Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

chance meeting a complete stranger twice in a month

On a Singapore Airlines flight from Hong Kong to Singapore in April this year i was approached by one of the air crew.

Serendipitous sandwich

I was out for a walk around my neighborhood when a friend/acquintance texted me to see what I was doing that night. I chose to respond later when I had a better idea of my plans and kept walking. As I finally chose to return home, I had a sudden craving for a very specific local sandwich that only one local joint served. As I walked into to sandwich joint I saw the friend who had texted me earlier eating the same sandwich. p.s. coincidences like the above have become more pronounced as I've started a daily meditation practice.

Birthdates Coincedence x 3

Hello. I'm one of three brothers, (all different ages about 3 years apart), and we all have children. Three of the cousins share the same birthday of July 14th but are all different ages - again about 3 years apart. The middle one is a boy and the other 2 are girls. We've often tried to reacall what special event may have occured about 9 months before July 14th and can only come up with Guy Fawkes Night :-)

unlikely meeting

I went to visit an old school friend who had recently moved into a flat in a house in Muswell Hill, London. I rang his flat bell, and he buzzed me in to enter the hallway. To my surprise in the hall I saw another old friend - a fellow musician I had played with several years previously and had not seen for several years. </p> <p>It turned out that he was coincidentally visiting the person who lived in the flat next door to the friend I was visiting! </p> <p>The two people who lived in the flats had no other connection other than being neighbours.

Dying message

Two of my sisters, who no longer had contact with my father, had exactly the same dream, on the same night. One was on holiday in Portugal and the other was in Liverpool. In the dream my father had said how sorry he was for everything he had done and asked for them to forgive him. Each of my sisters had independently told me about the strange dream they had, the dream they relayed to me was identical in every detail. We then worked out dates, which was easy for me to remember as they'd both had the dream the night before my father died.


I was serving a customer in my shop and she looked so familiar I was sure I knew her from years before. She wasn't from the area and after discussing where we'd each lived and when, there was no likelihood of us ever having met. Before establishing this I had told her the area I'd lived in as a child, she told me that her mother and stepfather had just moved to that part of Liverpool.


My sister had moved house 4 months earlier, There was a new cooker in this house, but not as good as her old cooker, which she had temporarily left in her old house. She offered to give the cooker she had in her new house to Tracey, the buyer of her old house. For some reason there was a delay in swapping them over. I had visited my sister many times in her new house but for some reason on this occasion I realised that her cooker (to be given to Tracy) looked brand new and asked would it be possible for Tracey to have my cooker and I'd have the new one. This was not a problem.

Three Grand-Children born in the same month of the same year

I am one of five children, and my brother, sister and myself all had daughters born in the month of January 1986. My older sister was born on the 13th January and her daughter was born on the 5th January 1986 both Capricorn's. My older brother (born in September) daughter was born on the 18th January 1986, and I was born on the 6th February and my daughter was born on the 28th January both Antiquarian's. Neither one of us knew we were going to have children born in the same month of the same year.

50% left handed

My gran had five kids. The first had three boys, the second had two boys, the third had two girls, the fourth had two girls and the fifth had one girl and one boy. Each of her five children had one left handed child, and one right handed. Unfortunately I don't know about the very first grandchild.

Long lost friend and chance encounters

I was living in Bristol, visited my family in Liverpool, birthday event, went to a night club I only visited that once. Met a colleague I'd worked with in Ipswich 6 years earlier. She never went to nightclubs but this exception was for a special works event. A few days later I visited her home, on the bus on the way there I asked a passenger if she knew the road and when I should get off. She said her closest friend used to live in that road. She went on to tell me how special that friend was and that she spent the last 6 months of her life in a nursing home.