Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Holiday coincidence

My friend and I (both born on 20/01/1952 coincidentally) went on holiday to Skiathos May 2011. It was the first week of the summer season and the weather wasnt great. One evening we decided to go to the taverna we went to the night previously because it was a short walk and the weather was awful. The owner recognised us from the previous night and as the taverna was full asked us if we minded sharing a table with a woman on her own if it was ok with her. She agreed so we sat with her. anyway like you do we exchanged pleasantries.

Old School Friend Same date of birth

Some 40 years after I had left school (around 1998), I was on holiday in Bournemouth and whilst in the lounge there got into conversation with several couples. We were saying where our home towns were. One lady from a couple said that they now lived in Nottingham but used to live in Alrewas - a small village near Lichfield but didn't expect anyone would have heard of it. I remarked that I had gone to school in Lichfield with a girl who lived in Alrewas. I said her father had kept the postoffice there.

Seeing the same person at 4 different locations within 1 hour

I was once in the London Underground in mid winter and a girl caught my attention because she was only wearing a vest in the freezing weather. Once outside, I again saw her ahead of me crossing the road. A few minutes later I arrived at my destination only to see her press the buzzer to gain access to the building. I let the door close behind her and pressed the buzzer in turn. I went up the stairs and went towards my client's office. The girl was sitting at a desk in the open plan area!

I don,t belive it.

In 2009 my husband and I went on a coach tour of the east coast of America and citys of Canada. On the tour we met many people from all over the world, one couple we met were Barry and Margaret from Queensland Australia and we became quite friendly as we seemed to share the same sence of humour. Another couple whose names escape me , they were from New Zealand and they became the most avoidable people on the tour for reasons I won't go into.

same problem, same school

In 1995 my youngest son was born with a birth defect called TOF (Tracheo Oesophageal Fistula) which affects 1 child in about 3000-4000 births. For my local hospital this would equate to about 2 in a year. Imagine my surprise when he first went to infant school and a little girl in his class had exactly the same problem. She was born in the same hospital during the same school intake year. I found it amazing that they had both ended up in the same school let alone the same class.

Phone coindence

My sister and I phoned each other at the same time. We both heard two ring tones. We both explained 'Oh - what's that?' We both laughed and went on to explain that I phoned her/she phoned me.

Our Parents Married Day

Both my parents and my wife's parents were married on the same day, and I don't just mean the same date - it was exactly the same day. Although one set of parents were married in the morning and the other in the afternoon.

Huw Edwards

My wife and I, whilst in Sydney, Australia a few years ago, decided to visit The Barrier Reef. I managed to get flights to Cairns. Being Welsh and naturally a romantic, I tried to book a passage to an Inner reef on a sailing boat and sail back romantically in the moonlight! Unfortunately, they were booked up so we had to travel on a motorized catamaran. We decided to go snorkelling and as it was very hot I suggested that my wife wore a golf shirt of mine for protection. I obtained the snorkelling gear and went back to fit it all on. We then walked to the platform to enter the water.

Chance meeting

A friend from Santa Barbara was having dinner with friends in London they mentioned that they were off to New York on a Hoover free flight. He told them that we were also doing that trip and they should ring us. As we had never met only heard about each other through mutual friends they decided not to contact us. Weeks later while seeing the N.Y. sites we noticed a film set outside the Plaza Hotel we stopped to look, being curious we asked the people in front what was being filmed.

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.