Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Surely thats very strange.....

Back in 1975 I was working in an office in Regent Street.

Examination coincidence

On Friday 13th January I had taken my Merchant Navy Officer of the Watch oral examination at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency building in Southampton. I passed the exam, and then set off on the drive home to Formby, near Liverpool, a 250 mile journey. When I arrived in Formby I stopped for a pint in my local pub. I was at the bar talking to my friend about my exam, when a man approached me asking if I had just done my OOW oral exam as he had overheard me talking about it. It turned out that he was an MCA examiner who knew the person who examined me by name.

Saved from being a matching pair at interview

In 1972 I travelled overnight to attend a job interview. There was to be only one other candidate. On the morning of the interview I was annoyed to discover that I had forgotten to pack the bold striped jumper that went with my outfit and I had to make do with another one. On arriving for the interview the other girl was wearing the same bold striped jumper I should have been wearing - how silly would we have looked - a lucky escape from a strange coincidence (I got the job.)

Digital clock numbers

Often when I awake in the night my bedside digital clock shows times with repetitive numbers e.g. 2.22 or 4.44 etc. I canot detect any associated sound which could cause me to wake. I never win raffle ticket draws or any other chance. I do have a good sense of time of day and time span. I can usually correctly assess a persons character within five or so minutes of meeting them: worryingly so. Would I go up the side of a mountain with this person? Rarely is the answer yes.

Multiple coincidences

In 1966, two years after I married my wife, Anne, we ended up one day visiting a village called Knot End on a day out with Anne's parents. Anne's mother said that her cousin Lottie lived in the village having retired there and bought a bungalow with her husband Jack. We decided to look them up. I did not know them at all but after the initial welcome, during the conversation ( about family naturally), it turned out that my mother-in-law's cousin Lottie was married to my father's cousin Jack.

Loads of different coincidences

1. I'm adopted - found out that sister I'd never met had an abortion on exact same day I had my first child. 2. I grew up in Lancashire and moved to Worcester in 1982. Discovered neighbour 5 doors away in Worcester used to live opposite me in Lancashire. 3. My Dad had physiotherapy treatment in Lancaster. Physiotherapist had relative who had previously lived in my house in Worcester. 4. As a student I worked/travelled in USA. In San Francisco I was watching street dancing then went to tourist office and signed visitors' book.

Mr. David Laverty

Decided to drive about 12 miles north to do a bit of birdwatching Chelmarsh reservoir Shropshire).wore my Plymouth Argyle beany. Man (who I do not know)and boy getting out of car in carpark..boy left car door wide open so I haIled them to let them know. "Blimey" saId the man .."there are only two people I know in the West Midlands who support Plymouth wife..and a history teacher in her school called Dave Laverty". That's me !!!! Not an earthshattering coincidence...but a nice little one.

teacher in jungle

In 1989 or 1990 I was serving as a staff sergeant with the Queens Gurkha Signal in Hong Kong. I was training a section of Gurkhas jungle warfare skills and i it was coming up to 4pm. 4pm is late in the jungle and we were tactically setting up up our end of day observation base. We heard the noise of a group of people talking. Through my night sights I could tell they where tourists dressed in t shirts and shorts on the path we were observing. I called out to them. All British all elderly and all lost An elderly lady heard my Scouse accent and asked where I was from.

football results

In september1950 i was coming to the end of a long spell in Shotley Bridge hospital in county Durham.A male charge nurse called Barlow organised a sweepstake in the hospital based on the team that scored the most goals in the 4 english leagues.The entry fee was one shilling.When he approached me I said that I would subscribe provided I did not draw Aston Villa.I have no idea why I said that.When the draw was made, I drew Aston Villa.Miraculously a few days later on the first saturday of the season I won the pool as they scored 6,7 or 8 goals-I forget.Anyhow as an impoverished student I was ri

oh, no not again!

My sister and I are 9 years apart, myself being the younger. When we both lived at home in the 70's, we would both catch separate buses into Worcester city and return at different times. Then getting ready for an evening out we would both emerge from our bedrooms wearing identical outfits.