Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

New York, New York

I was walking through a shopping centre one day when I saw a young white youth dressed like a rapper, trying to look cool. I thought to myself, 'ha! he thinks he's cool but he isn't. He thinks he's a cool black man from New York or something'. Just then, a black man wearing a NY cap (New York Yankees) came round the corner! I thought it was very spooky that this chap turned up just as I had that phrase in my head - was there a mental connection between us? What did it mean? Just pure chance, I now realise.

Psychic arithmetic?

Last year, one Saturday afternoon, my wife asked me how old someone was if they were born in 1995. I subtracted 1995 from 2013. '28' years old I said. 'No, hang on, 18 years'. Her cousin's 18th birthday was approaching and she just wanted to make sure so she could buy a card. Later that day we were out shopping and I suggested going the opposite direction we were walking to go to another shop. It was then that I saw a banner outside a garden centre type shop, celebrating 18 years of being in business. '1995 - 2013. 18 year anniversary'.


Greetings from Finland! I was born in February thirteenth (13.02) at 12.03 pm. My weight was 3120g. And now my address is xxxxxxxxxxx 12 D 13, previous address was xxxxxxx 3 D 20. All those numbers following me all the time.

random visit

I met a chap in Bulgaria, in 2006 who is a taxi driver aged about 36. He was very helpful, he had never left the country and was scared of flying. After 6 years of meeting him over there (I have a flat on the Black Sea) I finally convinced him that he should fly over for a visit and said he could stay with my family. When he arrived I took him sightseeing to London. As we went down the escalator at Paddington to the underground he started to shout at a person going the opposite way up.

Uncle Ben

Whilst discussing racism on facebook I had cause to refer to the 'uncle ben' stereotype referencing the type of 'yessir boss' character which has become a figure of ridicule. That same day,I chose to watch 'brush strokes' on drama channel,an old comedy show about a painter who has a slow witted friend called Elmo. In this episode,Elmo appeared asking if Jacko the painter wanted rice pudding and was carrying 3 boxes of 'uncle ben' rice! Later the same day 'come dine with me' featured one of the contestants discussing the uk immigrant/racism i

Pen Pal Address

When I was 12 years old, I was waiting in the dentist's office for my father. I was finished with my appointment and Dad was to pick me up and drive me home. Since he was almost never on time, I picked up a teen magazine from the office table and started thumbing through it. When I got to the back of it there were several pages of requests fir pen pals. At the time, I was very interested in having pen pals to write to so I eagerly read all of the ads. To my amazement, I came across one with my hometown, Perth Amboy, NJ.

The Hunger Games

Last night (8-5-14, 10:30) I was reading Chapter 2 of The Hunger Games. The fictional storyteller, Katniss Everdeen, revealed that her birthday was 8th May (no idea what year as the book is set somewhere in the near future!). I'm sure plenty of other people were reading the book yesterday as well but I did find this a surprise.

Same Name and Place of Birth

In January, I met a gentleman named James from South Carolina, with whom I've become quite smitten. I learned that we were both adopted, both worked for the same agency, at some point, and both have daughters the same age with the same name. However, I had not had contact with him since. Because I was married when I met him, nothing came out of the encounter. I have since separated and still think about the possibility, often. Today, I met someone on-line whose name is James and who is from SC, also. Definitely a coincidence.

65 Coincidences

Here is a weird coincidence having to do with the number 65


This is a recount of situations riddled with coincidence after a significant person briefly came into my life.<br /> I live in a busy city where years can pass without accidentally running into any of my close friends, but I do somehow run into specific people at specific times, repeatedly. I met a man - let's call him K - through a mutual friend (our only mutual friend). I am a freelance designer and work in many different locations all the time, he works part time at an office, at the time I didn't know where. We had an instant and palpable chemistry.