Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Coincidence of names

In 2000, I moved 160 miles from my home town and now work in a larger town where a woman working in the Post Office has the same name as mine. This may not sound unusual but our name is 'Moira' which is fairly unusual. On visiting the Post Office one day, to post a package to my daughter, the Post Office Moira noticed that my daughter lives in Ascot - which is where her daughter also lives. Within a few sentences, we discovered that our daughters are both named Sarah Louise, both are 40 years of age within a few months of each other - and both are married to Jonathans.

Birthdays in June

My birthday is 17th June; my father's birthday is 14th June; my eldest daughter was born on 18th June; my youngest daughter was born on 14th June; my husband was born on 15th June; and my nephew was born on 16th June (in Australia!). What are the chances?

Meeting while Driving

My brother was driving from Idaho to Portland Oregon (350miles, 6.5 hrs) on the same day I was going to be driving from Roseburg Oregon to Idaho (540 miles , 9 hrs-to our parent's place). The day before I jokingly quipped "Meet you at Starbuck's", roughly at the halfway point for him. We did not mention when we would be leaving our respective places and had no real intention of meeting. I ended up making some odd choices of where to get gas, etc. from where I would normally stop.

Travelled miles away, found a local author.

We used to live in Hythe, Kent, on the site of a one time small arms training school. The site closed in the 1960's & was redeveloped. My wife's parents lived in Nova Scotia, Canada. We went out there for a visit in the early 1990's. On our first outing we visited a tourist attraction, I spotted a bookstall & went to have a look. The very first book that I picked up was entitled Hangman's Beach. That looks like it might be a good read, I thought. Turned it over to look at the back for plot/author info, to read that the author was born in Hythe, Kent.


My whole life has been determined by significant coincidences ( I like to think that it is some kind of energy convergence). Each significant coincidence is always preceded by a significant event either in my personal or business life. I am open minded about all this stuff but do look out for these things now whenever I am involved in decisions. It almost sounds as though I am superstitious but I am not. Things just happen.


Many years ago I was going to my Divorce hearing in Birmingham with my friend.Neither of us had any idea where the court was where the hearing was taking place. As we stepped off the train we saw this gentleman and asked him if he knew. he gave us directions and went on his own way. Imagine my surprise, when in court later, the Judge was the same gentleman that had directed us.

Wedding Cheat

My friend's ex partner Neil had got back in touch with her and they re-started their relationship albeit secretly as he was still living with the woman he had left my friend for. He was supposed to be marrying this new woman. I never trusted him and did not think for a moment he would leave his new girlfriend for my friend..he was just stringing her along. My friend was convinced his intentions were good. One Friday she phoned to say the two of them had booked a hotel for that night and that he was set to leave his girlfriend and return home.

Same Birthday

I am one of 3 children (all boys) all born on July 8th, my Brothers Robert born 8.7.1939, Anthony 8.7.1943 and myself David 8.7.1947. I read in the Mail on Sunday that 2 people with the same birthday is 1 in 35000 so would like to know what our chance was. I have not heard of any living or dead family having 3 children all born on the same date.


I recently changed jobs and am still a little unused to the starting times, which are different most days. Last Thursday I unaccountably strolled in a whole hour early, to be told 'Thank GOODNESS you're here! We need you right away!' I just looked smug.

mr elliott stanley

Upon meeting my wife I discovered that her sisters husband had the same birthday as me(October 7th).As if that were not a big enough coincidence we then realised that his father shares the same birthday as my dad(July 12th).