Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Uncle Ben

Whilst discussing racism on facebook I had cause to refer to the 'uncle ben' stereotype referencing the type of 'yessir boss' character which has become a figure of ridicule. That same day,I chose to watch 'brush strokes' on drama channel,an old comedy show about a painter who has a slow witted friend called Elmo. In this episode,Elmo appeared asking if Jacko the painter wanted rice pudding and was carrying 3 boxes of 'uncle ben' rice! Later the same day 'come dine with me' featured one of the contestants discussing the uk immigrant/racism i

Pen Pal Address

When I was 12 years old, I was waiting in the dentist's office for my father. I was finished with my appointment and Dad was to pick me up and drive me home. Since he was almost never on time, I picked up a teen magazine from the office table and started thumbing through it. When I got to the back of it there were several pages of requests fir pen pals. At the time, I was very interested in having pen pals to write to so I eagerly read all of the ads. To my amazement, I came across one with my hometown, Perth Amboy, NJ.

The Hunger Games

Last night (8-5-14, 10:30) I was reading Chapter 2 of The Hunger Games. The fictional storyteller, Katniss Everdeen, revealed that her birthday was 8th May (no idea what year as the book is set somewhere in the near future!). I'm sure plenty of other people were reading the book yesterday as well but I did find this a surprise.

Same Name and Place of Birth

In January, I met a gentleman named James from South Carolina, with whom I've become quite smitten. I learned that we were both adopted, both worked for the same agency, at some point, and both have daughters the same age with the same name. However, I had not had contact with him since. Because I was married when I met him, nothing came out of the encounter. I have since separated and still think about the possibility, often. Today, I met someone on-line whose name is James and who is from SC, also. Definitely a coincidence.

65 Coincidences

Here is a weird coincidence having to do with the number 65


This is a recount of situations riddled with coincidence after a significant person briefly came into my life.<br /> I live in a busy city where years can pass without accidentally running into any of my close friends, but I do somehow run into specific people at specific times, repeatedly. I met a man - let's call him K - through a mutual friend (our only mutual friend). I am a freelance designer and work in many different locations all the time, he works part time at an office, at the time I didn't know where. We had an instant and palpable chemistry.

Finding money

One day a friend and I were out for a walk. My friend is a scientist, an engineer, and a no-nonsense kind of woman. She is also the only person I know who goes to Aruba; she loves to windsurf there every chance she gets. As we walked down the street in a small New Hampshire town, I was talking to her about how I always find money, and she was kindly allowing me my little stories about this. As I was telling her, I looked down and said, "Look, here is a coin!" Imagine my surprise when I looked at it and it said ARUBA on it.

Name and Birthday twins

I hired a young man as my husband's guitar teacher, and thought it was kind of fun that he and my son shared the same first name because it is not that usual - Tristan. One day as we stood in the kitchen talking, I felt compelled to ask him when his birthday was. He said, March 25, 1983. That is the exact date of my son Tristan's birth.

My robin story

My 90-year-old father was an atheist. I believe it is very likely our consciousness continues after we die. While my father was dying last year, he and I had discussions about this, and I told him that if he found his consciousness continued after he left us, then I wanted to know. He humored me by saying, "I will be the first robin you see in the spring." I laughed and said that was not good enough, that it had to be obvious - like the robin would have to be wearing little glasses. So, during the last few weeks of his life, robins and my father became the theme.

King of the Road

A new friend and I were putting together a public storytelling event, and our subject was COINCIDENCE. We decided we wanted to have live music as people were gathering, so I contacted a friend who is a guitarist for that job. One day I got the idea that it would be fun for the guy singing with him to sing the old song by Roger Miller, King of the Road, so I found a You Tube of the song and sent it to the guitarist asking him if he knew it.