Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

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.

Old Friend

Ten years ago I used to live on the south coast of New South Wales and my wife and I were close friends with a couple whose marriage broke up and they went their own ways. We have twice visited the area where we used to live over the past three years. The first time we were having lunch with friends in the seaside town of Kiama when the husband of the couple came in. We had a long chat and we found that he was single but moving around a lot. We visited the south coast again this past weekend to attend a 50th wedding anniversary.

Two winners for the price of one.

My amazing story took place before the Grand National horse race in 1978. A few days prior to the race I was asked to have a go on the sweep, I did so and picked out the horse Lucius. The next day somebody else was also doing a sweep for the same race and asked me if I would have a go, I did so and and much to my amazement I picked the horse Lucius.

ken meeting

i went out with a girl in gloucester a couple of times -i moved to london and 2 years later we met by chance on a tube platform for 5 minutes. asked where she was living now. discovered she had just moved in to the very flat which my sister had just vacated.

meeting acquaintances on holiday

This has happened four times to our family. Walking back into Florence city, having visited a well-known market on the outskirts, our elder daughter noticed her Design Technology teacher on the corner of the street. She had a short conversation with her. Another occasion, eating at a pizzeria outside on the terrasse in Duras in France, the same daughter saw a school acquaintance walk up the street and duly caught up with her to talk briefly. Third time, my husband and I were walking in the square in Sonoma, California and someone called my husband's name.

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.