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The First & Original

This coincidence story deserves a place of honor. It was this story on a group mailing list that triggered a member of our team’s idea of a coincidence collection which eventually led to… The Odds Must Be Crazy.

(Submitted by reader Donald Chesebro)

You know those unbelievable coincidences we always hear about and then dismiss skeptically?  It happened to me this afternoon.

A few minutes after my Packers’ crushing defeat in overtime (after a 17-point valiant comeback), I was humming a morose minor-key tune on my way to browse at The Iliad bookstore in North Hollywood.  When I entered the store, there was a sixties surf-rock instrumental playing on their stereo that had the exact same tune I’d been humming, at least eight bars worth, in its refrain.  I did not recognize the recording and did not know what the song or band was (it was certainly not a big hit record I was likely to have heard before), but I listened to the refrain the second time around and it was definitely the same tune I had been humming moments earlier.

Anne Parrish

While American novelist Anne Parrish was browsing bookstores in Paris in the 1920s, she came upon a book that was one of her childhood favorites – Jack Frost and Other Stories. She picked up the old book and showed it to her husband, telling him of the book she fondly remembered as a child. Her husband took the book, opened it, and on the flyleaf found the inscription: “Anne Parrish, 209 N. Weber Street, Colorado Springs.” It was Anne’s very own book.

Courtesy of Listverse