Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

death/stopping of the clock!

My step father was in hospital, old and ill and not expected to live much longer. We went to see him in the evening and he saw and spoke to his daughter who had flown in from abroad to be with him. His only words to her were, "Now I've seen you I can go!" We left the hospital early evening and I asked the staff to contact me during the night should there be any changes. In the early hours of the morning I received a call. He had just died. I looked at the clock. It was 4.20am. Not wishing to disturb my mother or sister I went back to sleep.

the same birthdays.

Salomon Carlebach born 28.12.1845 His grandson Julius Carlebach born 28.12.1922 His grandson Nathaniel Carlebach born 28.12 1997 Julius Carlebach was my husband.

Nick Perrott

At one stage in my working life as a sales manager my team of managers 10. Four had been born on the same day as myself. To make it more "spooky", my birthdate is 25th December.

The number 8

As years have passed I am now retired, the number 8 still crops up frequently in my life. As a child we lived at a house with the number 80, round the corner lived my Nana at number 88. At that time it did.nt mean much until my parents moved to a house number 26. It was then that I started to add up any number I could think of that was relevant to us when I moved to house number 44! We owned three cars when I was young, Registration numbers were: HOL 989, SFH 611 and my mums car was KAB 44. All adding to 8 when added and reduced to a single number.

Past address on google maps

When referencing google maps the drop down window asks "would you like to use your current location" Don't allow. Allow. We pressed don't allow and therefore random global location appeared on the screen. Amazingly, the location showed a street in California which had been our home address 1967! What are the odds of this happening?

My Old Car

About 4-5 years ago my wife and I were on a Caribbean cruise. One evening at dinner on a table for 6 with 2 other couples who had all first met on the cruise, where dinner places are set at random, were discussing hobbies. When the conversation got round to me I said that I used to restore vintage cars. In reply to a query 'what cars' I said that the first car I restored was an old French car and I doubted that they would have heard of the name - 'It was a Delage'.

Cricketing Acquaintance

In 2004, I was on holiday in kephalonia (greek island), and I was sat reading a book Michael Atherton's Autobiography (England Cricket captain), I noticed across the other side of the pool another man reading the same book, an hour or so later I wondered across to buy a drink and on the way I stopped to talk to this chap, I asked him what he thought of the book, we had a chat for 5 minutes, as I was about to leave, i said that I noticed he had a strong lancashire accent and asked what part of the county he came from, he said Bury, I said that I used to live in Bolton 30 years ago and I pl


I was adopted and met my birth mother and father who a few years after my birth went on to marry and have a family together. I was in my 30s when I met them.

Watch that name.

I was sitting in a pub, enjoying a pint, when a total stranger stopped and stared down at me. I enquired what was wrong he said 'is that a Breitling Old Navitimer watch you are wearing' I replied 'yes', on that he rolled up his sleeve to reveal the same watch. I said 'that I collected watches' and he said the same. I informed him of several other watches I had and he replied he had them as well. Finally, I said by the way 'my name is John Davies' and he replied 'my name is John Davies'.

Psychic Phone Call to Mum Coincidence??

Around 5 years ago my husband, Steve, randomly decided to phone his mum Joan, for a catch-up chat. He picked up the receiver and was about to start dialing, only to discover his mum was already on the line. Turns out she'd had the same idea at exactly the same time. She told us that she had dialed our number which had connected, but hadn't yet started to ring.