Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

same PIN number

a few weeks ago i asked my hubby to go to the cash machine for me, i passed him my card and reminded him of my PIN , to which my brother exclaimed - thats my pin number too!, we have our accounts with different banks and have both kept the pin the bank gave us

Seeing Dave Sexton

I was sitting on the Heathrow Express (don't know if it was called that back then) at about lunchtime Monday 10 September 1979. I was very excited - it was not long after my 21st birthday and that very morning I'd managed to get a standby BA ticket to New York - my first ever visit - my first ever flight. I was relaxing into the idea that I was at last going to meet my family in America.

Co-ann-cidence (ho ho ho, how we laughed)

I was talking to my wife about a friend (Ann) who we had not seen for some time. Later, I was with an acquaintance (Betty) who mentioned her brother and his wife (Carol) and showed me a photo of them Carol looks like our friend Ann Carol’s a tax inspector. So is Ann Carol works in Portsmouth. So does Ann (For the sake of clarity: Carol is not Ann)

Bosnia Herzogovinha

In the 80s I was reading Anna Karenina with BBC Radio Four on in the background. I just got to the part where Bosnia Herzogovinha is mentioned - this was the forst time I had seen this written down or heard of it, I wondered how it was pronounced and at that exact same split second the BBC Radio news reader said it . . . wow, I laughed at that because it was such a coincidence

Doorstep caller coincidence

I was watching an episode of Mr Bean on a Sunday afternoon, about two years ago, where he was walking through a shopping centre. It reminded me of the time when I was walking through a shopping centre, in the 1970s, and was stopped by a market researcher who asked me about the Radio 1 Newsbeat programme. The next minute there was a knock at the door. It was a market researcher from NOP who was asking questions about pop music. He wanted to talk to somebody under 30, so I was no use to him.

Time and the Conways (2)

I went to a charity performance of Time and the Conways by Priestley. The story was explained to me that Priestley was interested in Dunne's book Experiment with Time. I was not aware of the purpose of the play nor Dunne's theory about time. The next day I went to a jumble sale, as usual went to the book stall where my hand to fell directly on Dunne's book. I read the book, still have it, Can't make head nor tail of it.

family meeting

In 1947 I went to Warwick from my parent's home in Worthing to apply for a course in Birmingham. There were a number of applicants. Luckily I was accepted and with another successful applicant we agreed to share digs. She had come from Spalding. Later in the year she rang to say she and her parents were staying in Eastbourne and could she and her mother come over to Worthing to meet up again. We chatted for a while then as conversation flagged I suggested they went down the garden to meet my father.

Mrs C A Dawson

I ahve a twin sister living in Canada. Approx 18 years ago, I was working as an office manager at a company called AM International in Hemel Hempstead. One day, one of the company directors told me that the company was about to go through an official audit and one of the company auditors from our head office in Dallas would be visiting. I was asked if I would accomodate this auditor in my office area, and show her around, including tea & coffee, canteen, stationary supplies etc.

The same names

My parents are Ronald and Dorothy H (nee T). When my birth was registered the registrar was a lady by the name of Dorothy T-H. To have a mother who was Dorothy T who became Dorothy H and a registrar called Dorothy T-H has always seemed a strange coincidence to me. This occurred in late 1956 in Lancashire. Steve H

Family Reunion

We are from North Shropshire and were on our "once in a lifetime world tour" and reached Rotorua in North Island New Zealand for a one night stopover. We checked in to our hotel and as it was my husband's birthday we arranged to eat early in the hotel restaurant so that we could go out and do as much sightseeing as possible. The booking was in my name ( I have maintained my maiden name Thorley ) so when we walked in to the hotel restaurant the waitress saw my name and suggested that she added our meal bill to the "group booking" bill.