Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Autoroute coincidence

Two years running we met some people we knew from London at a rest station on the French autoroute whilst going to/from our respective skiing holidays. Both families live in London. Saturday Feb 1/2 term 2013 South of Reims going South - We stopped for fuel and saw a family we knew who had also stopped for fuel.

Brothers dying on the same day

My Uncle John and father Harry died at almost exactly the same time. My father had Lewy Body (Alzheimer's Disease) and his health was failing and had been in very poor health for weeks and months. My uncle had issues with dementia but died suddenly of a heart attack the same evening without knowing of his brother's death (the only siblings).

Meeting again

About 10 years ago I worked with the Head of Assessment and member of the Board of the UK Statistics Authority. 10 years after I last saw him we meet in the departure lounge of Auckland Airport, catching the same flight to the UK. There are about 7 billion people in the world, 200 countries, 365 days in most years... I travel from Auckland Airport about once every 18 months. So what were the chances of that? (We didn't spend the flight working it out...)

Staten island

As a bizarre follow up to the previous bitstrips coincidence, the film is a true account of what happened to Gus Farace on 'Staten island', the same place the previous coincidence account happened!

Heartwarming bitstrips

I was using the facebook app 'bitstrips' which creates cartoons of myself and friends whilst watching 'In the line of duty:Mob Justice'. I had just read the bitstrip cartoon where it suggested I had sent a 'heartwarming video' when Ted Levine playing the DA commenting on the mob get-together said 'It's heartwarming'. 'Heartwarming' is not that common a word!

NYC subway, impossible coincidence

My sister lives in NYC (Staten Island) and I live in Newmarket (UK). I visited her one summer. We were to meet at the ferry terminal in lower Manhattan, after she finished work. She wasn’t sure the exact time so we had a 40 min. window for the rendezvous. As with the tube in London, on the NYC subway there are quite a few ways to get to a destination. I took an indirect route (as in got lost), and waited for a train I hadn’t planned on. I was still pretty far from lower Manhattan. I stood on the platform, the doors opened and my sister was standing right in front of me.

3 sisters, same death date (2 same day)

Jan. 7th 1980 I got a call from one of my Dad’s cousins, who lived in another state. “Hi, this is Bob. I have some sad news for you and Aunt Lillie. My mother Dolly died this morning”. Dolly was 92. We briefly reminisced. He asked me to break it to my grandmother gently. I phoned my older brother Bob (everybody’s called Bob in my family) to ask him to help me with this. She took it hard and really cried. Grandma was very close to her sisters. About an hour later, I got another call. “Hi this is Bob, I have some sad news. Our Aunt Daisy just died.” (she had no children).

alan arthur

i was in dentist this week . the receptionist said to me we also have another patient called alan arthur . he lives on military rd largs bay . i live on military rd west lakes shore . she also said his birthday is 14 august 1926 mine is 14 august 1954, what are the odds of that happening . thank you alan arthur

The Truck, the Date and the Brother-In-Law

Happened yesterday. Awhile back I set up a blind date for my brother-in-law, who is a truck driver, with a colleague. The one date they had fizzled and that was that. Two years later (yesterday) I was walking to lunch with the colleague-cum-date, and as we approached a zebra crossing we stopped to allow a truck to pass by. However the truck stopped for us - it was driven by no other than the brother-in-law! What are the odds for that? This happened in Israel, on a small side-road entering a kibbutz and a small industrial park.

Same person, many coincidences

This guy I happened to meet by chance, at my friend's birthday! We have bumped into each other, so many times — at different locations, timings. I get to know that my co-worker's sister is his sister's best friend. Or his sister was also a client at one point, at a place I worked. There was one, when I simply thought of him, and the next thing I see is him walking towards me in the same lane. I happen to forget my tickets, wherein I had to go back to my work place. I get off at the next station, and find who? Him! Out of no where.