Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Same couple three times!!!

On holiday in Castille, Spain from 13th to 25th October 2010 inclusive. Saturday 16th Salamanca - Met and talked to a Dutch couple whilst on the roof of the cathedral.

old love

In 1969 I met a boy and we went out very happily for a few years. We parted to go to separate universities. After uni we met up again and went out for a few more years, but it never really worked. In 1979 I met a person that I knew I would marry. When my old friend visited me a little while later I told him, and he just went away. In October 1982 my old friend had woken up in Bristol and decided that he would drive to Oxford to ask me to finally go to live with him. He arrived at my place of work in Oxford to be told that I was being married that afternoon. He left us in peace.

Continuing coincidences

As a young teenager my son fell in love with a girl a little younger than himself. He arranged for me to meet up with his mother as he was sure we would get along. We discovered that we were both the same age and were born on the same day. We both were on our second marriage and had each had two children, a girl first and then a boy, and both named our daughters Holly. Her name was Jane, which was my middle name and we were both stepmothers to children born to in the earlier marriages of our respective husbands. (and yes, we did get along very well).

Telephone Numbers

My Aunty Mary rang me up one day to tell me that she had just had a telephone installed. It was the first one that she had ever had and she was excited and was ringing round all her friends and relatives to tell them. I asked her to wait a moment while I fetched a pen and paper so that I could make a note of her number. She told me that there was no need for me to note the number since it was the same as mine. She lived in the Nottingham telephone area and I lived just over the border in Derby so we had different area codes. We did however have the same 7 digit land line number.

mrs w

During backpacking around europe the last place I visited was Paris. Whilst in Paris I went on the Eiffel tower to the top floor to walk straight into my younger cousin Sarah who was on her school trip to france. Neither of us had any idea that we were in the same country let alone in Paris. Not only that but we share the same birthday 27th of Febuary. Sarah was born on my 9th birthday. When we meet there we phoned our family straight away and no one could believe we were there at the same time. What are the odd's of that.

'telepathic' outburst

When I was a teenager and still living at home, I was watching the start of some kind of quiz show. The host was just about to introduce this male contestant when I had the urge to call out a name. So I said to my parents something like, "Brian Watson", just as the show's host said, "This evening ladies and gentleman we have with us Brian Watson..." I know I surprised myself, not to mention my parents, but we never discussed the amazing coincidence.

270,000 to one......

One day I was sitting at my dining room table trying to finish The Daily Telegraph Cryptic Crossword. My daughter and her partner were in the room. I needed to find a 6-letter word H-D--- and I reached for my Chambers Crossword Completer which contains over 270,000 words. I had almost found the H-D--- section when my daughter gave a loud, unexpected hiccup. I called her to the table with the words 'Look, I am not moving my finger. Come and see this'. You have guessed it of course. My finger was on the word Hiccup.

Relative round the corner

I was adopted as a 6 week old baby and grew up happily in a small town with my adoptive parents. I knew nothing of my "real" background and, as a child, really wasn't all that interested. At 18, I secured a place at Edinburgh University to study Biology . I suppose that approaching adult gave me more motivaion to find out a bit more about my birth mother so, in my third year, I made my way to Register House and obtained a copy of my full birth certificate which listed my mother's name and address at that time which was a tiny village on the far west coast of Scotland.

Same rare auto-immune disease

I shared a flat with my brother's friend in 1992 and we then relocated, each to a different part of London and lost touch with each other. In 2001 I became friends with my partner at the times girlfriend who turned out to be the first cousin of my former flatmate's girlfriend. In 2006 I was diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disease which affects one in a hundred thousand people, Dermatomyosistis, 3 years down the line he becomes ill with Polymyosistis. The only difference being the reactions in the skin that I get.

Livingstone I presume!

In my mid twenties I took a break between jobs to spend a month with friends of my family who were living in Zimbabwe. During my stay I set out on my own for Victoria Falls. After a couple of days there, and an overnight trip on the Zambezi, I'd got to know a few international backpackers. But I was still very surprised to hear someone calling my name on the main street in Vic Falls. So much so, I chose to ignore the woman's voice. When I'd heard my name called several times I turned to see a really good friend, whom I'd known from Infants School to Sixth Form.