Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Birthday coincidence

Neighbours both had visitors with toddler twins (one girl, one boy). I invited them to a twin tea party. It turned out that the two sets of twins were born on the same day of the same year - May 10th - and that happens to be the birthday of my son (aged 43)!

Holiday waiter coincidence

In 1990, I went on holiday to Majorca with friends. Whilst there we went on a night out (cabaret, dinner etc) and they had a waiter who would pour wine from a traditional bottle directly in your mouth and you could have a photo taken. I did this, and bought the photo. On returning home I showed the photo to my parents who laughed and said they had done that as well, back in the 1960s, on holiday with friends, also in Majorca. Mum went to see if she could find the photo they had had taken which she did. The waiter was the same man!

Adopted

My husband was adopted at 6 weeks old.about 5 years ago a sister from his blood family contacted him.It turned out his biological mother had died about 25 years ago and her birthday was the same date as mine.

The Family Home

I am Tom, from Bradley Stoke, just north of Bristol. In 2007, I met a girl at a gig in Bristol, Kirsty, who is now my fiancee. We quickly developed a close relationship and as we did, discovered more about each other. We were both from Bristol - fairly likely considering where we met ! Kirsty told me she was from a reasonably large suburb of Bristol called Horfield. I noted that my mother had been born in Horfield and my grandparents and great-grandparents had lived there - not unremarkable really.

Two brothers

In the early 1970s when I worked for the Inland Revenue a form came in saying that a David Brown (not his real name) was staring work ina local business. A few days later another form came in saying that David Brown was staring work with the same company. Both young men had been born on the same day so I told a colleague the company had made a mistake and sent the tax office a duplicate form. My colleague told me this wasn't so. he truth was that a man's wife and mistress gave birth to sons on the same day by the same father (the husband).

The Family Home

I am Tom, from Bradley Stoke, just north of Bristol. In 2007, I met a girl at a gig in Bristol - Kirsty, who is now my fiancee. We quickly developed a close relationship and as we did, discovered more about each other. We were both from Bristol - fairly likely considering where we met ! Kirsty told me she was from a reasonably large suburb of Bristol called Horfield. I noted that my mother had been born in Horfield and my grandparents and great-grandparents had lived there - not unremarkable really.

Re births and deaths

Forgot to mention that my son-in-law Norman who married my daughter Carole-Anne was born 11th May 1952 in Wigan and my daughter Debbie was born 11th May 1961 in Bootle

DVD/TV

One Saturday,2 Months ago, my wife and I watched,on DVD, an episode from' Hammer House of Horror' originally broadcast in the 70s. It was entitled 'The Mark of Satan' and it involved a Mortuary attendant ,new in his job, who becomes obsessed with the number 9.

Long-distance coincidence

My Mum (from the UK) was visiting her brother and sister-in-law in New Zealand. They got chatting about their children, and the sister-in-law remarked on my married surname, Plumptre. Her daughter in Hong Kong had a friend with the same surname. The friend turned out to be my husband's sister.

Cats then baby

I adopted two cats in the mid-1990s. They became children to me as pets often do. I always had an inkling I wouldn't have children until they were gone. I met the man who was to become my husband. By then as I had had to move a few times, the cats had "retired" to live with my parents. One passed away but the other managed to hang on for four more years until the age of 19, when she had to be put down due to ill-health. The month after she passed away, in the next 'monthly cycle,' if you like, I fell pregnant at the age of 41 and gave birth to my son 9 months later.

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