Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Chance encounters

Recently I met up with a guy from a dating app. We've crossed paths, online, over the last few years. I don't remember exactly when, but at least 5 years ago must've been the first time. I don't think we spoke, or if we did it was brief. We were working in the same area, but never crossed paths. I was on a casual contractor basis, and on one day I was asked to work at a site, which happened to be the one day that week that he visited that site. I remember recognising him. While the chances of that happening were small, it was still in the realm of possibility. Over the last few years, we've interacted online (not dating sites) without realising it; we've lived in the same areas and never crossed paths.... We now live and work in completely different areas. We have no mutual friendships... but, randomly, this week he is away with two friends who have distinctive names. Last night I filled in for a basketball team that my brother plays with. One of the team members said that next week two other players would be back. It was the friends' names. That in itself is a coincidence. If it is the same people then I don't know what to say. Completely random.
Total votes: 234
Date submitted:Thu, 08 Oct 2020 03:50:38 +0000Coincidence ID:10546

More dates

A good friend of mine while growing up, was the next door neighbor in high school. After getting married, my husband and I purchased property and the older sister of that friend was now my neighbor at my new property. Thought it was kinda funny. What’s really strange is that on my grandmas birthday, she gave birth to her son. On my nephews birthday, she gave birth to a daughter. And on my younger brothers birthday, her third child was born. And then I found out a bit later that the youngest sister of my high school friend had a daughter who was born on my birthday. Which is also my mothers birthday.
Total votes: 234
Date submitted:Sun, 04 Oct 2020 15:09:50 +0000Coincidence ID:10545


I am the only girl, in the middle of brothers. Our father died, we were trying to prepare for his funeral- I was putting myself under a lot of pressure to get everything completed by the funeral day. My brothers aren’t inclined to even know what to do in this type of situation so basically, everything was on me. I was rushing around for nearly a full week, getting things printed, picture boardS, cooking and baking, renting the building and setting up tables and chairs and preparing everything there etc. along with grieving for my father. I was exhausted and broken hearted, feeling somewhat defeated and alone. The day before the funeral, I stopped at my dads house and my younger brother was there opening mail. As I pulled up to the house my brother had opened a cable bill of my fathers, and a small brochure fluttered to the ground. He said he saw me getting out of my vehicle as he was bending down to pick up the brochure, when he noticed that my name was on the brochure. So he turned it over and it was a sale flyer type of thing that was selling a small jewelry box and engraved on the top of the box said “Emily, my daughter, I love you today, forever and always.” It gave him chills. And then I walked in and he became emotional, of course because of our dad, but he told me what had happened and handed the brochure to me. I also had chills and a fluttery feeling in my chest. Obviously, it was just a flyer. And probably many people recieved the same one along with their cable bills. And my name just happened to be Emily. Coincidence? Or was it a sign that my dad could see all that I was doing and all that I had done prior to his death and he was letting me know that he loved me? I like to think that Is what it was. I saved the brochure, just in case.
You voted 1. Total votes: 240
Date submitted:Sun, 04 Oct 2020 14:59:20 +0000Coincidence ID:10544


I have many of the same dates, In my family, of births and deaths that are oddily coinciding with other family members. I was born on my mothers birthday. My mothers mother recieved a phone call in the morning on May 27, 1989 telling her that her mother had died. Several hours later on that same day, my mother’s father received a phone call that his own mother had died as well. So both of my moms grandmas died on the same day, just hours a part in different states. My dads mother and her father died on the same day but she died many years after her father. My moms father died on feb 6. So did my dog. My mom died on feb 22nd, so did my other dog. My father died July 19th- my nephews grandmother, on his moms side, died that day as well. My moms grandmas birthday was dec6, so is my sons birthday and my brothers daughters birthday, as well.
Total votes: 241
Date submitted:Sun, 04 Oct 2020 08:02:34 +0000Coincidence ID:10543

University friend met in London

Hi. I am originally from Kyrgyzstan. When I was 19 I went to study to Turkey and I had the University mate from Uzbekistan. But when our university finished we totally lost our connection. But when I came to London in 2002 I met him the next day on a street in London. What a coincidence?
You voted 4. Total votes: 285
Date submitted:Sun, 27 Sep 2020 18:56:22 +0000Coincidence ID:10540

Life and Death

I have several coincidences... 1) my great nephew and I share a birthday..Oct 2 2) my husband and oldest granddaughter share a birthday..Oct 16 3) my great nephew and oldest granddaughter weighted the same and were the same length..8lbs 10oz 4) my oldest granddaughter was born at the same time of day as her father (my son) was born..2:13 pm 5) my youngest granddaughter and daughter-in-law share the same birthday..Sep 6 6) my step-grandson and my son-in-law share a birthday..Nov 2 7) my mother-in-law died in 1996 8) my mother died in 2006 9) my farher-in-law died in 2016..all 10 years apart
Total votes: 234
Date submitted:Sat, 26 Sep 2020 17:01:02 +0000Coincidence ID:10539

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: 223
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
You voted 4. Total votes: 237
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: 238
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: 224
Date submitted:Sun, 13 Sep 2020 05:22:11 +0000Coincidence ID:10534