Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Two Lives Intertwined

My husband & my life intertwined for 38 years before we met... coincidence... We grew up in the same community. We did not attend the same schools but we knew many of the same kids. In high school we had mutual friends and attended the same social events. My best friend dated his work partner for a year after high school. In our twenties we both moved to another city and lived three blocks away from each other. We knew the same people and attended many of the same social events. In our thirties we both moved back to our home town. I lived in his mom’s neighbourhood for a couple of years and we became friends. In our late thirties, early forties we lived in the same area. Our kids attended the same schools and I worked with his ex-wife. My daughter’s best friend is his niece. In our mid forties we worked for the same company. We finally met a year later and got married. My husband died this past summer but the coincidences continued during our marriage and after his death. We separated in 2019. He died suddenly a year later on the exact date we had separated. A week before he died he reminded me of what his final wishes were. On our wedding anniversary this year I was in a grocery store check out line. There was a man ahead of me paying for his items. He had several miscellaneous things including two bundles of yellow roses, which my husband always gave me on our anniversary. The man paid for his items then turned to me and handed me one of the flower bouquets. He smiled, wished me a great day and walked away. Our first holiday together was camping in a provincial park which was his favourite place in the world! During this holiday we stopped at the entrance and took pictures of each other at the park sign. I held a Celebration Of Life for him in this park seven years later to the day and I used that picture for his social media memorial. I didn’t realize the coincidence of the date I had chosen or that the picture had been taken exactly seven years before until weeks later. Coincidences?
Total votes: 99
Date submitted:Thu, 24 Sep 2020 14:49:54 +0000Coincidence ID:10538

once a pon a dream

My coincidence is a recurring a dream that I'm trying to sort strings and if i get the pattern wrong everything gets messed up and destroyed and i have to restart on everything but the thing is that dream kinda came true i was just going on my life and the same kinda thing happened when i was trying to do this task it was soo crazy
Total votes: 96
Date submitted:Thu, 17 Sep 2020 17:35:14 +0000Coincidence ID:10536

Just sick of them now lol

Having too many specific coincidences lately so in my frustration I had enough and sent out ABC to the universe or whoever. I just watched Beverly Hills cop 2 and the detective said he shouldn’t be working the alphabet case. AlphaBet Case. ??????
Total votes: 92
Date submitted:Mon, 14 Sep 2020 20:38:19 +0000Coincidence ID:10535

the number 3/12 which is my birthday

most extreme of number and now just expect it. Things have actually happened and number appears with it. I told a student of mine about the number 312, we talked about a year later, and for about w0 minutes at the end of a conversation she said, hay do things still happen with that number you told me, I was sitting in my car and told her I'm about to go in to the office for work but yes alot all the time, as I opened my car. Door in parking lot and looked down there was a $100 bill on the ground, I told her and I told her and she said wait, look at the time on your cell it was 3:12 pm and I often wake to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night because I'm diabetic and it's usually 312 Am when I wake up
Total votes: 98
Date submitted:Sun, 13 Sep 2020 05:22:11 +0000Coincidence ID:10534

Most extreme coincidence but many often

I am a great whitler, aas driving from work to walmart and heard the song Africa, tune stayed in my head about 10 minutes I entered Walmart giving to go to restroom. As I sat down on toilet they started playing the same song in store, at end of song came the freaky part, as I got up and song ended i turned around to flush toilet, i saw the name of the toilet brand name and it wax TOTO. That is the same name of group that sang the song Africa. I have many many thing that happen to me. For years I've searched for answers, they are extreme and often Gerardo Huerta please wasd help answe
You voted 5. Total votes: 89
Date submitted:Sun, 13 Sep 2020 05:12:53 +0000Coincidence ID:10533

