Certain matters are just too coincidental.
There is such a thing, many believe, as happenstance: They rationalize there are so many people and numbers and circumstances and places on earth that just about anything could occur by mere odds. Perhaps we can appreciate that rationale.
But even rationalists have trouble with certain transpirings.
There is Violet Constance Jessop: Born in 1887 (she died in 1971), Violet was an Irish Argentine ocean liner stewardess and nurse whose first job was aboard the then-largest civilian ship, the RMS Olympic.
While Violet was aboard, the Olympic collided with a British warship named the Hawke (this was in 1911) but made it back to port.
One mishap does not a story make. But then there was a second ship in the Olympic’s class.
It was named the Titanic.
And, yes, Violet also worked on that ship — surviving when that famous ship sank the following year (1912). She had been ordered into a lifeboat after helping others escape a cold, awful fate.
That might be enough to put it over the edge for some oddsmakers, but four years after that, Violet survived the sinking of Titanic’s sister ship, the Brittannic, which was deemed even more “unsinkable” than the Titanic but sank in the Aegean Sea after an unexplained explosion. It is now believed it struck a deep-sea mine.
Violet wrote how — again in a lifeboat — they barely evaded the suction of that ship’s propeller in 1916. (Talk about guardian angels!)
When she was a child, lest we forget to factor it into the odds, a doctor had pronounced her terminal from tuberculosis.
There is Hendrix — no, not Jimmie, but John. Considered a “mystic” by his neighbors in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, which is in rural Anderson County, Hendrix had a number of visions in the early 1900s that were seemingly proven to be accurate by future events. The city’s website informs us that Hendrix once retreated to the woods [known as the “Secret City”] for forty days and nights to sleep on the ground and pray, believing that this act of faith would bring him “divine revelations.”
“John Hendrix began to have visions that he shared with the community, but his powers were not appreciated by his neighbors. The local authorities assumed that Hendrix was insane and imprisoned him at the county farm, also known as the ‘poor house.’
“However, Hendrix escaped and declared that God would burn the farm down within a month. As Hendrix predicted, the building caught fire after being struck by lightning. While some people were afraid that Hendrix was a witch, most community members were dismissive of his visions during his lifetime.
John Hendrix’s most startling vision predicted monumental changes to his hometown. As described in The Oak Ridge Story by George O. Robinson, Hendrix made the following prophecy to an audience at the crossroads general store:
“I tell you, Bear Creek Valley someday will be filled with great buildings and factories, and they will help toward winning the greatest war that ever will be. And there will be a city on Black Oak Ridge and the center of authority will be on a spot middle-way between Sevier Tadlock’s farm and Joe Pyatt’s Place.
“Big engines will dig big ditches, and thousands of people will be running to and fro. They will be building things, and there will be great noise and confusion and the earth will shake…I’ve seen it. It’s coming.”
If this account is to be believed, notes the government site, Hendrix seemingly foresaw the establishment of Oak Ridge and its pivotal role in helping the Allies win World War II by developing the atomic bomb. Hendrix’s specific predictions about the locations of the ‘center of authority” and certain railway lines were also proven accurate.”
[resources: Lying Wonders, Strangest Things]