Originally posted by Freelancer
Take for example these 'facts'...
Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.
Numerical similarity based on man-made (decimal) rules and patterns.
Still, there may have been a relevant connection. All I am saying is, I don't see it.
Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.
Same as above.
The names Lincoln and Kennedy each contain seven letters.
So do many other names.
Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.
Memorable presidents - who are also the ones that get killed more often than others - usually are. (Not to mention that the "civil rights" are
perceived and labeled as such by posterity.)
Both wives lost children while living in the White House.
In Lincoln's times losing ANYONE (usually to disease) wasn't all that unusual.
In Kennedy's case it did, of course, deviate somewhat from the "rule"
(as he and his wife did in several other aspects, too).
Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
There is a 1:6 chance of that happening.
(Sundays should probably be excluded, for it's usually a day off for official visits).
Both Presidents were shot in the head.
That's where you usually aim when your target is sitting down.
Lincoln's secretary was named Kennedy.
Kennedy's secretary was named Lincoln.
I am not sure it's highly significant, but it is interesting.
(By the way, I wonder how many secretaries did each one have at any given time?)
Both were assassinated by Southerners.
Considering their involvement with "civil rights" (see above), that's not really surprising.
Both were succeeded by Southerners.
And why not...?
Both successors were named Johnson.
It's not a terribly uncommon name, but it's interesting.
Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.
John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839.
Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.
We've been through this one above... ; )
Both assassins were known by their three names.
In Lincoln's times it was more usual than it is today to actually say and spell out the middle name, if there was one.
As for Oswald - we only know how the media called him.
(And that, of course, goes for Booth, too.)
Both names are comprised of fifteen letters.
Lincoln was shot at the theater named “Kennedy”.
Kennedy was shot in a car called “Lincoln”.
Booth ran from the theater and was caught in a warehouse.
Oswald ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theater.
(Not at all inexplicable, but interesting.
Plus I am getting tired by now... ; ))
Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.
That's a common fate of presidential assassins.
(G. Princip, the man who shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand, would have been torn apart by the crowd if it hadn't been for the gendarmerie who took him
A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe, Maryland.
A week before Kennedy was shot, he was in Marilyn Monroe.
See, I was really REALLY hoping you would omit this one...
(I have seen this "fact sheet" many times before.)
It's just a joke - and a crude, not a very ingenious one, at that.
Bottom-line: for all I know, there MAY have been some extra-ordinary connection between the two assassinations. The "facts" above prove nothing (and
I am not even counting the last "fact"), but there MAY have been.
Or, let me reverse the last sentence: there MAY have been a connection, i.e. something else than a string of coincidences, but the "facts" listed
Cheer up, though: there are many, many, MANY sets of history data and events, all around the world, that really do make you wonder...
[edit on 20-12-2007 by Vanitas]