Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

A life full of

My birthday is January 27th making me Aquarius in zodiac sign. My address is 27 Waterman i.e. auf deutsch Wasserman = Aquarius. I have a Grand cross in my natal chart, and after many years of association with the church of Saint John the Baptist i.e. a Waterman/Aquarius figure, I discovered and interpreted a monument there with four figurines which correspond in their esoteric symbolism to the Fixed Cross of astrology. After the shock of a immersion heater exploding i sat down to read 'David Copperfield' the chapter was entitled 'I take part in an explosion'.

Found my family boat!

When I was growing up in Los Angeles, my family had a sailboat named the "Sweet Pea". It was a Morgan 27'. For a variety of reasons, my father sold it when I was ~12 (in 1980) to someone and it disappeared from our life. 5 years ago, or 27 years later, I was on vacation in Seattle and took my family to visit the Chittendon Locks (I love feats of engineering!) that connect Lake Union with Puget Sound. As I was excitedly explaining to my 3 young children how a lock works, I pointed in the distance to a line of boats that were heading towards the lock to exit to the Sound.

Weird Persian Spring

In the spring of 1970 I was working on a University of Chicago archaeological dig in Khuzestan (south west Iran). The dig lasted longer than our visas, so we went to an officer in Dezful to extend them. The official was very friendly: "Ah, you are American. I know an American." Think "I may just have to apologise for not knowing his friend. There are rather a lot of Americans." He "Yes, he is a really nice man. He teaches chemistry at the local university.


Reading a magazine and the story was about a woman who had an accsident. Her image changed after the accident. My thoughts " based on image for a split second gross" id never walk round like that... One week later i had a similar Accident. And have the same injury. Call it bad luck.

Inexplicable double-coincidence

As a teenager in NJ in 1973, I knew Pat as an adult friend of my parents and frequent home dinner guest. I grew up, off to college, & job in Seattle. In 1983, job sent me to Fort Worth, TX to work at customer site for 2 weeks. That was my only ever customer site visit. My contact at customer site in TX was Bob. Discovered Bob was married to ... Pat, who had divorced & moved. Hadn't thought of Pat in 10 years, assumed she was still in NJ, and hadn't thought of her again after 1983. That's a basic enough coincidence and worthy on its own of your blog here.

The Lido Shuffle

On Saturday, Sept. 21st, 2013, my wife and I were heading to the "The Moose" restaurant here in town. On the way, “The Moose” FM radio station was playing Boz Scaggs’, “Lido Shuffle”. No coincidence there. I commented that this song reminded me of an old public school teacher that we once had, (who liked to dance to this song with his wife at local social functions back in the 70's). He sadly passed away a couple of years ago here in North Bay.

multiple encounters

I'd gone to the theatre in Rome on the 15th of September 2012 - 'As You Like It' by Shakespeare was playing. A play about hidden identities, feigning and love, of course. After the play my father had bumped into someone he had worked with, a young postgraduate named Matthew. We were introduced and he looked strangely at me. I went back home and thought about this man I'd met. I liked him, but I left it at that. A couple of days later he adds me on facebook. I do not accept the request but send a message asking if he'd tell me, in complete honesty, why he added me.

Shared aquaintance

So, I am at this year's Boomtown Festival, 35000 attending. I have foolishly lost my tent, and all my belongings, and become separated from my friend. For 12 hours, no money, no phone, no keys. I ask a few people if I can borrow their smartphone, so I can get onto my webmail contacts lists, to find the mobile number of my friend. But fail due to drained batteries and no mobile signal. Having all but given up hope, I randomly ask a lass if I might borrow her smartphone, same reason. Fortunately, she has battery and signal.

Friday the 13th

I do apologize for posting this not in all respects frenetic story again, but the one posted yesterday - on the 13th, Friday - remained full of mistakes . (It can be considered as my personal disaster on such a gloomy day. ) ... This is the second time within less than 2 years that I traveled on a Friday on the 13th. There is absolutely nothing "mystical" about this. These were cheap flights and because lots of people are superstitious they are reluctant to choose such a day.

A convenient flat rental.

In the late 90s I worked as a doctor in Queensland for a couple of years. I'd let my flat in Gosport but with several months to run the tenants gave notice to move out. I wasn't going to let the flat again, preferring to leave it empty as I would be returning in a few months. Then someone told me that an Australian doctor (whom I'd met a few times) at the local hospital was going to England in the near future for a few months, and might be looking for somewhere to live, so I called him and let him know I had a flat that would be available shortly.