Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

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.

Car number plates

Driving home the other evening, I noticed that the car in front had a registration plate that differed from mine by a single letter, the difference being two alphabet places (AK10WXH and AK10WZH).

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.

Same time phone calls

I work in Uppsala, Sweden, and was in a research collaboration a number of years back with a professor in Göttingen, Germany. We hadn't spoken for a while, and I had some new results, so I called him one evening from the lab. I heard no ringing tone, but he was there at the other end of the line. He had called me at so exactly the same time that we were connected immediately and neither of our phones registered engaged.

A life saver

I play horn in an amateur orchestra, and usually meet with the conductor Before each term to plan the term activities. A couple of years back the conductor turned up on the Saturday morning as agreed, but instead of discussing orchestra plans he insisted on calling an ambulance. I had developed acute blood poisoning during the previous day or so and was not aware that I was seriously ill. I spent 11 weeks in hospital and 2 years in renal dialysis as a direct result of the blood poisoning.

Same PIN code 3 times

Some years ago I got a credit card with 4 digit pin code that I liked (let's say 5679). So I started to chose that code in all the situations I was able to pic my own code (like on my gym card, computer log in). Later on I was on vacation and I was rehearsing a public talk I would be doing about "Acceptance". Being preoccupied in my mind with my rehearsal I didn't notice that the ATM I just put my credit card in wasn't in service. In fact the bak was closed years ago. The credit card wasn't the one with my favorite number it was different one.

Small world miles away

I moved from one end of the country to another (250+ miles), not knowing anyoe and took up a social interest which none of my circle of friends have. In the new social group (of about 15-20 people) I discovered that one member was closely linked to the person I was renting a room from (neither were previously connected to my social circle, and they are only connected by industry sector - which is very different to mine, even politically).

Tong poo

I was in the middle of taking note of a funny 'lost in translation' chinese/japanese phrase similar to 'wong fook hing book store' which has been posted online many times online. The one I had found was 'tong poo' by the yellow magic orchestra. At that exact moment tim vine's girlfriend in 'not going out ' spoke mock chinese to lee mack in the scene where he is unconcious,which essentially is the sam reason to find mirth in the mistaken english in the foreign phrases.

Age differences

There's a 25 year difference between me and my son. There is also a 25 year difference between me and my father, there is also a 25 years difference between between my father and my grandfather... also.. theres a 25 years difference between my grandfather and my great grandfather. On top of this, there is a 35 years difference between me and my mother and there is also a 35 years difference between my mother and my grandmother.