Coincidence? I Think Knot!

I read an essay by Isaac Asimov many decades ago that strung together various coincidences to connect unrelated things. He noted that Einstein translates to “one stone,” and it was Einstein’s theory of relativity that did away with the notion that there was a yet undiscovered planet named Vulcan near the Sun. Since the Roman god Vulcan had been done in with a stone, it all seemed to have great intrinsic meaning that actually is only due to human perception. Another example is in the work of artist Bill Whorrall. He whimsically connects three entities: Frogs, electricity, and Elvis Presley, by uncovering various coincidences that are only evident to humans because we are constantly looking for patterns. I’m sure you can think of examples where people see connections that if viewed rationally do not stand up. The Secret is a prime example.

In the spirit of meaningless meaning then, I give you the following:

  • There’s a big trend to eliminate carbohydrates from our diets. I thought I would look into “carbohydrates”. The word carbohydrate comes from carbon and hydrate, which means to combine with water. Carbon plus water creates carbonic acid, or H2CO3. If you take out the 23 and put it aside, you have HCO, which stands for Hubbard Communications Office, a division of – you guessed it! – Scientology. According to this anti-Scientology website, it was on April 23 that a Scientologist threatened to smash in the heads of anti-Scientology protesters with a baseball bat. The report of that event was written by Michael ‘Mike’ Gormez. Take out the r and you get Michael Gomez,  also known as “The Irish Mexican” or “The Predator”. Gomez is a former professional boxer who was born Michael Armstrong. George Armstrong Custer is the famous US Army and Cavalry commander who was killed at the Battle of Little Bullhorn. This was depicted in the film adaptation of Little Big Man, starring Dustin Hoffman. Dustin Hoffman also starred in the film, The Graduate, in which he was famously told to pursue a career in plastics. Plastics were originally made from cellulose, not petro-chemicals. Movie film itself was traditionally made from cellulose. Cellulose is (drum roll, please) a form of carbohydrate! Therefore, if we were to eliminate carbohydrates, we would start unravelling an entire string of history that would end with Neil Armstrong never reaching the moon.
  • Spain and Hawai’i seem like they are on opposite sides of the planet. Maybe that is why the Spanish  a hola, or “to hello,” backwards is the Hawai’ian Aloha (hello)!
  • Do the people of the Agnat commune in France know that “Agnat” backwards, Tanga, means thong in Spanish? If not, please don’t tell them.
  • Eye is a palindrome. That is, it is the same backwards and forwards. Perhaps this is because the eye sees out but is also a pathway in to the soul. Don’t think it’s significant that eye is the same backwards and forwards? Consider that eye in Spanish is ojo, also a palindrome. Still not convinced? In Polish, Czech, and at least half a dozen other Eastern European languages, it is oko. In Galician it is ollo. In Korean, Japanese, and Chines, it is depicted as a single character, which is therefore the same forwards & backwards. And in Danish, it is… eye.
  • The English word live is el in Hungarian, which is the Spanish word for the. This would not be important if not for the fact that the English word die means the in German. So, live and die are both definite articles in other languages. This is strange, considering that one of the definitions of article is “something of indefinite character or description,” ( So, to live and to die are definite indefinites.
  • Of course, I had to look up sex. In Croation, it’s spol. Backwards, that’s lops, a kind of domesticated rabbit. Rabbits are known for their prolific reproductive behavior. Coincidence? Perhaps. But then how do you explain the following? In Albanian, rabbit is lepur. le pur is French for the English word pure. Pure is Italian for the English also. Also translates into Filipino as din. Din is Danish for your, which is oma in Estonian. Oma translates to the Dutch Haar. Haar is German for hair. And, of course, hair is a homophone of hare, meaning rabbit. I rest my case.
  • And finally, some numerology:
    • The component digits of 9 times anything add up to 9. So 9 x 6 = 56 and 5 + 6 = 9. Also, 9 x 3 = 27 and 3 + 7 = 9. When you get past 9 x 9 (81, which also adds up to 9), it still works: 9 x 10 = 90 which breaks up to 9 + 0 = 9. Let’s try 9 x 11. It equals 99; add up the two 9s and you get 18. Then add up the 1 and the 8 and you get 9. Let’s try a much higher number: 9 x 365 = 3285. Those digits add up to 18, and 1 + 8 = 9.
    • Speaking of 365, there are 365 days in a year. There are 52 weeks in a year. And, there are 12 months in a year. Divide 365 by 52 and you get roughly 7. Multiply that by 12 and you have 84. Congratulations! This is the 84th post on the Daisybrain blog.

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2 Responses to Coincidence? I Think Knot!

  1. bracketbracket says:

    Coincidence is the wellspring of both religion and science.

    The Upanishads and Principia Mathematica are both attempts to connect the dots of coincidence.


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