Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Birthday coincidence

My mother gave birth to my eldest sister on 13 April 1949; she gave birth to my second sister on 13 April 1951; she gave birth to my brother on 13 April 1953. I was born two years later on 15 April 1955. My mother had no other children, so all four of her children were born in mid-April, three on the same day. My sister gave birth to my mother's only grandchild on 14 April 1983. There are several other contiguous date coincidences in our family including the fact that my father died on 27 March 1955 and my mother died on 25 March 2006 at 11 pm.

birthday coincidence

My brother and I are exactly four years apart - both born on the same day. Both were natural births, within a few days of the relevant due dates. There are no other children.

Airport Meeting

In March 2007 I went on my first skiing holiday with my husband and son. We stayed in a catered chalet in Meribel. Amongst the guests was an airline pilot in his late 50's who was holidaying on his own. We chatted over dinner a few times and said goodbye at the end of the week. Two years later, in December 2009, my husband, son and myself were with friends on a skiing holiday in Valmorel in France. We had flown into Chambery and enjoyed a week's holiday on the slopes.

Coincidences related to my sister (half-sister actually)

My name is Maggie. Several years ago, I spoke to my sister (well, technically half-sister) on the phone and said I was retiring from my job. She said she was too. Next time we talked on the phone, I told her I retired on June 2, 2006 -- she said, you are kidding! I retired on that very same day! This with no discussion between us about plans or dates we were thinking about, or anything. I found that very coincidental. Another strange chain of events related to my half sister occurred when we met (we didn't meet until we were adults).

Sibling Birthdays

I'm the eldest daughter of six children (5 girls, 1 boy). My dob is 1/11/57 (natural birth). One of my sister's dob is 1/11/58 (no2 in family - natural birth) and another sister's dob is 2/11/68 (no5 in family - Caesarian Section).


My maternal grandparents names were Mary (Roman Catholic) and Andrew (non-Catholic). I was given Mary as a middle name in 1957 (a very Catholic name). I've had 3 long term relationships over the course of my life with men who all have the middle name - Andrew. The age difference between the 3 men ranges across 11 years. All 3 were brought up with different religions - Catholic, Church of Scotland, Jewish, I was brought up Catholic where being named after a saint is important. And my one brother has two middle names, one of which is also Andrew.

crossing paths & fate

When talking to my late husband about our pasts, we discovered that: At the end of the 1960s I had worked in Kampala, in a building which had previously been the old British HIgh Commission. I showed my husband a picture of me sitting in a room which he said had been his office some years earlier, before the High Commission moved to a new building. In the early 1970s I left Uganda and worked in the British Embassy in another country to which at that time he had also been appointed, but this posting was cancelled, so we did not meet.

Lime Cordial

One day I had a craving for lime cordial which I had not tasted since I was a child so I bought some. Later that day my boyfriend phoned me from his work and commented that he had drunk some lime cordial,which his colleague had offered him, and he had not tasted it since he was a child!

Births Deaths & Marriages

My sister's youngest child, a daughter and my eldest child, also a daughter were born on exactly the same day. My father was born on New Years day, my sister on St Patrick's day and my youngest daughter on St George's day.

old friend

I had lost touch with a friend I trained with in '69, She was in the Channel islands I was in Hampshire. (we trained in London) Seven years later I got on a crowded train at Winchester with my small daughter, there were not a lot of seats & I searched for someone who looked as if they wouldn't mind a small child next to them-I saw a lady who I thought looked kind & sat next to her. It was my lost friend of seven years earlier, we have stayed in touch ever since. Meg