This article is from the Puzzles FAQ, by Chris Cole firstname.lastname@example.org and Matthew Daly email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
Name some amazing coincidences.
The answer to the question, "Who wrote the Bible," is, of
course, Shakespeare. The King James Version was published in
1611. Shakespeare was 46 years old then (he turned 47 later in
the year). Look up Psalm 46. Count 46 words from the beginning of
the Psalm. You will find the word "Shake." Count 46 words from
the end of the Psalm. You will find the word "Spear." An obvious
coded message. QED.
How many inches in the pole-to-pole diameter of the Earth? The
answer is almost exactly 500,000,000 inches. Proof that the inch
was defined by spacemen.
The speed of light is within 0.1% of 300,000,000 meters/second. The
meter and second were defined with respect to the size and rotation rate
of the Earth. Proof that the Earth was built by spacemen.
How many words do the Eskimo have for snow?
Couple of weeks ago, someone named D.K. Holm in the Boston Phoenix came up
with the list, drawn from the Inupiat Eskimo Dictionary by Webster and
Zibell, and from Thibert's English-Eskimo Eskimo-English Dictionary.
The words may remind you of generated passwords.
Eskimo English Eskimo English ---------------------------------+---------------------------- apun snow | pukak sugar snow apingaut first snowfall | pokaktok salt-like snow aput spread-out snow | miulik sleet kanik frost | massak snow mixed with water kanigruak frost on a | auksalak melting snow living surface | aniuk snow for melting ayak snow on clothes | into water kannik snowflake | akillukkak soft snow nutagak powder snow | milik very soft snow aniu packed snow | mitailak soft snow covering an aniuvak snowbank | opening in an ice floe natigvik snowdrift | sillik hard, crusty snow kimaugruk snowdrift that | kiksrukak glazed snow in a thaw blocks something | mauya snow that can be perksertok drifting snow | broken through akelrorak newly drifting snow | katiksunik light snow mavsa snowdrift overhead | katiksugnik light snow deep enough and about to fall | for walking kaiyuglak rippled surface | apuuak snow patch of snow | sisuuk avalanche