Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

address coincidence

A colleague and myself were chatting one day a few years a go, about where we first started work. We now work in Somerset, but discovered that back in 1987 we were both living in East Croydon and used to go to the same pub, The Cartoon.

Strange words coinciding

Recently more and more I have noticed that as I have been writing, reading or saying words they have simultaneously cropped up . Just the other evening I was looking at my bookcase and got the notion to pull out an old red book. It was a copy of Black Beauty I was given as a little girl, nearly 50 years ago. As I started to read the first paragraph I read"water-lilies" and a split second after that I heard the narrator on a tv nature show saying "water-lilies"

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.

Horror story.

During my teens I experienced a couple of nervous breakdowns which involved me seeing psychiatrists. My first one was Dr.Franks, when I lived up north in Blackburn in 1991. Imagine how terrifying, during my second major period of (already heightened anxiety & paranoia) when I met my new psychiatrist in South East London later that year & discovered he was Dr Stein!

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 !


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.


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.

Borthday and weight

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

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!!

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.