8 of the Most Bizarre Historical Coincidences Throughout History

There are a lot of fake "coincidences" out there. But have no fear, these eerie stories are absolutely true.

The man who survived two atomic bombs

A mushroom cloud rises moments after the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, southern Japan. On two days in August 1945, U.S. planes dropped two atomic bombs, one on Hiroshima, one on Nagasaki, the first and only time nuclear weapons have been used. Their destructive power was unprecedented, incinerating buildings and people, and leaving lifelong scars on survivors, not just physical but also psychological, and on the cities themselves. Days later, World War II was overUncredited/AP/REX/Shutterstock

On August 6 and 9, 1945, the United States detonated two nuclear bombs over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively. The blasts, and the radiation they caused afterward, killed nearly 90,000 people. But in 2009, the Japanese government confirmed that there was at least one man who was in each city on the days of the bombings, and lived to tell the tale. On August 6, Tsutomu Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima on a business trip. "As I was walking along, I heard the sound of a plane, just one," he told a British newspaper. "I looked up into the sky and saw the B-29, and it dropped two parachutes. I was looking up into the sky at them, and suddenly … it was like a flash of magnesium, a great flash in the sky, and I was blown over." By August 9, he had returned home to Nagasaki, only to experience the trauma for a second time. Despite the double radiation exposure, Yamaguchi lived to be 93. He passed away in 2010 from stomach cancer.

The twins named Jim

MILAN, ITALY - 24 FEBRUARY 2018: people at the street before fashion show of Ermanno Scervino during Milano Fashion Week.Polina Shestakova/Shutterstock

In 1979, a set of twins was reunited at age 39. They had been separated at four-weeks-old, and for 37 years, hardly knew of each other's existence. So when they met, there were a few surprises: both boys had been named Jim by their adoptive parents, both loved math and carpentry, and both pursued careers in security. Even eerier, they each married women named Linda, divorced, and remarried women named Betty, writes People. As for their kid's names? James Allan and James Alan. It was a fascinating reunion, to say the least. Check out these other bizarre sibling stories you won't believe are true. 

All the Eleanor Rigbys

Liverpool, England, June 16, 2012, A grave marked with the name of Eleanor Rigby in the churchyard of St. Peters Church, where John Lennon and Paul McCartney first metJon Nicholls Photography/Shutterstock

In 1957, John Lennon and Paul McCartney met at a party at St. Peter's Church in Woolton. It was a fateful meeting—one that no doubt changed the course of musical history—but that's not the coincidence here. Just yards away from their meeting place was the grave of Eleanor Rigby. Nine years later, McCartney wrote the song "Eleanor Rigby." He claimed he named the character after the actress Eleanor Bron, and a store in Bristol named Rigby & Evens Ltd. Later, he admitted that the grave may have played a subliminal part in his song's namesake, writes the BBC. Regardless, the deed to Ms. Rigby's grave was auctioned off but failed to sell. Poor thing, nobody went to her funeral, either. Find out some of the biggest lies that made history. 

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