Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

David Edwards

In the late 1950's I was coming home on leave from Northern Ireland to my parent's address in Suffolk. It was a journey of some 24 hours and I needed to change London underground lines at Bank. I stood in front of the doors as the train approached the station. They opened and my father (the late Percy Edwards M.B.E.) stood opposite me, waiting to board the train on his way to an appointment.

Happy birthday baby

A friend of my wife is a teacher and the wife of one of her colleagues gave birth. There was much hilarity in the staff room when the sums were done and the date of conception turned out to be his birthday. Two years later she gave birth again on the same day!

Random telephone call

Whilst I was walking past a public phone box, it started to ring. I answered the phone and found it was my aunt. She started chatting to me normally, but after a while I said "I am in a phone box, why did you ring here?", She replied, " I rang your phone number". I explained that it was in fact a public phone box. She had rung an old number which she had not deleted in her address book, from when we had changed our number about 10 years earlier.

dream coincidence

One night I had a strange dream about having a one night fling with Rod Stewart (very odd - as I'm no particular fan of his, and am not prone to have those kind of dreams about famous people!). The next morning I got into the car and turned the radio on. Maggie May was playing on radio 2. That was also odd because usually I'm listening to radio 4 and had obviously had it on radio 2 the night before.

Birth dates

My brother and I were both born on the 26th of the month. His birthday 26th October 1980 and mine is 26th September 1984.

Meeting in the himalayas

When my husband and I were trekking in the Himalayas before we were married we met a Dutch? young man who had been to our friends outdoor partying Surrey.a mutual friend of his and our friend had taken him along.

Birth dates

We were both born on the 26th of the month. His birthday 26th October 1980 and mine is 26th September 1984.

out of area

We saw our next door neighbours from the South East walking down the street in Edinburgh where both families were on holiday. They mentioned to us the previous Christmas that they had never been to Scotland but were thinking of visiting. We on the other hand would stay in Edinburgh once a year. Our neighbours were in Edinburgh for one day of their Scottish holiday.

Same birthday of 3 family members

My eldest brother and his daughter are born on same day - exactly 30 years apart My second brother's son also shares the same birthday with his uncle and cousin

Geoffrey Dannell FSA

In 1962 I was driving a cream-coloured Landrover on a Yugoslav main road returning home from a visit to Greece with my wife. Approaching me, another similar Landrover appeared, and the closing speed must have been more than 100 mph. I saw that it had a UK number-plate - and as it passed I looked in the rear-view mirror - only to see the girl-friend of my own closest friend sitting on the tailgate. She had seen me and we stopped and reversed up. She was on an archaeological trip to Turkey.

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