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To celebrate strange things, I am holding a contest. Please post the strangest, most bizarre, unlikliest coincidences that have ever happened to you. The contest will run until the end of February and prizes will be awarded according to the number of thumbs each entry receives.

Prizes:
1st Place: 50 bag
2nd Place: 30 bag
3rd Place: 20 bag

4 random thumbers of this list also get 50 bag

I've started the list with a few examples of my own, though I won't be eligible to win. You may enter up to 5 times.

UPDATE:
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has donated an additional 100 bag for this contest. So now we will award a second and third place prize as well as another random thumber.

UPDATE 2:
You can't handle the truth?
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has, in a bizarre coincidence, also donated an additional 100 bag for this contest. Now we will have an additional two random thumber prizes. Furthermore, to celebrate coincidences, all names will be thrown back in the hat before each new random thumber draw. Thus the same person could win ALL FOUR random thumber prizes!!!
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51. Board Game: Station Master [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:2696]
Jonathan Tullsen
United States
Tigard
Oregon
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The Road goes ever on and on Down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, And I must follow, if I can, Pursuing it with eager feet, Until it joins some larger way Where many paths and errands meet.
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We were on our way down from Mt. rainier from our vacation and we stopped to get gas at a gas station. My uncle and his family also happened to be going up to Mt rainier. As we arrived we saw that they had stopped at the EXACT SAME gas station we were at. Weird....
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52. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:143]
Mo Rider
United States
Sharonville
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My wife (we'll call her Anna MoRider) was booking a hotel conference room for her job one day, and I just so happened to be in her office because I stopped by for lunch. She had faxed over the request and was waiting for the response.

Well, the fax machine starts up and spits out the approved request form. Shockingly, it had been approved by my wife!

Another Anna MoRider had signed the form. Turns out she was the event planner for the hotel and had the exact same name, get this, THROUGH MARRIAGE. I don't have much in the way of family, and my last name is pretty rare. Turns out she and her husband had moved to the area in the past year. We still aren't sure if we are related but it's possible.
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53. Board Game: Ultimate Golf [Average Rating:4.60 Overall Rank:10441]
Thomas Thompson
United States
Beaverton
Oregon
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So back when I was a kid, probably 12 or so, my sister and I were playing on this grassy lot. I had found myself a stick that was about the right height for taking golf shots at the puffy dandelion heads scattered all about the lot. My stick had a smaller branch partway down it that had broken off before I found it and left a little short nub where one side of the 'y' had been.

I was whacking the dandelions about when my sister saw something she ran over to look at, directly away from me. This was about the time I lined up a nice shot on a dandelion and took a swing. In a portent of my future golfing skills, I swung low, and hit the end of the stick on the ground in front of the dandelion. The stick broke into three roughly equal length pieces, the top-most of which was still in my grasp.

The middle piece flew up in a high arc and the bottom piece in a lower arc. I was watching the high piece as it hit a power line, caught on the little 'y' on the stick, and swung around the line several times, staying put. I was so impressed that I started to yell to my sister so she could check out my incredible skills.

I looked her way just in time to see the bottom piece of my make-shift golf club tag her squarely in the back of the head as she ran away from me. It was a good 30 foot shot too. I decided at this point she was clearly biased and wasn't going to appreciate the awesomeness that just happened and went with rolling on the ground with laughter, my plan B. Random sticks to the head are very funny when you're 12.

The dandelion was perfectly fine.

So the very next day we were in our front yard when she called me over to a tree she was looking up into. I have no idea why, but she pointed up and said, "Look at that branch. I think it broke."

So I looked up. Yep, it had. And it chose this exact moment to fall out of the tree. Now I'm pretty sure Karma was lining that shot up for me...but that branch landed square on her face, breaking her nose. Two days, one cut on the back of her head and one broken nose from flying tree parts.

There was no permanent damage, and we laugh about it today
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54. Board Game: Fortuna [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1690]
Tadeu Zubaran
Brazil
Porto Alegre
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I am in Germany on a scholarship away from my family. Last month I had 3 things annoying me in very different orders of magnitude. I am going to list them in order of the most to least important.
1-My mother had to make a dangerous exam because she had the exact same symptoms that my aunt had when she had cancer in the intestine (she later passed away as a result of the disease).
2-I wanted badly to move from my flat and I couldn't find another place. Living there was driving me nuts.
3-I wanted to buy Le Havre and I was having a very hard time finding it. I went to every single store in Berlin and failed to get a copy.

