Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Godwin's Law

Following on from 'The Gingerbread Man' - my channel surfing other half switched channels to find THE BUNKER was on.

The Gingerbread Man

After a long winded and heated debate with a meat eater about vegetarianism - they decided they needed to attend to their gingerbread that was presumably cooking - I decided as a mocking end to the conversation to add a picture of a fearful gingerbread man being diced to death to show that 'even ginger has feelings'....!! At the very moment I posted the picture - FRED CLAUS the movie was playing where Vince Vaughn is snowballing Paul Giamatti and remarks on him stuffing gingerbread into his mouth! Strange......???!!!

Same bith-date in the family

My parents were married on 19th of Baishak, I was born a year later in 19th of Baishek, and my brother two years after in 19th of Shrawan.(Baishek, and Shrawn are first and fourth months in the Calender, Nepali)

Fancy meeting you here

This coincidence starts with myself travelling from Melbourne, Australia to My Thuan, Vietnam to visit a construction site where I met a man from New Zealand, who had been working in Sydney. Then we parted thinking we might never meet again, until... Twelve months later in Hong Kong for a stopver en route to the UK I went to a Rugby Sevens match with a friend who lived in Hong Kong.


I don´t habitually look at digital electric clocks on walls of houses , but today one caught my eyes:12:22 ! I hardly had time to enjoy the fun of this coincidence (three "2"s! ) because the numbers immediately switched to 11.11. I did not believe my eyes until coming to awareness of the date: 11th of November. -First I thought this little story would be perhaps more impressive, if the time had been e.g. 22.22 or 11.11.

Meeting someone for the first time and finding that they knew one of our old friends

We went to dinner at the home of one of my husband's work associates. Also at the dinner were a couple of their neighbours, who we had never met before. The conversation turned to favourite holiday destinations. We told them about a place in France which is not a very well known area for British holidaymakers. It turned out that they knew the place and when we said we'd been introduced to the place by some old friends, it transpired that they'd been introduced to it by the same people.

simultaneous events/telepathic

have had quite a few, always involving something to do with calling someone/texting someone. I experience it more with mobile phones compared to landlines I think. Most recently, I phone my dad (I hardly ever call him as i normally only speak to my mum.) He said he tried to phone me at exactly the same time as I called him. The creepiest one was a few years ago I was at a tutor after school, sitting in the work room doing an exercise she had given me to do.


My boyfriend and I seem to call, text or messenger at the same time or about the same thing. Why ?

Irrational urge to cook has fortunate consequence

Some years ago I had a very strong urge to cook a lemon surprise pudding, a desert made from fresh lemons among other ingredients. It also needs butter. Though quite late at night I went to the kitchen and found that there was no butter, only a type of vegetable fat. My wife said not to try to make the pudding because I didn't have the right ingredients but I decided to continue nonetheless. I started, and got out the electric lemon squeezer. The top bit of it was missing, however, and I spend about half an hour looking for it.

Crystallographers - The Braggs - "Multicoincidental"!

Yesterday afternoon, 28th November 2013, my elderly neighbour was telling me over tea about the Radio 4 programme that morning -Melvyn Bragg's, In Our Time - the subject being "The Microscope". She knows little about science but was fascinated by the discussion on the electron microscope.