Cambridge Coincidences Collection

As of the 23rd May 2022 this website is archived and will receive no further updates. was produced by the Winton programme for the public understanding of risk based in the Statistical Laboratory in the University of Cambridge. The aim was to help improve the way that uncertainty and risk are discussed in society, and show how probability and statistics can be both useful and entertaining.

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Well I Never!

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

Matching names

I always have a “Yusef”, “Yosef”, “Yusuf” in my life, at any given time, however, there’s never more than one in my life at the same time. None of them share the same ethnic background.

Born at exact same time

Both my children were born at 8:08 pm Different dates and year though.

My name in the lottery ticket letters

My fiancé bought me 3.00 lottery tickets price is 3000.00. The winning word for 5.00 was Blink I have not cashed it in because the letters that scratch off have my name pretty much spelled out. My name is BYLLIE JO K the letters on my ticket are “BYLJO K” The letters LIE are MISSING. - LITERALLY A MESSAGE OF “NO LIE” 30,000 for BYLLIEJO K soon. I have the ticket as inspiration that something somewhere will win 30,000.00 for me one day. NO LIE.


Seeing lots of yellow everywhere is a sign that I need to be mindful of my thoughts because something good about to happen. After my fiancé died we became homeless and living in a new state. We were driving and The song “yellow” by Coldplay was was playing I looked up his name was on a yellow sign. All the arrows were yellow on the street lights and a yellow bumper sticker on the car next to me. A few blocks up only yellow flowers filled the green grass in businesses. A woman with a yellow jogging suit and then a few yellow semi trucks. About an hour later My daughter was getting sick. I had to pull over and let her throw up. COVID crossed my mind but I had to remain positive and not allow fear to take over my day. I kept remembering the vitamins she took in the morning before we ate. I stayed positive, my dreams were manifesting and if I allowed fear to take over… the house I was manifesting might not have come through a couple hours later. She drank some tea that evening and was better. I was thrilled to find out that I would be getting housed in less than a month. 3 years of free rent while we get out life back together. Yellow is Gods way of saying “Yellow!

Ralph and Susan

Originally Ralph was living with a girlfriend who practiced future-seeing. As he was leaving for an afternoon in the Harvard library, she mentioned that something extraordinary would befall him at two-o'clock. While there he fell while carrying a lot of books down a staircase, and pretty Susan, who was walking up, helped him gather the books and regain his composure. He noticed then that it was two-o'clock. He invited Susan for coffee, and while there he reached across in a sudden impulse, took her hand, and said "Will you marry me?" After some months of happy marriage the two were exchanging stories of their earlier days, and Susan mentioned that five years before she had hiked the Appalachian Trail, going North and carrying her large Japanese musical instrument. Most notable was the time she was accosted by a naked man decorated as a Native American and chanting a Native American hymn as he danced South. Yep. It was Ralph. Susan, he then realized, was the girl he had passed on the Trail who was "carrying a bedpost".

I remembered another to my series of coincidences

When I was working in Japan, I finally found an apartment one of many I looked at. One day sitting on the loo of the en suite with the door open, I noticed the lock plate, it was stamped "Four Oaks Lock and Key" I grew up in Four Oaks in Sutton Coldfield and know the Four Oaks Lock and Key company, as a small locksmith shop on the high street. Quite how their locks ended up in my apartment in Japan I will never know.

Coincidental Time of Day

So I’m reading a murder mystery, and one character says, “It’s 8:30.” I glance at the clock; it’s EXACTLY 8:30

2’s and arrows

My friend an I were fishing at my farm that’s part of an Indian burial ground along Wea Creek. Told him when I was very young I remember finding a arrow heads with my dad which was over 20 years ago. Told me “yeah you’re full of shit”. Laughing about it, I told him no really and I’ll never forget it and the very next second he says bro look what I just found.. two arrow heads. Since then I’ve been seeing the number 2 in my dreams and everywhere I go. The next day I’m watching TV and realized I haven’t checked my phone in awhile. I check it and it says August 22, 2021. Time was 2:22 and my background is Derek Jeter looking into the crowd. Number 2 on the back of his jersey. Took a screenshot of it as proof. The wallpaper has been there since August 5th, double checked in my gallery. That night I had a dream of me trying to save this little girl from drowning in the ocean, when she sunk to the point I could barely see her, she was holding up 2 fingers. I woke up with 2 missed and 2 text messages at 2am. Two nights ago I had a dream of this women dancing with someone and she was smiling at me, holding up 2 fingers. And I did the same thing like we both knew it had some meaning to it.


I copied down one of Simon Armitage Haiku from his guest theatre director the grden's a stage Spotlit by high white roses Enter the Raven I had to do it quickly before meeting my next client he had red roselike emblem like Yorkshire rose emblem as a poppy on his tattooed arm and I said to myself you're always looking for coincidences that's a poppy not a Yorkshire rose under a poppy message lest we forget and then I saw his wallet which had Yorkshire rose written on it and a white Yorkshire rose printed on it I realise it's a a common prophetic emblem

same photograph two days running

Yesterday I downloaded a guide to Junior ISAs. It featured a photograph of children eating. Today the i newspaper is using the exact same photograph to tag a story about how we love kitchens.