Things like this are bound to happen every now and then...
History is full of seemingly unbelievable coincidences. Some people say that these occurrences show a conspiracy, some the existence of a higher power. Others chalk them up to the eerie or unusual, but ultimately expected part of life. Whichever way you see it, though, these stories from history are crazy, weird and crazy interesting!
Edgar Allan Poe Predicted a Tragedy
Edgar Allan Poe was a spooky guy, to say the least. Perhaps his spookiest feat was when he wrote a short novel and seemingly willed the narrative into real life 50 years later. The book, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, which he marketed as being “based on a true story,” is about a whaling journey gone wrong.
As if he wasn’t spooky enough
The tale ends with a gruesome scene of cannibalism in which a young cabin boy, Richard Parker, is killed and eaten to sustain the crew until their rescue. It turns out that the story was not based on real events when Poe published it, but decades later a real boat really got shipwrecked and the crew really ate their cabin boy. His name? Richard Parker.
A Titanic Prediction
Thanks to James Cameron, we all know what happened to the Titanic. You know who didn’t though? Morgan Robertson, the author of the late 19th century novel, Futility, Wreck of the Titan.
Reading the book, which was published in 1898 (14 years before the Titanic’s first voyage), you’d think he was writing about the incident specifically. His boat, the Titan, was also described as “unsinkable,” which really highlights the unbelievably sick irony of that designation. In Robertson’s book, the Titan collides with an iceberg and sinks rapidly. Just like the real life Titanic, the Titan’s fictional wreck was exacerbated but inefficient emergency procedures and lifeboats.
Speaking of the Titanic…