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Final ending to history’s mysteries?

History’s Mysteries was a documentary program that aired on the History Channel, but truth may be stranger than fiction judging by recent hysteria over the Mayan calendar and the alleged end of the world Dec. 21.


True believers in many parts of the world are snatching up survival supplies and “apocalypse shelters,” but what’s all the rush about?

History is full of coincidences, and the Mayan calendar can be interpreted in many ways.

A friend recently emailed me something I was already aware of but hadn’t thought about in any detail the past several years, that being the parallels between Presidents Abraham Lincoln and JFK.

Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846, Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946, and Lincoln was elected President in 1860, while Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

But wait, there are more parallels between the two.

Both were concerned with civil rights, both lost children while living in the White House, and both men were shot on a Friday.

Lincoln’s secretary was named Kennedy, and Kennedy’s secretary was named Lincoln, both were assassinated by Southerners, and both were succeeded by men named Johnson.

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

John Wilkes Booth, who was known by three names, assassinated Lincoln, and Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, also was known by three names.

Both names are composed of 15 letters.

Lincoln was shot at the Ford Theater, and Kennedy was shot in a Lincoln, manufactured by Ford.

Booth shot Lincoln in a theater and ran to a warehouse, while Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and ran to a theater, and both men were assassinated before they could be brought to trial.

Lesser known parallels exist between 1960s rock stars Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.

Count the number of letters in each name, 11, and drug overdoses are suspected as the cause of death of each one of them.

Morrison graduated from George Washington High School in Alexandria, Virginia, Hendrix went to high school at Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington, and Joplin graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, Texas.

Coincidence, probably so, because a number of schools in the United States are named after former U. S. Presidents, but you can’t ignore the parallels.

Look long enough and hard enough, and you can find a lot of coincidences in history, but I’m no fan of Doomsday Preppers.

I like my life the way it is and plan to be around as long as I can to enjoy my existence and my family and friends.

“It’s the end of the world as we know it…” is a familiar refrain from the rock group REM, and like the song says, “I feel fine.”