In the interval of 24 hours everything was resolved. My mother made the exam without telling me (because I wanted to come back to Brazil to support her and she didn't want to interfere in my studies) and it had the best possible outcome, she is now completely healthy. I found another (fantastic) apartment to rent and I was able to snatch the very last copy of Le Havre in a very obscure store. It was a sweet sweet day.
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55. Board Game: Double Quick [Average Rating:7.05 Unranked]
Andrew H
Australia
Brisbane
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Two quick stories-

My Grandmother lived in Australia near my family but frequently went back to England. On one occassion when she went back she was visiting a friend, Joan, who had made a trip to Australia. They were looking at photographs of the trip. One photograph was taken at the Sydney Christmas Carols- a big event with a crowd of thousands. Sitting directly behind Joan, clear as day, were my parents my sisters and me.

My daughter, then 2, was building a tower with wooden blocks. she had used all the pieces except one, a cylinder about 5 inches long and half inch diameter. Iwas expecting her to carefully place it somewhere on the tower but to my surpriseshe threw it from where she had picked it up a couple of feet away. (throwing things like that was out of character). It bounced off the floor near the base of the tower spun through the air and landed on the top of the tower, on its end and stayed up.
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56. Board Game: Lilypad [Average Rating:5.67 Unranked]
Raiko Puust
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Few months ago I promised Agnes that I will buy her a house if it is near the place where we live right now and I have money to do so when we find it.
I was actually trying to postpone it as long as I could. So Agnes started looking the market. She always described the house to me she likes and so on that it had to be a farm as well. I was certain that there is no way near the city the we live in are any farm at all, so I was convinced it takes time if ever.

Well, seems that next week I am buying a house because a month ago, start of 2012 Agnes was happy one day. More than usual.
She found house half a kilometer from the place we live now, the one side of the property is the border of the city, so outside the city, it is an actual farm, built over 100 years ago, it is exactly like Agnes described she wants her house to be and one more thing - the official name of the place and address is - AGNES'S FARM. There are 5 farm with that name in Estonia and one is here. I am still baffled. Also, I got my last years bonus check as well, which was waaay larger than I expected it to be, just a day before she found it.
So now all criterias is in place and I am buying the place, like promised.

Coincidence?
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57. Board Game: Risk: The Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:2999]
Luke McCarthy
United States
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Once upon a time I was playing Lord of the Rings Risk with my brother, my sister, and my dad. My dad's mostly a chess player, and I was always the Risk guy growing up, so naturally my sister and I were steamrolling. Steamrolling as in, the other team had resigned themselves to total defeat. However, there was the One Ring.

To give a little background, in LOTR Risk, you can win via regular Risk methods of divide and conquer, or as you might assume, do something with the ring. The light side wins by throwing it into mount doom, and the dark side wins by controlling a territory the ring is in and rolling a twelve with two dice, but only certain territories (about 5 in all) have the dice insignia that allows a roll to take place.

So back to the game. The forces of evil were reeling; good had won the day. If this was the LOTR movie, it would be like that scene at the black gate where the tiny good army was about to be obliterated. Only in this case, the roles were reversed. Good was wiping the floor with evil and evil had only one hope - the ring. So they abandoned all hope of conquering middle earth and concentrated one last desperate push to have one last roll at the ring. This they barely succeeded at - managing to scrounge up a force that managed to hold - not take, but hold - moria for long enough that the fellowship moved into the territory in time for one last roll. After this roll, the fellowship would move out of the territory, and on to certain victory with literally no obstacles at all, as the rest of the forces of darkness had been beaten into submission.

But lo and behold! The last turn, the last roll, the last significant action of the game.....was a 12. A 1 in 36 chance of defeat, capitalized on! No chance of victory after that moment, but yet victory was grasped. I never played LOTR Risk after that, and I'm not sure the old wound won't open back up merely by writing about this story, but it had to be done. The most improbable tale - a literal reversal of roles from the actual LOTR movie (although I'm sure there are die-hards out there who will point out that Frodo's chances of success, if tabulated, would be less than 1 in 36). Ironic to the max, improbable to the max. I don't know what more you could ask for.
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58. Board Game: Big Apple [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Jack van Riel
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The first time I was in New York City I stayed in a hostel. I was alone, and I spotted a nice looking girl sitting by herself, so I walked over to talk to her. She was the first person other than the hostel staff I met in this huge city, and I was curious to learn which part of the world she was from. I was surprised to discover that she was Dutch too. And lived in Nijmegen too.

