Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Why? By recording your coincidence stories here, you can help him build a picture of what kinds of coincidences are out there and which ones seem to ‘get to’ us the most. Your coincidence stories can also help him explore the scientific explanations which may account for them – whether by doing the maths to calculate the chances of a coincidence, or speculating on the weird and wonderful workings of our brains.

Coincidences tend to be ‘surprising matches’ – sometimes they are lucky, sometimes unlucky, sometimes just mind-boggling. To help you recall the coincidences that have happened in your life, here’s a list of some common types of coincidence:

  • Surprising repetitions: for instance when you’ve had not contact with someone for ages, then find two connections to them very close together in time. Or when over several years multiple members of the same family are born with the same birthday. Or even a repetition of a really rare event – like winning the lottery twice, or your life being saved twice by the same person!
  • Simultaneous events: for example when two people phone each other at exactly the same time.
  • Parallel lives: such as when two people in a small group find they share a birthday or an unusual name, or when two people discover their lives match each other in bizarre details.
  • Uncanny patterns: imagine picking letters in Scrabble that spell your name.
  • Unlikely chains of events: perhaps you lost your false teeth overboard and found them inside a fish you caught twenty years later?

If anything coincidental has happened to you - anything that made you stop and say "well, what were the chances of that..?" - then please record your story in the form below! Please try to keep your story personal - about you or someone you know. The only thing we'd ask you to steer clear of are premonitions or déjà vu, purely because - whilst fascinating - they're quite common and also difficult to analyse.

You could also tell us about coincidences in the news, but please provide a link to a reliable source!

Title: two or three words that give a simple description of your story, eg ‘old friend’ or ‘birthday coincidence’
Coincidence: tell your coincidence story - and please include plenty of relevant detail (places, dates, numbers etc.) and include your first name if you want.
Email address (optional): please leave an email address, as then we can get in touch to find out more!

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Chance meeting with lady who my Mum saved from drowning many years earlier, when she came back to England from Canada for one last visit

In 1939, my Mum and her family lived at Bindon, near Bindon Mill and Abbey Dorset which is near Wool in Dorset, they used to swim in the river at Bindon Mill, their neighbours and a cousin of their neighbours were at the Mill one day, their cousin, a young yet 'very bossy' 9 year old fell into the water and began struggling, she could not swim my Mum was very athletic and a really good swimmer aged just 5 at the time, Mum jumped in and pulled the girl to safety, aided by her older sister, they both dragged the girl out of the water to dry land, the girl was taken back to her c

People from Past

I just moved to a new city. Since I have moved here I have run into a number of people from my past. This isn't that strange because I grew up in the suburbs and a lot of people from high school still live here. This past weekend I ran into 6 people from my past. 3 live in the city. Two lived in other cities. And one was the second time I had seen this person without speaking to them. This final run in was made even stranger by the fact that I was saying this person's name as they walked by right in front of me.

Xbox Live oro carte & articoli - attività regola

<br>I clienti di online media sono ricerca un effettivo amico in x-box. Questo iniziato fuori come a sport console-come ogni altri. Si sono in a posizione per guarda video su il unità e tune in per musica. Oggi, tuttavia, i consumatori può vedere che c' sicuramente è a tutto fresco xbox globo disponibile online. Se si sarebbe come per acquisire uno di il più da il xbox esperienza, si sono probabile per desideri per fare sicuro che si sono a grande pagamento alternativa. Uno battuta d'arresto per xbox.Com è che essi semplicemente considerare specifiche banca carte.

Wallet Wonders

I was about to go for a drive and couldn't find my wallet. Asking a roommate to help locate it I surmised it must be in the last place I used it. We drove to the local department store where the night before I had made a purchase in the electronics department. My friend searched the parking lot. I believed the likelihood of it being in the lot remote and proceeded directly to electronics. A clerk informed me the wallet had been found and put in the vault. I proceed to the vault, once there, I was told the person was on lunch.

Synchronized Vacations

In 1988, my wife and I flew to Jamaica for a short vacation. We met a couple there who was from our own home state (Texas). Several weeks after we returned home, we decided to take a weekend camping trip to Oklahoma (an adjoining state). We were slowly driving thru the park (at night) looking for our assigned campsite (which we were assigned when we arrived). Someone called my name and it turned out to be the couple we had met in Jamaica. Our campsite was directly across the road from theirs and they had arrived earlier the same day.

Multiple family members with same date of death (any month)

My husband lost his maternal grandmother, his sister, Dad, an uncle, a nephew & his mother was on her death bed on that date, dying only minutes after midnight! We're afraid to get out of bed on that date! It really makes us wonder.

eBay creep

I (in the U.S.) sold some handmade arrowheads to a man in Austrailia on the eBay site. The next year he came to the US via a camp counselor exchange program. He was randomly put in our state and ended up being my son's camp counselor where he sexually molested him. He's in (U.S.) prison for that now. I sold those arrowheads for someone else. As I was listing them I recalled as a boy being taught how to make those types of arrowheads using antlers and flint at that very same camp.

Birthday coincidence

My husband and I found out that we were born in the same hospital, by the same doctor, in the same week. We are 6 days apart. AND, I worked with a lady who has a daughter that I share a birthday with; we were born on the same day, in the same hospital, by the same doctor. And my mom and the lady I worked with both described each other as their hospital roommate. I also share a birthday with my aunt and a cousin. My birthday is August 29. I also had my son 3 weeks early and delivered him on my mom's birthday which is on Christmas.

Car accident

Several months ago I got into a horrible accident . A gentleman broke my windows to get me out . I don't remember anything . Three months later I'm having a conversation with a gentleman at work and turns out he's the one that helped me out of my car . A month after meeting him and realizing who he was, I get hit by a company truck, in a complete different city .... I get out of my vehicle shaking and the first person to pull over and help me is him again . I've never met this man before in my life and we were both in shock .

Eerie Phone Coincidence

I was having a rather lengthy argument with my mother and we had gone over a variety of topics, all over the place, really. In the course of this argument we had been arguing about one of her friends, who had been on my mind earlier that day. I brought up her friend in a casual way and didn't use the woman's name and when my mother asked who I was talking about, I said the woman's name. Not two seconds later the phone rang and it was that woman calling, just "coincidentally".