Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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


I was watching the film CONGO which is based on a story by Michael Crichton. That same evening I went to the local store in an impromptu visit to pick up some items to enhance the dwindling weeks shopping. As I often do, I checked out the reduced price shelf only to find Michael Crichton's novel CONGO was reduced to £1. Off to one side was a dumpster containing multiple copies of the same book. In a similar way, tonight I was watching 007 James Bond in Casino Royale whilst flicking through Ebay online.

An Encounter with the law, pi and impulsive decisions

This event is connected to the coincidence #8191 I was sued for specific performance, its too long a story to tell so I'll skip over the details except that the property I wanted to sell didn't get financing until the wonderful river front home I had contracted to buy was sold to a back up buyer. The contract my buyer and I had was expired but it was desirable property so they hired a lawyer who told me "contracts don't mean a thing'. I was outraged so I went to a lawyer that took my case to the State Supreme Court.

Birth Coincidence

I always knew my mother and I shared a birthday, but today I found out we were also born on the same day of the week (Tuesday). She was born August 24th, 1954 and I was August 24th, 1982. Both Tuesdays, but roughly 28 years apart. I've been trying to find out what the odds of that happening are, but can't figure it out. Also, I was actually born two weeks late, so it's kind of spooky, if I had been born on time, we never would have shared such a connection.

October 13

Family company was registered October 13 1961. October 13 1991 helicopter crash killed 9 members of the family

Ex neighbor in Madrid

I live in Margarita Island in Venezuela. I have beentraveling to different places since may 15. On July 30 I entered Zara store in Serrano avenue. I hear a Venezuelan accent. When I turn around it was my ex neighbor with her mother.

birth dates

I was born on March 5, 1962. In US date pattern it's 3-5-62. 3 +5 = 8, 6+2=8. Just funny. My daughter was born on September 4, 1994. In US date pattern that's 9-4-94. 9+4=13, both times. My grandfather died on 04-04-04, US or European it's still April 4, 2004. there are many other numerical oddities in my life, but these are the fun ones. I've decided to reread Jung....

What or who creates 'meaningful coincidences'?

Jung wrote about a life process he named individuation. Other authors have created different names, for a life process that is supposed to develop 'a unique personality'. I mention Swedenborg's name 'regeneration' because Jung 'devoured'' some 7 volumes according to Ellenberger. The first time (the early 1980's) I experienced the kind of coincidence that obviously cannot be related immediately to a process of individuation didn't leave a lasting impression on me. Neither did the second, third, fourth event...

Girlfriend in newspaper

When I was 17 I lived in Wakefield, RI, USA. I drove a newspaper delivery van for a summer job. One day on the job I was talking obsessively to my assistant (Ron) about a girl I had been dating that summer. We had stopped in front of a store. Ron, exasperated, handed me a loose newspaper and said, "Relax. Read the paper. I'll handle this delivery.

Date coincidence(s)

I seem to often attract coincidences, and friends often simply comment that it's typical of me. For example I share my own birthday with my son, my cousin's son, a very close friend's son, another close friend's mother, a great nephew, etc. I am no longer surprised to learn of yet another birthday on 10/10. However, the coincidence I am particularly wanting to share is that my first husband died on 25 September 1995 and my second husband died on 25 September 2014, 19 years apart. My second husband had a terminal illness and we spoke about the possibility.

Birth Date/Death coincidence

My aunt died today August 7th 2015 at 95 years old on the 15th birth day of my son today 8/07/2015. This is mind boggling to me. There has to be a meaning to it. Since my aunt has been on her death bed for days. Every one thought She was not going to make it the next day. or the next, or the next. She hang on and expired on my son's birth day. I just wish l can understanding this coincidence?