself a lucky man. Some years later, however, Ziegland decided to cut down the large tree, which still had the bullet in it. The task seemed so formidable that he decided to blow it up with a few sticks of dynamite. The explosion propelled the bullet into Ziegland’s head, killing him. (Source: Ripley’s Believe It or Not!)

You can read the other 17 at oddee.com

Well now, that was quite a lot of synchronicity to swallow! I guess it’s up to the individual to either spend the time to research the subjects or make an educated guess on the spot.

It certainly is fun though!

Thanks to the following sources:

Phantoms & Monsters

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  • The Oshmar

    To be honest, im not suprised the car fell to bits at the end, a bunch of crashes, fires and faulty bits. It was probably held together at the end with some chewing gum.

  • HaywoodZarathustra

    I’m not positive of this, but wasn’t the chair Lincoln was sitting in at Ford’s Theater made by the Kennedy Co.? Also, did you all realize that as recently as 1956 there was a living witness to that?…


    I’ve thought JFK was the greatest Prez, regardless of his infidelities, while his brother Ted was possibly one of the worst politicians ever. I used to think highly of Lincoln, but reading about the Civil War, he seemed not that great and not that bad. In the South after the secession, the atmosphere was similar to Nazi Germany. Very few held slaves, but those that did controlled the economy, and as usual, got all the poorer young men to go fight for them. The same with U.S. warfare going on today. Those refusing to join were executed in those days.

    Going way off topic, does anyone know why Tennessee was the only secessionist state that did not undergo reconstruction?
    I’ve never understood that.

  • HaywoodZarathustra

    Speaking of James Dean’s “Little Bastard”, those cursed vehicles resonate with me. I once had a Harley Sportster that I thought somebody must’ve died on before it was mine. The thing always needed repairs. When I brought it in, the mechanic would find three more things wrong with it. While hauling it to the shop in a pickup, the thing came loose and almost fell on the following car. It caught fire once when I started it, right under the gas tank. I put it out just in time. It would break down, but only in heavy traffic. The guy I sold it to put it in his recently spanking new re-floored garage, and the thing sprang a leak on the bottom of a full gas tank and ruined the floor. He finally got rid of it when both tires blew at the same time in traffic and he got hurt.

  • Dale123

    Nice dodge with the Marilyn Monroe thing Scott!!!

  • John Galt

    Good Evening, my friends.

    Another interesting topic.  But not much feedback?

    First of all, I will assume that we have all heard of Dr. Carl Jung.  Contemporary of Sigmund Freud, once his colleague, they went thier separate ways.  While Freud focused on the unconscious sex drive as the primary motivator for many of humanity’s ills, Jung’s theory was much broader in scope.  He postulated that humanity, as a collective organism, had a Collective Unconscious, stamped into every human beings DNA.  This Collective Unconscious held common figures that crossed cultures and boundaries, and were seen as common in many cultures.  Examples would be the Warrior, The Maiden, The Demon, The Queen, The Hag, and the King, just to name a few (“The Essential Jung”, Starr, pg 26).  These creatures, these beings, were dubbed the Archetypes.

    What do Archetypes have to do with strange coincidences?

    Jung came to beleive that the Archetypes had become so powerful, so strong because of humanity’s psychic energy powering them, that they existed in a reality outside space and time, but able to manifest themselves in the individual pscyhe as organizers (Starr, 25).   Einstein would say much of the same thing, when speaking of the action of an entangled pair of quarks, calling it “spooky entanglement at a distance” (“Quantum Questions”, Wilber, pg 103).

    One reason why Jung thought that Archetypes existed outside of space and time (another dimension perhaps?) was because he believed them to be responsible for “MEANINGFUL COINCIDENCES” (Starr, 26).  Throughout his life, Dr. Jung had been impressed by clusters if significant events occurring together, and by the fact that these events might be PHYSICAL as well as mental.  Dr. Jung felt that such coincidences, which he considered relatively common, demanded an explanatory principle in addition to causality.  This principle he named….


    Amazing.  Dr. Jung also studied with famed physicist Wolfgang Pauli, and came to believe that the physicist’s investigation of the universe and the psychologist’s investigation of the the depths of the psyche were different ways of approaching the same fundamental reality.

    How utterly extraordinary…

  • Scott_McMan


    You are very observant. It seems we don’t get much action on cerebral topics.

    Here’s one I wrote in November of last year I think you might enjoy:


  • R. A.

    “Jung came to believe that the Archetypes had become so powerful, so strong[…]that they existed in a reality outside space and time, but able to manifest themselves in the individual psyche as organizers[…]”

    If you aren’t already familiar with it, I think you might enjoy Dr. Rupert Sheldrake’s hypothesis of Morphic Resonance. As a concept, it seems to sit between Jungian Archetypes and Synchronicity, and may be an incentive for one to attempt the ad-hoc practice of Synchromysticism.

    Either way…..it’s a fun and entertaining concept.