Truth is stranger than fiction is an overused cliche, there is no denying that. In this case I am going to let it slide because some of these stories are so unbelievably strange that you would have to think of them as urban legends, they're not though, they are true.
1. Similarities between the Lincoln and JFK assassinations.
There are several eerie similarities between these two presidential assassinations, even though they took place over 100 years apart. Seriously, we can't make this stuff up.
1. Both JFK and Lincoln were shot in the back of the head, on the Friday before a major national holiday, and both were sitting next to their wives.
2. Both had Vice-Presidents with the last name Johnson: Andrew born in 1808 and Lyndon born in 1908. Both Johnsons' had two daughters.
3. Both assassins had three names for combined total of 15 letters a piece.
4. John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln in a theater and fled to a warehouse. Lee Havey Oswald shot Lincoln from a warehouse and fled to a theater.
We aren't grasping at straws here, this is some strange stuff.
2. One man survived both the Nagasaki and Hiroshima atomic blasts
Tsutomu Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima on a business trip when the U.S. dropped the first bomb, he suffered fairly severe burns but was able to return home to Nagasaki. Days later the U.S. dropped the second bomb and he managed to survive that as well.
Talk about having a bad week.
3. Author, Morgan Robertson "predicted" the sinking of the Titanic.
in 1898, Morgan Robertson published his novella Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan. The premise of the story, a ship named Titan strikes an iceberg and sinks in the Atlantic Ocean. Sound familiar? 14 years later the Titanic was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean after striking an iceberg. The weirdest part, in both the actual sinking of the Titanic, and in the novel, both ships were carrying the legal minimum number of lifeboats because both were said to be "un-sinkable".
4. Two Michael Foxs'
When Michael J. Fox hit the Hollywood scene, he tried to register with the Screen Actor's Guild as just Michael Fox. SAG already had a Michael Fox on their books so the Back to the Future star added his middle initial. Not all that strange, I know, but here is the weird part.
In the movie Back to the Future, Fox's character Marty runs into his father George in the past. George tells him that he is a big fan of a show called Science Fiction Theater. Science Fiction Theater was a real show in the 1950s and the original Michael Fox starred in several episodes, including one about a time travelling neighbor...
5. Bruce Lee "predicted" his son's death.
For a moment, please forget that both Bruce and Brandon died while filming feature films. Bruce's last film, Game of Death, was unfinished at the time of his death, but in the movie Bruce plays a character who is filming a movie and is accidentally shot with a prop gun loaded with real bullets.
Then in 1993 while filming his movie The Crow, Brandon was hit in the stomach by a real bullet that had accidentally been loaded into a prop gun...
6. An Edgar Allen Poe story comes true years later.
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, Edgar Allen Poe's only full novel, was published in 1838. In the novel, there is a section where the crew of a ship is stranded at sea. They are starving so they draw straws to see who will be sacrificed to feed the others, the short straw was drawn by the character of Richard Parker.
46 years later, in real life, the ship Mignonette was sunk during a storm. The crew, stranded without food or water, were forced to sacrifice a young crew member who had consumed salt-water and was quickly dying. That crew member's name; Richard Parker.