11 June 2010

Scarcely Believable Coincidences

In 1899 a bolt of lightning killed a man as he stood in his backyard in Taranto, Italy. Thirty years later his son was killed in the same way and in the same place. On October 8, 1949, Rolla Primarda, the grandson of the first victim and the son of the second, became the third. What an amazing coincidence.

This problem also happened to a British Army officer, Major Summerford, who was fighting in the fields of Flanders in February 1918. He was knocked off his horse by a flash of lightning and paralysed from the waist down. Summerford retired and moved to Vancouver, Canada. One day in 1924, as he fished alongside a river, lightning hit the tree he was sitting under and paralyzed his right side. In 1930 he was out walking on a summer's day when a lightning bolt smashed into him, permanently paralyzing him. He died two years later. But lightning sought him out one last time. But lightning sought him out one last time. Four years later, during a storm, lightning struck a cemetery and destroyed a tombstone. The deceased buried here? Major Summerford. 

Unbelievable? Believe It!

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