Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

2nd world war pilot

In 1990 I was on holiday in Disneyland Florida waiting for a bus. An elderly man , in his 80's was standing near and we started to speak as he was fond of the English. He had been a B52 bomber pilot in the 2nd world war and stationed in England. When i asked where he was stationed , he said I would never have heard of the small village in Northamptonshire called Grafton Underwood. When I told him I lived 5 miles away from the village in Kettering and often took the dog for a walk around the now disused air field he almost broke down. He had travelled 800 miles to Disney world and i had travelled thousands to there and here we were.......coincidence or what ?
Total votes: 1052
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 08:22:18 +0000Coincidence ID:3280

Chance Meeting

Hi, My Name is Mark Smyth. On 5th July 2008 I was at Twickenham for the Iron Maiden Somewhere Back In Time Tour (According to wikipedia 44,672 tickets were sold). The 4 of us attending (Myself, my mate Kevin and 2 guys we'd met at our digs) were standing and decided to pick a spot the the left of the sound stage in the centre of the pitch as this gave us an excellent view on the stage. About halfway through the gig I spotted a familiar face walking towards me through the crowd from the stage. As he got closer I shouted him over. His name is Paul Crossley and we had served together both at home and abroad in the Army for many years. I had not seen him since he left in approximatley 1992/1993. He and I used to travel home together as I am from Bury and he is from Burnley. We both grabbed a pint together had a quick catch up and then went our separate ways. I have not seen him since. Paul told me that he was at the gig with his girlfriend and had actually thought that if he bumped into anyone that day it was likely to be me. I hope you find this interesting, Thanks Mark
Total votes: 1099
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 08:19:20 +0000Coincidence ID:3279

Second cousin dates

I have found a long lost second cousin through family tree searches, our grandmothers were sisters. His and my father had the same Birthday date, 4 July but not the same year. He is 30 years older than his father, I am 30 years older than my father, he and I are 30 years separate in age! His birthday is 21 Mar and mine 23 March.
Total votes: 940
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 08:18:38 +0000Coincidence ID:3278

Freaky name guessing

I was staying outside Hereford on my brother's stag do a year ago and got chatting to some women as you do. The subject came round to middle names, as mine is quite strange and I was tasked with guessing hers. Straight away I said 'Michael', which you would not associate with an English female middle name. Anyway, she then pulled out her driving licence with her middle name stated as 'Michael' On Christmas Eve I went out for a few drinks with some friends in my local Wetherspoon's in Newton Abbot in the afternoon. We had a group of 6 of us and the booth only fitted 4. An elderly couple needed to get past us to gain access to the booth in the corner. I said to my friends 'what do you reckon their names are? She looks like a Pam and he looks like a Philip. Actually, more like a Brian (and apologised to my friend in the group called Phil)' I then waved to the gentleman in the corner and said 'alright Brian?' He then came over and apologised and said 'I am terribly sorry, but I don't know your name.' I asked if his name was Brian and he said it was. I then explained I randomly guessed his name, we had a laugh and wished them a happy christmas. 20 minutes later a man in his 50's walked between our group and accidentally knocked into me. I said 'Sorry Michael' to him. He turned round and said 'Do I know you?' I then asked if his name was Michael and it was! So I had guessed two random strangers first names in 20 minutes in the pub. My friends then advised that I buy a lottery ticket as my luck was in, so I went and bought 3 lucky dips. Guess how much I won? Absolutely nothing!
Total votes: 981
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 08:12:50 +0000Coincidence ID:3277

Dublin to Glasgow

I had my stag party in 1999 in dublin. As ususally happens I was subjected to a practical joke of being made to wear HUGE underpants and a blow up sheep, and thats all! A few years later I went up to Glasgow to see Newcastle United play a friendly match against Celtic. While in one of the bars in Glasgow I got chatting to the bar staff and found out she was Irish. "Where in Ireland are you from?" I asked, "Dublin" was her reply. "Oh, I had my stag do in Dublin a few years back" I said. "You weren't the one with the big underpants and a blow up sheep were you", she said laughing. I was stunned!!!!
Total votes: 998
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 08:12:47 +0000Coincidence ID:3276

Interrailing

When 18 and inter-railing around Europe we arrived at our first camp site in Avignon to find that we has no tent pegs.... On leaving the campsite to try and find a shop to buy some we walked into some friends who had left school the previous year who had a spare set of tent pegs!!!
Total votes: 907
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 08:04:26 +0000Coincidence ID:3275

Work colleague finds old photos of me in his new house

As a student I worked in medical records in a London Hospital. A new colleague came in one morning saying he had moved into a new house over the weekend and found photos of me in a drawer. Turns out he had moved into the house that my friend had just moved out of. My friend had left some photos, including some of me, in the drawer!
Total votes: 897
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 07:58:45 +0000Coincidence ID:3274

swiss army knife

When i was a kid, i would guess around the age of 10, on a hot summers day, my friends and i had been playing football in the local park. We all sat down for a rest, i could see something metal protruding from the soil, so i excavated it carefully and it was a swiss army knife with the name "LUKE" engraved on the outer case!
Total votes: 1038
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 07:58:31 +0000Coincidence ID:3273

I know that book!

we were selling our house and showing around a young couple. The man picked a book out of our extensive collection of books and said "my parents wrote that book". It was a specialised psychology book that would not have been in general circulation. They bought the house!
Total votes: 1093
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 07:58:14 +0000Coincidence ID:3272

Mr

Whilst at borading school in the early 1970's I went on a family holiday to Menorca. We arrived late at night and wnet to bed. I woke up early the enxt morning and open the bedroom curtains to see the view. Looking down at the hotel swimming pool there was only one person settling down by a sun lounger. It was the matron from my school! Thereafter, if ill, I was aksed if I wanted to be signed off games rather than being told I was :-)
Total votes: 1059
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 07:57:10 +0000Coincidence ID:3271

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