Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

incredible musical coincidence

Just watched the 'tails you win....' t.v programme (very interesting) and it prompted me to share this with you: A few years ago I had music playing quietly on my hi-fi and my girlfriend was behind me on the sofa on her laptop. I realised she was humming along to the music perfectly in tune and time. This continued for about 16 bars (i'm a musician) until i turned round to tell her (jokingly!) to shut up as i was trying to record a mix and i thought she was doing it to put me off.

Same birthday with my husband

I come from Eastern Finland, my husband from the west.We both went to study at the university in Turku.We met there, started dating and got married. We found out that we share a same birthday: 25th October. My husband is 9 years older than me. I was born in 1954 and he was born in 1945.

A face in the crowd.

I was watching the 1988 convention, and the nominee for vice president was introduced: Dan Quayle from my home state. His face was large on the screen, a face I'd not seen yet but at a glance I saw an amazing similarity to my daughter's ex-boy friend, they could be brothers. The camera shifted to the crowd suddenly, to a person in the enormous crowd, the former boyfriend I'd just thought 'looked like' Dan Quayle. He wore the hat of a representative and I later asked if he'd been in the crowd.

Dialed wrong number got right person

Professor: Sir, Back in 1986 (or 1987) I dialed what I thought was my Aunt Jean's telephone number in Lakehurst, New Jersey 657-6710 (or something like that) only to have a woman answer the telephone who (not surprisingly to me) sounded exactly like my Aunt Jean. It was her friend who sounded remarkably like my Aunt Jean. The woman who answered the telephone said my name "Tommy" and continued with, '...I'll get her for you.' OK, so a woman who sounded like Aunt Jean answered Aunt Jean's telephone, or so I thought.

Tracing a man, tracing a Picture

I am researching a miniature portrait ca. 1797 (mother and child) done in Edinburgh, the lady having a connection to South Carolina - but also to an Australian descendent and beyond. A book published in Melbourne in 1978 carries a photograph of a portrait of man, the lady’s husband, recording this portrait in the possession of the late John Grigg who died in 2001 and whose papers sold by Quaritch in 2002 are at the Bodleian and also at the collection in Sydney that I am going to study in October.

Freud was haunted by certain numbers.

LETTERS FROM FREUD TO Jung (From Memories, Dreams and Reflections) Vienna. IX, Berggasse 19 April 16, 1909 ......"Now I shall exercise the privilege of my years to turn loquacious and tell you about one more matter between heaven and earth which cannot be understood. A few years ago I took it into my head that I would die between the ages of 61 and 62, which at that time seemed to leave me a decent period of grace.

Uncle passing

I received a call one morning. The call was from my mother. She told me my uncle had passed away suddenly during the early hours. Later that morning, I decided to go into work and was driving along an open road most of the way. On approaching a small village I came to a roundabout. A blue car had right of way at the roundabout. As I followed it, I noticed its registration plate ended NEC. My uncle's favourite football team was Everton. He was a diehard fan, who never missed a home game. Their shirt colour is blue. One of their shirt sponsors during the eighties was NEC.

Number coincidence

Sir, I am getting the number 42 frequently every time. 1.Story: As when a I am studing 10th class my result is 542 and In intermidiate 1st year my result is 442 and 2 nd year result is 943 mostly near. 2.When I see the time it is 10:42 and another time it is 12:42 and many times the time has the number 42. 3.When I see my bike number it cointains number 42. 4.As my exam hallticket number cointains the number 42.

Driving the other person crazy

2005 Driving the Other Person Crazy incident<br /> </p><br /> <p>I had just read a book that mentioned an essay, Driving The Other Person Crazy by a Harold Searles, and decided to read the essay. A search on the Internet revealed it was in a book, Collected Papers and Essays on Schizophrenia by Harold Searles, and the lowest price was 89.00 so I put it out of my mind.<br /> </p><br /> <p>A short time later I was in Borders Books, waiting to check out when I noticed a rack of books marked '75%' off, so I went over to the rack.

The Compton-Fermi incident

A few months ago (2003) I was at work. My mind was on my work when 'thought words' occurred into my mind: Arthur C. Compton. The name: "Arthur C. Compton" spontaneously emerged into my thought, for no reason. Immediately I stopped what I was doing then entered the name into the Search window. I did a search on the Internet for 'Arthur C. Compton' and got a link to a web document! It was a letter written in 1942. The document was labeled "Letter: Arthur C.