Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

‘birthday coincidence’

My father, John Morrison M grew up in Glasgow (Scotland), My mother grew up in the village of Bridge of Weir in Renfrewshire. After they met in Glasgow they were married in 1939 and lived in the city. On 2nd December that year my sister, Ann, was born. In the village a couple known to my parents also had a daughter the same day. I was born 4 years and one day later on 3rd December 1943.

Stuck in London and penniless.

My son returned from Thailand last year, penniless but sure he had enough money in his account for the single train fare up to Rugby. When he found he didn't, he walked outside Euston station to try and beg a few coins in order to ring me to drive down and pick him up. Approaching a total stranger, he explained his situation, at which the gentleman dug out of his pocket a valid single ticket to Birmingham and gave it to my son "since I'm not going to use it!" How many people carry around train tickets they don't need?

Two eds better than one

My husband and I were born 4 days apart at over 400 miles apart, 44 years ago. It's a small thing and probably readily explainable, but I like it. We have identical yellow teddies. I have never seen any other teddies like them since. We both keep them in bed with us. No one can tell them apart but us.

Mom's Favorite Songs

My mother died very suddenly at home in 2000. Still in shock, I worked at putting together a tape of her favorite songs for the memorial service the next Sunday. I found a copy of "Fascination" her favorite song and a few others but couldn't find "Bali Hi" from South Pacific; one she always played and that always reminded me of her. I had to play the tape at her service without Bali Hi. The very next day I had to drive to southern Colorado because my band had to play a high school reunion. The trip took four and a half hours with stops for gas, food and traffic.

Urinary coincidence

We have experienced two remarkable coincidences with a couple who are our closest friends. We now live some distance apart, they are south west of Birmingham and our home is north Oxfordshire. In the first coincidence I was driving down the M1 returning from a meeting in Harrowgate and needed to take a comfort break. This was the only time I have used that motorway in years. I pulled into a service station north of Leicester and went to the gents. Looking to my left, a few stalls away, also relieving himself was our friend.

Secret Santa

At work this Christmas i entered into two secret Santa draws in two different departments on two separate days. Each draw had about 25 names in and on both occasions I drew my own name out first and had to put it back in and draw again.

Birthday coincidence. Name coincidence.

My son was born on his Granddad's Birthday. I share the same birth date and year with my son's uncle. Several years ago I lived in Dunstable and went to Houghton Regis upper School, I moved to my present area in 1977 years later in 1991 I moved to a new house only to find my next door neighbour not only used to live in Dunstable at the same time as me but also went to the same school as I did at the same time but was in the year above me, we both had son's called Ross and had almost named another son the same but had changed our minds about our original choices at the time.

ken on plane

travelling on a plane to vietnam sat next to a man who said you not know where i live in gloucestershire - village called pilning- i said i knew as lived in next village some years before. he said he was on a charity cycle ride going south to north. we were going north to south. when we were halfway down vietnam i heard a voice call from a cafe " hello there " guess who !!

Marriage of coincidences

My ex-husband and myself had birthdays two days apart ie 8th and 10th Feburary, our daughter and her husband have birthdays two days apart, 7th and 9th July. We also both had younger brothers called Lindon who were left handed and remained single until their early 40s, both have only recently entered into long term relationships, and we both had paternal grandmothers called Sarah Ellen. We had two daughters together, I randomly put our names into google and in America there was a couple with the same Christian and surnames as us who also had two daughters but alas their names were different.

Birthday Miracle

My Grandfather and my Granddaughter share the same birthday, the 26th March, five Generations to the Day.