Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

chance discovery of parallel family

My daughter at university asked me (October 2014) to check some details about the post-graduate course she is on. A related Google search took me straight to a student society relating uniquely to that course, and I noticed that a member of the student committee (ie someone else currently on the course) had the same surname, which is not common. I looked up her details using free online birth-marriage-death indexes and found that she was born in the same medium-sized town as my daughter, some 100 miles away from the university.

Other halves

my sister got married to a guy with 1 brother. I at the time was dating a guy I later married who also has 1 brother. Both my sister's husband and mine's father and brother have the same names.

Lotto Numbers

In 1996 my husband and I chose six Lotto Numbers 13 15 20 26 27 28 13 my daughters age 15 my sons age 20 my daughters birthday 26 my husbands birthday 27 my birthday 28 my sons birthday Since then we have had two more sons, a granddaughter and a grandson all born on 'Lotto Number' dates! 28 son 13 son 20 granddaughter & grandson None of them anywhere near their due dates either! Varying from six weeks early to two weeks late!

The postcard

In 1976 while working in Pakistan, I met a girl called Gilly S. who was the daughter of a collegue of mine. Two years later, after I had I left Pakistan and the Company, while visiting a friend in Italy, I saw that he was using as a bookmark a postcard addressed to the same girl. He had never been near Pakistan; had no idea who the girl was; or how the postcard had ended up in his book.

Shark Attack

No - this is not one of those 'saved at sea from a shark' I survived stories.

Serendipitous Synchronicity

One day I had gotten a strong inclination to look up the word Serendipity in a dictionary to see if it might have something to do with 333, as I had been seeing those numbers surface around me. Sure enough, it did in this particular dictionary. Afterwards, I go to step outside and the next thing I notice was a van drive by with a business name along the side which was also~Serendipity!Later on that day I just so happen to notice that my friend whom I was staying with also had a bible called a serendipity bible. Which I had never heard of either!

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One day I had gotten a strong inclination to look up the word Serendipity in a dictionary to see if it might have something to do with 333, as I had been seeing those numbers surface around me. Sure enough, it did in this particular dictionary. Afterwards, I go to step outside and the next thing I notice was a van drive by with a business name along the side which was also~Serendipity!Later on that day I just so happen to notice that my friend whom I was staying with also had a bible called a serendipity bible. Which I had never heard of either!

birthday coincidence

I did several paintings on art studio on my iPhone. a year later I went for therapy due to depression. At the end of the therapy which lasted 9 months, I decided to put some of my paintings on card via photo box to give to my therapist and 5 other counsellors who helped me. on the back of each card i put the date when I had done the painting on my iPhone, the name I gave each painting and my name. I chose a particular picture for my therapist that I thought he might like. He asked me when did i do the painting and I told him to look at the back for the date.

Synchronous Dreams

Before bed on a recent business trip to Denver I was reading a book "The Self Aware Universe" which among other things discusses "Non Locality" in Quantum Physics. That night I had several vivid dreams involving a huge tree house collapsing and some sort of enormous underground labyrinth which was also partially collapsed. In both dreams I was moving about on ladders. The next morning I texted my wife at home in Seattle that I had had very vivid and strange dreams last night.

Q15

Before I relate this coincidence,you need a couple of facts. 1. I teach IT in the local libraries. 2. I wear a matrix like coat as per Keanu Reeves. 3. The multiplex cinema has recently changed their seating policy to one where you HAVE to take your ticketed seat. (Ours were Q14 &15) 4. It was a toss up whether we were going to go to the movies tonight at all. Armed with this information,this is what happened: Having decided to go to the movies to see INTERSTELLAR,we were given the usual timing options for the film.

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