Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Mrs Virginia Heredia

My great, great grandfather arrived in the north of England from Transylvania, in the 1800s. He married an English girl in the parish of Stockton on Tees in 1848. Three years ago, my son married a girl from Stockton on Tees and last year their son was born and registered in the same parish

The piece of puzzle

Every year when our family meets for Christmas we get out a large wooden hand-cut puzzle of the British Isles. This puzzle is probably 60 years old, about 3' x 5' and contains many hundreds of pieces. It is completed by anyone with a spare hour or so over the days that we are together. This last Christmas we discovered a few shreds of wood on the floor of the kitchen - a sign that my sister's dog had found a dropped piece on the floor and eaten it. This was sad as up until then, the puzzle had been complete.

day trip to London

A few years ago ,with a friend, I planned a day trip to London. The day trip was organised by my union. I booked 2 tickets by coach planning to spend some time in Tate Modern and site seeing. My daughter, who was at home that weekend, then informed me she was intending to spend that weekend in London visiting friends and would leave on Saturday morning returning Sunday evening. The coach left Cardiff early Saturday morning and my friend and I settled down for a pleasant day out in London. On the way we stopped at a service station for coffee.

Birthday coincidence

Richard S our ex next door neighbour shares his birthday with his daughter Helen. Not very remarkable? His date of birth is 29th February 1952 and Helen's birthday is 29th February 1980. I would love to know what the odds of that are.

Meeting in Turkey

About ten years ago I was on holiday on the South coast of Turkey with my partner. We made friends with a man who had a boat and went out a couple of times with him and out to restaurants a few times. After the holiday we had no further contact with him and seven years ago, my partner died. Four years ago, I went on holiday with my sister and brother-in-law, to Turkey, about 200 miles from the place I had been before. In a restaurant, I recognised the man my partner and I had met six years earlier. He recognised me.

wrong identity

Approx. 24 years ago while leaving my doctors surgery at the back of our local shops I saw my youngest daughter ( about 14 yrs old ) emerge from the back entrance of the small supermarket with another female person who I did not recognize. As my daughter should have been in school I started to approach her & find out why she was not there. My daughter is quite unmistakable with red curly hair & not tall for her age.

birthday coincidence

My three childrens birthdates are: 6 July, 7August&8September----6/7 7/8 8/9.Not all in the same year obviously. Geoff

Similar logos

My name is Geoff. I went to Arnold High School in Nottingham in the 1960s. The school badge was a spread eagle. After I left school I got a job with Barclays Bank and worked for them for 38 years. Their logo was - and still is - the spread eagle.

Miss Amy Robinson

Hi I have had several instances where I bump into other people wearing the same clothes as me, so much so that I now alter my clothes to make then different and am very tempted to start making my own, so that way no-one will have the same top/coat/trousers/dress as me!

a common friend and relation

I found I was teaching the nephew of a couple who are friends of mine. This may not seem much of a coincidence but the school is 2 miles from me, about 15 miles from the aunt and uncle (who are our friends) and about 6 miles from where the boy's parents actually live. Secondly, the teaching assistant in the class I was in turned out to be a long standing friend ( of 20 years) of a lady who is a teacher assistant at my previous school and whom I have known for 16 years and also taught her daughter for 2 years running!