Monday, April 19, 2010

6 Truly Peculiar Coincidences - Weird Worm

6 Truly Peculiar Coincidences

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The world is filled with amazing coincidences, from lottery winners who seem to always be lucky to countless stories of people who succeed at impossible tasks despite all odds. However, there are some coincidences that go past the average “breaking the laws of probability,” ending straight into the twilight zone. Here are some of the most mysterious and unexplainable coincidences ever recorded.

Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan

Morgan Robertson wrote a story about an “unsinkable” ocean liner named Titan fourteen years before the Titanic actually met with its unfortunate end. The ship in the book was supposedly unsinkable and the same sizes as the actual Titanic. However where the story becomes weird is the little details mentioned in the book:

wreck of the titan

For example, just like the real Titanic, Titan sinks after hitting an iceberg at around midnight in April. Both in the book and in reality the ship meets its end 400 miles from Newfoundland while traveling at around 24 knots.
While it could be argued that if there was an iceberg in the Atlantic it would most likely be near Newfoundland, the speed of the titanic was definitely unusual, as it was travelling faster than normal in order to reach the U.S. earlier than scheduled.
Another interesting coincidence is that both ships were hit in the starboard and both the Titan and the real Titanic had too few life boats. Robertson mentions four life boats more in his story than the Titanic actually had. That’s a pretty lucky guess if you ask us.

6 Truly Peculiar Coincidences - Weird Worm

Monday, April 12, 2010

Panaceas that did not pan out (Part one)

Conventional wisdom has it that if you wake up in the morning and nothing hurts, you’re dead. Even more conventional wisdom has it, however, that if you wake up in the morning and nothing hurts, it’s only a matter of time before something will start hurting. Humanity is a bottomless well of woes and aches, and the more science extends our lifespans, the more pain we have to wade through on our relentless trod to the cemetery. And because we are not just frail but also unwise, impatient, optimistic and hopelessly gullible, we are always on the look-out for some magic pill or potion that will make all that pain go away at once.
Here are some of the more famous cure-alls that promised so much and delivered so little.

1. Trick or Treacle

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Panaceas that did not pan out (Part one) - Road Tickle