Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Flat mate a complete stranger - same great grandparent

I'm a white female from California. While in graduate school I moved into a shared flat with roommates I didn't know to save money. Everyone I met before I moved in was an Asian female, and that's who I expected to be living with. Before term started, some of the women moved out and a guy moved in. Now I was living with a 6'4" guy from New Jersey with a unibrow, the non-Asian husband of the only woman I hadn't yet met.

The Scotts

My brothers name was Scott. My best friend for many years was Scott. He was friends with another Scott who I have been friends with for years. We met a guy who went by his middle name, Scott. Strangely enough none of them were allowed to go by Scott and were not referenced as Scott. It was Scotty, Pookie, D.Scott. I gave my daughter the middle name Scott just to honor the coincidence.

1001 Nights

I watched two television shows online that were originally aired on different dates. Both shows referenced 1001 Arabian nights. It is thought the protagonist in these tales is "fate" or "destiny" and in the end of each story destiny "disappears". I had separated from my wife a day before. Her name is Destiny.

Everyone That comes into my life has the same name.

I have this thing about me that seems to attract people with the same name to me consecutively. It has happened to throughout my life. Most of the people I meet have the same name. Growing up I had five best friends all called Carly, one after the other. The first three guy I dated when I was a teen where called Ben Then I dated or became close friends with seven daniels,Dans or Dannys. I have five friends named David, They all do the same job.I have met five peoplen named Paul, all of the pauls have been or are still in the armed forces.

Three wives - same birthday

My husband has had 3 significant relationships in his life 2 wives and one live-in girlfriend and we were all born on August 23rd (different years).

OCS and family friends

I grew up in NM, very distant from extended family in Flint, MI. Shortly after graduating college I was entering Officer Candidate School for the Navy, having been enlisted and going to college. While speaking with my aunt in Flint, she mentioned that her best friend's son was also going to OCS. This friend of hers had been her maid of honor 30+ years before and was still in constant contact in Flint. When I reported to OCS he was in my class, and later also in my class and specific section of long term training over the next almost two years.

Same HS, Same nuke sub

While standing an "under instruction" (apprentice) watch as Officer of the Deck of a USN nuclear submarine in the Pacific Ocean, my over instruct and I talked about why we seemed familiar to each other. Short version: We were one year apart from the same high school out of New Mexico, a state that has about 1.5 million people in it and had been on the varsity track team together although we had competed in different areas (he was a distance runner, I was a shot/discus thrower). Additionally, his younger sister married my best friend's supervisor several years later.

Winning run at the craps table

I graduated college in May of 2003 and attended Navy OCS August-Nov of the same year. Christmas of 2003 I was in Las Vegas, NV, at one of the casinos in the old downtown off Fremont Street. I was with family including my father, step-mother, step sister and her husband. My step-brother-in-law (lots of hyphens) goes on a "run" at a craps table. It's fairly late at night, perhaps after midnight, the casino was nearly empty, but when someone begins throwing winning rolls one after the other the universe can get really weird.

Unusual friend connection

For context, I grew up a super geek in Albuquerque, NM. At age 16 I discovered a new technology called a BBS, or Bulletin Board System, a predecessor to web based chat rooms. It was a direct modem dial chat and simple text game environment. This opened me up to a much wider social circle where I could nerd and geek out to my hearts desire with other people my age and adults that were also on the board. It was an excellent social environment, especially for someone like me who didn't fit easily into standard categories.

Phil

I have had 4 separate incidents/accidents relating to riding a motorcycle on a Friday 13th. I am not superstitious and it was only after the second incident this occurred to me. This happened over a period of years and as my use of a motorcycle infrequent it seems statistically improbable. My birthday this year is a Friday the 13th, needless to say it will avoid any contact with the offending objects :-)

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