Sunday, 18 December 2011

Interesting facts

1. A computer error gave two women in America called Patricia the same social security number. When the two women were brought together in an office to rectify the blunder they discovered that:

* They had both been born with the names Patricia Ann Campbell
* Both of their fathers were called Robert Campbell
* Their birthdays were on the 13th March 1941
* They had both married military men in the year 1959 (within eleven days of each other)
* They each had 2 children aged 19 and 21
* They both had an interest in oil painting
* Both studied cosmetics
* Both had worked as book keepers

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2. In 1893, Henry Ziegland ended a relationship with his girlfriend.

Tragically, his girlfriend took the news very badly, became distraught and took her own life.

Her distressed brother blamed his sister's death upon Henry, he went round to Henry's house, saw him out in the garden and tried to shoot him.

Luckily, the bullet only grazed Henry's face and embedded itself in a nearby tree.

In 1913, twenty years after the incident, Henry decided to use Dynamite to uproot a tree in his garden. The explosion propelled the embedded bullet from the tree straight into Henry Ziegland's head - killing him instantly.

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3. On December 5th 1660, a ship sank in the straights of Dover - the only survivor was noted to be Hugh Williams.

On 5th December 1767, another ship sank in the same waters - 127 lost their lives, the only survivor was noted to be Hugh Williams.

On 8th August 1820, a picnic boat capsized on the Thames - there was only one survivor, again a Hugh Williams.

On 10th July 1940, a British trawler was destroyed by a German mine - only two men survived, one man and his nephew - they were both called Hugh Williams.

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4. Mr McDonald was a farmer who lived in Canada - nothing extra-ordinary in that until you learn that his postcode contained the letter sequence EIEIO.

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5. In 1996, Paris police set out to investigate a late night, high speed car crash, both drivers had been killed instantly.

Investigations revealed that both were man and wife.

Police initially suspected some kind of murder or suicide pact but it became apparent that the pair had been separated for several months - neither could have known that the other would have been driving that night - it was just a terrible coincidence.

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