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13 Coincidences that Will Really Creep you Out

Here are your 13 “coincidences” with a side order of creepy. On the house.

#13. On November 4, 2008 Barack Obama won the Presidential Election. On November 5, one of the winning combinations at the Illinois Lottery was 6-6-6.

#12. South African astronomer Daniel du Toit had just finished giving a lecture with the conclusion that death could strike at anytime. Afterwards, he sat down and popped a peppermint in his mouth. Unfortunately, he choked to death on that piece of candy.

#11. During the production of Deus Ex (a video game released in 2000), the development team forgot to add the Twin Towers. An in-game explanation was given: the buildings had been brought down by a terrorist attack.

#10. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand sparked World War I. He was shot down in a car that had the license plate A III 118. The war ended in an armistice on 11-11-18, at 11 a.m.

#9. In 2002, a seventy year old Finnish man was killed by a truck when he attempted to cross a highway on his bike. Two hours later, his identical twin was killed under the exact same circumstances, less than one mile down the same highway.

#8. In 1883, Henry Ziegland dumped his longtime girlfriend. Heartbroken, she hanged herself. Her brother vowed to avenge her and hunted down Ziegland. When he finally found him, he aimed for his head and shot. Ziegland fell to the ground. The girl’s brother, believing he had exerted his vengeance, committed suicide with the same gun. Little did he know that Ziegland would survive, for the bullet had merely grazed his cheek and lodged itself in a nearby tree.

Several years later, Ziegland attempted to cut down that particular tree. He had the brilliant idea of using dynamite and the resulting explosion sent the dormant bullet right through his skull. It seems the bullet refused to miss its target.

#7. In 1838, Edgar Allan Poe published The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. The novel includes the tale of four men stranded at sea after their ship sank. Desperate, the men kill and eat a cabin boy named Richard Parker.
Forty-six years later, a ship called Mignonette suffered the same fate. The four starving survivors killed and ate the cabin boy whose real name was -you guessed it- Richard Parker.

#6. Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain was born in 1835, shortly after the appearance of Halley’s Comet. Later in life, he predicted he would die when the comet returned. In 1910, one day after Halley’s Comet appeared at its brightest, Mark Twain died of a heart attack. Perhaps Twain considered the comet a harbinger of death. If so, he had good reason. In 1222, as the comet passed near Earth, it appeared to be moving west. At the time, Genghis Khan was preparing for his invasion. Believing this was a sign, he also marched west, killing millions in the process.

#5. September 20th, 1911. The RMS Olympic, White Star Line’s lead transatlantic ocean liner collides with a British warship called HMS Hawke. The Olympic suffers severe damage to its hull and nearly capsizes. Fortunately, no-one is seriously injured or killed.

Seven months later, the sinking of the Titanic would become one of the deadliest maritime disasters, claiming the lives of more than 1,500 people.

In the morning hours of November 21st, 1916, the White Star Line’s largest and latest Olympic class vessel, the HSMS Britannic was shook by an explosion. Fifty-five minutes later, it sank in the Mediterranean Sea. Thirty people lose their lives. It is unclear whether the explosion was caused by a torpedo or underwater mine.

What do all of these disasters on water have in common? Well, besides involving three out state of the art passenger ships belonging to the same shipping company? One stewardess/nurse was present on all of them when things went bad. She survived them all, leading some to believe she was an albatross.

#4. A Frenchman called Jean Marie Dubarry was executed for murdering his father on February 13, 1746. One hundred years later, on the 13th of February, another man was executed for patricide. His name? Jean Marie Dubarry.

#3. A French Baron named Rodemire de Tarazone was killed by Claude Volbonne in 1872. Two decades earlier, Baron de Tarazone’s father had been killed by a different man, also named Claude Volbonne.

#2. King Umberto I of Italy was having dinner in a restaurant in the city of Monza, on July 28th, 1900. To his astonishment, he found out the restaurant’s owner looked exactly like him and was also named Umberto. Furthermore, their wives had the same name and the restaurant had been opened on the same day as King Umberto’s coronation. The next day, both Umbertos were shot dead in unrelated incidents.

#1. On November 26, 1911, three men were convicted of murdering Sir Edmund Berry and were promptly hanged at Greenberry Hill in London. The men’s names were Green, Berry and Hill.

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Storie di Spie

Spie reali e immaginate. Persone e personaggi legati alla sicurezza nazionale e alla sua difesa raccontate nei romanzi e nella narrativa di settore, dalla carta stampata al piccolo e grande schermo, dai fumetti alle opere d’arte.

