Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

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—-.”

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).

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?

Edinburgh AirBnB

Recently, I visited Edinburgh staying in an Air BnB. As you do, I looked in the visitors book and noticed that “Liz and Tom” from Market Bosworth had stayed there a couple of years before. I know a Liz and Tom from Market Bosworth and wondered, could it really be them? Market Bosworth is a small town but there might be a different Liz and Tom. When I returned home I contacted them and we established that we had, indeed, both stayed in the same flat.

Kermit’s Nephew

When we chat at home my husband sometimes sits on a middle stair, it’s always the same stair so I usually sing this song to him; “halfway down the stairs is a stair where I sit” which is a song sung by Kermit the frog’s nephew from the 80’s I think. Sitting down after dinner a few hours later I was reading an online news article on face masks and an advert on the same page had a photo of Kermit the frog and his nephew.

Deaths in my family

1) My son (older child)was born March 26, 1989 2) My mother’s sister died on March 26, 1989 (the day my son was born) 3) My mom died on March 26, 2020 (same day her sister died and my son’s birthday).

Walking coincidence

I was having a really rough time. I was just starting college and already second guessing my major of music as I got into the lowest choir, whereas my boyfriend had gotten into the highest. My dad hadn’t helped much with making some comments, and it had all gotten to me. I picked myself up and went on a walk. I was just walking in my neighborhood by myself. I was talking out loud and complaining that I just felt so incredibly lost. I didn’t know if I had made a mistake, and if I was just going to be miserable as a music major.

Three family members dying on same day, different years

Over the course of about 10 years, 3 family members have died on April 26 but in different years. April 26, 2010, my grandfather Thomas Martinez died from blood loss after a tumor removal surgery in CA. April 26, 2010 my cousin Jonathan Martinez died of Lukemia in CA. April 26, 2020 my great-uncle died of COVID-19 in Mexico. We are wondering who else will die on April 26.

North Carolina Natives

I am a native of North Carolina, USA. After my completing my graduate degree, I worked with a congregation in Greenville, South Carolina for fifteen years. During those years, I had the opportunity to take a group of teenagers to a conference in Germany. On that trip, we visited Dachau. Walking up to the entrance, our group meshed with other people walking in the same direction. I found myself walking beside a family and struck up a conversation with the father, who was closest in proximity.

Siblings Meeting with Siblings

A new person was attending a meeting in my town in North Carolina. We had 5 minutes to talk. She had moved from Georgia where my brother lives. I told her my brother lived in Augusta. Her sister lived in Augusta too. I clarified that he actually lived in a suburb, Evans. So did her sister. We inquired about church membership and found they were members of the same church. When I got home, I called my brother. He had been at a meeting with one sister in Augusta during the same time I was meeting with the other sister in North Carolina.

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