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One of the great discussions of human history is focused on a simple question: Is what we do with our lives pre-determined, or can we do whatever we please? Are our lives governed by fate, or is it simply random chance that governs our experiences?

It’s a fascinating question, precisely because we have no firm answer. And none of us, likely, will ever know.

What we do know, though, is this: History is full of coincidences that often seem stranger than fiction. From kings to soldiers, stewardesses to bands, no matter who you are, life has a way of making the impossible come true. It’s almost enough to make a person believe that everything happens for a reason…

But whether you believe in that or not, there’s no doubting that stories like this can be absolutely hair-raising. So for your enjoyment, here are some of the most mind-boggling and interesting coincidences in history.


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34. Twain’s Comet

Mark Twain was a comedic seer.

“Hold on,” you might be thinking now, “comedy—sure, but a fortune teller?”

Well, Twain predicted his own death. Having been born during a passing of Halley’s Comet in 1835, Twain proclaimed that he came in with the comet, and expected to go out with it. Sure enough, the day of the next Halley’s Comet revolution, Twain passed away.

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