Le loro storie, e quelle di chi li ha abilmente ritratti negli anni, troveranno spazio in questa nuova sezione per condurre il visitatore in un viaggio immaginario e immaginato nella rappresentazione delle spie, degli agenti e di tutti coloro che lavorano per la difesa degli interessi nazionali. Consigli di lettura (e di visione) da parte di esperti del settore, studiosi del genere e appassionati. Tra cronaca e narrazione. Realtà e immaginazione.

Sinone. La spia ‘dietro’ al cavallo di Troia – 5 maggio 2017

La storia del cavallo di Troia è indubbiamente una delle prime spy-story conosciute. Meno conosciuto è, invece, il nome della spia che mise in piedi l’inganno: Sinone.

Sinone è l’antesignano della spia di guerra, il protagonista di un capolavoro di spionaggio divenuto un modello. Mettendo sé stesso al centro di un finto complotto, che sarebbe stato ordito contro di lui dai suoi stessi compagni, riesce astutamente a farsi accogliere dai nemici. Recitando la parte del falso disertore e inventando una storia con fatti e persone reali, riesce ad accreditarsi come attendibile nonostante i passaggi poco logici del suo discorso, oscillanti tra incertezze e ambiguità, e distogliendo continuamente l’attenzione dei personaggi coinvolti dal vero focus della vicenda. [link]
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M’s Movie – Blade Runner 2049

Pelicula cu Harrison Ford şi Ryan Gosling se lansează în cinematografele din România pe 6 octombrie.

Vestea realizării unui nou film Blade Runner nu a fost prea bine primită la început, căci nu se întâmplă des ca remake-urile să se ridice la nivelul aşteptărilor şi să vină cu o poveste şi o execuţie mai bună ca a originalului.

Însă odată cu numirea în scaunul regizoral a lui Denis Villeneuve, a protagoniştilor… şi odată cu primele imagini din film, scepticismul publicului s-a dizolvat. Iată că previzionarea la care au fost invitaţi criticii de film americani a confirmat faptul că Blade Runner 2049 merită văzut. Iar aceasta este o afirmaţie modestă, căci filmul a fost catalogat drept “o capodoperă”.

De notat că pelicula cu Ryan Gosling, în care revine şi starul producţiei originale, Harrison Ford, are un celebru şi aclamat director de imagine, Roger Deakins (cu 13 nominalizări la Oscar). 

Fondatorul site-ului Fandango – Erik Davis, a spus despre film pe contul său de Twitter: “Blade Runner 2049 este o capodoperă a genului SF; e tipul de film pe care rar îl mai vezi în ziua de azi. Uluitor din punct de vedere vizual. Absolut fantastic !”.

“Am urmărit întreaga proiecţie, de 2 ore si 43 de minute, cu tot cu genericele. M-a impresionant mai mult decât originalul. Nu credeam că acest lucru este posibil” –  Bryan Alexander, critic de film al publicaţiei USA Today.

“Am văzut un SF făcut ca la carte. Face noile Star Wars să arate ca nişte filme LEGO în live action”, a spus şi redactor al site-ului Fandom (wikia.com/fandom), Drew Dietsch.

“Este unul dintre rarele sequel-uri ce vine cu îmbunătăţiri în comparaţie cu originalul. Interpretările sunt grozave. Vizual, e uluitor. Villeneuve a dat lovitura”, scrie Scott Menzel – fondatorul Los Angeles Film Critics Society.

“Blade Runner 2049 a fost unul dintre filmele care m-au fascinat. Te captivează total şi te poartă, parcă, într-o altă lume. Denis Villeneuve a creat o capodoperă”, a fost de părere şi Jenna Busch – Comingsoon.com.

Şi Anne Thompson, de la Indiewire.com, a lăudat filmul, mai ales imaginea acestuia, pentru care este convinsă că Roger Deakins merită un Oscar. Eric Eisenberg – CinemaBlend.com, spune despre film că este „fenomenal, un SF cu rădăcini noir”, “cel mai bun film al lui 2017, până acum”.

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One more kiss dear…

Just as every autumn
Leaves fall from the tree
Tumble to the ground and die
So in the springtime
Like sweet memories
They will return as will I
Like the sun, dear
Upon high
We’ll return, dear
To the sky
And we’ll banish the pain and the sorrow
Until tomorrow goodbye…

One more kiss, dear
One more sigh
Only this, dear
Is goodbye
For our love is such passion
And such pleasure
And I’ll treasure till I die…


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