by Jean Moisset
(Photo de Marc Schweizer)
Adaptation anglaise par Ed
The two Richters
In 1915, two soldiers were admitted
independently to a military hospital in the city of Katowice, Bohemia.
Both were 19 years of age, had pneumonia, were born in Silesia, were volunteers
in troop transport and both were named Franz Richter.
During her treatment, one of Jung's
patients was telling him about a dream she had in which she received a
golden scarab. At the same moment, he heard a noise at the window made
by an insect. He captured the insect and noted that it was a scarab belonging
to the lamellicorn family, the nearest relative to the tropical scarab
one encounters at these northern latitudes.
In 1955, Emile M. decided to put
his sick dog out of his misery. He tied the dog to a tree in his garden
and shot. The bullet went through the hedge and killed a woman who was
passing by. Her name was Miss Dog). Le Chien.
The help of the "encyclopedic angels"
You are in the library looking for
information in a book whose title you do not remember. When looking through
a row of books you inadvertently drop several, one of which opens. To your
great surprise the information you are looking for is on one of the open
pages of the open book. Arthur Koestler called this the "help of the encyclopedic
Camille Flammarion's balloon voyage
Camille Flammarion decided to take
his honeymoon trip in a hot air balloon and invited the parish priest to
accompany him. The priest accepted but notified him several hours before
departure that he was obliged to pay a visit to his relatives in the Marne
valley. The next morning Camille Flammarion and his new bride took off
at noon. By an extraordinary combination of circumstances, the wind carried
them just over the garden where the priest was having lunch.
Faster than the post office
In 1984, a member of the European
parliament was given the task of mailing 42 letters from London. Just before
boarding his plane at the Heathrow airport, he stuffed the letters into
a mail box. One of the letters fell to the ground. A Canadian, also in
transit and standing next to him, kindly picked up the letter for the nervous
member. The letter was addressed to him !
Mister de Fontgibu's plum pudding
In his book "Les Huguenots", Emile
Deschamps recounts a strange series of events which happened to him. When
he was a small boy attending a boarding school in Orl*ans, he was invited,
along with several other students, to the home of Mister de Fontgibou where
he served the boys a plum pudding. Ten years latter, when dining in a restaurant
near the Paris Opera, he noticed a plum pudding on the dessert table which
brought back memories of his visit in Orl*ans. So, for dessert he asked
for a serving of plum pudding, but the waiter informed him that it was
reserved for another client. What a surprise when he learned that it was
for mister Fontgibu, who then offered to share it with him. One day, many
years later Emile Deschamps was invited to dinner by a lady friend who
notified him that they would be having plum pudding for dessert.
Just before diner was to be served
the maid announced the arrival of Mister Fontgibu. Emile Deschamps though
his friends were joking until he saw an old man enter the room. It was
indeed Mister Fontgibu. He had been invited for diner by another person
in the building and had made a mistake concerning the floor.
The twins Fritz and Emma Meinert
Fritz Meinert, a retired painter,
was seriously injured in an automobile accident which they had not announced
to his twin sister. At the same moment of the accident, his sister felt
terrible pains and was put to bed. The condition of her brother worsened
and so did her's. Five hours later Fritz died. Emma was unaware of his
death. A few hours later she died. Born on the same day, they died on the
same day at the age of 84. (Revue de Métapsychique).
Five shipwrecks and destiny
In 1820, on his fifth consecutive
shipwreck, Peter Richley was rescued by the liner "City of Leeds" on its
way to Australia. On board was an old lady traveling in search of her son
who had disappeared almost ten years earlier. She was very ill and in her
delirium kept asking for her son. Fearing that the poor woman was dying,
the ship's doctor asked Peter Richley, who resembled the description of
the son which the old lady had given him a few days earlier, to visit her
and pretend that he was her son.
What an unexpected surprise for
Mr. Richley when he entered the room and recognized his mother, Sarah Richley,
who recovered soon after.
A strange meeting so connected to the past
Mr. Michel Mosse, a well known archetect
who had designed many well known works, including the General Charles de
Gaulle memorial at Colombey Les Duex Eglise, France, sent us this surprising
example of synchronicity.
"In the month of December 1943,
I escaped from Alsace, which had been annexed by the Germans, in order
to avoid being forced to serve in the German army. The network which had
helped me escape had its headquarters in the city of Metz. My contacts
were two ladies, whose name at that time I did not know (the Haas sisters).
I remained in hiding for several days. My hiding place was under a pile
of dirty laundry in the laundry room.
Forty five years later, I invited
Paul Haas, a veterinairian, (no relation of the Haas sisters) for dinner
in celebration of his recent marriage.I was seated next to his mother-in-law
and, of course, our conversation was oriented toward my adventures in the
eastern provinces. I soon learned that she was living in the city of Metz
and naturally I began to tell her of my adventure there in 1943. To my
great astonishment, she interrupted me and began filling in many details
of my adventure which I had forgotten. It became obvious to me that it
was in their home that she and her sister had hidden me.
