Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

same problem, same school

In 1995 my youngest son was born with a birth defect called TOF (Tracheo Oesophageal Fistula) which affects 1 child in about 3000-4000 births. For my local hospital this would equate to about 2 in a year. Imagine my surprise when he first went to infant school and a little girl in his class had exactly the same problem. She was born in the same hospital during the same school intake year. I found it amazing that they had both ended up in the same school let alone the same class.

Phone coindence

My sister and I phoned each other at the same time. We both heard two ring tones. We both explained 'Oh - what's that?' We both laughed and went on to explain that I phoned her/she phoned me.

Our Parents Married Day

Both my parents and my wife's parents were married on the same day, and I don't just mean the same date - it was exactly the same day. Although one set of parents were married in the morning and the other in the afternoon.

Huw Edwards

My wife and I, whilst in Sydney, Australia a few years ago, decided to visit The Barrier Reef. I managed to get flights to Cairns. Being Welsh and naturally a romantic, I tried to book a passage to an Inner reef on a sailing boat and sail back romantically in the moonlight! Unfortunately, they were booked up so we had to travel on a motorized catamaran. We decided to go snorkelling and as it was very hot I suggested that my wife wore a golf shirt of mine for protection. I obtained the snorkelling gear and went back to fit it all on. We then walked to the platform to enter the water.

Chance meeting

A friend from Santa Barbara was having dinner with friends in London they mentioned that they were off to New York on a Hoover free flight. He told them that we were also doing that trip and they should ring us. As we had never met only heard about each other through mutual friends they decided not to contact us. Weeks later while seeing the N.Y. sites we noticed a film set outside the Plaza Hotel we stopped to look, being curious we asked the people in front what was being filmed.

Mrs Christine noakes

Hi, both my son & daughter who are 2 years apart in age, were given the same due date of the 31st of august 1993 & 1995 They were born in different hospitals but the midwives who delivered them were both called Rosalind, they were born @ 11.15 pm & 6.15 am & they are both left handed. my husband & I are right handed! Another coincidence we took our family on holiday to Australia 11 years ago my husband & I had both previously been to Australia in our 20's and shared a house with others our age.

Hotel Room numbers

On visiting Kyoto Japan on a stopover to Australia, our room no. was 326, in Cairns Australia the room no. was 3246, In melbourne the car no. reg'n was 4, hotel room no. 4 and the no. of the guest house was no.4. The lottery numbers that week were 2 3 4 32 39 and star no. 44. Unfortunately I only did 2 lines with these nos. and received $10 Aust. We changed a car from no. 53 and purchased a new car with registration 539. Since then we have had a room no. 539 in a hotel in Malta and the cabin no. on a ship was 359.

random meeting

On holiday in hong kong we met in the street our GP who was stopping over for one day on her way from Australia.

lost a blue snorkel found a red snorkel.

Back in 1986 on holiday in Limassol Cyprus Four of us hired a pedalo and set out from the shore. I put down my blue snorkel and mask on the deck only to find that it had fallen overboard and was lost. A little later and further out we spotted a red snorkel and mask lying on the sea floor. I swam down and retrieved it.

After fifty years

I lived in a small hamlet of about thirty people in Shropshire.In our lane there were five houses. Four of them changed hands in about three years. All of the newcomers were retired. In conversation, we discovered that six of the eight newcomers had been at school within three miles of each other in North-West London. Furthermore the wife of one couple, who had moved to Shropshire from Northumberland, and the husband of their next-door neighbours, who had moved to Shropshire from Devon, had actually shared a desk at a primary school in Harrow.