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If you list the first letters of the English months in order, the result, "JFMAMJJASOND," contains the name "Jason." (source)

If you list the first letters of the planets in the Solar System in order, the result, "MVEMJSUNP," (or just "MVEMJSUN" if you follow the recent IAU resolutions,) contains the word "sun." (source)

In 1946, when Mildred West, the obituary writer for the Alton Evening Telegraph, went on vacation for a week, no deaths were reported in the city of 32,000 that week.

At 7:25 p.m. on March 1, 1950, five minutes after the scheduled start of a choir practice, a church in Beatrice, Nebraska, exploded. However, the church was empty, as all fifteen members of the choir were late for practice, for ten separate and entirely unconnected reasons. (source)

Superstitious people took note in Santa Clara, California, on October 22nd, 1931, when the Gamma Eta Gamma legal fraternity was partially destroyed by fire. The house was located at 1313 Franklin Street, had telephone Santa Clara 13, and the postman who delivered the mail wore badge number 13. The damage sustained to the house was estimated at $13,000.

On February 18th, 1986, U.S. district court judge Samuel King, unhappy with juror absences due to rain, decreed "I hereby order that it will cease raining by Tuesday." California suffered through drought until February 27th, 1991, when King ordered that "rain shall fall in California beginning February 27, 1991", whereupon four inches of rain fell on the state. King noted that these events were "proof positive that we are a nation governed by laws." (source)

On February 13, 1746, a certain Jean Marie Dunbarry was hanged for murdering his father. On February 13, 1846, another Jean Marie Dunbarry, a great-grandson of the original criminal, was hanged for murdering his father. (source)

The size of Earth is roughly the geometric mean of the size of the universe and the size of an atom, and the mass of a human is roughly the geometric mean of the mass of Earth and the mass of the proton. (source)

Edgar Allan Poe wrote a short story in 1838, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket", in which three shipwreck survivors in an open boat kill and eat the fourth, a man named Richard Parker. In 1884, in the real world, three shipwreck survivors in an open boat killed and ate the fourth, whose name was Richard Parker. (source)

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The moon is just large enough to cover the sun completely, at times, as seen from Earth. It is a sheer astronomical accident that makes a total eclipse possible; there is no astronomical reason why the sun and moon "fit" so well. The moon is also small enough so that during a total eclipse the sun's corona, especially the brighter parts near the body of the sun, is completely visible. However, the moon is receding from Earth by about 3.8 centimetres per year, so in 500 million years or so, the moon will always appear smaller than the sun as seen from Earth and no total solar eclipses will not be possible. (source)

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In March 1977, after the collision of two 747s at Tenerife in the Canary Islands that killed nearly 600 people, the winning number in that Massachusetts State Lottery was 7470. Interestingly enough, three times as many people chose that number than normally choose the winning number. (source)

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Robert Todd Lincoln
Despite Robert Todd Lincoln's resolution to stay away from the president, he is shown here (right) with President Warren Harding (centre) at the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in 1922. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and former president William Howard Taft is on the left.

Abraham Lincoln's oldest son, Robert Todd, was at the scene of three presidential assassinations. On April 14th 1865, he rushed to Ford's Theater, where his father had been mortally wounded. In 1881 he was at President James Garfield's side just after he was shot. In 1901, he was about to join President McKinley at the Pan American Exhibit when he learned that McKinley had been shot. After that, Robert resolved to stay away from the president. (source)

Charles Francis Coghlan (1841–1899), a native of Prince Edward Island, was an internationally known actor. He was appearing in Galveston, Texas, when, he died on November 27, 1899 following a brief illness. He was buried in a granite vault in a cemetery in Galveston, Texas, in a lead-lined coffin. On September 8, 1900, a deadly hurricane struck Galveston (over 6,000 people were killed), and Coghlan's coffin was washed out to sea. In October 1908, off the coast of Prince Edward Island, some fishermen found Coghlan's barnacle-encrusted coffin, only a few miles from his birthplace. It is believed that the coffin had floated into the Gulf of Mexico, where it would have been caught by the West Indian current and carried into the Gulf Stream, moving north in the Atlantic Ocean until it reached the vicinity of Newfoundland, where it would have been thrown off course by a gale, and and then drifted aimlessly until it reached Prince Edward Island. (source)

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