A strange encounter (21 April 1988)
Although I now reside in the city
of Nice, when I have a medical problem I prefer going to a hospital in
Paris, the city where most of the members of my family reside. After having
experienced some urinary problems, I consulted my family doctor who arranged
for an x-ray to be taken at the Necker hospital in Paris.
My appointment was for 8:45. I arrived
a half hour early, that is, at 8:15. The receptionist told me that I was
a half hour late since my appointment was set for 7:45. I showed her my
appointment paper which did indeed indicate 8:45. Just as we were discussing
the error, a man of about the same age as mine approached the desk. He
said that his name was Jean Moisset and that he was sorry he was late for
his appointment which was set for 7:45 and was for an examination similar
The name Moisset is not a very common
name. Moreover, having the same first name, having arrived at about the
same time at the same desk and for the same type of examination make it
highly improbable that it was by pure chance. To me it was obviously another
good example of coincidence (which I call synchronicity) several of which
I have experienced over the past few months.
It's really a small world
I received the following report
of an extraordinary coincidence from my neighbor, Mr. Freytag :
"One day I saw a for sale sign on
a small store on rue Gioffredo in Nice which interested me. I wrote down
the telephone number to be called, which happened to be a Paris number.
Several days later I went to Paris
to deliver some merchandise to several stores. One of my visits was to
a store on avenue Gambetta in the 20th arrondissement. Upon leaving the
store, I saw a telephone booth and decided to call the number concerning
the store in Nice. A woman answered. After a short conversation I hung
up and was about to make another call when I saw a woman knocking on the
window. I opened the door of the booth and the woman immediately asked
me if I was Mr. Freytag. I answered yes and to my great astonishment she
told me that a Mr. Freytag had just talked to her on the phone concerning
a store for rent in Nice.
An unbelievable coincidence. She
was the woman in the store with her son and had talked to me concerning
the store in Nice. She explained that she could see the booth from the
store and when she saw me hang up the phone at the end of our conversation,
she intuitively felt that I was the person with whom she had just spoken
and she could not resist the idea of verifying her intuition. The owners
of the store in Nice had asked her to find a buyer for their store on rue
An announcement of a visit
Irv Kupcinet, a Chicago TV commentator
recounts the following :
"I had just registered at the hotel
Savoy in London and upon entering my room I opened a drawer in the dressing
table in order to place a few objects. To my great surprise I discovered
several items belonging to my good friend Harry Hannin, manager of the
Harlem Globe Trotters. Two days later, I received a letter from Harry mailed
from the hotel Meurice in Paris in which he stated: you won't believe me
but I found one of your ties in a drawer in my room. Yes, I had been in
the same room a few days earlier!"
(From the monograph:
"Incredible Phenomena", edited by Peter Brookesmith, Orbis.)
An automobile registration
My automobile was stolen in Paris.
The culprit changed the plates and took off for the south of France. In
the city of Avignon, he stopped at a gas station. Another automobile was
parked next to his. A few minutes later he was arrested. The owner of the
gas station had noticed that the two automobiles had the same tag number
and had immediately called the police.
A lost and found wallet
Antoine Blondin, a well known novelist
and a lover of good wines, told us of the difficulties he encountered one
day upon his arrival at the London airport on a flight from Paris. Upon
arrival at the customs check point he was unable to find his passport,
yet he knew he had presented it to the French customs upon boarding the
plane in Paris. Blondin waited in the VIP lounge while a customs agent
returned to the aircraft in search of the lost document. The bar in the
lounge was well stocked with all sorts of drinks. Being a connaisseur of
good wines, our intrepid traveler ordered a glass of wine then another...
Some time later the telephone rang and the barman answered, wrote the name
"Antoine Blondin" on a board and asked his caller to wait. The frenchman,
rather surprised to receive a call, answered the call. It was from a certain
Dr. Cartier who was visiting London. He had found Antoine's wallet containing
his passport and other personal papers, as well as his Paris telephone
number. By what strange magic did the call ring the number of the lounge
where Antoine was waiting? Another surprising coincidence, Dr. Cartier
had called Antoine Blondin from a phone just outside the room where Blondin
was waiting and thus he was able to personally return the lost wallet.
(Marc Schweizer - Science et Magie)
The 6 holdens
In 1928, at Blankburn, England,
an automobile accident resulted in the strange encounter of six persons
with the same family name of Holden. The family name of the owner of the
fist automobile was Holden, the driver was a Holden and the man seated
next to him was also a Holden. The owner of the second automible and the
driver were also named Holden. And the policeman preparing the accident
report was also a Holden !
The extraordinary case of the two Jims
Jim Lewis and Jim Springer, twin
brothers born in 1939 and separated at birth, were surprised at the similitude
of their two lives when they were reunited 40 years later for the first
- they were both named Jim by their
respective adopted parents;
- the first name of their adopted
brothers was Larry;
- each had a first wife named Betty;
- each had a son named James Allen
and each smoked the same brand of cigarettes;
- both shared the same hobbies and
spent their vacations in a Florida resort.
1978; cited in "La chance et le hasard - collection: l'Univers de l'Etrange-Editions
Time Life Magazine, 1992.)