Twice in two weeks

In 1977 I went to Blackpool uk on a coach trip, I missed the coach back and didn't have enough money for a room, so I found a bus shelter and slept in that. During the night I woke up as i heard someone moving near me. It was another guy who was asleep on the next bench to me, he awoke as I moved and I realised I knew him from my home town 70 miles away, he went to the same school as me in Halifax uk. Turned out that he had missed his last train home to Halifax uk I hadn't seen him for about 3 years since I left school, we talked a bit and next morning, we went home on the train. Two weeks later I went to a football match in Portsmouth, 250 Mile's from where I lived on my own by train. I missed my last connection train back to Halifax, from Bradford, so decided to walk back the 8 miles as the taxis were all booked up for hours. About 3 miles in on the way home I walked past a man who was walking slowly and looked as I passed him, it was the same guy(Trevor) who was in the bus shelter sleeping in blackpool a couple of weeks before, the guy i knew from school! We could not believe seeing each other again in the middle of the night 70 miles from where we last met in the middle of a quiet road back to Halifax. He had also missed his last bus back to Halifax. Even though we went to the same school and lived in the same small town, i never saw him again in the following 40 plus years. I tried looking him up last year and found out he had died unfortunately
Total votes: 94
Date submitted:Wed, 09 Sep 2020 22:10:19 +0000Coincidence ID:10532

Lizard

Last Tuesday I went on vacation with a couple of my friends. When we were about to head to bed I noticed the curtain wasn’t closed, so I went to close it and a lizard falls on me it really scared me. The next Tuesday which is today I’m back home and I decide to open my curtain guess what happens??? A lizard appears but this time doesn’t fall on me. Both were dead, both happened on a Tuesday, and both happened when I was either opening or closing the curtain.
You voted 3. Total votes: 100
Date submitted:Wed, 09 Sep 2020 02:50:06 +0000Coincidence ID:10531

an old family name

I was on a train in Russia and the train conductor called me by my grandmother’s original maiden name (“O—-“ a Russian last name which her father had changed to “K—-“ upon immigrating to Greece to better assimilate). It is not a common last name (though it is a famous one, as it belongs to a noble family) and bears no resemblance to my actual last name — “S—-.”
Total votes: 113
Date submitted:Tue, 08 Sep 2020 22:45:57 +0000Coincidence ID:10530

Cat's Mum

My fiancé's, bestie, Catriona, held a bridal shower for her at her flat in Victoria, BC, Canada. I was to come pick up my fiancé after work. I got held up so everyone had left already when I got there. Cat's Mum arrived early to visit with Cat and have a cup of tea. She arrived when we were just getting things together to leave so we were all jammed in the front entry of Cat's flat. Well we are not savages so we did proper introductions. I introduced myself and used my last name "L" in my introduction. Cat's Mum said "L" heh? Any relation to the "L's" of Talbot Terrace? Well yes my father JL was raised on Talbot Terrace in Glasgow. Cat's Mum and my father were childhood friends and had lost touch. I shared my Dad's number with Cat's Mum and they re-connected happily catching each other up.
Total votes: 127
Date submitted:Mon, 07 Sep 2020 02:47:50 +0000Coincidence ID:10529

Makes my spine chill

Sept 20, 1994 in Vancouver, BC, I fell off a balcony at work. I broke my back in 3 places and had a few other breaks and bruises. A woman was in a "Subway" restaurant across the street and looked up just in time to see me fall. "Subway" is not her choice the vegan place down the block would have been but her friend she was meeting wanted "Subway". She thought she'd seen me die. Two days later this woman is in Northern California to visit the sanctuary of her spiritual leader (A very small religious group of about 1000 people worldwide). She arrives at the sanctuary after closing and can't get in. An older woman who works there, arrives and says that the sanctuary is not open to visitors but agrees to allow her in as long as she helps her freshening the flowers. They get to talking, the one says she has just arrived from Vancouver, the older woman says what a coincidence I am just leaving for Vancouver to visit my son who is in the hospital after a workplace accident. The first woman saw me fall, the older woman is my mother. My mother usually works at the sanctuary on Thursday but because of my accident had to go in on Wednesday to do the flowers before coming to visit me. coincidence - rare choice of restaurant allows woman to witness my fall coincidence - rare situation of my mother doing the flowers on a Wednesday (Usually Thursday but because of my fall she goes in on the day and time the woman arrives) coincidence - two of the approximately 1000 people in the world involved in this unusual religion should meet face to face as a random happenstance coincidence - my mother is one of these two women and the other saw my accident (in another country)
Total votes: 109
Date submitted:Mon, 07 Sep 2020 02:01:50 +0000Coincidence ID:10528

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