Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

My friend

I share birthday with my friends mom. My friend and I, we also end up reading each others texts or texting each other at the same time. And when he told me his career goals and goals for college were they were the same as ,mine and we had never ever talked about it prior to the time.

Birthday coincidence

My first boyfriend was born 18th of March 1985, 2nd boyfriend born 20th of March 1985, 3rd boyfriend born 19th of March 1985 and finally my husband born 17th of March 1985! All met in different towns...even my husband in another country.


It was my stepfather's birthday on May 14th so I mailed him a card. My mom texted me today and said that she bought him the exact same card. Of all the cards out there, what are the odds of that?

Cafe Astrology Coincidence

I am a twin, and we were born on our mother's birthday - August 15. According to the system of café astrology, our "card" in a deck of 52 cards is the Jack of Clubs. My maternal grandfather's birthday is February 27. He has the same card as us. I think this is amazing. (But also unsurprising).


I live in manhattan, my friend Philip in Williamsburg (he's an artist turned printer for artist) I was walking back home from work and decided to take a different route than usual and ran into Philip who was in manhattan to pick up something at the apple store he also happen to have free time before he had to meet someone else in my neighborhood we decide to go for a drink we can't decide for a place finally I say let's go to your girlfriend's favorite place I have never been to before (it's a bar hidden behind a gallery) we go and have a drink we're 3

Boyfriend and girlfriend

I was born on 5 December 1985 and my boyfriend on 27 September 1985. We have friends who are also a couple with the same birthdays, except the boy is 28 September 1985. The girls are the same though.

New Years Eve 2049

On the 13th June 2005 a colleague's husband was tragically killed in a cycling accident in France-he'd been hit by a car. My colleague received the news whilst at work and as you can imagine her grief was felt by us all in the office. On 16th June 2005 I purchased the New Scientist magazine and read the article headlined 'Double Jeopardy'. It discussed the latest scientific work on quantum theory and suggested that either space -time was an illusion or free will was an illusion.

Mercury Poisoning

I had just read a Facebook posting about the Japanese PM supporting dolphin slaughter. One comment read ' I hope they die of Mercury poisoning'. I then moved the post beneath it which was from New Scientist concerning the NASA Messenger Spacecraft crashing into Mercury. A comment read "Messenger has died from Mercury poisoning"......!

Just seen on TV

I watched D Spiegelhalter's TV programme and enjoyed it. The very next time I went for a run (along Riverside, Cambridge, a few days later), there he was. I really wish I had stopped and asked him, in all seriousness, 'What are the chances of that?' Not a great one (we both live in Cambridge, after all), but true.

The Sweeney

Was just watching 'citizen smith' where Harry says to Smithy that he fully expected him to be caught by 'The Sweeney'. Whilst checking IMDB it turns out that the character 'speed' is played by George Sweeney and actress Cheryl Hall who plays Smithy's girlfriend has appeared in 'The Sweeney' tv series..... as has George Sweeney!