Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

There's a reason I lost my housekeys, and found them again.

I lost my house keys in my apartment for over 8 months. One morning, not even looking I found them. What is odd about this story is one of the keys on the chain was for a padlock on a locker at a former place of work. Two hours later a current co-worker called me at home to tell me she accidentally locked a key in a particular locker at a different place of work (and at a second job I used to work at) and was asking me what to do? I told her no sweat, I found my house keys this morning and I have a key for you!!! She didn't even know I had worked there.

Breakfast in Rome

Recently I was on a trip to Rome. I sat at a breakfast table with another lady from the tour who I had not met before. We chatted about out children across the table and established that they happened to work for the same company. I texted my son (who was at work in UK) and asked him if he knew of X (son of the lady sitting opposite me) and he phoned back and said, yes he knew him and not only that, but he was in the same 'team' and happened to be sitting opposite him right at that very moment.

MS

My coincidence is rather trivial and concerns the number 666 and different yet specific areas of London and the country. I used to reply or put adverts in the Lonely Hearts column of Time Out magazine in the late 80s. I don't think the volume of people doing it in those days was equal to those doing online dating today, I don't know!! So I was surprised when the foreign gentleman who lived in the flat above my sister's in London wrote back to me and because I am that sort of person to look for 'signs' I checked to see if his box number was at all relevant it was B666.

Perception of time: 11:11 hrs. or 22:22Hrs.

There was a certain turbulent period in my life (lasting about half a year) a couple of years ago. At that time, whenever I looked at a clock it showed either 11:11 hrs. or 22:22 hrs. Does anybody have made similar experiences? (This is sincere, no joking!)

The saddest time of my life

Hello, my name is Debbie and this is my true story.,, Born 1958 1958-1976---mentally, physically, emotionally abused by my mother. Forced to quit high school, ran away, took drugs. Ended up in the hospital from overdose. Sent to boarding school as a punishment for running away. 1977-1984-- Stopped taking drugs. Met a man 14 years my senior and had two beautiful children. Divorced because of age difference (during this time I was very selfish and just a stupid kid.) My mother passed away in 1982.

meeting someone I have not met in years

I met my friend ami in a store and I have not seen her in 3 years

Simultaneous call

My brother and I call each other at most once a year. A few years ago, I decided to give him a ring. It wasn't either of our birthdays or anything like that, I just thought he might appreciate the effort. When I picked up the telephone, as I listened to make sure I had a dial tone, I heard his voice on the line. He had just called but the phone had not had a chance to ring before I had picked it up.

met again

We were travelling to a suburb of London in my father's vintage car and stopped at motorway services. Someone stopped and complimenting my father on the car, chatted a little with him. We continued on our journey went to several places when we arrived, and several hours later we need to find a particular road. We slowed to ask a pedestrian if they knew where this road was. He was the same person who had admired the car earlier in the day. (He recognised the car, my father didn't initially recognise him.) The purpose of his journey had been to visit his brother for lunch.

Birthday Coincidence

I was reading this site for the first time yesterday. I am fascinated with a few coincidences that have left an impression on me, and therefore left me interested in coincidences in general. I am hoping to post them here, but while all that was fresh in my mind, one occurred yesterday on my birthday. OK, so 1 in 365 people have their birthday the day after Christmas, no big deal. I went to the pharmacy, "Birth date please...", I answered "12/26/66" and the technician proceeded to fetch my order.

22

My wife was born on 22/1, got married 22/9, first child born 22/6, second 22/1 and third 22/5! What are the odds of that?!

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