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!

All of the information entered below except your email address will be published on this website when you press save




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Precognition?

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Multiple Birthday dates and numbers coincidence

My husband and I were both raised by biological mothers and step fathers. Both mothers share the same birthday Both biological fathers share the same birthday Both elder sisters share the same birthday My son and my best friends daughter were born on the same day 3 years apart My other best friend is due a baby on my birthday My husband birthday is 20th June and mine is 14th October and our done was born in 2014

Link to previous generation?

My location - West Wolverhampton, West Midlands. February (?) 2016. As I was checking e-mails on my computer my journalist daughter called me on my mobile phone for quick directions to a street in Willenhall, West Midlands, where she was to interview a business owner. She was about a quarter of a mile from the street where she needed to be. I directed her to the street and to the shop which is known to me. Within seconds of ending the phone call an e-mail arrived from a friend in Manchester who is researching my family tree.

Random Song

Driving with my friend and our two sons. Her 7 year son requests Take on Me from Ah-Ha - his current favorite oldie but goodie - but neither of us had reception in that area. So I turn on the radio, scan to the first channel, and right then the first chord of his requested song starts. This was our second strange coincidence of the day, so something must be going right. Needless to say we turned it up loud and celebrated this little victory!

2 stories in 1

At some point my friend was transferred from LA to St Louis for work. One week after he moved, my boss told me she wanted me to attend a conference in St Louis a few weeks later. Pretty cool, a trip on the company dime and I could see my friend who just moved there. Once I arrived, I discovered his new apartment was directly across the street from the conference. At said conference in St Louis, I met a girl from Kansas City. She told me she recently visited her friend in LA (a few months prior).

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With my friend and our 2 sons playing in a creek. We were talking about books we liked reading. She told me she like sci-fi, fantasy and dragons, and talked about the dragons ornaments she had as a child. I told her how my mother (deceased) loved the same kind of stories and was obsessed with dragons as wells. Right then, my son finds a little toy in the creek and hands it to me, which I immediately thought was a dragon. It had the word "Northosaurus, made in China" imprinted on it, which is a dinosaur that is considered a Sea Dragon in China.

Parallel lives

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