Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

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.

A spy or a crossword puzzle maker?

Sixty years ago today, a four-letter word appeared as a solution in The Daily Telegraph's crossword that was to have repercussions that have reverberated down the years to today. The four-letter word was Utah, innocent enough you might think, but in May 1944 a word pregnant with meaning. Utah was the codename for the D-Day beach assigned to the 4th US Assault Division.

Gingerbread House

20:17 - the same evening as the Ginger Bread Man coincidence and the TV runs George Clarke's Amazing Small Spaces is on and guess where he visits - a 'Gingerbread House'..........I am beginning to think I maybe Hansel....

Godwin's Law

Following on from 'The Gingerbread Man' - my channel surfing other half switched channels to find THE BUNKER was on.

The Gingerbread Man

After a long winded and heated debate with a meat eater about vegetarianism - they decided they needed to attend to their gingerbread that was presumably cooking - I decided as a mocking end to the conversation to add a picture of a fearful gingerbread man being diced to death to show that 'even ginger has feelings'....!! At the very moment I posted the picture - FRED CLAUS the movie was playing where Vince Vaughn is snowballing Paul Giamatti and remarks on him stuffing gingerbread into his mouth! Strange......???!!!

Same bith-date in the family

My parents were married on 19th of Baishak, I was born a year later in 19th of Baishek, and my brother two years after in 19th of Shrawan.(Baishek, and Shrawn are first and fourth months in the Calender, Nepali)

Fancy meeting you here

This coincidence starts with myself travelling from Melbourne, Australia to My Thuan, Vietnam to visit a construction site where I met a man from New Zealand, who had been working in Sydney. Then we parted thinking we might never meet again, until... Twelve months later in Hong Kong for a stopver en route to the UK I went to a Rugby Sevens match with a friend who lived in Hong Kong.


I don´t habitually look at digital electric clocks on walls of houses , but today one caught my eyes:12:22 ! I hardly had time to enjoy the fun of this coincidence (three "2"s! ) because the numbers immediately switched to 11.11. I did not believe my eyes until coming to awareness of the date: 11th of November. -First I thought this little story would be perhaps more impressive, if the time had been e.g. 22.22 or 11.11.

Meeting someone for the first time and finding that they knew one of our old friends

We went to dinner at the home of one of my husband's work associates. Also at the dinner were a couple of their neighbours, who we had never met before. The conversation turned to favourite holiday destinations. We told them about a place in France which is not a very well known area for British holidaymakers. It turned out that they knew the place and when we said we'd been introduced to the place by some old friends, it transpired that they'd been introduced to it by the same people.