Have you noticed...? all and sundry Coincidences & resemblances

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Have you noticed...? all and sundry Coincidences & resemblances

1proximity1
Editado: Maio 1, 2023, 5:13 pm

A place to note, mention, share those little (or large) unexpectedly noticed coincidences or resemblances ---

Eg. (this one relates to mass-media/popular entertainment but that's not necessary-- this thread is to note any kind of resemblances or coincidences.)

Perhaps you noticed...

young actresses Chloë Grace Moretz (1) (b. February 10, 1997, Atlanta, Ga.)) and Odeya Rush (2) (b. 12 May 1997, Haifa, Israel) bear such a close resemblance that one could be confused for the other; they could easily pass for sisters and, made up with the same hair-color, they could very nearly pass for twins.

(1) featured in the film, "The 5th Wave" (2016, Columbia Pictures)
(2) featured in the film, "The Hunter's Prayer" (2017, Saban Films)

2WholeHouseLibrary
Maio 1, 2023, 7:31 pm

Oh, you mean doppelgangers.
I've got one.
Same full name -- until I legally changed mine about nine years ago.
Born the same day in the same state. (New Jersey, but at opposite ends.)
Took our driver's test on the same day.
Same height.
Same weight.
Same color hair.
Same color eyes.
About a year and a half later, I was rear-ended while stopped, waiting at a traffic light.
About an hour after that, he was arrested for a traffic violation that resulted in him spending three nights in jail and paying a hefty fine. Plus ...
Seven points assigned to my driver's record.

Imagine my surprise when I was notified of that! Took two years to get it resolved, but the problem was that the DMV issued us the exact same driver's license number.

Since then, I've had encounters/issues with over a hundred other men with whom share my exact name. That's just one of the reasons I abbreviated my name.

There's a barista in town who, except for the hair color, could easily pass for Scarlett Johansson.

3proximity1
Editado: Maio 1, 2023, 8:09 pm

>2 WholeHouseLibrary:
Ha! "Oooops!"
Yes, that "qualifies".

However, just to clarify early on, "Coincidences" and "resemblances", in this space, can relate to all sorts of things as well as people, and other animals--- near-"twins", of course, but also places, objects, even "tactics", habits, methods, all sorts of things whether physical or mental in character.

A person might, for example, have a peculiar way of doing something and assume that this is unique--only to be surprised to meet someone else who does it the same way.

..."could easily pass for Scarlett Johansson."

Hubba-hubba! Wow!

4rastaphrog
Maio 1, 2023, 10:35 pm

Here's a good coincidence for you.

In the mid eighties a group of us from here in NJ would go into NYC on Black Friday. Almost every year we would encounter someone that at least one of us knew from outside the group.

5proximity1
Maio 2, 2023, 7:33 am


More details = more interest. Where'd the coincidental encounter (usually?) take place? On the sidewalk? At Macy's? At Bloomingdale's?
Was the encountered acquaintance visiting (from out-of-town? quite a big coincidence, in that case.) NYC, like your group? Or a resident of the city?

6rastaphrog
Maio 2, 2023, 8:00 am

>5 proximity1: One was on the subway, one was in Macy's, two were on the street. The others were all also from NJ.

7proximity1
Maio 2, 2023, 8:19 am

>6 rastaphrog:
Even more remarkable for that, I think. Thanks!

8Cecrow
Editado: Maio 2, 2023, 10:28 am

My late grandfather was fascinated by this sort of thing, and recorded a few instances.

In 1959 he visited his uncle Harold Young in Saskatchewan, "a big, fine-looking fellow with Roman-type features who was well over 80 years old." On the way home on a train a few days later, when my grandfather sat down for dinner in the dining car, he saw a man who appeared to be his uncle at the next table. He kept looking at him, hardly knowing and hardly believing it could be him. The man noticed, so my grandfather walked over and, finally realizing it was not him, told him why he had been gazing at him. The man's name was Harold Young.

A man who worked with my grandfather at a steel plant made a trip to the Canadian west for harvesting in the 1920s. There he met a family who became very close friends. After he came back home to the plant they corresponded very frequently for a time. As over thirty years passed this gradually dropped off to none. One day he was having lunch at a local picnic table and was telling his friends about these people, and lamenting the fact that he would never see or hear from them again. As he finished speaking, he looked up to see that very family driving past, and got them stopped.

A lady he knew in town once told him that she was in New York City, walking down Fifth Avenue when she thought “Of all the millions of people here I do not know any.” Then she remembered a girlfriend she had gone to high school with nearly thirty years before in their small Ontario town who had moved down there. Just then she saw a woman approaching who looked like her. As she passed she turned to look back and saw this woman had also turned and was looking back at her. Yes, it was her.

His nephew met a female Hungarian tourist visiting their small Canadian town in winter and went skiing with her. About three years later, while he was on a freelance wandering tour in Europe, he met her on a street in Paris, France.

(All quotes from his memoir, with some nouns changed to pronouns, etc. I have no other information.)

9proximity1
Editado: Maio 2, 2023, 1:14 pm

>8 Cecrow:
thanks! Those are quite striking, very impressive. All the details make for colorful accounts.

P.S., speaking of coincidences, perhaps my favorite part of your post was this, which, here, constitutes for me a very unexpected coincidence:

"My late grandfather was fascinated by this sort of thing, and recorded a few instances."

I really wasn't expecting to read that from anyone.
So, this isn't peculiar to me alone. I take some comfort in that.

10Cecrow
Editado: Out 1, 2023, 12:16 pm

A relevant article (especially toward the bottom) I found interesting: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/your-brain-looks-for-winning-streaks-...