Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Testicular Cancer

Once as rather petulant youth, while working as clerk in a hardware store, as an answer to the question of a patron as to how I was, I answered, "ok, except for this testicular cancer!" He did not laugh, but to my utter chagrin, told me how his brother had died of testicular cancer while he was a missionary! Seven years later, at another job, I was telling this story to a couple of male colleagues, when one informed me that he was with one testicle after having the other removed due to cancer!

unexpected meetup

In 1974, 4000km from home, visiting family, we were in a non-tourist suburb of Perth, Western Australia. One our first day, we popped into a small supermarket. We bumped into neighbours from our home town. We were unaware of each other's presence in Western Australia. There are many suburbs in Perth and, within any suburb, multiple shops at which one can buy milk and food.

Dune day

At the beginning of the nineties, one day after school I was reading novel Dune by Frank Herbert. Then I got wish to play newly acquired video game Dune. After couple hours of playing, I left home, and on the street met a friend who said that he is hurrying home because David Lunch’s movie Dune (from 1984) is due to start in 15 minutes on some local TV station. We went to his apartment , and watched the movie together. After 2+ hours (it was getting late) I returned to my home. And just before sleeping I turned on the radio to listen my favourite radio station .

Strangely linked

My mum needed to pick up a hire car and I didn't drive at the time, so my friends mum offered to drive mum and I into town to pick it up. My friend and I had known each other for around 5 years at this point, but our mothers had never spent any time together. The four of us were in the car and my Mum was staring at my friends Mum very intently. When I asked what she was doing, she announced that my friends Mum was in fact my Dads first wife (my parents had long been divorced too so there was no awkwardness).

The one is the number

i remember expend 11 mins waiting for my clock to show 11:11:11 in the 11 of November of 2011(11-11-11)So my full screen was full of ones

Three way phone call

I was at home, calling into work sick. My elder brother was at his house. 5-6 miles away, he was phoning his work partners tony in bury: 10 miles from both of us.

Birthday coincidence

My uncle was born on 19th January about 1915. His brother was born on 19th January 1923. When he met his future wife he discovered that they were born on the same day within an hour of each other only a few miles away.

New neighbour, shared holiday home

As a girl, at the age of 10, I moved with my brother to live with adoptive parents 50kms away from where we spent our early childhood. One day during our first week living in the new family, we went out to play in the garden and found that the neighbour had children of similar ages. When we got talking about where we had been on our recent summer vacations, we realised that we been going on holidays every summer to the very same camping site as our new neighbours at the seaside, just during different weeks and were able to compare stories and photos together.

Strange coincidence

I was working in San Antonio, Texas for one day only in 1978,I decided to buy a new rucksack and went into town,walking along the street opposite the Alamo i went into the first shop I saw selling bags. i asked the lady serving about rucksacks,on hearing my English accent asked what I was doing in town. I replied that I was working with a group playing at the city stadium that night,she said her son is in the music industry as well,I asked her his name and she replied Alex Sedkin,I knew him and worked for the same record label in London a couple of years before,to add to this she had only

died 16th August

My grandfather on my fathers side died on 16th August 1917. My grandfathers son, my uncle died on 16th August 1927. My grandfather on my mothers side died on 16th August 1957 and my mother died on 16th August 1987. All on the same date and all in years which ended with a 7. ...

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