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A tale of two presidents

Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.

Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.

Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.

Both Presidents were shot in the head.

Now it gets really weird.

Lincoln's secretary was named Kennedy.
Kennedy's Secretary was named Lincoln.

Both were assassinated by Southerners.

Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson.

Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.

John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839.
Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.

Both assassins were known by their three names.  (Of course, there's a reason for that.)

Both names are composed of fifteen letters.

Now hang on to your seat.

Lincoln was shot at the theater named 'Ford'.
Kennedy was shot in a car called 'Lincoln' made by 'Ford'.

Oswald shot from a library then ran to hide in a theater.
Booth shot in the theater then ran to a library

Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

And here's the kicker.......

The year before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe, Maryland. 
The year before Kennedy was shot, he was "in" Marilyn Monroe. (allegedly)

Creepy huh?


Note about this story: although I believe all the coincidences presented here are true, and interesting (if only to illustrate how the human mind finds coincidences in unrelated things (confirmation bias; Apophenia is the experience of seeing patterns or connections in random or meaningless data; Pareidolia is a type of apophenia involving the finding of images or sounds in random stimuli; Littlewood's law which states that individuals can expect a miracle to happen to them at the rate of about one per month)) the presentation of these factoids can have unintended consequences.  I received an email from a fifth grade teacher who was mortified because she presented this web page to her class, having not read it to the end, and she felt, quite reasonably, that the sexual content of the last coincidence was inappropriate for her class.