Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

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?

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 deaths

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

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 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.

Birthday coincidence

My first boyfriend was born 18th of March 1985, 2nd boyfriend born 20th of March 1985, 3rd boyfriend born 19th of March 1985 and finally my husband born 17th of March 1985! All met in different towns...even my husband in another country.


It was my stepfather's birthday on May 14th so I mailed him a card. My mom texted me today and said that she bought him the exact same card. Of all the cards out there, what are the odds of that?