Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Chance meeting

My partner and I were walking around Chirk Castle the other week for the first time, when some old friends we knew from University (about 3 years ago in Yorkshire) bumped into us. Strange that we both decided to go there on the same day. My parents have also bumped into friends in other parts of the world whilst on holiday after not seeing them for years.

Birthdays in my family

My family has two odd coincidences with dates. First: Mine, my older sister's and my parents birthdays are 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th various months. My younger sister breaks this one by being born on the 7th. Interesting but not that amazing. Secondly, my and my sisters share birthdays with three of my mother's siblings (plus I also share with a cousin on my father's side). Also, my parents and an aunt and uncle unintentionally share a wedding anniversary. My parents' wedding should have been the week before, but was delayed by a civil servant strike.

Old friend

I met a guy in Vang Vieng (Laos) when I was travelling around the country. I am from Brazil and he is from Berrigan, Australia. On my last night there we went out for some drinks and we never spoke again after that day. Many months later I happened to be driving through a small town in Australia called Bermagui (population of 1500) and decided to stop there to buy something to eat at a supermarket. Just before entering the supermarket I noticed this man staring at me by the main door, and when I got closer I could recognize him!

small world

I grew up in a small town of about 20k people. 10 years later I met a man on a squatted farm in the countryside 30 Km outside of Barcelona. He was from a small village in Belgium, and living in Barcelona, but visiting this farm to learn to brew beer. I was visiting this farm as I traveled by, and only there for one day. After talking throughout the day, I told him the town I came from, and it turns out that he did an exchange student program and the same highschool I was attending, at the same time. We were different years and did not know eachother, but shared several mutual friends.

same day suicide

I have 2 sons each married to girls who have older half brothers. They all lived in different parts of the country. One day my eldest son phoned to tell me his wife's brother had been found dead in his car in his garage having died from the exhaust fumes. An hour later my youngest son phoned to tell me his wife's brother had hanged himself - all on the same day.

Looking for a book at Half Price books

It was Freud's Contribution to Psychiatry by A. A. Brill; I'd loaned my copy to a family member, who wanted to keep it. The clerk did searches in several categories without success. disappointed, I picked up my purse which I'd set on a pile of books in front of the computer. The Basic Writings of Sigmund Freud, translated by A. A. Brill was right where I'd put my purse. Not exactly the book I was looking for but I bought it and read it. That was a lucky incident.

Not a chance its only chance.

A 9 years old girl in 1941 has written each of the times tables up to 10 on her Golden Rod tablet. She did that because she has to memorize them. Her dad, (with the best of intentions) insists she has to recite the multiplication tables through 10 before she can eat dinner. Its been a long trek and she hasn't succeeded yet. Each night her sisters and brother giggle while she haltingly begins; 1 x 1 = 1; 1 x 2 = 2; etc., attempting to get through to 10 x 10 = 100. Her dinner is delayed every evening.

birthdate dd mn cc yy converts base 27 my rsrch Archim A=PI .Xsq.

Archimedes BC proposition 41~43 sphere cylinder show Area of Compass circle on sphere. A=PI Xsq. I look my birthdate 23031948. my habit ADZ = 1,4,26. base 27. I do article cover NZ new Zealand mathematics magaz method of Eudoxus. formula. A=PI ) CXC. my birthday and formula really match. then I discover car number license plate and my birthdate at friends house. PIU CAI. expiry 23032014. photo

ph num xxx-yyy in 2 towns my namesake.

received overseas call. is that McDonald? yes. Stuart? my middle name, yes. what number were you calling? 89-6820. yes. what town? Dunedin South Island. OOOh! this is ISD +644. Wellington new Zealand. apparently stuart is isd +643 the same number. verified both names and numbers are listed in respective directories. This was about 15 yrs ago and soon after 6-digit numbers were upgraded to 7-digits. wrong number likely consequence of directory assistance match stuart with don s. in different island. but few enquiries to 018.

Neighbors with same named baby

In May of 2013, my family moved from Seattle to Chicago and set up in a Lincoln Square Condo Association. We discovered that our new neighbor, across the hall, had an infant with the same name as ours, Astrid (6 months). Although she was one month older we found this to be an incredible coincidence.