Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

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).

Evidence of a higher power?

Hello, My coincence experience happend on a late shift when I worked as a shift manager for a car rental company. Our fleet dept was very dis organised and I had asked the branch manager to sort this out to a response that she was not willing to spend money to get people in to re network the computers. I am fairly savvi with computers so decided to take it upon my self to re organise the whole office. I did take on a big undertakening but persisted and got the job done. I was just finishing off replacing the carpet and I cut through the network cable.

Strange connections

I am from Jersey (Channel Islands) and my boyfriend from Cambridge. We met eachother at Lincoln University and started up a relationship. That summer he came to visit me in Jersey for the first time. Before he came he was give an childhood black and white photo from his grandpa who has a long lost brother in Jersey. His Grandpa asked that we go to an address to deliver the photo and explain the story and the desire for them to get back in touch. Anyway, when we turned up at the address in Jersey to deliver the photo I recognised the house as a very good family friend's.

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...)

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!

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!

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).