Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Another country coincidence

Visited husband's family who lived in Buffalo, NY State, in October 1967. We travelled on the Greyhound bus to New York for a weekend stay to look round the big city, with my brother-in-law David and his wife Dot. We passed a NY policeman on the street, who was just standing there observing the people dashing here and there, and upon impulse I turned round and took a photo of him, showing him and quite a bit of the background.

Meeting people I know in odd places

I guess most people have run into old friends in out of the way places and it hasn't happened to me for a while, but I thought the following might be of interest. I’ve met people from my old class at Weavers Comprehensive School (in a little town called Wellingborough) whilst walking through Lavender Hill London and also whilst waiting at a taxi rank in Oxford. Big deal. Well I also spent ten days at a Buddhist retreat in Hereford with a vow of silence for eight of those days.

Chance meeting in South East Asia.

I was in Quezon City in the Philippines and on a quite Sunday evening standing at the house gate watching the world go by. A young Filipino couple not known to me stopped and asked me where I was from. I answered, from the UK. They said that they had a close school friend that now lived in London and perhaps I knew him. I replied that I lived in Leicester some 120 miles from London and that it was unlikely that I knew their friend, they looked so disappointed I said " but may be I do what is your friend's name?

Holidays

Many years ago my husband and I met a couple from North wales while we were on holiday in Minorca. A few years later we met them again while on holiday in Cephalonia. We met them a third time when we were holiday in Fuengirola, One holiday was in May, one in JUne and one in Sptember and we had had absolutely no contact with them between holidays. Each time we were stayong in the same hotel

Raandom appearance of someone being talked about

A group of colleagues and I were outside a west London pub during the summer and for no specific reason we began discussing which actor we felt was the best James Bond. One of the group suggested Timothy Dalton and within 5 minutes he walked into the pub past us... To say our jaws hit the floor was an understatement! By way of explanation it turned out that the pub used to be his regular when he was filming and whenever he revisits the area he tends to drop by. None of us knew that and none of us had seen him there previously.

Two chance meetings on the same day

I am a British national living in Japan. On the same day, both my wife and I had chance encounters with friends travelling outside their home countries. I was in a ramen bar in Shibuya, Tokyo, when my cousin from England walked in and, without realising I was there, sat down next to me. Although I knew he travels to Japan from time-to-time, I did not know he was in the country and had not contacted him recently. I eat in Shibuya perhaps once in a fortnight. He, perhaps a couple of times a year.

One Man, Two Women - Same Birthdays

My ex wife and I had the same birthday. I then divorced and met a new partner on a dating website without knowing anything about her including her birthday. It turned out to be the same as well. So one man, two women, same birthdays! In addition my new partner's mother went to school with my auntie!

Christmas present coincidence

It was Christmas 2001 and my sister lived in London and I lived in Tenby (south west Wales). She had done all her Christmas shopping in London and myself in Tenby. Lo and behold we'd bought eachother exactly the same top! Of all the clothes in all the shops in the world!!

Mrs Christine noakes

Hi, both my son & daughter who are 2 years apart in age, were given the same due date of the 31st of august 1993 & 1995 They were born in different hospitals but the midwives who delivered them were both called Rosalind, they were born @ 11.15 pm & 6.15 am & they are both left handed. my husband & I are right handed! Another coincidence we took our family on holiday to Australia 11 years ago my husband & I had both previously been to Australia in our 20's and shared a house with others our age.

Dr D Walker

We are on the top of Table mountain. Someone behind us says "Ann" my wife's name. For obvious reasons we ignore it. But "Ann" is repeated and we turn to see it is being uttered by our NEXT DOOR Neighbour from Pinner. Neither of us had the slightest idea that the other was going to South Africa. Beat that!! Dennis Walker

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