This is weird. I helped resurrect another thread from 2006, more than two years old, at 7:22 PM tonight.
And on the same day you wrote this, I was thinking about a major synchronicity event that happened years ago (and haven't thought about it for almost
ten years). Man...
Anyway, here's the account of the "event", in case anyone is interested.
Years ago, I was working my way through a very, very difficult book (by an author who is very famous but only in extremely "literate" circles; most
people outside of his country wouldn't know about him).
In the book, which has around 600 or 700 pages (each one being less intelligible than the previous one), there is a relatively brief (a page or so)
description of an historic event, a minor revolution that involved the toppling of a statue.
While that event is very famous in the author's country, I had never heard of it before - or since, by the way.
I read the pages describing this event on an early afternoon.
Later that night, I decided I would take a break and surf the TV channels, to see if there was anything distracting (it was a HEAVY book). A few
channels into my "surf", a black-and-white American film attracted my attention (B/W films always do that to me...), so I watched it for a few
A few seconds... That's all it took for me to start having an eerie feeling of deja vu
. I knew I hadn't seen the film before; I am a film
buff, and I also have an extraordinary memory, even if I say so myself.
And yet, the scene I was watching looked strangely familiar... A few more seconds passed until I grasped that the unimaginable was really happening:
the scene where I started watching the film was depicting the very same historic event that I had been reading about a few hours earlier: an event I
had never heard about before (and I am also a history buff, mind you) - or since. Furthermore, the film itself is not at all well known (although it
does feature some important Hollywood actors from the 1940-1950s) - and I haven't seen it ever since.
I was so baffled by the odds of something like that happening I went and tried to find some information about the film (as if that would clarify
anything! ; )). It was then, reading about the plot, that I noticed another coincidence: the date - when I was reading/watching - was actually the
exact anniversary of the said event.
Now, the said historic event had nothing whatsoever to do with the European country where I was at the time, so an "anniversary" airing of the film
would have been totally meaningless. But let's assume, for the sake of the argument (as I did), that for some reason the TV station did decide to air
that American film to "commemorate" an obscure historic event that happened 60+ years before, in a country far away. That still leaves me with a set
of puzzling synchronicities:
a) from among the 600/700 pages I happened to read the page or two that describe that event on the very date that it had happened, more than 60 years
b) on the same day I read about it, I happened to stumble upon a channel that was airing a relatively obscure film about that same event, a film that
I had not seen before or since;
c) I happened to turn on the TV at the exact moment - or a few seconds (not minutes) earlier - when the film was about to show that scene that I had
Could anyone calculate the odds, perhaps?
(I realise it's a tall order, but still... ; ))
[edit on 26-1-2008 by Vanitas]