Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

I believe that which I do not wish to believe

You can put aside all of the stories you've heard. I'm the only source for the true meaning of real " Coincidences ". During the past thirty - five / forty years I've had anywhere from two thousand to many thousands of them. Depends on what would be considered to be meaningful . Really began around 1982 , involved a second involvement with a particular person. That's when the dam broke. In earlier years I was aware that I would always do just the wrong thing in certain circumstances but did not place much importance in them.

The streets of London ARE paved with gold

I was working in the City of London and one lunchtime I strolled along Bishopsgate which is a busy road alongside Liverpool Street station. As I approached the Tesco store I saw a £5 note on the pavement, I stopped and looked around and it looked as if no-one had just dropped it so I went over to it and picked it up. My lucky day i thought! I moved on a few yards and there was a Big Issue selling his magazine, I'm pretty sure he didn't see my stoke of luck but I thought he probably needs it more than me and "easy come easy go" as they say.

Unepected links with one of my brothers

My wife attended a forty year anniversary of her school year last Saturday. We still live in the area. Today she went to a yoga class, not her normal one but an earlier one for some reason. At the class she met one of the women she had met for the first time in forty years last Saturday. In discussion afterwards she told my wife that she had never been to this class before either. They then started talking about what they were doing now and it became apparent that she worked at the John Lewis shop in Trafford Centre. My brother used to work there so my wife mentioned this.

Three Family Members Died Same Day, Same Month

My closest friend's elderly dad died on September 5, 2000. Her youngest brother had died in a car accident in his twenties on September 5, 1981. Her younger brother then died of cancer at 50 years old on September 5, 2012. What are the odds of this?

Link to Dad

My father had passed away just a few months prior when one evening my husband and I were chatting with an older gentleman at our church in south Texas, someone whom I knew casually by sight, no more. My husband asked him where he was from, and he named a small town in Kansas. The name of the town meant nothing to me, but Kansas certainly did. "My family lived in (small college town), Kansas, until I was eight!" I said. "You're kidding," he said, "that's where I went to college." I looked at him again, trying to guess his age.

Duran Duran Concert

I was a late 30’s wife and mother who just moved to a new city. My husband and I became friendly with a couple down the street. The husband - “Chip” and I were both from a small city about 3 hours away. One evening we were hanging out with them talking about a high school. I mentioned I had passed on seeing the Police in concert but somehow made it to Duran Duran in our city in the early 80’s.

Finding a link w someone

I grew up on Long Island and a high school friend had a long distance romance with a guy she met from Media PA when we were in hs.I then went to College in PA and my roommate who was from Media PA also dated him. I remembered the name and confirmed it w my hs friend in another college. My mom’s friend was housesitting for a family in NY and the daughter was supposed to get married on a cruise but the fiancé canceled it before and they decided to still go on the cruise.

Sun Rise

Shortly after I got up this morning, the sun rose. And I can do that almost every day.

Young Actor

It was around April 2011, I went to Xiamen, China with some classmates to join a summer immersion program that would help us enhance our Mandarin and Chinese knowledge. I come all the way from the Philippines and I was an incoming junior student at that time. While we had all sorts of subjects to help us learn non/academically, we would have more relaxing days. Like one afternoon, April 16th to be exact, our Lao Shi (teacher) finished 2 hours before dismissal and she urged us to do something else but leave class. One colleague suggested we watch a movie, to which LaoShi agreed.

Engraving in the door

It was 2007 in Christchurch, New Zealand and I had recently moved into a new share-house. I was in bed one night before I turned off the lights and noticed an engraving in the door, which had been covered with brown paint. I got out of bed and started towards the door. I ran my hands over the words "I HATE MY LIFE" in capital letters. After that night, I often imagined who did that, a child? What was their life like? I was 18 at the time and had met a girl at a party, a few weeks later she'd agreed to come over for drinks.

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