Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Husband's Lover

Three years ago my husband left me for another woman. He was a self employed saddler. When later clearing out the garage I came across an old telephone notepad, it was over ten years old. On the page it was open was a message from the woman who would become his lover many years in the future.

birthday coincidence

My friend Nancy from school has 2 nephews from the same sister who are born 14 years apart with the same birthday (15th January). Jamie celebrates his 18th birthday today and his younger brother is 4years old. Happy Birthday boys!!

birth coincidence

My second child was born on June 14th 1972 - my third child was born on June 14th 1973. The coincidences were they were identical birth weights and............the same nurse was in attendance despite the first one being born in Germany and the next one in Northern Ireland!!!!!

P.O.Box 115 Rochester

In l966, newly returned from living in Tanzania, I ordered a wig (very fashionable at the time). it didn't fit, so I jumped in the car, drove from West Kingsdown to Rochester, looking for P.O.Box 115!! Yes, I know, stupid, but ignorant was my middle name! I arrived in Rochester at a T-junction with a huge dark brick wall facing, no signs of any description to be seen, and decided to turn right. Between the first two buildings was a large entrance with a man standing on the pavement.

Long time, no see.

I was waiting for my flow light to let me turn left when, looking at the oncoming traffic turning right, I saw my friends dad ( Papa Smurf as we called him ). I was just thinking, whilst waving, that I hadn't seen him for around 15 yrs when I realised, as he passed in front of me, that it wasn't him. My green light came on, I turned left and after travelling about 50 yrds a car coming towards me was been driven by, you guessed it, Papa Smurf ( my friends dad, not the real Papa Smurf ). Amazing!!

Borthday and weight

My daughter Holly (now 17) was born on 7th November and weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces.


Regarding the article in the Mail on Sunday, 15 Jan. 12. I would like to tell you about the following two examples of coincidence that I have experienced. Returning home from work one Thursday- evening in the mid-eighties, I left the A1 to enter my village. Parked on the slip road was an old Cortina towing an even older caravan decorated in a lurid lime green colour. That weekend, about 70 miles away, I was walking along a remote country lane in Norfolk. Parked on the verge was the same car and caravan.


got a second game the other day from asdas "dante's inferno" took it home turned on me ps3 and to my surprize see one of me mates playing its a old game and was not expecting that.

Ms Bronwen P C

In 1980 at the age of 20, I sent in photographs of myself to Vogue magazine for a competition they were running...'To Find A New British Face'. I had already attempted modeling in London, but had returned to Wales for a period of 9 months, after which the plan was to return to study the hisory of art at 'The New Academy For Art Sudies' based in Chelsea. As luck would have it, I was one of ten finalists in the model competition, along with another young woman called Anita A. In the September of that same year I started my history of art course with approx.

Mr R W-S

Traveling to Hong Kong with my daughter I pointed out to her that her initials H K were apt - then when we were sat on the flight we noticed that we were in seats H and K but incredibly after our first dinner that evening in Hong Kong we came out of the restaurant and Helen said to me " can you believe this Dad" pointing to the steel grate casings in the pavement - they were simply stamped in raised lettering HK WS (her full initials) - Hong Kong Water System !