Pretty coincidental, right?

Turned out she lived in the exact same house I grew up in.

wow

Well, not really. It was two houses away. But still...
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59. Board Game: Happy Birthday! [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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United States
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During work one day, a coworker wanted to grab a coffee and she asked if anybody wanted to go. So, five of us went to the coffee shop.

While waiting for our coffee, we started talking about birthdays. The two women in the group got my friend to open up. He said, "It's January XX."

One of the women was so surprised. She said, "That's my birthday!"

We had a good laugh. Then the women asked me about my birthday. I hate to talk about birthdays to coworkers, but I finally said, "March XX."

The other woman looked at me in surprise. She said, "That's my birthday, too!!"

We were too shocked to laugh, and we finally believed each other after we all took out our driver's licenses.

So we asked the fifth person when his birthday was, and he said, "Well, I thought I had a special birthday, but now it seems kinda ordinary. My birthday is February 14."

To summarize:
1. Out of 5 people randomly drawn together to the same workplace
2. who decide to go for coffee together one day
3. and suddenly decide to talk about birthdays
4. we discover two pairs of shared birthdays

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Coen Velden
Germany
Geldern
Deutschland
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My brother-in-law passed away last month...........

One day before his 55th birthday.

No geekgold in the world will bring him back....

(I don't know why I'm writing this personal stuff in a BGG list, just had to get it off my chest).
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61. Board Game: Heart Attack [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Richard Bingle
United States
ORLANDO
Florida
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I had a heart attack when I was 32.

The coincidence? It was on my 32nd birthday!
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62. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:143]
patrick stevens
United States
Los Angeles
California
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Back in 2002 we were playing Acquire one afternoon. We play maybe 2 or 3 times a year. Donald Benge called on the phone and told us that Sid Sackson had just died. Coincidence?
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63. Board Game: The Great Downhill Ski Game [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:7980]
Martin Plourde
Canada
Windsor
Quebec
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When I was a young kid, I would go skiing with my dad every weekend. We tried a different mountain every time. My dad have this habit of trying to start conversations with everyone when we go up the hill in the chairlift, sometimes resulting in some awkward moment.

I have 2 in mind, that happened at the same time. Earlier in the day, we were going up, and there was a bunch of beginners with rented equipment going down a steep hill. The couldn't so they were crashing all over the place. We call these guys 'grey boots' because every shop would rent grey boots for some reason. So there goes my dad, starting the conversation with the random guy sitting next to him, saying how bad these 'grey boots' are doing and how dangerous it is to let them ski by themselves without proper training... The guy to who he was talking had, you guessed it, grey boots...

Couple hours later, still going up the hill, there was a guy loosing control in the slope, and then he hit a tree and was hurt. We would watch as he stood up, and kept going, in obvious pain. On our next lift, there goes my dad, starting a conversation with the random guy sitting next to him, telling the other poor guy's crash, and how we felt bad for him, and hoping he was not hurt. You guessed it, he was THAT guy.

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64. Board Game: Long Distance Double [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
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I went overseas for college. One day, I take my car in to the shop. The guy fixing my car asks me where I'm from, so I tell him. He says, "That's where my wife is from." So we joke that I probably know her.

Later, his wife shows up--and I know her! Just kidding, we don't know each other--BUT she actually lived down the street from me, which is a bit of a coincidence, right?

Fast forward 5+ years. I'm still in the same country, move to the city, get married. My sister-in-law says one of her friends is from my country. Oh, how interesting, I think.

A few years after that, we happen to be talking about friends, and my sister-in-law says her friend is divorced. She lived in this town (where I went to college), had moved to the city, etc. Bit by bit, it dawns on me that this is the same person who lived down the street from me!

So to summarize.

Coincidence 1
1. I go to another country for college
2. One day, my car breaks down
3. I look in the phone book, find and take it to a shop
4. Meet the guy who's fixing my car
5. His wife is from back home--down the street from me

Coincidence 2
6. I move away to the city to get a job
7. I meet someone
8. We get married
9. My wife's sister works with someone from back home
10. A few years after I'd been married
11. I discover that friend of my wife's sister
12. Is the wife of the guy who fixed my car when I was in college
13. She had moved to the same city
14. And had gotten a job at the same place as my sister-in-law

Break or change the sequence, I would've never known. And some strange sequence of events made me cross paths with someone who lived down the street from me in another country--twice! This weird double coincidence kept me awake!


