Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Birthday coincidence.

On 28th September2010 my wife and I went to Malta for a 2 week all inclusive holiday. We stayed at the Hotel Riu Seabank near Mellieha. The meals were in 2 sittings and on the first evening we were directed to a particular table which we shared with a younger couple for theduration of the holiday. As we got to know the couple similarities between myself and the other husband emerged :- 1 His name was David (as is Mine) 2 His birthday is on September 11th (as is mine) 3 He was born in 1953, I was born in 1935. Coincidental? Regards David Lloyd

New York shock

In October 2007 I was in New York celebrating our 1st wedding anniversary with my new husband and children (by my ex-husband). We were in Macy's doing some shopping when we bumped into my ex-husband's cousin and aunt, who live about 3 miles away from us at home. What are the chances of us being in New York at the same time, let alone being in Macys (one of the largest department stores in the world) on the same day, same time, same floor, same dept.... Corinne W

Lost, but Found

We visited Hunstanton in Norfolk,and stopped a couple to ask the way, but they were German tourists and did not know any directions.We then visited several other towns and ate sandwiches on a beach before ending up in Kings Lynn some hours later, and wanted to ask directions again.We saw a couple walking and wound down the car window,and the man said "we are still German and still do not know any directions!" we all had a good laugh.

Sixth sense

I have the recurring coincidence of when I walk into the town, Malmesbury in Wiltshire, of seeing a person in the distance and thinking it is somebody I know. I rehearse a conversation only to find it's somebody who looks like that person. A little later, sometimes seconds sometimes minutes the person I had in mind comes into view. It's good job I have rehearesed the opening line! It's happened on many occasions. Odd. Gordon W

Aries friend

I became friends with a work collegue and I cannot remember how many times we went into town during the lunch hour and came back with the same item of clothing that we had purchased. Although we both had other items in our wardrobe there were many times that we turned up to the office with the same clothes on We lost touch for several years and I contacted her and we met up again.

Former colleague

1) I work in a hospital in London. A Professor who had retired from the department 10 years ago and now lives in Gloucester occasionally popped in to say hello when he was in the area. I had not seen him for 2 years when what looked like a personal letter arrived for him. I e-mailed him to ask where I should send it and half an hour later he arrived at my office - and he doesn't have one of those phones on which he can pick up e-mails! 2) Some years ago two colleagues bumped into each other in a tiny village in Tuscany.

tracing family

I was adopted as a baby but traced my family to discover that unknowingly as an adult I moved near them, they lived one side of the park and I lived the other side, I also found that I had twin brothers who were also adopted and discovered that I had moved to an area where they were taken to when they were adopted and they in turn then moved with their adopted parents to west country and lived within two streets of our natural family. The coincidence was that we had unknowingly lived quite close to one another the areas covered were London, Cambridgeshire and Dorset Mrs.Marie B

Birthday coincidence

When I was 16 years of age, my mother insisted I attend local ballroom classes, and there I was partnered with a young man called Richard, who was home on holiday from boarding school, and who I had never met before. When we began asking each other questions, we found out that we were the same age, born on the same day, and at the same clinic in Cheltenham. When I told my mother about this, she remembered that there had been a little boy who shared the same birthday. Richard and I began dating each other for a while, but then lost contact, as we both moved away, and I moved abroad.

Christmas cards

My husband and I this Christmas both bought eachother the same card. We both went out shopping on different days and bought the same card and presented to eachother on Christmas day, very strange!

chance meeting

A few years ago my wife and I made a visit to Yorkshire from Cornwall. Whilst we were up there we had the notion to try and find our nephew whom we hadn't seen for 25yrs but knew that he lived in Wakefield but we had no address or phone number. When we arrived in Wakefield we pulled into a retail park to see if we could find a public telephone with a directory, but had no success.On returning to our car, I had to step aside to allow a white Volvo estate to reverse out of the space next to ours.