Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Identical Christmas cards

My sister and I sent Christmas cards to our parents last month. Although we live over 100 miles apart, not only did we send identical cards to them from ourselves and our husbands but we also sent them identical cards from our children as well. We frequently buy similar cards for them but have never managed to get ones that are completely the same.

Holiday with a friend :)

Coincidences happen to me all the time. For example my dad gave me a dvd to watch which I had never heard of but I didn't watch and sent it back to his film rental place, the next day when I went to the gym it was on the screen, it was being shown on tv. But probably the most strange coincidence is a couple of years ago, I booked a holiday to go to Canada with my then partner who lived near London. I live up North so agreed to fly from Gatwick.

Dartmouth lady

My daughter was 3 years old and her father and I took her to the zoo wile holidaying in Darthmouth, we sat facing a lady with a child who wore a helmet, even got half a photo of her on the same small train ride. We never spoke. The next day we drove the whole other side of the country and I went to the park, the same lady came on the park and sat next to me, I told her we shared the train ride at the zoo the previous day, we chatted and she told me she was a nurse, we talked about her child, she had four, and the one with the helmet had epilepsey and special needs, I asked her lots of quest

THAT blue sequin top

in 1998 my Husband and our friends travelled to Florida and joined a week - long cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. There were many Americans on board and on the night of the Captains Dinner we were in a queue to have our photograph taken with him before entering the Restaurant for the 2nd sitting. To my horror there was a lady wearing the exact same peacock blue sequinned top that I was wearing. I had purchased mine from a Dress Agency in Northampton the previous week and the label read "exclusive design by ...

Dad's death.

Went to brussels for a few nights at Christmas. somehow managed to get the only eurostar back to london for a few days after snow meant they were cancelled. Managed to get back home to sheffield. Left the house for a days shopping on the 27th waving goodbye to my dad who was recovering from a cold. 5:10 pm on the way back from shopping 2 options: 1) go out for dinner or 2) get takeaway dinner with friend thus arriving home at approx 5:20. Chose to go out for dinner, passing my house on the way. 10 mins past my house, stopped off at shop ont he way for dinner.

Birthday co-incidence

Half-listened to the interview on Radio 4 on Saturday, the co-indence that I have is that my brother, eldest and youngest sisters all have the same birthday, coincidentally this week, 20th January.

The influence of Number 13

I was on 13 April to parents who were born on 26 (2x13) Feb and 13 July. I was asked to a Ball by my future husband as a first date - the ball was on 13 May. We were engaged on 26 june ~ 26 months later and married on 26 July~39 months later. There are many other coincidences but we moved house and initially our offer on teh existing house (no 13) was tuned down but then accepted on 26 Sept, Mortgage odff 13 Oct and the price and the mortgage were altered with no influence from us and were divisible by 13. Both our children have lived in No 13 houses/flats.

I Met Barry after 40 years

I went to school in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and my best friend was another boy in the same year called Barry. After we left school in 1969 we went our separate ways. I married and had two sons. My wife, myself and our two sons left South Africa in 1992 and returned to the UK. One son never settled in Europe and returned to South Africa soon afterwards. He lived in Johannesburg for many years, married and had a son of his own. We visited them approximately every two years. Then he and his wife decided to leave Johannesburg and move to Cape Town.

Coincidences within coincidences!

In the late 1970s my friend and I went to London from the Wirral for a day out. We were in a shop on Portobello Road when I was approached by a young woman of similar age who had spotted the fish [Ichthus] symbol on the lapel of my coat. She asked me if I was a Christian and I replied that I was. She too was a Christian and had just set up a cafe near the V&A. Our conversation revealed that she had the same name (Amanda) and it transpired that she had lived as a baby in the same road (and village, obviously) as I lived.

Shared birth dates

My brother was born 7 March 1938 My daughter was born 7 March 1973 My daughter-in-law was born 7 March 1970