Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Conversation on a train

Hi I was travelling on the train from Leighton Buzzard to London yesterday and sat next to a young student. As we were approaching London we struck up a brief conversation about some hand knitted gloves she was wearing. We chatted about university and where home was. It turned out that she lived in Dyfed in Wales and was familiar with the area where my husband's brother and family live. Not only that it transpired she was the ex girlfriend of one of my nephews. We had never met before and I had no idea who she was before that conversation.

Death Coincidence

My parents had seven children and I am the sixth. One of my sisters and two of my brothers have died. First to die was one of my sisters on .................. 6th of August 1991 Second to die was one of my brothers on ........... 6th of August 1998 Third to die was another brother on ................... 6th of August 2005 You will notice that there is a seven year gap between the deaths. Surviving siblings look forward with interest to the 6th of August this year.

C Young

A few years ago we drove to Ireland where we'd rented a cottage in Connemara, and decided to break the journey and by accident came across a country house hotel, where we were greeted by an elderly Scottish lady (the mother of one of the owners) and we stayed the night. On our return, we decided to stop again before getting the ferry, and returned to the same place. This time, however, the owners were there, and after dinner we got into a conversation with them. The wife was Scottish, and came from Moffatt. I said - I have a friend from Moffat, who I met when I lived in Edinburgh.

Royal Rowell

On a cold autumn day in 1982 I sat down to attend a sociology lecture in the chemistry block at Leicester University. I was in my first term and had, a few weeks before, registered for the second year Sociology course in error (a mistake not noticed until later in the year). As it was cold I kept my jacket and scarf on (distinctive Norwich City/yellow green). From a seat behind me a student asked if I was a Norwich fan and I said 'yes'.

Phone call coincidence

This happened a few years ago: I decided to call my friend Lydia for a chat. I dialled the number and a female voice (who I didn't recognise) said "hello". I was slightly confused but said "er hello, is Lydia there please?" The female voice sounded even more confused than I and said "erm, sorry, who's calling?". I was rather put out by being asked by this person who I didn't even know who I was but replied "It's Kerry". A short while later, another female voice came on the line and said "Hello, Lydia here".

Various hard to believe

Reading the article in the News paper Mail on Sunday about this website and having had many strange coincidences happen to me over the years I decided to go online to share one of them with you. I started to look for a pair of scissors to cut out the part of the article in the paper with the web site address on it but could not find them or a pen and paper to note it down so I started to rip that part of the page out.

Horse for Sale

A couple of years ago I purchased A horse through an advert in Horse and Hound magazine which turned out to be unsuitable. In my job I organize appointments for by boss to visit stables and check/sell saddles. When googling one particular equestrian centre to find their postcode, I found that they were using the same photo of my horse from the advert which I had purchased him from, as illustration on their website. They had no connection with my horse's previous owner and are hundreds of miles apart.

All 4 children born on 13th of the month

I have four children, all of them have been born on the 13th of the month. The first and third have the same birthday and the 2nd and 4th's birthdays are 6 months apart. My fourth child was born 16 days late - we always joke it was so he wouldn't feel left out - he had to be born on the 13th!

Fate or coincidence?

I was a contestant on Deal or No Deal back in 2005/2006. I am a modern languages teacher but at the time was taking a sabbatical and working as a bingo caller. To chose my boxes I decided to put 22 small balls in a bag and draw the balls out. I decided before hand that I wanted to leave boxes 22 and 5 to the end of the game,since they represent my birthday. Since those balls were already in the bag as I began to draw the numbers I left them in and just decided that WHEN they came out I would ignore them. When I got to the last two balls in the bag..they were..22 and 5.

Double Holiday Coincedence

Whilst on holiday in Mexico 2005, my husband and I became friends with a couple from Liverpool, we didnt stay in touch after the holiday ended, swap numbers or addresses as our hotel had to be evacuated due to Hurricane Emily and we didn't get a chance to get their details. The following year, my husband and I decided to take a last minute holiday to Salou in Spain.