Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Meeting a friend's girlfriend.

I was on my way from Cardiff to Leeds to visit a friend from Uni, when my train broke down a couple of stops from its destination. Taxis were provided for everyone to complete the journey and I was allocated one with a young woman I'd never met but who appeared familiar to me. As we chatted about our weekend plans it soon became apparent that she was my friend's girlfriend. She hadn't been on the train but was waiting for one to take her in to Leeds and had decided to join the queue for the taxis, rather than waiting for the next train.

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My name is Sandra Crossan, and one day I was bored-so I googled my name. And the Crossandra Flower came up!! I thought, wow-that's super cool!


My partner was mentioning that Yahoo had reported that McDonalds were maybe using worms in their food to fill them out. At that moment,an advert for Warner Hotels came on the tv explaining how to get the best placement at their establishments,exploiting the phrase 'the early bird catches the worm'!


Shortly following the 'worms' coincidence with Warner Hotel's advert and McDonalds,the RSPB advertised and their ad features a little boy lifting a worm out of the ground!

Coincidences have patterns

In response to coincidence 8366, I think those were all posted by me yesterday! So, no big coincidence there, but clearly St Albans was a "coincidence hot-spot" for's also very close to being the farthest point from the sea in the UK, the meeting point of many Roman roads, and a spiritual centre.

Not a chance in life

COINCIDENCE? </p> <p>I will tell you about a meeting between with an acquaintance I hadn’t seen for more than ten years, in conditions that make the meeting too coincidental for mere coincidence. </p> <p>The conditions and laws of the universe may determine my biological life, but not my day to day life. In my view the conditions and laws of physical reality are complex in such a degree that it provides me with free will.

Is St Albans a coincidence hot spot?

On arriving at this web site I was presented with the first few lines of ten previous stories. Stories 3. 4 and 7 had the town name of St Albans in the first line. [ ]

fouling out

I have always been a sports nut. So it is no surprise that I had a nutty coincidence 60 years ago that involved basketball. My high school basketball team was terrific--Weaver won the Connecticut State championship three times in the four years I was there, and the New England Championship my senior year. The star of the team was Johnny Egan, who went on to play 10 seasons in the NBA. I would go to each game, and I always kept score in a little notebook I carried around. In one particular game, Egan had gotten off to a slow start--making only 2 of his first 7 shots.

Finding Justin

It’s not at all unusual for people to meet in the most unlikely places, and through unlikely series’ of events….but what is often most fascinating, is that it seems sometimes these meetings are preceded by some form of premonition that they will happen. Although this next coincidence isn’t a premonition as such, it certainly feels that way….. It was a few years back, and I realised that since the advent of computers, it’s pretty easy to find a lot of people these days, and one old friend of mine, I was particularly sad to have lost touch with for over twenty years. I searched the inte