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But if the speaker truly means that coincidences don’t occur, that’s a child’s view of the world, and it’s bad because it then often proceeds to a false assumption: something else is going on, be it the creation of a superstition, or seeing the devil, a witch, or a god at work, with the consequence that irrationality replaces rationality . . . never a good thing.
- Both presidents were elected to the House of Representatives in '46.
- Both presidents were elected to the presidency in '60.
- Lincoln defeated incumbent Vice President John C. Breckenridge for the presidency in 1860; Kennedy defeated incumbent Vice President Richard M. Nixon for the presidency in 1960.
- Both their predecessors left office in their seventies and retired to Pennsylvania. James Buchanan, whom Lincoln succeeded, retired to Lancaster Township; Dwight D. Eisenhower, whom Kennedy succeeded, retired to Gettysburg.
- Both their Vice Presidents and successors were Southern Democrats named Johnson who were born in '08.
- Both presidents were concerned with the problems of black Americans and made their views strongly known in '63. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862, which became law in 1863. In 1963, Kennedy presented his reports to Congress on Civil Rights, and the same year was the famous March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
- Both presidents were shot in the head.
- Both presidents were shot from behind.
- Both presidents were shot on a Friday in the presence of their wives.
- Both presidents were accompanied by another couple.
- The male companion of the other couple was wounded by the assassin.
- Both presidents had a son die during their presidency.
- Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theatre; Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald in a Lincoln automobile, made by Ford.
- Lincoln had a secretary named Kennedy who told him not to go to the theatre; Kennedy had a secretary named Evelyn Lincoln who warned him not to go to Dallas.
- Both presidents' last names have 7 letters.
- Both presidents have five syllables in their full name (which counts Kennedy's middle initial).
- There are 6 letters in each Johnson's first name.
- Booth ran from a theatre to a warehouse; Oswald ran from a warehouse to a theatre.
- Both Johnsons were succeeded as President in '69 by Republicans whose mothers were named Hannah.
Weird, huh? Well, yes, but investigation makes it less strange. First of all there are errors. Lincoln, whose life is much documented, never had a secretary named Kennedy. Secondly, similar lists can be compiled about any two Presidents. In just thirty minutes of Google search I compared Presidents William Henry Harrison (February 9, 1773 – April 4, 1841), and James Abram Garfield (November 19, 1831 – September 19, 1881) and found that both were from Ohio, died in the first year of their term as President, only twice in US history have there been three presidents in one year: 1841 (Van Buren, Harrison, Tyler) and 1881 (Hayes, Garfield, Arthur), both had many children and both saw one of their children die, both were elected to the House of Representatives and then the Senate, and were distinguished military generals. Harrison was the first President to die in office, and Garfield the second to be assassinated. Both strongly advocated ties between the United States and South America, with Harrison even travelling there at a time when such travel was difficult. Each had eight letters in his last name, and five in his middle name. If I searched their lives carefully for their children’s names, pets, parents, siblings, hobbies, etc., who knows what else I could add?
“The End of the World: Mayans, Jesus, and Others,” December 17, 2012
“A Guide to the Best of My Blog,” April 29, 2013