I'd like to share an amazing story about an amazing coincidence, me and my friend had a few years ago.
I'm from Europe, in september 2008 I went on holiday to the United States with four people, friends and family of mine. Our good friend Vincent planned a tour with a recreational vehicle, we hired for a month, through five states of the westside of America. So basically every day we were somewhere else. Whether it was in Colorado or in Nevada, in the mountains or in the desert, every evening we ate our barbecue dinner in a different setting. Truly a vacation of my life, as you can imagine.
But I'll get to the point.
One evening, we were finishing another great road trip for the day, arriving on a campground somewhere in Arizona. Since it's 2,5 years ago and we were somewhere else practically everyday, I can't remember the exact location.
We found out there was an information centre with a laundry room. As we had plenty of laundry, Vincent and I decided to went there, it was about a 20 minutes walk. When we arrived and put our laundry in the washing machine, we visited the information centre's shop to kill some time.
After that, we went back to the laundry centre to check on our laundry. We found out we still had 10 minutes to wait, so Vincent grabbed an old newspaper somebody left behind to read. The last few minutes we waited outside, sitting on a bench.
And then it happened.
A man on a bicycle arrived at the information centre. Vincent noticed him and said to me “I know this guy!” Of course I said to Vincent “Yeah right!”. Then Vincent said “you don't believe me?” and shouts “Hey Mark!”at the man on the bicycle. Suddenly, this man turns around and started to wave, with a little suprise on his face, and said “Hi!”. And he approaches us. I thought WTF? Vincent knows him?! Could there be more of a coincidence? The answer is yes. Much more. Mark walked to us and we all greet while I re-attaching my jaw to my face.
Then the bizarre part.
Vincent shows a newspaper article to Mark and me. On this article we saw Mark on a bicycle in pennsylvania, starting an east-to-west tour on a bicycle through America. So he decided to cycle from eastside to the westside of America, took his daily break at the information centre at a campground in Arizona. In the mean time, we were on vacation driving everyday, from location to location, in a vast five states area of America. Only to arrive at the exact location and time, where Mark is going to take a brake. But what makes it such an unbelievable coincidence is that Vincent saw Mark with his story in a OLD newspaper, just before he arrived and recognize him. Yep. WTF 2.0.
I think even the chance of winning all the lotery's in the world is way more likely then this.Yet it did happened, it is a TRUE strory. Though I can imagine its hard to believe. Heck, I know it's true but even I'm still flabbergasted about it when I think of it. That's the reason I put this story online. To share it with you. No agenda, no meaning. Just a hell of a coincidence, BIG TIME.
Sorry for the long story, thanks for reading!
Edit: Remember, if Vincent and I arrived just 5 minutes earlier at the information centre, none of this would have happened.