Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Passing Coincidences

When my brother died in 1999 his oldest schoolfriend attended his funeral They had been friends since their first day at school. When in 2005 my mother died, on Sunday April 17th, l wrote to tell my brother's friend. He replied to my letter and told me that HIS mother had died the very same morning.

Grandfathers death date

My maternal and paternal grandfathers were borne a few days apart in 1901. They both died suddenly age over 80,on the same day in 1983. One died in the morning and the other one in the evening.

Halloween Daughters

I have been married twice and have been blessed with four wonderful daughters, two from each relationship. My oldest daughter Philippa was born on 31st October 1995. My youngest daughter Grace was born 31st October 2004. That's a spooky coincidence!

Small world

I was on honeymoon with my new wife in Bangkok back in the eighties, enjoying a little lunch at a bar on the corner of Sukhumvit/Soi 15 when a voice rang across the room, "Of all the bars in all the world...." It was an acquaintance from back home in London, who, coincidentally, had brought his girlfriend out to Thailand for a holiday! (Since we're no longer in touch, I wonder what the odds would be that he might post the same story here!!!)

WW1 Mystery Solved (1 of 3)

Two weeks ago I was asked if I could shed any light on how a photographer was killed in the First World War, as the man served in the same squadron as my grandfather. Only the week before, I had received a CD of an old tape recording I had made of my grandmother remininscing in 1965 (the tape was ageing and I'd been meaning to find someone to convert the tape for years). Upon listening to the recording, I was amazed to find that my grandmother had described in detail the bombing incident in which the photographer and several other men had been killed.

Same Name

We had a small 10 bedroom hotel in Bournemouth between 1998 & 2002 and one of our guests was a Mr. Barry C. His stay was coming to an end and a man sought a room for the night, filling out his form it read Barry C. I never stoke to either of them but sat them next to each other at breakfast then introduced each of them to the other.

relationship concidence

My Boyfriend's, Uncle's Wife has the same Birthday as me, Lived in the house next door to me now when she was growing up, is the same height as me, and she had the same car as me too! colour and everything! And we are obviously with men with the same surname, very humourous when we have family get togethers :)

birthdays and homes

When I was in my thirties I embarked on a significant relationship with someone I worked with in London. It turned out that not only was this person born on the same day, the same year as my best friend, who I met at school when I was 12, but his family had moved into the same house in the west country that my best friend and family had previously lived in. My partner’s father still lived there and had inherited a large china figurine that my best friend’s family had left behind.

Fairytale story

It was Friday 13th and i was driving home 5 girls who'd been the juvenile dancers in the pantomime 'Cinderella' at our local theatre for the last 6 weeks and had just been to watch their 'opposite team' in it on their night off. We were driving through a junction when we were hit by another car turning right into our path. It was a nasty end to a fabulous night but when eventually i'd completed all the paperwork the police needed, the policeman handed me the other driver's details and I just couldn't believe what her first name was - Cinderella!

birthdays and homes

When I was in my thirties in the early 80’s I embarked on a significant relationship with someone I worked with in London. It turned out that not only was this person born on the same day, the same year as my best friend, who I met at school when I was 12, but his family had moved into the same house in the west country that my best friend and family had previously lived in. My partner’s father still lived there and had inherited a large china figurine that my best friend’s family had left behind.

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