There was once a show in the 1980s called Amazing Stories that told of incredulous events that took place in the lives of seemingly ordinary people. None of the stories were true, but the feeling that the show evoked was real. In honor of that moment, here are a few amazing but true stories that you will have to read to believe.

The Futility of the Titanic

In 1898, Morgan Robertson wrote the book, Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan about a fictional "unsinkable" cruise liner called the Titan, which hits an iceberg, sinks and kills 2,500 people. The description sounds like what happened to the real RMS Titanic. The only problem is that the Titanic wasn't ordered until 1908, and it's first and last voyage was on April 15, 1912, 14 years after the book was published. 

After the fateful sinking, many people hailed Robertson as psychic, but he attributed the event to his savvy sea knowledge.

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The explanation doesn't hold water, but it does make this story all the more incredible. 

James Dean's cursed car

In 1955, teen heartthrob James Dean died in an untimely car accident in a Silver Porche, he nicknamed, "The Little B*stard." After his death, the car continued to cause havoc wherever it went. A mechanic named George Barris shattered both of his legs when the engine slipped and landed on him. He then sold the engine to Troy McHenry, who installed it into his race car and was subsequently killed later in a race. Barris then loaned the car to the California Highway Patrol for a car safety event.

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The garage that held the car burned down a couple of days later, destroying every car except for the Silver Spyder. There are several other injuries and deaths associated with this car, each more eerie than the next.

Never the Twain shall meet

This is a fun one. Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorn Clemens in 1935 during the appearance of Halley's comet. In between the comet's next appearance, Twain would write two American classics, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  He died the day Halley's comet returned on April 21, 1910. A year before his death, Twain said, "I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it." He was right. Don't feel bad for Twain, though, he lived to be 74-years old and lived a well accomplished life.

Crowe and Superman

When actor Henry Cavill was 16-years old, Russell Crowe came to visit his Buckinghamshire school in 2000.

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Crowe was captivated by Cavill's presence and the two struck up a conversation. Fast forward years later and Cavill and Crowe meet again. This time, Cavill was cast as Superman in Christopher Nolan's Man of Steel and Crowe played his alien father. 

For more stories like this, take a look at the opening scene from the film Magnolia. It gives an account of impossible stories--some true and some untrue--but it reinforces the fact that anything can happen. 

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