Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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


My parents were visiting from Spain where they have lived for the past 6 years. They bumped into an old neighbour, who when chatting discovered they were both on the same cruise over Christmas., On the cruise they were chatting and got onto the subject of boxing. My father said that his granddaughter did boxing, the neighbour said how funny as she'd just given a cheque to a local boxing club for funding from the royal variety club of Great Britain , to a Carl Barton, that is my son in law said my dad!!

Familiar Cottage

In the late 60s when I was a young teacher I travelled by bus every Saturday morning to Wath -on -Dearne where there was a music centre. Part of the journey was on the Dewsbury to Barnsley road.The road was one I hadn't travelled along before. I enjoyed looking out at the countryside. Along the route I passed a pair of cottages which were adjoined and set at right angles to the road. I always looked at one of them in particular which had an apple tree in in front of it.

Date of birth

My dad Jack, his date of birth is exactly the same (when written numerically) as the year he is born 1935. He was born the 1st day of the 9th month (september) in the year 35 = (1935).

Related ancestors

1) I have been researching my family tree and realised a name which came up on my tree was the maiden name of someone in my department at work (we had been discussing maiden names one day). I thought no more about it but then, out of curiosity, asked my friend if any of her family came from Somerset and she, after confirming with an uncle, was able to say that yes, they did. After a bit of research, it turned out that my 5 times great aunt by marriage and her 4 times great aunt by marriage were sisters!!


On the 9th January 2006, I was in labour with my third child at the Women's Hospital in Liverpool. In the delivery suite we had the TV on in the background and were watching some teatime television. On the popular letters game in the show Countdown, one of the words that came up was the word bilobal - having two lobes. My son Zak was born that evening with a double lobed right ear!

same person

In August 1977 I went to Tenerife on holiday with a couple of friends. We met 3 French lads, one of whom had already paired up with a German girl called Elke. 2 of us paired up with the remaining 2 French boys and the 6 of us spent much of the holiday together. After the holiday there was no further contact with any of the others. The following year, I went on holiday to Majorca, in October. At the hotel, I got into the lift and there were already 2 girls in it. One of them was Elke! So, a different year, a different country, we were at the same hotel, in the same lift.

Several coincidences of meeting people.

My husband and I were visiting New Zealand, driving ourselves and using motels. One morning, we were watching the boiling mud at one of the thermal areas on the North Island, when another car pulled in to the small car park and a couple came across to where we were standing. As usual, we fell in to conversation. They too were English, and it turned out that they used to live in the small village where we live now, but they had moved north several years ago.

Siblings birthdays coincidence

I have 2 brothers & a sister & we all have the same birthday, Sept 7th. I was born in 1966, my brother James was born in 1968 & then the twins, Victoria & Thomas were born in 1972. 4 Virgos in the same house, thankfully we don't conform to type!

unexpected encounter

My coincidence happened on one of our trips to Australia. As we were flying from Heathrow I found myself sitting next to a young girl of about 18 who was going for a gap year. She was rather anxious about the experience and I talked to her for some time trying to reassure her that all would be well and she would enjoy herself. We parted company in Singapore (I think) and she flew on to Sydney whilst we flew to Perth. We stayed with friends for 2 weeks then visited Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane.

Near Neighbours.

I was walking along a beach with a workmate, walking across the beach gave us access to the forest that we were both working in. We started talking about coincidences, he told me that a local chap who was a diver and sailor was working in the Caribbean recently, sailing a boat around.