Coincidences that Couldn't be Random

I recently had a conversation with someone I've known for over 40 years. To some, the subject we discussed would be considered very sad. A very close relative of hers was informed that medical science has done all it could do in the treatment of her cancer. She was given three months to a year to live. But the person I spoke to didn't walk away at all consoled. And that is simply because consolations are not part of my life. Although I didn't say the word's "I fight back!" I managed to get the point across. But how does one fight back in a situation like this.

The person I spoke to was a woman who certainly at least 60, if not older. And being of the opposing gender, the subject I brought up is very often considered sacrosanct; that is, spoken only among women. To be condescending, I only used the word "cramps," but I'm sure the point got across.

Once I was successfully beyond that barrier, I asked a simple question... "Did you ever hear of the word 'levator'?" To possibly help to refresh her memory, I used the word in sentences that included saying the name "Bob Levator." There was no recollection.

The next question I asked was "When 'cramps' occur, what do you think cramps up?" Her answer was in the form of a question... "The Uterus?"

I responded that, to the best of my knowledge, only muscles cramp up. Other tissue can contract, but that is known as a "state of anaphylaxis." Well, for those who have read the first page of this blog now know that the muscles in the pelvis are called 'Levator' muscles and those who suffer from these cramps are not only women. Yet 25 years of my life went by, losing two very high paying jobs and five cars, before anyone told me what was causing extreme pain in my pelvis whenever I am in an area where there is known to be airborne fungus. Stranger than that is that we have a country half full of women who have at least heard about these cramps, and until recently, never knew the name of the muscles that were cramping up.

By a stroke of luck, a woman friend of mine (nearing age 60) came over from Europe and stayed at my house. This woman has never hidden the fact that she is a lesbian, and I felt I could put her through the same test. I did, and it worked.

In this interview, I stressed that, since she was a lesbian, she would have spoken to many more women about the subject of "cramps" and she had more opportunities than other women to identify the muscles that cramp up in the pelvis. She didn't have a clue.

Is this simply a coincidence?

Well, to be with, everyone seems to think that a "coincidence" means two or more events happen randomly. People should know that coincidences aren't necessarily random. But as is so often the case, you may have to resort to looking up the word in a old dictionary to find the true meaning of words. Below are examples of what I mean.



  [koh-in-si-duhns]  Show IPA
a striking occurrence of two or more events at one time apparently by mere chance: Our meeting in Venice was pure coincidence.
the condition or fact of coinciding.
an instance of this.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)

Displaying 1 result(s) from the 1913 edition:

Coincidence (Page: 276)
Co*in"ci*dence (?)n. [Cf. F. co\'8bncidence.]
1. The condition of occupying the same place in space; as, the coincidence of circles, surfaces, etc. Bentley.
2. The condition or fact of happening at the same time; as, the coincidence of the deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
3. Exact correspondence in nature, character, result, circumstances, etc.; concurrence; agreement.
The very concurrence and coincidence of ao many evidences . . . carries a great weight. Sir M. Hale.
Those who discourse . . . of the nature of truth . . . affirm a perfect coincidence between truth and goodness. South.

Displaying 1 result(s) from the 1828 edition:


1. The falling or meeting of two or more lines, surfaces, or bodies in the same point.
2. Concurrence; consistency; agreement; as the coincidence of two or more opinions; coincidence of evidences.
3. A meeting of events in time; concurrence; a happening at the same time; as coincidence of events.

Coincidences do NOT have to be "mere chance." In fact, one of the most important tools in fact finding is the occurrence of coincidences. And this is certainly true when attempting to identify a computer glitch on a 40 year old legacy mainframe computer that doesn't have proper documentation. And this is what my job was for 15 years working for the FAA and a major U.S. Defense Contractor. The FIRST place to look is anywhere you may find a "coincidence." And in the digital world, coincidences are NOT random. The same concept also works very well when attempting to identify the cause of a mechanical problem, especially in cars.
Why was the definition of the word "coincidence" changed? And, may I ask, who changed it?
Well, quite a few things have changed since 1913 when the first dictioned mentioned here was published. Please allow me to cite a few of the important things.
To begin with, the United States of America at the beginning of 1913 coined its own money exactly as it was stated that it should do as per the Constitution of this country instructed it to do. Eight days before 1913 had ended, the authority of the U.S. Constitutional was nullified, and the United States of America simply came to its end. A few members of Congress stayed remained in the 'District of Columbia" commonly known as "Washington D.C."

Before the mass exodus of representatives and senators had begin, a special

out in Article I, Section 10 as gold and silver; not paper?
“No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility”

  • August 19, 1914: President Woodrow Wilson declared strict U.S. neutrality

Academic career

Wilson began his graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University in 1883 and three years later completed his doctoral dissertation, "Congressional Government: A Study in American Politics"[45] and received a Ph.D. in history and political science. For his doctorate, Wilson had to learn German.[46]
During the academic year 1886–1887, Wilson was a visiting lecturer at Cornell University, but failed to gain a permanent position. However, he was tapped into the Irving Literary Society by the brothers of his fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi. He joined the faculty of Bryn Mawr College (1885–88) and then Wesleyan University (1888–90),[47] where he also coached the football team and founded the debate team – still called the T. Woodrow Wilson debate team.
In 1890, Wilson joined the Princeton faculty as professor of jurisprudence and political economy. While there, he was one of the faculty members of the short-lived coordinate college, Evelyn College for Women. Additionally, Wilson became the first lecturer of Constitutional Law at New York Law School where he taught with Charles Evans Hughes.[48] Representing the American Whig Society, Wilson delivered an oration at Princeton's sesquicentennial celebration (1896) entitled "Princeton in the Nation's Service". This phrase became the motto of the University, later expanded to "Princeton in the Nation's Service and in the Service of All Nations".[49][50] In this speech, he outlined his vision of the university in a democratic nation, calling on institutions of higher learning "to illuminate duty by every lesson that can be drawn out of the past".[51]
Wilson was annoyed that Princeton was not living up to its potential, complaining "There's a little college down in Kentucky which in 60 years has graduated more men who have acquired prominence and fame than has Princeton in her 150 years."[52]

Charter Extension[edit]

The Federal Reserve Act was originally granted a twenty-year charter, to be renewed in 1933. This clause was amended on February 25, 1927: "To have succession after the approval of this Act until dissolved by Act of Congress or until forfeiture of franchise for violation of law." 12 U.S.C. ch. 3. As amended by act of Feb. 25, 1927 (44 Stat. 1234). The success of this amendment is notable, as in 1933, the US was in the throes of the Great Depression and public sentiment with regards to the Federal Reserve System and the banking community in general had significantly deteriorated. Given the political climate, including of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration and New Deal legislation, it was uncertain whether the Federal Reserve System would survive.

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