Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Race Finishing Coincidence

In September 2011 I took part in my second Great North Run with around 50,000 other runners. As I crossed the finish line a fellow runner (who I had not seen before) and I shared a friendly look of exhaustion. He exclaimed that he had managed to get under 2 hours for the first time and showed me his watch. We congratulated each other on the run and went on our own separate ways.<br /> In June 2012, nearly a year later, I took part in the Blaydon Race in which over 3500 runners took part. As I crossed the line the runner next to me showed me his watch with his time...

Childhood neighbor

I was on FB and a old friend from HS (class of 96) sent me a friends request. I accepted his request and noticed he was married to a woman that happened to be my neighbor back in (1984-1988). Being curious i started looking through her FB page and seen her dad, mother, sister and brother which brought back old memories of my childhood and the time spent playing in their yard and the few occasions her mother babysat me.


I being 34 had my first son at 25 and my daughter at 28 just meet someone special her husband died 4 years before I met her.but he has the same name as I her son was born the same year and her daughter was born the same year also this special woman is the age as my ex... 4 coincidences is just unbelievable

Same taxi driver in a city.

First arriving to Barcelona at (10-11 am) we took a taxi between the train station and the Hotel in the city center. The driver was a very funny guy and easy to remember. Later on the day (19 hrs), we stop for a taxi on the other side of the city to go back to the hotel... Same Driver, some vey unlikely in a city with 10481 taxis in the city (1). It was a fist for the taxi driver too. (1)

London Tube encounter

I used to be a member of an amateur dramatic group in Galway, Ireland and became very friendly with one woman in particular. I left this wonderful city to work in London. About 18 months after leaving I was standing with my boyfriend on the Notting Hill Circle Line platform to Baker Street. We had a game that one was to pick a spot on the platform that would stop in front of a door. It was my turn and so I picked a spot.

My travelling travel agent

I booked a round the world ticket with a travel agent. It was very bespoke - just the key flights with my daughter and I doing independent travel between airports. We were crossing from San Pedro de Atacama into the Bolivian altiplano six months later, swapping transport from Chilean buses to Bolivian 4x4s. The drivers had stopped for a coffee break and all the passengers were milling around waiting. I was talking to someone about my trip when I heard a voice say "are you Julian?".

Crossed Paths

In the week after Christmas 2014 we went to see Peter Pan, a Pantomime in Dartford Kent, The venue was some 60 miles by road from our home in West Sussex. Whilst waitiing in the theatre's foyer for admission to the auditorium were were standing close to a family which included a young man who I guess would be in his mid twenties. Unfortunately he was "not all there" and repeatedly pulled an old mobile phone out fo his pocket and had a fairly loud but incoherent "conversation" with no-one as the phone was obviously not switched on.

Similar names jobs

I left my old job to continue a small business with a widow after the passing of her husband,my second name is Farai so was her husband and their son, I'm n auto electrician so was the late , my first name is COLLEN and the widow's LORREEN I was born on the 03/08/70 she was born on 09/08/85 same month we share the same totem " monkey" we are not related but originally come from the same tribe, I found the pattern striking, would b glad if someone can explain

Running into my Ex in 3 different cities

Los Angeles, CA: Shortly after my breakup, I was driving home at about 2 a.m. and who happens to pull up alongside me at a red light? You guessed it. Granted there was no one else on the road. San Fran, CA: About 3 months after my breakup, I took a trip to San Francisco and went to a Chinese restaurant in the heart of Chinatown. Who do you think was there? You guessed it again. The next day I was walking through a different part of the city of San Francisco.


I grew up in a town called Port Pirie then I moved 2000km away only to meet and marry a man who's last name is Pirie. We bought a house in, you guessed it, Pirie Street. my mother in law moved into a flat in Oak street, my parents live in a house on Oaks Road. When I moved back to Port Pirie, I bought a house in Henry Street, my father's name is Henry. Oh yes, and I'm a twin.