The king and his double
On the 28th of July 1900, the King
of Italy was on his way to Monza, Italy where he was scheduled to present
the prizes in an athletic competition. In the evening when dining in the
hotel restaurant he noticed that the hotel manager resembled him both physically
and in geneal comportment. In a conversation with him, the king was astounded
upon learning the fantastic series of coincidences existing between himself
and the manager :
- both were born on the 14th of
March 1844 in the same town;
- They were both named Umberto;
- both married on 22 April 1880
with brides named Margherita;
- Each had a son named Umberto;
- the manager had opened his restaurant
on the same day that the king had been crowned as Umberto the first;
- both had received decorations
for acts of courage.
Both died under an utimate and strange
coincidence. The day after learning of the death of his new friend in a
hunting accident, the King was assassinated by an anarchist named Bresci.
(According to Ripley Ghost Stories and
The engagement ring
Peter Richardson wanted to offer
his fiancée Agness an engagement ring. One day while visiting Birmingham
he happened to pass before a jewelry shop and decided to enter. What a
surprise to find his fiancée in the same store attentively examining
a lovely diamond ring which obviously pleased her. He bought it immediately.
Soon after, upon carefully examining the ring he observed the tiny initials
A23P, that is, an A for Agnes, 23 corresponding to the date set for the
marriage and P for Peter.
A post card
During the second world war, while
serving in the army, Arthur Butterworth of Skipton, Yorkshire, ordered
a book from a London antique dealer. The book was delivered to his camp
at Taverham near Norwich, England. When he opened the book, a post card,
probably used by the previous owner as a page marker, fell to the floor.
He picked up the card and was astonished upon seeing that it was an exact
picture of the scene he had before hie window... Taverhal Hall...
Incredible Phenomena, Orbis, London, 1984.)
The two Mr. Payets and the two Mr.
Several years ago my friend Joseph
Camelin, an editor with the "Progäs de Lyon", was doing some research
in the Rhìne department archives. One day when consulting the 1750/1752
church registers, opened on pages 11 and 12, on page 11 he noticed the
name "Louis Payet de Saint-Priest" in capital letters. Following the name
was an inscription indicated a certain dispense authorised by the church
authorities. At this point my friend remembered that his neighbor across
the hall from his apartment was a Louis Payet, originally from the town
of Saint-Priest. Imagine his astonishment when he glanced at page 12 and
saw on the same line, the name of Josheph Camelin followed by the same
indication of a dispense authorised by the church authorities. Thus a Louis
Payet and a Joseph Camelin were neighbors in a 1750/1752 church register
just as their homonymes were in an buiding in Lyons in 1943. Indeed a curious
coincidence especially when we consider that my friend Joseph Camelin had
moved to Lyons from his home in La Creuse because of exceptionnal circumstances.
(By Dr. E. Osty
- Revue Métaphysique de janvier-Février 1937, pages 56 &
The steamboat victim of the law of series
The construction of the steamboat
"Achille Lauro under the number 214 in Holland was interrupted by the outbreak
of world war 2 in 1941.
The ship was finally launched in
1946 and baptised the Willem Ruys. The name originally was to be "Ardjoena".
There exists a superstition according to which changing a name of a ship
before it has been to sea is bound to bring it bad luck. An Italian ship
owner named Achille Lauro bought the ship in 1966 and gave it his name.
Originally used in the transport of immigrants, in 1970 it was transformed
into a luxury cruise liner. It was the beginning of a long series of accidents
and incidents. The following is a brief summary.
In 1971 the ship hit a fishing boat
near Naples resulting in the death of the fisherman. In 1972 when anchored
in the bay of Genoa a fire due to negligence damaged the ship. Later, in
1975 on a cruise in the Dardanelles the Achille Lauro struck a Libanese
cargo ship resulting in the death of six sailors.
In 1975 the Italian customs seized
a cargo of slot machines which had been installed illegally.
All went fairly well until 1981.
In that year a fire broke out on a cruise to the Canary Islands. Two passangers
paniqued, jumped overboard and drowned. In 1982 the authorities of the
Canary Islands seized the ship at the request of the German banks. In 1985,
a commando of Palestinian terrorists captured the ship and
held the crew and passangers as
hostages. One of the hostages, an American invalid, was thrown into the
sea in his wheelchair.
The following year, on a cruise
to Egypt, the ship ran agound on a sand bank near Alexandria and had a
In 1987, five years after the death
of the owner, Achille Lauro and the failure of his company, all his ships
including the Achille Lauro where sold. The ship continued its career under
a South African flag until 1991, then left for Australia.
The Achille Lauro played its own
role in a television film featuring an attack by palestinian terrorists.
The filming was terminated without any real problems. However, an actrice
featured in the film, Rebecca Schaeffer, was assassinated shortly after
her return to the USA. The odyssey of the Achille Lauro ended in 1994.
On the 30 th of November when the ship was sailing of the coast of South
Africa, a fire occurred on board. The passangers were transfered to Djibouti.
However, 2 passangers died of heart attacks and 8 were wounded. The ship
sank on 2 December 1994.
The wellknown pianist
before the S/S Achille Lauro, on board which she played often.
Have you read the works of Jean
You must absolutly read his books
and the Law of Series