Coincidence or Destiny???

Coincidence…I’m not a big believer in coincidences.  I think we all have our own paths and things like coincidence and deja vu are just little ways of letting us know we are on the right road or maybe our subconscious working overtime in the background.  Anyway, I’ve done a little reading and found some pretty interesting incidents from the past.  So, here we go!  Hope you enjoy!

1.  Joseph Figlock, of Detroit, was walking down the street one day in the mid 1930’s.  Everything seemed in order and it was a day just like any other…until one incident proved that “the right place at the right time” was more miraculous than he could ever imagine.  Within moments a baby fell from a high window onto Mr. Figlock.  He, of course, broke the infant’s fall and both were unharmed.  And if that isn’t shocking enough…exactly one year later, the same child fell from the same window onto Mr. Figlock once again.  Both were unharmed as before.

2.  In 1914 a German woman took a photograph of her beloved son.  She took the film to a store in Strasbourg to be developed.  I didn’t know this, but during this time period film plates were sold individually.  She could not get back to Strasbourg due to the fact that World War I had begun.  She soon gave up hope of getting the picture back and thought it would just be discarded.  A little over two years later she bought a film plate in Frankfurt to take a picture of her new daughter.  As I understand it, that is over 100 miles from Strasbourg.  The film turned out to be a double exposure.  The weird part…the double exposure was the picture of her son from two years earlier.  She had purchased the exact film plate that she dropped off two years before.  It had not been developed and resold to her over 100 miles away!

3.  In 1975, in Bermuda, a man riding a moped was hit by a taxi and killed.  Exactly one year later, his brother was killed also.  The seemingly impossible similarities were that both accidents happened on the same day one year apart, it was the same moped, the same taxi, the exact same spot on the road, the same taxi driver and the same passenger as well!  Riddle me that one!

4.  In 1858, Robert Fallon was shot dead during a poker game.  The man at the table claimed that he was $600 by cheating.  None of the men wanted to sit in the unlucky chair of a cheater and dead man.  They found a new player and conned him into sitting in the seat to continue the game.  By the time the police had arrive, the stranger had turned the “unlucky” $600 into a whopping $2,200!  The police demanded the $600 to give to the next of kin of the victim.  As it turns out, the stranger was the son of the dead man who had not seen his father for more than seven years!

5.  Edgar Allan Poe wrote a book called ‘The Narrative of  Arthur Gordon Pym’.  It was about four survivors of a shipwreck stuck at sea for several days.  In desperation they decided to eat the cabin boy, Richard Parker.  Many years later in 1884, the yawl, Mignonette, foundered, with only four survivors stuck at sea in an open boat for several days.  The three senior members decided to kill and eat their cabin boy.  His name was Richard Parker…

6.  In 19th century Austria, a near-famous painter named Joseph Aigner attempted  suicide on several occasions. During his first attempt to hang himself at the  age of 18, Aigner was interrupted by a mysterious Capuchin monk. And again at  age 22, he was prevented from hanging himself by the exact same monk. Eight years  later, he was sentenced to the gallows for his political activities.  I’m not sure what these political activities were. But again,  his life was saved by the intervention of the same monk. At age 68, Joseph  Aigner finally succeeded in suicide, using a pistol to shoot himself. Not  surprisingly, his funeral ceremony was conducted by the very same Capuchin monk – a man whose name Aiger never even knew.

7.  In 1883, Henry Ziegland broke off his engagement with his girlfriend.  Feeling lonely and unloved, she committed suicide.  Her brother vowed revenge.  He hunted down Ziegland and fired a shot.  Believing that he killed Ziegland and got his revenge, he then committed suicide.  Ziegland, however, did not die.  The bullet only grazed his face and was embedded in a tree.  Years later, Ziegland decided to cut down this very same tree, which still housed the bullet.  The tree was so large he used dynamite to get it down.  The explosion caused the bullet to propel into Ziegland’s head, killing him instantly.

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Cyber-bullying needs to be stopped!

I recently did a post, https://armyliving13.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/drama-among-military-wives/, that deals with a particular Facebook page called Overly Sensitive Military Wives.  This page (along with its owner, admins and members) is a perfect example of cyber-bullying at its worst.  These people choose to take photos of women and children and bash them online for all to see.  They, of course, claim that most of these pictures are pulled off internet…that is a COMPLETE LIE!  These photos they post are even labeled with the particular military base they were taken at.  They each travel on post and visit the PX and Commissary to take pictures of people just to post and take turns making derogatory comments.  I am so sick of the idiots associated with this page saying I have missed the whole point of this page and try to say that they are only trying to point out bad parenting and the wearing of ACU’s.  Four words for ya….SHUT THE HELL UP!  Bad parenting is one thing but posting pictures of a woman and choosing to make remarks about her weight has nothing to do with being a good or bad parent.  Posting pictures of children, yes they do this even though they try to lie about it, and choosing to call them names is so pathetic.  This page has been reported numerous time and ABSOLUTELY NOTHING has been done about it!  What is it gonna take for the authorities and admins of Facebook to realize the problem here???

Cyber bullying is a major issue.  There have been documented cases in recent years that address the seriousness of this problem.  Too many people have been targeted and resorted to suicide.  And to the idiots that participate in bullying on the OSMW page…don’t use the line “Stay off the damn page.” to anyone!  I’m sure there are lots of people who have received phone calls letting them know that their picture has been posted, of course without their permission, on this page and horrible remarks being made.  How bout you take down the damn page and stop being assholes?

How about a few examples of what happens when people like this are allowed to continue bullying anyone they choose???

A current case involving a girl making a malicious site, much like our little OSMW bashers, and targeting certain girls that she doesn’t like is facing a heavy fine and a possible one year jail sentence.

Megan Meirer was repeatedly bullied online by Lori Drew.  Now, Lori Drew is an “adult”…if you want to call her that… who pretended to be a boy around Megan’s age.  She then decided to make Megan’s life miserable by bashing her online and choosing to tell her that the world would be better off without her.  Megan, 13 years old, hung herself on October 17, 2006 as a result of the cyber bullying.

Tyler Clementi went through a terrible ordeal as well.  His roommate was posting his homosexual experiences on the Internet.  Clementi took action and complained to get this taken off-line and the situation handled…he was ignored.  Not long after, he jumped to his death.

Ryan Halligan spent the summer of 2003 being bullied online.  Hoping the new school year would hold great things, he began that school year with his head held high.  The vicious bullying continued until being teased and called names got so bad Ryan took his own life one afternoon.

It is such a shame that the authorities and social networking sites are very aware of these problems and the outcomes they can cause, yet choose to do nothing about them.  No one should have to live their life in the shadows worrying about being harassed on the computer.  People shouldn’t have to worry about having their picture taken or being picked on at a school, a store, a post office, in traffic, etc.

Everyone needs to rally together to stop this.  Sometimes it takes a huge group or several small groups all over to make a huge enough impact for the right amount of light to be projected on a particular problem.