Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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


My coincidence is rather trivial and concerns the number 666 and different yet specific areas of London and the country. I used to reply or put adverts in the Lonely Hearts column of Time Out magazine in the late 80s. I don't think the volume of people doing it in those days was equal to those doing online dating today, I don't know!! So I was surprised when the foreign gentleman who lived in the flat above my sister's in London wrote back to me and because I am that sort of person to look for 'signs' I checked to see if his box number was at all relevant it was B666.

Perception of time: 11:11 hrs. or 22:22Hrs.

There was a certain turbulent period in my life (lasting about half a year) a couple of years ago. At that time, whenever I looked at a clock it showed either 11:11 hrs. or 22:22 hrs. Does anybody have made similar experiences? (This is sincere, no joking!)

The saddest time of my life

Hello, my name is Debbie and this is my true story.,, Born 1958 1958-1976---mentally, physically, emotionally abused by my mother. Forced to quit high school, ran away, took drugs. Ended up in the hospital from overdose. Sent to boarding school as a punishment for running away. 1977-1984-- Stopped taking drugs. Met a man 14 years my senior and had two beautiful children. Divorced because of age difference (during this time I was very selfish and just a stupid kid.) My mother passed away in 1982.

meeting someone I have not met in years

I met my friend ami in a store and I have not seen her in 3 years

Simultaneous call

My brother and I call each other at most once a year. A few years ago, I decided to give him a ring. It wasn't either of our birthdays or anything like that, I just thought he might appreciate the effort. When I picked up the telephone, as I listened to make sure I had a dial tone, I heard his voice on the line. He had just called but the phone had not had a chance to ring before I had picked it up.

met again

We were travelling to a suburb of London in my father's vintage car and stopped at motorway services. Someone stopped and complimenting my father on the car, chatted a little with him. We continued on our journey went to several places when we arrived, and several hours later we need to find a particular road. We slowed to ask a pedestrian if they knew where this road was. He was the same person who had admired the car earlier in the day. (He recognised the car, my father didn't initially recognise him.) The purpose of his journey had been to visit his brother for lunch.

Birthday Coincidence

I was reading this site for the first time yesterday. I am fascinated with a few coincidences that have left an impression on me, and therefore left me interested in coincidences in general. I am hoping to post them here, but while all that was fresh in my mind, one occurred yesterday on my birthday. OK, so 1 in 365 people have their birthday the day after Christmas, no big deal. I went to the pharmacy, "Birth date please...", I answered "12/26/66" and the technician proceeded to fetch my order.


My wife was born on 22/1, got married 22/9, first child born 22/6, second 22/1 and third 22/5! What are the odds of that?!

passing cars

A narrow winding country lane with a few passing places and 2 cars randomly driving in opposing directions. The frequency of coinciding at or near the passing place seems higher than the frequency of one car needing to reverse a considerable distance. The passing places often look well worn. I was explaining it to a friend who was driving. It happened. "Your case in point, right there" he said. I was unsurprised yet am still intreagued as to the possible mechanism. I've tried to rule out 'forgetting the times one has to reverse' for I know they are relatively few.

Living down the street from myself.

I've lived in a small town in Alabama for 20 years. It wasn't till my last birthday, April 13th 2013, that a friend of mine came to me to tell me she almost got in a fight with a girl she works with over me. Not understanding I asked how. She said, that after she attended my birthday party she posted it on Facebook. The next day a co-worker started asking why she was attending a party she wasn't even at. My friend replied that she in fact did and showed her the pictures. The co-worker stepped back and said that's not possible. She asked why.