Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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


Newly arrived to live in Tanzania in the l960's, I was invited to a party way way out in the back of beyond in a small township called Mbeya, 600 miles from anywhere. I wore a most distinctive dress I had bought in Brighton (my home town) in a tiny boutique. Imagine my surprise when another girl arrived in exactly the same dress, which she had bought in South Africa. "Great taste in fashion" we both decided! A coincidence when neither of us had bought the dress from a large retailer such as M & S or Debenhams. P.S It was a jolly good party!

mrs w

During backpacking around europe the last place I visited was Paris. Whilst in Paris I went on the Eiffel tower to the top floor to walk straight into my younger cousin Sarah who was on her school trip to france. Neither of us had any idea that we were in the same country let alone in Paris. Not only that but we share the same birthday 27th of Febuary. Sarah was born on my 9th birthday. When we meet there we phoned our family straight away and no one could believe we were there at the same time. What are the odd's of that.

Same birthday card.

My son's birthday is on the 1st January and I didn't want him to be disappointed on his third birthday if his Nana's card failed to arrive. She lived in Devon and we lived in Lancashire. I bought a spare card to give to him just in case the slow post Christmas post failed to deliver. Nana's card didn't arrive in time but when it did, it was an identical card to the one that I'd chosen for him.

The Code of Coincidence

Dear Dr Spiegelhalter - not a 'coincidence' story, but a short story about coincidence that may provide some light relief from your labours! The Code of Coincidence "There are three elements that impose themselves on the affairs of men," said Charlie, putting his beer on the table and wiping his mouth with the back of his hand, "The first is Chaos. Mother Nature at her most weirdest and wildest with no rhyme or reason for all the irregularities of events.

Forgetting "amnesia"

I am a writer, and one day was working while on a train. I simply could not remember a word I needed to use, although I could knew exactly what the word meant. After struggling for a couple of minutes, I looked down, and there was a scrap of paper on the floor with that very word written on it. The word, ironically, was "amnesia".

Daniela Manutius Forster

There have been a series and sequence of coincidences for most of my life. As a matter of fact, these coincidences have been the navigation of my life experiences, from a very early age. Do you want a snippet of these coincidences or a documentation over the last four five decades ? Bit difficult, with just a few lines, as mine are a continual happening. Thank you. Look forward to hear from you!

Birthday coincidence

My name is Julia. My son, Matthew was born on Monday 11 September 2011 at Winchester Hospital at 21:45 as an emergency caesarean section by Dr England. The next day in the Maternity Ward corridor I spotted a close work colleague I had lost touch with for a few years. I was really shocked and even more so as Chris had given birth to a son on 11 September 2011, Alex, by emergency caesarean in the same operating room by Dr England directly after me. Also, my son, was born 2 weeks early (actual due date 24 September 2011) and Winchester was my chosen hospital.

amazing collisions

From 1960 to 1964 I was based at RAF Changi, Singapore. I played Rugby for the RAF and Joint Services. The best referee in Singapore was Neil Casey. Only snag, often when I broke from behind a scrum, Casey would get in my way and I'd collide with him. I left the RAF in '65 and emigrated to Canada. In 1969 I went with the Overseas Development Ministry team to Enugu, Nigeria during the :"Biafran" civil war. On a trip to Port Harcourt, I went into Levantis supermarket store for shopping. As I turned away from a counter, I collided with another shopper---who could it be ?

Strange telephone call/Chance meeting...

My partner and I were woken up by the telephone ringing in the early hours of a Monday morning in December 2011, it was 1.32am, I realised as I looked at my alarm clock. My first thoughts were about my parents, had something happened? My partner answered the phone and after a long pause, a man's voice on the line just said 'Sorry wrong number' and hung up. We looked at the call log and the number of the caller was unknown.

This was spooky

We live in greater Manchester. Recently we went to stockholme to join an American cruise ship touring the Baltic. On joining the ship we got in conversation with an English couple who live in Dorset. It turned out that many years ago they lived in the exact same house that we currently occupy! What are the chances of that?