Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Randomly finding old roommates credit card at gas station 90 minutes away

Yesterday on my drive back to Chicago from Michigan I stopped to use the restroom and get gas at a random gas station near Indiana . As I went to put my card in I noticed someone else’s card was left in there so I took it out to take it inside and something told me to look at the name . When I looked at it I couldn’t believe it was my old roommate from colleges card ! I called him and asked if he was still in Chicago and he said no he was on his way back to Michigan and I asked if he had stopped to get gas near Indiana and he said yes about an hour before . Come to find out he had left his card in there and didn’t even realize and some how I went to the same exact pump and was the one to find it ! How odd is that ! We hadn’t talked in months and it’s just so weird ! Then when I was in Florida last month I had asked to speak to the manager at the resort because of an issue I had and it was literally his best friend who I had no clue had even moved to Florida let alone was the manager of the resort my work conference was at !!!! What is going on !!!
Total votes: 143
Date submitted:Sun, 05 Apr 2020 04:39:35 +0000Coincidence ID:10424

Small group of 10

At a small course of only 10 people run by the U3A, by chance two members discovered that they were born in the same room! This was in Brocket Hall. At the same course two people also realised they had gone to the same school, which was over 100 miles from where they both lived now.
Total votes: 161
Date submitted:Sun, 29 Mar 2020 15:13:11 +0000Coincidence ID:10421

Missed a train abroad and ran into someone I knew of, but didn't know personally

My husband and I were traveling through Russia on the Transiberian train. My father had mentioned in conversation that his best friend's sister and her husband were also traveling through Russia at the time and shared a picture of them. We had never met them before and with Russia being a huge country, we didn't think much of it. At some point in our journey, we missed a train and had to book last minute tickets on another train at a later hour. There was only one cabin with two free tickets left, so we booked there. We caught this train on time and went to our cabin. As soon as the couple we were sharing the cabin with walked in, I recognized them from the picture my father had sent me. Much to their surprise, we asked them if they were who we thought they were and we introduced ourselves after explaining the situation. We still can't believe how many coincidences were involved for this to happen.
Total votes: 154
Date submitted:Sun, 15 Mar 2020 00:38:01 +0000Coincidence ID:10412

Two Nutria Encounters

Went to the library, did some browsing, and selected a book to take with me on a business trip. Can't recall the title, but it was probably something in the action/adventure genre. On the plane, it caught my eye that the book mentioned an animal called a nutria. I had to pause for a second, but then remembered that it's a sort of swimming rat. I was pleased that I was able to recall that. Got to my destination (a university in south Texas) and my contact picked me up at the airport and took me out to dinner. Sitting on the outdoor deck as we ate our meal, I scanned our surroundings and something in a river that winded its way around the restaurant caught my eye. "You know what those are?" he asked. Before I could answer, he said, "They're called nutria. They have them where you're from?" I probably hadn't heard the name "nutria" for a decade or more prior to reading it in that book (I'm guessing junior high or high school) and then I heard it twice in one day, including seeing one of the little bastards!
Total votes: 185
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Mar 2020 21:55:07 +0000Coincidence ID:10410

same bowlegged jeep in front of me twice

driving south on a highway in Detroit in the evening I notice a green jeep with bowlegged tires in front of me I commented that it must have been in an accident and i pull alongside it to confirm and notice the dings and the driver, the next morning I see the same jeep in front of me eastbound in the morning so I pull alongside to confirm the same jeep
Total votes: 162
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Mar 2020 02:56:49 +0000Coincidence ID:10409