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65. Board Game: Sally the Sunflower [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Joe Wiltshire
Australia
Ingleburn
New South Wales
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The first time I ever asked a girl out on a date was when I was 18. She was the girl who served at the local fish and chip shop. To my immense surprise she said yes and gave me her phone number - I nearly had a heart attack not knowing what to do. She said call me and we’ll go see a movie.
I called and we organized to go into the city (an hour train ride from where we live).

It was a hot windy day and my mum (mom) decided it was a good day to wash everything and air the cupboards so the only thing left to wear was a pair of short blue shorts and a white ribbed jumper with shoulder pads (not even a T-shirt).

I had shoulder length hair and as I walked down to the train station to meet her (sweating like a pig in my jumper) my hair went afro in the wind. What a sight.

Anyway I found her there but it turned out the trains were off due to track work and we’d have to take a bus to the city (Sydney) - a long hot, horrible bus ride.

During the trip she tells me that she had just broken up with a guy. I asked who and it turned out to be a guy from my soccer team who lived just round the corner from me. She said she wasn’t looking for a relationship but was happy to be ‘just friends’ (I kind of died a little bit inside)

We got to the city (eventually) and I asked if she had in mind any particular movie to watch. She said, “I wouldn’t mind if we you took me to this new film that’s just come out - its supposed to be really good, but its a bit of a chick flick).

Of course I agreed. What was the movie? When Harry met Sally. Almost the first line of the film is “Men and women can’t just be friends because sex always gets in the way.” I shrank down into my seat. We watched the movie, caught the bus home and we never saw or spoke to each other again.

Even more amazing coincidence - the second girl I ever asked out on a date was living in a country town in NSW and I had to catch the country train out to see her. We had a lovely day with her showing me around (Bowral for those who know where that is - Don Bradman’s birth place for cricket lovers).

It was going to well until we turned the corner in the street she lived in and sitting on her front step was a 20-something year old girl. My girl didn’t recognize her till we were walking up the path and she burst out ‘That’s such and such my best friend from school I haven’t seen in years. Would you mind if I spend some time catching up with her. I tell you what - I’ll put on a video while we two have coffee then we’ll get back to the date.”

What else could I do but agree - 3 hours from home and keen on this girl. So on goes the video - you’d never have believed what she chose - When Harry met Sally.

End Result - ditto - never saw or spoke again.
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66. Board Game: Seven Sisters [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:3402]
Chris Tappan
United States
Sarasota
Florida
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The strangest coincidence was while I was in college. I was out having a good 'ol time with the guys hopping from bar to bar during the Halloween weekend. I do not remember too much from the night except that I kept hitting it off with the ladies particularly well that night (my costume must have been the trick). I ended up getting four farewell kisses with accompanying phone numbers to boot. I remember the next morning finding it strikingly odd that all four phone numbers had the same odd area code... and the same first letter of their last names (I did not save their full last name).

Some strategic Facebook stalking revealed that I kissed four sisters (the youngest sister, a pair of twins and the oldest) all in one night! By far that night's coincidence will never be topped!
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67. Board Game: Missionary: Impossible [Average Rating:5.37 Unranked]
Anthony Goodwin
United States
Maryland Heights
Missouri
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When I was 5, as my parents tell me, all I talked about was growing up to be a "missionary pastor daddy" when I grew up. It turns out that my sunday school teachers had a passion for foreign missions and were telling stories of those who served over seas in our classes. Fast forward 16 years... I had my first opportunity to go over seas on a short term missions trip. The pastor's family were ex-missionaries to Mongolia, and were planning to head back to help establish an english language center there. With english as my major, and a passion for learning languages, I headed off with them to Mongolia for a month. When we arrived I found out that their son was an avid gamer.

