Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Numbers...111, 1111, 444, 555, 1212

I am frequently seeing 111, 1111. Whether on a clock, address, purchase price, highway, birthday, etc. Now I am seeing 444, 555, 1212 everywhere as well. I can no longer believe this is just coincidence.

Name coincidences

I repeatedly have name coincidences mainly for my clients. I will have a client with an odd name such as "Elmer" and later day I coincidentally will have another client with the name "Elmer". Yesterday I had 3 clients with the name "Nathaniel". Another day it was the name "Ezequiel". This happens to me almost on a daily basis.

A peculiar impulse

A unique tall bottle of wine was a door prize at a Christmas dance. Before the ticket was drawn I started walking slowly, somewhat dreamily towards the stage and when the winning number was announced, I held out my ticket, which was the winning number.

Argentinian encountered

I'll try to do this as briefly as possible. Two years ago a friend and I took a trip to a beach in Mexico (we're both Mexicans but we live in the city) where among the people we met was the hostel's night watcher, a young argentinian man. We went on with our lives and a couple months back we decided to go out for some beers near my place in Mexico city.

Branches of the family

Some years ago, I was staying with my parents in Swanage Youth Hostel during a half-term weekend away from our home in Hertfordshire. We were self-catering, so had a box of food labelled with our - rather unusual - surname (Heydecker).. While my mother was making dinner, two couples who knew each other came into the kitchen, and - seeing the label - one commented that they knew some Heydeckers and the others replied that so did they.

Double Win

My friend invited me to his golf club Pro-Am. There were prizes for good play and one drawn from a hat with 250 names. My name came out. 4 weeks later, I invited the same friend to the Pro-Am at my club. Same deal: prizes for good play and one drawn from a hat. Yes, you guessed it: his name came out of the hat with 120 entrants. The prize: a week's golf in Mauritius! It would be nice to know e odds?

Same birthday as dad!

I was born May 15th 1982.y dad was born May 15th 1962. Which of course is exactly 20 years apart. We both weighed exactly 6 lbs. 10 oz and both of us was exactly 19 and 3/4 in. Long. He always said I was the best gift ever. We have the same likes and dislikes as well as personality.

My friend and I have matching house keys

I had known my friend for several years. She lived about a mile from me and during that time we had frequently swapped keys so we could feed one another's pets or water the plants. For a couple of years I even had a spare key for her which I kept in a dish in my hall. It was attached to a key fob which had a photograph of her daughter on it, and this meant I could always identify it as my friend's key rather than one of ours. One day I noticed my husband, who was unable to find his own key, had used this spare key to lock our front door!


My daughters birthday is 4/6/2007 i often get receipts with the price of $4.67 when i was a cashier my box code 467 thats a strange event in my life

A-level class revisited,15 years on

I called a school friend out of the blue, who I hadn't seen in a few months. He said that he was busy and going to a workshop that afternoon. So was I so I asked and it happened to be the same one. When we arrived, another person arrived and sat next to us. She had briefly taken the same A-level class at sixth form and sat next to us then. What seemed odd was that this was at the House of Commons in a group of about 15.