Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Livingstone I presume!

In my mid twenties I took a break between jobs to spend a month with friends of my family who were living in Zimbabwe. During my stay I set out on my own for Victoria Falls. After a couple of days there, and an overnight trip on the Zambezi, I'd got to know a few international backpackers. But I was still very surprised to hear someone calling my name on the main street in Vic Falls. So much so, I chose to ignore the woman's voice. When I'd heard my name called several times I turned to see a really good friend, whom I'd known from Infants School to Sixth Form.

Birthdates

I had never met anyone with the same birthday as myself until about twelve years ago when I was involved with a group of people who were trying to save a local landmark building (Hill Paul in Stroud, Gloucestershire) from demolition. On the Committee of the Hill Paul Regeneration Group, in order to set up a bank account or something official, we had to give our dates of birth and the chairman asked why I had given his birth date as mine! After all these years (I was in my 50s at the time) I had found a twin! Not only the same birthday but the same year, 29th January 1944!

A tangled web.

My ex wife had a habit of writing down poems and song lyrics on odd bits of paper. Some years after we parted, it must have been the early nineties as I got rid of the television around that time. The television was on and I think Blue Peter was showing whilst I waited for the evening news. I decided to clear out a cupboard and I came a cross a folded piece of green paper with some writing in her hand. I unfolded the paper and started reading what she had written: "Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive!" At that exact moment the same words were spo

Jane S

I am 76 years old and have lived in this area all my life. Last summer a young couple (25-30ish) moved in next door to me (a 100 year old farm cottage). On getting to know them we discovered that he had been brought up in the street adjoining the street I was brought up in, and most probably played in my mother's garden when he was small as she was a magnet to the local children, and she always had helpers. Opposite my mother's house lived another couple with young children, a boy and a girl, with whom I am still good friends. He was best man at my closest friend's wedding.

Visiting "Juliet's Balcony" in Verona at same time as an ex!!!!!

Travelling around Venice, Verona etc about four years ago with my daughter I found out a few days after returning that my ex had visited the same place about an hour later!.....what are the chances?

concert coincidences

In December I went to see the show Jersey Boys while I was in Las Vegas. This show is the story of Franki Valli and the Four Season. I come from England and could have seen the show at any time over the years it has been running in London. The next day I received an email from the Albert Hall to say that Franki Valli was appearing at the Albert Hall in 2012. The first time he had appeared in the UK for 18 years.

Ms L

On a Sunday afternoon I went to the College where I teach to bring back a couple of dvd I had borrowed from the Library. It was about 1:30 and when I arrived at the Library I realized that the opening times was 14:00. Nobody was around the place and it looked completely deserted, so I decided to go back home. Suddenly with my great surprise I saw in front of me the librarian who very kindly accepted my dvd.

SUE B

XMAS DAY-GAVE MY NEICE-A TEASET.SO DID HER MUM.EXCHANGED PRESENT TO NEPHEW-A FOOD HAMPER.OPENED PRESENT FROM HIM TO ME-FOODHAMPER.MY DAUGHTER{BORN ON MY BIRTHDAY}RANG FROM AUS-SHE & HER PARTNER CYCLED TO FAMILY'S HOUSE WITH TORCHES TIED TO THEIR HEADS!MY OTHER NEPHEW TOLD ME HE HAD TAKEN HIS NEPHEW IN THE GARDEN,LOOKING FOR SANTA IN THE DARK {IN DEVON} HE PUT TORCHES ON THEIR HEADS TO SEE!THEN I OPENED A PRESENT FROM MY NEICE-A CD OF MICHAEL BUBLE.IDENTICAL TO THE CD I SENT TO MY YOUNGER BROTHER IN CANADA!WE HAVE RECENTLY LOST OUR LOVELY FRIEND.MUM.WIFE,SISTER FROM CANCER-I WONDER IF

My partner and my family name coincidence

My fathers name is Lee My aunties names are Lynne and Deborah My partners mothers name is Deborah My partners auntie and uncles names are Lynne and Lee

Birthday Cards

My twin brother and I selected and gave each other the same birthday cards from branches of the same card company 120 miles apart over a period of 3 or 4 years.

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