One night as we were playing a game of Warhammer Ancient Battles we began to talk about our faith and what was the most influencing factor on it. He mentioned that he really missed his home church, and that they were probably his most influencing factor. I asked where he went. Calvary Church in Santa Anna,California. The same church I went to when I was 5. I asked his parents when they first started going. There was some discussion as to exactly how long. They decided on about 17 years ago, and that number had to be true, because they started teaching the kindergarteners 16 years ago, a year before their son was born. They were my teachers in Sunday school! They got me hooked on being a missionary and now I was in their house, on the other side of the world... as a missionary. Easily the weirdest coincidence I've ever had!
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68. Board Game: Bruce Lee [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
Snowden Wyatt
United States
Tucson
Arizona
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March 31, 1993. It's a lazy Wednesday afternoon and my friend and I pop a VHS tape in and watch Bruce Lee's last film "Game of Death". In the film Lee's character is a Hong Kong martial arts film star who is the target of an attempted assassination by a gang during the making of one of his films. While the attempt is unsuccessful, he decides to lie low, allowing everyone to think he is dead while he plots his revenge.

Lee actually only managed to film the final fight scenes before he died during the making of the film. During most of the film his character is played by two different stand-ins using really large sunglasses to not really hide the fact that they are not him.

As the film ends, and we turn off the playback, the channel that the TV is on is the CBS affiliate and it's the CBS evening news. And they're just starting a story about how Brandon Lee died today on the set of "The Crow"...literally just starting the story as the tape stops playing...

I don't think I'll ever experience a stranger (or more spooky) coincidence in my life...wow
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69. Board Game: Thinking Man's Golf [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:6057]
Jeff Inks
United States
Fayetteville
North Carolina
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Several years ago I was in a golf tournament through work. It was a captian's choice tourney and I was the 'D' man (this means that I was the worst player of the four, I was and still probably am). The day of the tournament it was raining that morning but we still assembled hoping the rain would stop soon. While waiting in the club house, I read and pointed out to one of my team mates that hole 4 had quite a few hole in ones hit on it.

Well the rain stopped and we started playing golf. My team pulled up to hole 4, par 3, beside a pond. I hate water. Cannot avoid it with a golf ball to save my life. Being 'D' man I would tee first in the hopes I might hit a good shot, if not good, then safe. I hammered on that ball and was amazed at how well it flew, beauty of a hit.

First, it hit the flag pole, then it went straight down into the cup, finally, water flew into the air!

Hole in one!

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70. Board Game: Introduction to Advanced Dungeons & Dragons [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:4446]
Dan Stone
United States
Erlanger
Kentucky
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It may be to late to garner many votes, but my coincidence story is game related so i'm gonna give it the ole college try...

I went to high school in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Graduated in 1991 then moved around to several more states until I settled in Cincinnai, Ohio. For those not in the states or unfamiliar this is a distance of about 1100 miles (or 1770 km) away from each other.

I was really wanting to find a group to play Dungeons and Dragons with and found one on a Yahoo gaming board. I met up with the GM and his wife to create a character and just generally get to know them. After we were finished we were sitting around chatting and we got to discussing our past. The conversation at one point went like this...

GM: Where did you go to school?
Me: I actually went to high school in Florida.
GMs Wife: Me too!
Me: I lived in Ft. Lauderdale.
GMs Wife: Me too!!
Me: I went to Plantation High School.
GMs Wife: Me too!!!
Me: I graduated in '91.
GMs Wife: Me too!!!!

After much further discussion it turned out that she was good friends with the gal I took to prom. She knew a lot folks I knew (our graduating class had 670 kids in it) but we didn't know each other.
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71. Board Game: Click Clack Lumberjack [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:1077]
Josh Malbon
United States
Santa Cruz
California
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Synchronicity...oh my haunted friend of coincidences...


Chico, California a little after Tea Time.

My roommate comes home with the new Coroner Metal Band concert video. We place that sucker in the VCR hit play.


Sudden Fall one of my favorite songs comes on. The band just tears it up, and it comes to the final moment and the singer yells, "SUDDEN FALL!"

This huge mass of GREEN FORESTRY comes past our front window right behind the TV and BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

"Holy S___! What the Hell was that?" we both both say in stereo.

Out front where are walkway was a 40' walnut branch...we are talking a twig the size of a tree fell from 40' high.

Sucker cracked sidewalk concrete in half and obliterated our picket fence. If anyone were walking up our now leveled walkway they would have been victim to the Black Walnut.

