Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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


I seem to experience a "rash" of coincidences that occur over several days or weeks. Many of them have to do with typical coincidences such as last week when I got into my car and I immediately thought of Kurt Cobain and said to myself - "Ahhhhh Kurt, gone too soon". Then I turned on the radio and there he was! Other coincidences are truly strange when I'm thinking of a specific phrase I read, and two days later, I come across the exact phrase in a much older book!

Collapsing audiences

I'm a regular theatre goer. At the RSC today, along with two friends to see Richard II with David Tennant playing Richard. The last occasion we had all three seen the play was at the Donmar Warehouse with Eddy Redmayne playing the lead. On that occasion a member of the audience collapsed during the first half of the performance. Eddy Redmayne stopped his speech, asked if there was any medical professional in the audience and the performance was stopped.

Serendipitous book finding

I am writing a PhD on ancient Greek art and was starting to research general theoretical approaches to art history. One morning, I came across the name of an art historian- Erwin Panofsky. I am sorry to say I had not heard of him before, though he is quite an influential figure in 20th century art history. I Googled him and found an essay by him that I began reading. At one point I left my desk to bring a book back to the university library.

As soon as I thought of him, he walked by.

I was sitting in the kitchen with my mother and the moment (literally, the split second) I began talking about my friend, Patrick, he walked by, in front of my kitchen window with his girlfriend. I was amazed. He does live up the block from me.

Met a man who has the same name

I was sitting in Starbucks and I met this man. His first name is my last name. And my first name is his mother's first name.

suprising coincident.

I'm Ladidi About 3yrs back a guy (Peter) walked into my office and asked me to help him with Microsoft Project, I offered him the assistance he needed and afterward I saw him once in a while and didn't see him again. During those periods I saw him, all we did was wave at eachother. Recently my department conducted a training where I was a support-facilitator. Suprisingly, he was one of our students, after the training he offered to get me lunch but I wasn't all that interested but he made sure we exchanged numbers.

Meeting an old friend in a different country

I am American and went to high school in the US. While I was in high school, there was a German exchange student one year, named Franz, who was friends with me and other friends of mine, including one named Justin. When I was at university, I spent a year in the UK, and while I was there, Justin came to visit me. We went to London for the day (I was not living in London that year) and visited the British Museum. While we were there, Justin was saying that he wished he had been able to go visit Franz in Germany, but there was not enough time on the visit.

coincidence or gift ?

Words said on the television the same words as me, at the same time way too often. Happens alot in a day.


Did you ever found a fishbone in a sashimi or a sushi? Once i was in a japanese restaurant with my mother and a cousin. At the exactly same time we found a fishbone in each sashimi we were eating. Never again in my life me or anyone else i know found a fishbone in any japanese raw fish. That night we found 3 at the exactly same time in 3 diferent sashimis. It simply didnt make sence!!!

why do you smell and see what I smell and see so far away?

I just recently got in contact with a girl for whom I have always wondered how she was doing, and if I will ever see her again. I have held this close to my heart for a very long time. about a month ago I found her on Facebook. She is still very stunning to my eyes. We got to texting, we would do some catching up on one anothers lives and experiances. I could not have emagined that we would have so many simmialer things happen to us. I know things like this trigger some events, But not this many.