Try To Top This?
Occasionally, but not often, coincidences occur in my life...or I hear about them. But, I usually am unable to explore them with a mathematical lens.
Nonetheless, consider the following, which I pose as being perhaps the greatest coincidence known!
In Bermuda in 1975, a man riding a moped was killed by a taxi. This accident occurred exactly, to the day, one year after the man's brother had been killed:
Can you top that? As if a Fermi problem, try to determine the mathematical odds of that happening?
- On the same street location
- By the same taxi driver
- With the taxi carrying the same passenger
- And the man was riding the same moped.
Source: J. Michell & M. Richard, Phenomena: A Book of Wonders, 1978, p. 90.