Never heard that song the same again.shake
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72. Board Game: Eat Poop You Cat [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:438]
JB Lawton
United States
Dublin
Ohio
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Two coincidences. One boardgaming related:

1) The first time I ever played the drawing/writing game (I don't remember what I was told the name was, but you'll know it as "Eat Poop You Cat" or "Telestrations"), I wrote down some saying or other on my piece of paper and sent it off around the circle of players. By the time I got it back (after at least 10 or 12 players), my initial sentence had morphed beyond all recognition...only to somehow return to my original sentence!

2) The following is a loose synopsis of a conversation my mother had with a stranger at a cocktail party (or similar casual gathering) in Las Vegas, where she lives.

MY MOTHER -- You just moved here from Ohio? Where? My son lives there.

TOTAL STRANGER -- Worthington. A suburb of Columbus.

MM -- My son lives in Dublin.

TS -- Dublin's right next to Worthington. In fact, we have a bunch of friends there. Which neighborhood in Dublin is your son's?

MM -- Donegal something. He and his wife just bought a house there.

TS -- Donegal Cliffs. I know it. I went to a party in that neighborhood, once. The house was right on the corner, and I remember the front room had a really high ceiling.

MM -- My son's house is like that.

TS -- But this house had a really striking finished basement. It was all decorated in a Coca-Cola theme, with neon signs and a black and white tile floor like a '50s soda shop.

MM -- ??!! I think that's the house my son just bought!

And, sure enough, it was. The total stranger and her husband were friends of friends of the folks who built and sold us our house. In fact, it was precisely that nifty basement that made me fall in love with this place.
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73. Board Game: Marriage Material [Average Rating:5.44 Overall Rank:9219]
Conrad Lumm
United States
Brooklyn
New York
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My mom sat next to this guy George in her 9th grade English class in Toledo, OH. He had a crush on her but never mentioned it (since she came from a rich family, it was 1963, and that's just not how people rolled.) George moved away to Stockton, California at the end of the schoolyear, where his dad had gotten some work as a tinsmith. My mom didn't give him another thought.

By 1974, my mom was living in San Francisco, working a boring office job and living with a friend from college. One of her coworkers offered to set her up on a blind date with this Army vet and classical musician she knew who was single. My mom didn't normally do blind dates, but she was bored, lonely and far from home, and she was a very good pianist herself, so she decided to meet up with this guy, thinking at least they'd have something to talk about.

Of course, it was the selfsame George she'd sat next to in Freshman English. Their marriage lasted from 1974 until my dad died a few years back.
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Russ Williams
Poland
Wrocław
Dolny Śląsk
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The stories about talking about someone who coincidentally died that day reminded me of this old webcomic I made in 2002:
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75. Board Game: Married With Children: Act Like...Think Like...Be Like a...Bundy [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Ziggi W
Canada
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Ontario
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I met my wife by a series of coincidences.

Back in 2002 I was in uni and desperately trying to get into a class in order to finish on time, I had to pull some major strings and bum kissing to do this. In that class I met a girl and we began dating, we were planning on going to a downtown club one night when we got into a fight (the relationship was already on the ropes) and I called my buddies up so that we could go to the club I bounced at.
Meanwhile, on the other side of town, my future wife was planning on visiting the same downtown club with her boyfriend but a spat with her boyfriend changed those plans into going out with her friends and visiting the club I bounced at.
At the club, I try to drown my frustration and anger but this hottie will just not leave me alone, finally I tell her that I'm just not interested and that I'm in a (bad) relationship, the hottie smiles and tells me that her friend is in the same situation and introduces me to my future wife.
We end up chatting for a bit and dancing some.
At the end of the night she has to leave but asks for my number, I ramble it off very quickly on the way out and think no more of it as she doesn't have anyway to record it.
The next morning I get a call from her, we see each other on an off for a few weeks, whilst both (secretly) trying to patch up our other relationships.
One night my current girlfriend (not my future wife) calls me and breaks it off, 5 minutes later my future wife calls and tells me she broke it off with her boyfriend.

2 years later we pick a random date to get married, coincidentally it's on the same day as her best friend's birthday, and is the 23rd day of that month, we met on the 23rd day of another month and both my birthday and my wife's birthday fall on the 23rd day of the month.

Onto another coincidence
When we had wanted kids for a while but it took us 2 years to conceive one, it was the day we stopped trying and I was sick of the flu...the doctor told us it was likely the 23rd day of the month, our daughter was slated to be born on the 23rd day of the month too....she popped out New Years Eve.
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