Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Saw, then found, in 1 hour

I was in an auto parts store 10 miles from my house in very rural southern Ohio, glancing at bottles on a shelf while waiting in line. I quickly looked over all the objects on the shelf, but I became interested in a certain product called Sea Foam Motor Treatment because it was odd seeing something that was boat related and had a big wave on it in land-locked Ohio. I real the label, then realized I was next at the counter to pay for my spark plugs. I paid and drove home, then changed my spark plugs.


I don´t habitually look at digital electric clocks on walls of houses in the streets, but today one caught my eyes:12:22 ! - I hardly had time to enjoy the fun of this coincidence (three "2"s! ) because the numbers immediately switched to 11.11! I did not believe my eyes until coming to awareness of the date: 11th of November. -- First I thought this littlel story would be perhaps more impressive, if the time had been e.g. 22.22 or 11.11. But then I asked myself if it had been more, or less impressive if the clock first had shown, say, 10.00 or 03.33, and I decided: LESS.

Same Name Same Address Different Area

Let's call my name Jonathan HARBUTTLE Let's call my address 7 MARSDEN AVENUE London SW8 For many year now I have received junk mail addressed to let's say Silvia HARBUTTLE I do not know this person I find out by querying the internet that a Silvia HARBUTTLE lives at 7 MARSDEN AVENUE but in SW20 some 8 miles away So a mixed up of names and addresses by junk mail senders The same surname living in the same-named street - Not so unlikely even though my surname is not that common But the same surname living at the same number in the same-named street - rather more unlikely

M Tero

I went out for drinks with my partner to a bar in Croydon where we meet a few people we knew from work. One girl who was a locum therapist and was leaving was there with her boyfriend. I had never met him before but on talking we found out we had the same date and year of birth which he confirmed by showing me his driving licence. I have never meet any one with the same birthday and birthyear as I.

Birth cities

My wife and I were born on opposite ends of the United States. I was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania and she at Alameda, California. Both cities begin and end with "A" and have seven letters.

death of an high school friend

Last week (monday), my husband stayed home from work. Out of the blue he decides to pull out his high school yearbook which he never does. 3 days later we learned of a high school friend who died suddenly at he age of 47. When we attended the wake my husband shared with me how he was just looking through our yearbook and reminisced about the photo of he and his recently deceased friend. The coincidence also is our friend sadly had been dead for several days before he was found which would have been the same time my husband was looking at their picture together in the yearbook.

Mother/Son Holiday Birthdays!

My mother gave birth to her first child, which was me, on Halloween (October 31), which I have found to be a pretty common birthday. Then, I gave birthday to my first child on Christmas (December 25)! Mother Halloween, baby Christmas, I thought it was kind of neat! My mother also gave birth to all her children in October, second born, 14th, and third born 27th.


My parents home phone number in Spain - 95 283 61 54 My old Army number is 25183546. This is only one 9 short of containing exactly the same digits.

Favourite earring returned

On 27th September 2013, I visited Cambridge to meet up with a dear friend who also did her PhD at Cambridge almost 20 years ago. After a relaxing day enjoying the sights and reminiscing about old times, we went to the ladies loo at Lion Yard in the centre of Cambridge before heading back. My friend took the bus towards Babraham Road and I went to the rail station. When I reached the platform a charming lady, whom I had never met before, pointed towards an empty train on the adjacent platform, and asked if we were standing on the correct platform for the train to London.

Meeting strangers twice, twice

I have two different stories accounting for the same type of coincidence: meeting a stranger twice. 1. One morning I saw a girl who looked like a girl from school. It was not the girl from school, but she looked a lot like her and was wearing a red sweater. Later that afternoon, at a restaurant in a completely different neighborhood of the city, I saw the same girl again, wearing the red sweater. 2. My sister and I were flying from New York to San Jose on a return flight over the weekend.