We all talk about coincidence and how spooky they are. In fact I have caught myself saying “What a coincidence that was.” Somehow unusual things do happen even if we don’t believe in them. The definition of coincidence per Merriam Webster Dictionary is “the occurrence of events that happen at the same time by accident but seem to have some connection.”
Per Uncle John’s Ahh-Inspiring Bathroom Reader, Charles Coghlan was born on Prince Edward Island back in 1841. Being an actor, he moved around the country and ended up in Texas. In 1899 while in Galveston, he passed away and was buried there. On September 8, 1900 a hurricane struck Galveston and washed away most of the town and many cemeteries. Seven years later a fisherman from Prince Edward Island found a large box floating in the water. He took it to shore and opened it up to discovered Charles Coghlan, the native son. He had come home. The box had floated through the Gulf of Mexico, caught by the West Indian current and carried into the Gulf Stream, finally deposited on shore only a few miles from his birthplace. Coincidence? Your guess is as good as mine.
Uncle John’s Ahh-Inspiring Bathroom Reader, page 387, Ashland, Oregon, 2002.
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