Thursday, January 12, 2017

Coincidence?

For your entertainment, let me present two stories.  Just coincidence?

This first story was circulating around the Internet yesterday.  I have not personally verified this information, but an urban-myth debunking website called Snopes (some don't trust it but I do, and have trusted it for many years) has confirmed it.

 In a 1958 Western TV show called Trackdown, a con man by the name of Walter Trump tells townspeople that only he can save them from meteors that will destroy the world at midnight - by building a wall around their homes.

At one point in the clip above, Trump threatens to sue someone opposing him.

At the end of the episode, Trump is arrested for grand theft by a heroic Texas Ranger.  Note, at the end, the show says it was based on an actual case in the Texas Rangers files.


Trump and a wall? Coincidence? (as this is not a political blog, I will leave the rest to your imagination.  I'm not trying to make a political point - only time will tell...)

2.  A book called Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan, was published in 1898.  The novella told the story of the fictional unsinkable ocean liner Titan, which, on an April night, struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic on its starboard side and sank.  There weren't enough lifeboats.  And, oh yes, in case this sounds vaguely familiar, the real-life sinking of the "unsinkable" Titanic in April, in the North Atlantic, after striking an iceberg on the starboard side, happened.  In 1912. 14 years later.
(Incidentally, the book is available for free online - it is no longer in copyright.)

Coincidence?

I think both are just coincidence.  With everything that is written, some scripts or books are going to "predict" history.   But, sometimes, truth and fiction can be equally strange. 

What do you think?

Day 12 #blogboost of the Ultimate Blog Challenge.

9 comments:

  1. Proof that truth is at least as strange (dangerous?) as fiction...

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  2. Truth is stranger than fiction. A cliche, but often true.

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  3. Truth is often stranger than fiction. And I too trust Snopes - especially for debunking lots of emails I get sent.

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  4. I like the second one. Very strong coincidence there!

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  5. I saw the one about the snake oil guy (and in Snopes, too, love Snopes). Quite eerie, the Titan/Titanic one!

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  6. Who knows...we are going to live in interesting time.
    Coffee is on

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  7. Yep, I heard of the 2nd case. Writers can predict the future!

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  8. What an eerie co-incidence! We've already seen the second one happen. The first, is yet to...seems almost like a prophecy of sorts.

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  9. Alana, I agree, these events are interesting. Yes, probably coincidences, but still, worth considering. I appreciate your mention that your blog is not politically focused. I try to keep my blog the same way. However, given the fact that the current political environment is nearly smothering everything else in the “news” category, it seems almost inevitable that we’ll have to say something about it. And every day seems to provide some new twist to the bizarre political scene. I’m still trying to sort out Trump’s remarks comparing our Intelligence Agencies to the Nazis. Could you believe that?

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