Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Mrs Sheila Allen

1. My younger sister was born on the same date 1.8 as myself but is 7 years younger. 2. My mother and mother in law were born on the same day - 25.5.1916. They are both called Doris - one Doris Mary and one Doris May. We only found the fact out that they were the same age when they were celebrating their 80th birthdays. 3. My father and father in law both have birthdays in Dec - one on the 6th and one the 13th. 4. My father in law died in my father's birthday. 5. My older brother was born on the actual day 27.7.1940 when my in laws got married. 6.

holiday meeting

About 12 years ago, my aunt and i visited relations in New Hampshire America , the only time i had visited, we were invited to a cousins graduation in Boston. Whilst there we did some sightseeing and stopped to talk to a policeman on horseback. Another tourist tapped me on the shoulder and said "excuse me i hear from your accent you are Welsh, which part of the country do you come from ?. I said South Wales a town which you probably don,t know .

Mrs (Gillian Beaumont)

Out of the blue, my husband started to talk about our longstanding wish to visit California, and I replied that since we hadn't got around to it in 40 years we were unlikely ever to do so. I then powered up my computer, only to find an e-mail from a holiday company with which we'd previously travelled, advertising an interesting trip there at a reasonable price. Readers, we booked and are off in May!

R Duffy

This is the coincidence of a friend: Between April 1985 and 1986, an Irish friend of mine, living in Manchester (had been there for over 10 years) had a year off to work and travel - along with her sister - in Australia. For the first 6 months they worked - in either Sydney or Melbourne - I can check - then for the final 6 months they travelled extensively throughout the continent, hitchhiking mostly, but also taking other means of transport. One Friday afternoon they were dropped off by a lorry driver at some small town in the Outback - in a really out of the way place - near Darwin (but no

Workplace Family Tree Discovery

I work as a civil servant. A couple of years ago I joined a new department and bumped into another chap (Tim) who shares my surname. We chatted for a while and it came out that we are both interested in family history and had started compiling our respective trees. His family was from south west Devon and mine from north west Devon. Its took a few months searching and travelling around before it became apparent that we have an ancestor in common who was born in NW Devon in 1710. We are 7th cousins; not once, twice or thrice removed, just exact 7th cousins.


In 1987 my wife and I purchased a small property in a very Spanish village - Guardamar del Segura - from an English couple who introduced us to some English ex-pat friends living about 7 kilometres away in Torrevieja. Around about 1995 my wife called me from the garden telling me that my cousin's husband was on the telephone. As, sadly, we did not have regular contact apart from Christmas cards I suspected the worst and told him so. He told me not to worry, he was only ringing to tell me he had been to our Spanish property though we had never told them of the purchase.

the menu in An Amazing Meeting

Some years ago my wife and I were returning from a holiday on the Isle of Wight. We caught an earlier ferry than the one that had been prebooked, and on the return journey to Cheshire, we stopped at a public house for a quick meal. However, the menu available was not to our liking so we left immediately to find another place to eat.


To help remember credit card PIN numbers, I used to make a dummy entry in my filofax, like, e.g., Norman West or Barclay Plastics. I would enter a fake phone number, say 0207 314 7654, the last four digits being the PIN number. To make the entry look more authentic, I would also enter another random number for FAX. When I upgraded my Barclaycard, I was allocated a new PIN number. I went to the entry in my filofax to amend the phone number, only to find that my new PIN was precisely the fax number I had invented some years before !!

Words and numbers coincidences.

I should add to my earlier comment about the instantaneous repetition of numbers that these have ranged from single digits to eight.


I live in Leicestershire and went on holiday with a friend after cancer treatment to Llandudno. My hair was just growing back so I thought I won't wear a wig now as no one one here will know me At the hotel after our evening meal, I sat in the conservatory with my back to the conservatory door when a lady approached me and asked me if I had a sister called Susan? I was shocked. Yes, as a twin, I was use to people thinking I was my sister but in Wales and looking so very different, I couldn't believe it!