Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Hire car coincidence

I hired a car in South Africa - it had the same registration number as my own car in the UK.

How to make a million

Having watched some atrocious ignorance on 'who wants to be a millionaire' I took to Facebook to remark that if this was the level of knowledge required,making a million should be a cinch. One of my friends who is an architect remarked that property in London could lead to making a mint. I happened to be watching 'beyond belief' as I replied that someone that morning had suggested ending up in a redesignated postcode could seriously affect property prices. Just as I wrote my reply, the 3rd segment of the tv programme came on which was about people moving to a new prope

Good Karma

When I was a child, probably around eight or nine, my school had a raffle of various toys and games that had been donated. The prizes were all in display in one of the classrooms and I was particularly taken with a Cluedo boardgame. It became the focus of my attention for a few days and ultimately, being eight or nine, it became the focus of my entire existence. I had to have it and was even prepared to try and steal it, if necessary. Or so I thought, as the opportunity presented itself the day before the raffle and I just couldn't bring myself to do something I knew was wrong.

Meeting a friend's girlfriend.

I was on my way from Cardiff to Leeds to visit a friend from Uni, when my train broke down a couple of stops from its destination. Taxis were provided for everyone to complete the journey and I was allocated one with a young woman I'd never met but who appeared familiar to me. As we chatted about our weekend plans it soon became apparent that she was my friend's girlfriend. She hadn't been on the train but was waiting for one to take her in to Leeds and had decided to join the queue for the taxis, rather than waiting for the next train.


My name is Sandra Crossan, and one day I was bored-so I googled my name. And the Crossandra Flower came up!! I thought, wow-that's super cool!


My partner was mentioning that Yahoo had reported that McDonalds were maybe using worms in their food to fill them out. At that moment,an advert for Warner Hotels came on the tv explaining how to get the best placement at their establishments,exploiting the phrase 'the early bird catches the worm'!


Shortly following the 'worms' coincidence with Warner Hotel's advert and McDonalds,the RSPB advertised and their ad features a little boy lifting a worm out of the ground!

Coincidences have patterns

In response to coincidence 8366, I think those were all posted by me yesterday! So, no big coincidence there, but clearly St Albans was a "coincidence hot-spot" for's also very close to being the farthest point from the sea in the UK, the meeting point of many Roman roads, and a spiritual centre.

Not a chance in life

COINCIDENCE? </p> <p>I will tell you about a meeting between with an acquaintance I hadn’t seen for more than ten years, in conditions that make the meeting too coincidental for mere coincidence. </p> <p>The conditions and laws of the universe may determine my biological life, but not my day to day life. In my view the conditions and laws of physical reality are complex in such a degree that it provides me with free will.

Is St Albans a coincidence hot spot?

On arriving at this web site I was presented with the first few lines of ten previous stories. Stories 3. 4 and 7 had the town name of St Albans in the first line. [ ]