Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Child birthdays

I escaped a difficult relationship a few years ago, and went on to meet a lovely man. I then heard up the grapevine that my ex's new girlfriend had had his child - born on my birthday. 18 months later I went into labour, and my daughter was born on my ex's birthday.

House purchase

I belonged the Hull Cine Society many years ago. At one meeting, I got into conversation with a member sat next to me and happened to say that I was selling my house in Hull, and moving out of the City. He said he was as well I said I was moving to Cottingham. He said he was as well. I said it was a new house just being built. He said his was as well. I said the house was in Spencer Close. He said his house was as well. I said it was to be number 14. He said his was to be number 12. I finished up buying one side of the semi, and he bought the other.

Direct debit coincidence

In the mid '90's I worked for an employment agency in the post room of the Alliance & Leicester headquarters, at that time situated in Oadby, just south of Leicester. I was one of the few who would go in around 6.30-7.00 to sort out the incoming post and then make a start on the inevitable stack of outgoing mail to be sorted for the internal mailbags going out to the branches. This particular morning there were 5-6 crates of outgoing mail to be sorted; this consisted of statements, letters, direct debit mandates and the like, that were going to the customers' relevant

Golden Threads

My sister and I were embroidering a tablecloth for our parents' Golden Wedding Anniversary. On it we had dates of marriage, birth of children and grandchildren, education, interests, holidays, family jokes etc. In one of the squares, I randomly chose a colour of thread and embroidered a shoe and then the number of the shop that my grandfather had - 322. It was not until I put the thread away that I saw that the DMC thread number was... 322. All my threads are wound onto bobbins and the way that they are stored makes it impossible to see the number.

Universe trying to tell me something?

About two months before I was booked on a holiday last summer, an exercise machine I used on a daily basis broke. About a week later my car broke down. Then my desktop computer refused to perform and had to be replaced. Driving my father's car while my own was being repaired, I got a puncture. A few days later, I got my own car back... and got a puncture. I'm on the phone to my father lamenting that everything I owned was breaking, went into the bathroom and discovered the toilet seat had broken. Shorly after that, my landline broke and my mobile had to be replaced.

Mrs. F. V

Several years ago we flew to Australia with a stop over in Japan. The hotel we stayed in, in Kyoto had no. 326, our next hotel in Cairns had the no. 3246. Our next stop was in Melbourne and we stayed for a few nights in The Great Ocean Road area. Pur room no. was 4 the house was no. 4 and we hired a car which only had the No. 4. Someone suggested that we entered the lottery with these numbers, which we did. The numbers which came up were 2 3 4 32 39 and the star no. 44. I did actutally get 3 nos. together and received only 10\$ Australian.

birthday coincidence

Having purchased a small hotel in Morecambe in 1990 we needed to employ staff. The first recruit, for a post waiting on table, was a young lady who came with her mother for interview. She was just right for the job and it was offered to her. When taking personal details, it turned out that she had the same birthdate as myself, 1st April ! Later a second interview was carried out for an older person to assist with housekeeping duties and to help in the kitchen.

double coincidence

As children we lived in Hertfordshire. In due course my sister, Margaret, six years older than me, went to Teacher Training College in Liverpool, where her best friend and digs-mate was Hazel, whose family lived in Cheshire. My brother, ten years older than me, worked abroad for many years, but eventually returned and moved to Elston, a village near Newark in Nottinghamshire. Imagine Margaret's surprise on hearing this: 'That's where Hazel lives!' Meanwhile, I had moved to Dorset, where I met and married my boss.

Same couple three times!!!

On holiday in Castille, Spain from 13th to 25th October 2010 inclusive. Saturday 16th Salamanca - Met and talked to a Dutch couple whilst on the roof of the cathedral.

old love

In 1969 I met a boy and we went out very happily for a few years. We parted to go to separate universities. After uni we met up again and went out for a few more years, but it never really worked. In 1979 I met a person that I knew I would marry. When my old friend visited me a little while later I told him, and he just went away. In October 1982 my old friend had woken up in Bristol and decided that he would drive to Oxford to ask me to finally go to live with him. He arrived at my place of work in Oxford to be told that I was being married that afternoon. He left us in peace.