Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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


I am Scottish but have lived in England for many years. My daughter who is English lives in New Zealand with her partner. He did the round the world bit in his twenties and spent time in Edinburgh and London where he met my daughter. He has a child from a relationship with a girl whom he met in Scotland. She moved to New Zealand, met and married another man, a few years ago. Her parents travelled from UK for the wedding and met my daughter. She told me about the wedding and spoke about the parents being from Scotland.


Whilst reading an ebay description of a malfunctioning casio cz230s,and watching 'Watchmen' on tv, the description on ebay noted that ' some switch configurations produce silence'. At that exact moment the tv soundtrack of the movie played 'the sound of silence' by simon and garfunkel!

meeting someone who knew my Dad's family

I work and live in the south west of England but myself and a colleague (originally from Scotland) were seconded to India. Whilst we were there, her parents came to visit. Her Dad - who I hadn't previously realised was English - had a familiar accent. It turned out he grew up in the same South East England town as my dad - they'd lived about 100m apart.

Coincidence 666

just wanted to add that I happened to switch on 'Star Gazing' when they were tasting Ardbeg whisky - the whisky i had bought out of a theme of coincidence. I noted they were saving money or something as they had not got the actual space whisky, marketed as the space whisky, there again this one sold as the space whisky wasn't the drink used in the official space station experiments, anyway?

Lizzy Hill

Further to the coincidences I posted regarding the number 666, I was again drawn back to the place where the coincidence began, when someone said they grew up near there, through a poem on whisky. It mentioned ~Ardbeg which is the name of a whisky distillery and the name of the road where I lived. I heard the poem on whiskies around the same time I was thinking of the place i lived where my connections with the number 666 began due to noting that street on a map on the wall in Marble Arch, ran into the road where the person grew up near.

Identical twins who's partners were each born on same day as our parents died and share same first name initial

YyMy now husband Shane, was born 28th May, the same day my father Steve died...both names start with 'S'. My twin sisters fiance, Paul was born on 26th March, the same day our Mum Pamela died..both names beginning with 'P'. Both Months starting with 'M'... March and May. Mum died day after my dad's birthday on 26th March. Dad was born on 27th March. Mum was born 1st May. Hey...strange... Has anyone else out there got the same crazy coincidence? :)

3 birthdays

I am the father of 3 children and two of them, born 8 years apart, share my birthday. I have read and listened on radio 4 to David discuss the probability that there would be 8 families in the uk with 3 children in a family sharing a birthday; but I wonder - is it any more or less likely for a parent and 2 children?


My dear Mother passed away on the 16th January 2014 the day before my fortieth birthday. In her Eulogy the family had contributed memories and facts about her life, where she lived what she enjoyed particular I recalled how she used to enjoy bingo at he commodore club with her mother when she was alive which was at least 25 years ago. Yesterday a friend at work asked me if I would like to go to the commodore bingo (the very same place friend had no idea the content of the Eulogy or anything about my Mum, I never heard anyone outside my immediate family mention that place).

January 10th

My birthday is January 10th 1951. On January 10th 2011 my mother died at approx. 4 o'clock in the morning, and then on January 10th 2014 my father died at approx. 3.30 in the morning.

10th January

My birthday is January 10th 1951. My mother died on 10th January 2011 at approx. 4 am. My father died on January 10th 2014 at 3.30am.