Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

WW1 Mystery Solved (3 of 3)

The three accounts of cooincidence I have entered here for WW1 ( as well as another under 'Old Friend' all happened within a period of two weeks, just before Christmas 2011. I was given a kit for a WW1 aircraft in July and it had taken me almost five months to complete. I wanted to paint it in the colours of 6 Squadron and have a serial number that was valid for the sqquadron. In the kit were provided transfers for three specific aircraft (single letter prefix followed by four numbers), none of which were for 6 squadron.

Bridge Danger

As a child I lived in Mid-Sussex. At the age of about 10 in 1955, I become trapped with two friends on a very high railway bridge about a quarter of a mile from where I lived, as we attempted to edge our way across a single brick ledge on the outside of the bridge about 80 foot above the tracks. We couldn’t move either way, paralysed with fear, and if we had slipped we would have been killed in the fall. We shouted at every car that passed, and eventually two men on bicycles pulled us over the parapet. I moved from London to Bournemouth in 1982.

Coincidence of dates

My father was born on Friday the 13th. He died on 02 02 02 at 02 02 and was buried in Friday the 13th. He was always very lucky with numbers !

American Dad

I live in the USA. My father was a surgeon who was well known in an area of about one hundred miles in any direction from my very small hometown. Owing to our unusual surname, I was forever meeting people who would ask, "Oh, your name is 'Doe?' Are you related to Dr. 'John Doe,' the surgeon?" This occurred from early childhood onward. When I was in my thirties, I moved eight-hundred miles away to a new part of the country. I was there several months when I thought, This is one place where I'll never be asked that old, familiar question.

Medical Coincidence

Last week I went to hospital for a colonoscopy (everything OK). The next day I phoned my brother, who lives 200 miles away, because I hadn't had time to let him know beforehand. It turned out that he'd had a colonoscopy on the same day and, within half an hour, at the same time.


I have had lots of meaningful dreams but two tend to stick in my mind. I dreamt that the husband of an employee of mine would get his job back. He had been out of work following redundancy for many months. As soon as I saw her the next day I told her what I dreamt. Within half an hour she got a call from her husband who had been invited for an interview at his old place of work. He got the job. I dreamt that I was sitting at the front of a plane flying to Ireland ( we go on cricket tours to Ireland) and I turned round and realised the whole cricket club were on the plane.

Holiday meeting...

Me and my brother went to Callao Salvaje in Tenerife for the first time and walked along a dark unlit coastal path to the next resort down and went to a bar which we stayed at until closing.As we were the last ones there the manager spoke to us as he was closing up and offered to give us a lift back to our hotel as it was in the place he had his apartment.He spoke of his daughters looking at the clear starry skies and so on and I always remebered his four wheel drive vehicle with an inclination level thing on the dash.He was Irish descent. Forward about 15 maybe more years and me and my broth

A meaningful coincidence?

A couple of years ago I went to a memorial service for a young woman who had sadly died with her husband in an accident. Having lost a son a few years before I was more than willing to try to comfort this family. After the service I chatted with her parents. Her mother asked me if I believed in 'signs' from the afterlife. I said yes, I certainly do! Just then, someone passed me a copy of the deceased young couple's order of service from their wedding. It was the exact date that I'd married my present husband, although on a different continent!

An incredible chance meeting

A company which I was jointly managing was in dispute with its JV partner. By chance the company was invited to a presentation meeting in London. As a result of the JV dispute I decided to send one of our staff to this meeting at very short notice. After the presentation he was invited to a table for lunch and introduced to other people on the table. He was introduced to a fellow Wolves supporter and enquired where he lived. It turned out that they lived next door to each other as small children and incredibly shared the same father!

Photo coincidence

Some years ago, me,my family of four children and my husband travelled to Florida and stayed in a villa near Disney World. We picked up our hire van at Sandford Airport and spent the next two weeks visiting the sights. Just before we left, my son found a disposable camera under one of the seats in the van. It didn't belong to us and my son decided to take it apart to find out how it worked. I put the film in my bag and forgot all about it. Two or three years later, I found several undeveloped films lying in a cupboard.