Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

Professor David Spiegelhalter of Cambridge University wants to know about your coincidences!


I live alone & usually read or write instead of watching the television. So when friends come over, a lot of times the TV will be on in front of me & it is loud enough for anyone around to hear it. As most people do while visiting a friend, their discussions are usually a priority over what is on the TV. This particular experience has happened to me many times and when it does, it comes in clusters. It may happened often in a week or may not happen at all for awhile, then happens again in clusters of time.

Gone but not forgotten

Tonight on Quest TV the episode of SOLVED was subtitled 'Gone but not forgotten' whilst at the same moment Moviemix was broadcasting a Lou Diamond film of the same name. With so many TV channels such simultaneous events are likely, but this just seemed a relatively rare selection of words to use as a tv programme title.

Mother and stepmother

My father married my mom, Vera Becker. She was born on May 22, 1949. She has a sister, Helena Becker. My parents divorced 7 years later. A few years after that, my dad got married again, with another woman, from another family (not related with ours, we are catholics, they are luterans) who was born in a different town: Helena Becker. She was born on... May 22, 1949! And she has a sister called Vera Becker! What are the odds?

Elizabeth Theory

Me and my best friend have the same middle name, and almost had the same first name. We repeatedly say things at the same time without even knowing it, we get hungry and our stomachs growl at the same time, we have the same favorite things, like not liking nuts on our muffins, but loving banana muffins.


In holdem, everybody is dealt two cards face down. These are known as hole cards. And I am experiencing a pretty amazing coincidence regarding these hole cards, as pocket pairs--that is two of the same rank. It's not that I get more than my share of pocket pairs, but when I get a pocket pair, odds are like close to 100% that the next pocket pair will be the same as the last one--repeating one time. Then I will get another pocket pair, and the next time I get a pocket pair it will be the same one--but AA, KK, QQ, and JJ are not part of this. The repeats will be of 22 through TT.


I was watching the film CONGO which is based on a story by Michael Crichton. That same evening I went to the local store in an impromptu visit to pick up some items to enhance the dwindling weeks shopping. As I often do, I checked out the reduced price shelf only to find Michael Crichton's novel CONGO was reduced to £1. Off to one side was a dumpster containing multiple copies of the same book. In a similar way, tonight I was watching 007 James Bond in Casino Royale whilst flicking through Ebay online.

An Encounter with the law, pi and impulsive decisions

This event is connected to the coincidence #8191 I was sued for specific performance, its too long a story to tell so I'll skip over the details except that the property I wanted to sell didn't get financing until the wonderful river front home I had contracted to buy was sold to a back up buyer. The contract my buyer and I had was expired but it was desirable property so they hired a lawyer who told me "contracts don't mean a thing'. I was outraged so I went to a lawyer that took my case to the State Supreme Court.

Birth Coincidence

I always knew my mother and I shared a birthday, but today I found out we were also born on the same day of the week (Tuesday). She was born August 24th, 1954 and I was August 24th, 1982. Both Tuesdays, but roughly 28 years apart. I've been trying to find out what the odds of that happening are, but can't figure it out. Also, I was actually born two weeks late, so it's kind of spooky, if I had been born on time, we never would have shared such a connection.

October 13

Family company was registered October 13 1961. October 13 1991 helicopter crash killed 9 members of the family

Ex neighbor in Madrid

I live in Margarita Island in Venezuela. I have beentraveling to different places since may 15. On July 30 I entered Zara store in Serrano avenue. I hear a Venezuelan accent. When I turn around it was my ex neighbor with her mother.