Sister Died

It was Christmas day back at around 2005. It was mid afternoon and we were getting organised to get my wife's grandmother (who is called 'Nana" in the family) back home. Nana was ushered upstairs to go to the toilet before the car journey back to her home. I also needed to go to the loo, but of course allowed Nana to go in first. As soon as she came out, I went into the loo. It was the tiniest loo possible - probably three feet wide, and just long enough to fit the toilet at the end so that the door could open and close. In other words, a very small loo! As I was having my wee I had a sudden and persistent thought running through my head. It wasn't a 'voice' but it was that kind of persistent self-talk we do when we repeat something in our heads like "don't forget to set the alarm" when leaving to go on holiday. The words that were repeating in my head were "sister's died, sister's died". This was just after 3pm on Christmas Day. I went back downstairs and told my wife about this. I asked her (sensitive of me, really) if at some point if she had a sister who had died. She said that she hadn't, but said she would ask her mother. I was reluctant to do this, but she did anyway. My wife's mother confirmed that no 'sister' had died in the family. Others gathering to see Nana asked what the conversation was about, so it was shared. I shrugged it off as a random and spurious thought. That evening, with some six or seven family members at the house, the phone rang - at just after 7pm I remember. My wife's mother answered the phone, which was located out in the hall. She came into the room looking white as a sheet. She said "This afternoon, just after three o'clock, Nana's sister died." I still can't explain this, but the people who witnessed this event are still alive and talk about it to this day. Hope that you find this example of a coincidence useful and interesting.
Total votes: 161
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Mar 2020 10:33:51 +0000Coincidence ID:10407

3 children with the same birth date

My daughter Ally was born 14.11.2000 My twins were born naturally on 14.11. 2013 For our family it's a cool coincidence.
Total votes: 157
Date submitted:Sun, 08 Mar 2020 19:19:59 +0000Coincidence ID:10406

Just weird coincidences and freaked out by too many!!!

I met this girl through work we became friends (I’m married but we connected)<br /> 1 I saw her surname on the back of a temporary roadworks sign.<br /> 2 her parents wedding anniversary is the same date as mine.<br /> 3 her Facebook name code has the year I was born in it. Ie v****h***71<br /> 4 I got in the car one Saturday morning to go to work, I don’t normally work Saturdays, I turned the radio on and she was on the radio on a phone in call.<br /> 5 we both got a puncture on our vans on the same day.<br /> 6 we have posted status updates at the same time on Facebook.<br /> 7 I saw a poster with the same name as hers with the eyes highlighted in blue of the photo of queen Victoria ( her name is Vicky) ( she has deep piercing blue eyes)
You voted 5. Total votes: 156
Date submitted:Sun, 08 Mar 2020 01:06:53 +0000Coincidence ID:10405

Comment event and time matched

Listened to Robin Ince interviewing Claudia Hammond on the Book Shambles podcast. Claudia talks about going to an 0840 GP appointment and the GP having already seen 7 people already. I was, at that moment, locking up my bike so I could check in for my own 0840 GP appointment. I had no idea they were going to raise that concept when I had downloaded the podcast that morning. The coincidence raised a smile. Claudia Hammond liked my tweet about it, but the GP didn't seem bothered...
Total votes: 170
Date submitted:Thu, 05 Mar 2020 11:49:20 +0000Coincidence ID:10404

soul sister

Okay. So here's the thing. Me and a girl I've met. Which is now my best friend. We haven't been friends for that long, but we've been having strange. Crazy phenomenal coincidences that has been happening out of nowhere. She's like attracted to something And later on that day, or maybe you like within that wheat, I would find something. And it just be the exact same thing that she found or had interest in it's crazy because I was eating a sandwich the other I was eating a sandwich and I had a friend go and order me a spicy chicken from Burger King will before she She ate. A country fried steak sandwich and I had gotten the order. He didn't look at the order. But it was a country fried steak sandwich from Burger King. Well as crazy as hell. And also she was attracted to a speaker that she had found what I had a friend. I was out here one day and we were metal hunting. And I ended up finding the same saying she found beforehand while we were walking through a Trail Is that weird wrong to same things but it's weird because it's like we're we just met kinda. Better that we know each other forever and we just have a weird connection when I do a Tarot readings as well. Like I feel what she feels sometimes when I do them ratings. I don't know. I can't explain it. It's just a crazy coincidence. It's just coincidence so I can say a phenomenal incidence i think not. Thoughts on this???? why do we continuously keep on having these events happening not Complaining or nothing bad is happening. But it's just strange
Total votes: 183
Date submitted:Sun, 01 Mar 2020 05:47:08 +0000Coincidence ID:10403

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