Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Finding a J M W Turner artwork

In Sept 2013, my wife and I spent a weekend in Stamford, Lincolnshire. We were following a self-guided tour of the town's Georgian history which stopped right outside the door to our lodgings, an old coaching inn on the High Street. Apparently, Turner himself had visited Stamford in the 1830s and had painted a watercolour of the stage coach arriving at this very inn. I was intrigued and spent the evening trying to find a picture of the artwork on the internet but with no luck. The next day we left for home in Cheshire via a very circuitous and almost random route.

Career Paths

In 1974 there were three engineers working for the Electricity Supply authority in Zambia (Zesco), one in the Commercial department, one was Chief Draughtsman and I was Senior Planning Engineer. Our careers took very different paths but in 1982 the three of us met up again. We were all working in what was then North Yemen and each of us was a Resident Engineer, one in Sana'a, the Capital and the other two of us in the other main towns of Taiz and Hodeidah.

Two Holes in One a month apart, same hole, same course

Last summer, playing golf with three friends on a course several miles away, my game was of normal average quality (I am a 80-year old amateur who has only played since retirement). At tee no. 8 (130 yard hole) I took a 5 iron and made a better than average drive. To general amazement the ball reached the green and disappeared down the hole. The first hole in one that I have ever achieved!

bank pin numbers

After meeting my brother I had not seen for a few years. We went for a drink and both stopped at the cash machine he noticed that our pin numbers were same. Both of us were with the same bank and neither of us had changed the random generated number from the bank. What are the odds of brothers both getting the same number from the same bank with accounts set up in completely different cities?

Same birthday, 4 of us, but all different years

My DOB is 16-04-1953. My brother's DOB is 16-04-1955. In 1960 we moved into a newly built house in Horley, Surrey. A couple of months later a family moved into the house next door, with 2 children, a girl and a boy. We had never heard of or met them before. But it turned out the girl's DOB is 16-04-1954 and her brother's birthday is 16-04-1956. How rare is that?

Family deaths

My father died 18.04.1974. His son died 18.04.2002 they were both 67 years old both of natural causes.

surgical coincedence

At age 37 I attended a hospital in a town 40 miles from my local hospital, it is a minor hospital in the town, as there are 4 NHS hospitals in total there. I was there to receive a transplant kidney, my father was there to donate the kidney, to our surprise my boss, who lives in the same town as my father and I, was sat in the waiting room awaiting surgery for a serious condition from which he has now recovered, despite not being the only people awaiting surgery, I was first on the surgical list, my boss was second and my father was third.

Three generations of maternal uncles each born exactly 31 years apart

I was born on Feb 21st, the same birthday as my mum's brother, when he was 31. My sister's son was born on the same day, when my uncle was 62, and I was 31. Thus my nephew, his maternal uncle (me) and my maternal uncle all share the same birthday, separated by 31 years.

Family Coincidence that I know

It is about dates(they don't exactly match but what was I gonna choose?) </p> <p>1. I was born on the last day of the first month(Jan 31st) and my mother was born on the first day of the last month(Dec 1st). </p> <p>2. My brother was born 12th June while my father was born 21st October. Just switch the numbers. 12-21 21-12.

My friend

I share birthday with my friends mom. My friend and I, we also end up reading each others texts or texting each other at the same time. And when he told me his career goals and goals for college were they were the same as ,mine and we had never ever talked about it prior to the time.

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