Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

The Piano Man - Part 2

So to sum up the coincidence - I flew half way around the world and ran into a complete stranger playing a piano in a hotel lobby - who's daughter, as it turned out, had been working only ~ 3(vertical) meters away from me in an office building (half way around the world) for the past several years. I don't know what the odds of this coincidence might be ... but would think that it might be greater than winning the National Lottery.

The Piano Man

I was on a business trip in Mumbai, India and staying at a hotel. In the downstairs of the hotel was a large dining area and adjacent lobby. As I entered the area around dinner time, I heard and the saw a gentleman playing a piano. Eventually we started chatting and he asked me where I was from. I told him that I was Canadian and lived in Toronto. He said that he also spent time in Toronto and that his family was residing there presently. He asked me when I was returning back home and so I told him.

Out of the blue

I had a freind that died unexpectedly . We didn't talk to each other over a 4 year period, due to a falling out. A week before he died, I had out of the blue wondered what impact it would have on me if I got a call saying that my freind passed away. It was just a weird thought, but I was thinking that maybe it was a sign that I should try and revive our friendship. He was a very important person to me , at a very crucial part of my life. He was a freind that I would go to at any time , day or night and knew I could count on him. He was very in tune with me.

Out of the blue part2

I forgot to mention something important regarding a recent post . I am resending the story with the part I left out I had a freind that died unexpectedly . We didn't talk to each other over a 4 year period, due to a falling out. A week before he died, I had out of the blue wondered what impact it would have on me if I got a call saying that my freind passed away. It was just a weird thought, but I was thinking that maybe it was a sign that I should try and revive our friendship. He was a very important person to me , at a very crucial part of my life.

A coincidental coincidence

Finding coincidences a rather interesting topic, I once ventured in a discussion forum the idea that there might just be more to them than the random interaction of probabilities. After all, there is no empirical evidence that there isn't, so we can only speculate. Of course many or most people discount the 'meaningful' hypothesis and there I was having an exchange of ideas with one of them and... he comes back admitting to being taken aback by the fact that, as he was reading my post, somebody came up on telly in the room talking about exactly the same thing.

The strange tale of Mr Hay and Mr Weisner

Some twenty years ago my wife had an Australian friend (Mr Hay) visit and stay with us in How Wood near Watford. He'd never been to the UK before. During one of the days of his stay he decided to take a day trip into London. London is some 15 miles in from Watford. I had no friends there but travelled there every now and then for a night out. When Mr Hay arrived in London he decided to go to the nearest pub he saw for a drink - which was the "Wetherspoons" pub in Leciester square.

Bizarre reunion

It was the day after I had come home from hospital with my new-born 2nd child and was taking my older child to school when I heard a voice calling me across the playground. It was an old college friend whom I had lost touch with 17 yrs ago. What makes this so remarkable was that I had moved house twice from SW London where we knew each other and was now living in Kent - she had just returned from Australia and was relocating in England with her family and was renting a house 2 doors away from me in the same street in the same small village!

Cambridge Punting

Whilst punting down the River Camb in Cambridge on student posed for a picture with the Cambridge Backs behind. A nice memory captured, she held on to that photo. At the same time another student punting in the opposite direction posed for a picture with the opposite side of Camb behind; a nice memory capture and held on to. A few years later, the two students ended up working in the same office in Cambridge, literally sitting in side-by-side desks.

Crossing paths with your future

A young American couple who were in their early twenties who had met at university came across an old photo of the boy in his early teens standing with friends on a long stretch of beach in the State of Maryland. The photo had been taken five years earlier and long before the two had met at University many miles away from that beach. The girl notices that in the background of this photo is her elder brother very clearly sitting on a towel which the girl (and later when she shows them, her brother and mother) recognise. The couple end up marrying.

My Uncle's House

My brother is a Professor at a University in the State of Maryland in the U.S. He was talking with his students one day and for some reason referenced fond summer memories of his late uncle’s house in Duxbury Massachusetts. He mentioned some details of the house in relation to the fond memories. When the class ended one of his students came up to him to talk more, as the details he had mentioned sounded very much like the house in which her parents currently live (and she whenever not at uni).

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