Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

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.

spiritual journey??

last night I went to the movies to see the movie " there's' a heaven'. I just lost my son 2 months 1/2 ago and in front of me there was a man sitting I never saw his face only he took hi phone out and his password of his phone was exactly mine.. I took that very surprise yet weird.

Independence Day

Paste from Wikipedia , 4th of July. In a remarkable coincidence, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, thus becoming the third President in a row who died on this memorable day.

Time coincidence

For the last year or so almost every day I check my phone and the time is 14.04pm. I look at my phone randomly maybe five times during the day but always just happen to look at this time, It's not a significant time i.e a lunch hour as I am a stay home mum and always doing something different at that time and I don't subconsciously think about it untill it happens. My birthday happens to be 14th April.

same names

I'm not sure where to start so ill start with the Daniels, when I was 16 every boy I met, dated or went out with was called daniel, after 7 Daniels I met as follows:- 3 Ben's 2 Tony's 2 Jamie's 3 Ian's 4 David's I had two best friends called carly And currently at the moment I'm meeting Paul's and so far I have met 5 pauls. Also most men in my family have John as their middle name, including my son.


Read this word in a story for the first time yesterday and then today heard it several more times in a movie I was watching today.

Fourth foreign student killed in Brisbane in five months

This is a 'coincidence' in the news. Whilst undoubtedly a tragedy for the families and friends of the individuals involved, I'm appalled at the way the Australian media (including the ABC) are 'linking' the four separate murders of foreign students in Brisbane over a five month period. Especially since as far as I can tell the three previous murderers have been apprehended (or at least charges laid against three separate suspects). I was reminded of the analysis in The Norm Chronicles.

Same name

Ok when I was younger every man I met in a romantic sense was called dan or Daniel, after a lot of heart ache I decided I'd never date a dan again, after that every man I met was called Steve! After yet more heart ache I decided no more Steves and now currently I only meet men called Paul! This drives me insane, I have No idea why it happens but I can pretty much tell you know if I decide no more Paul's ill meet men all with a new name which will be the same until I decide no more. I find it really baffling.

Occurrences at inopportune moments

Driving down a little travelled country road, I see a runner is on the side of the road to my right. I go to swerve a little into the oncoming lane, to draw a little away from the runner, but just then another car is approaching in the opposite direction and I have to instead slow down as we meet three abreast, the runner, the other car and me. Then after passing the runner there isn't another car in sight and the road is once again empty of traffic.

Land and Sea around St Kilda

Back in the late 1960's I was in the British Army and was posted to the Royal Artillery rocket range in the Outer Hebrides. As a part of our duties we were expected to serve on Hirta, the major island in the St Kilda Archipelago, which is about 40 miles west of the Outer Hebrides. After a six-week stint on Hirta, I returned to Benbecula (the outer Hebridean island where the army camp was) and then immediately went on leave to my parent's home in Southampton.