Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Notebook index coincides with life index

I number my notebooks. Prominently and quite artistically on the front cover. The day I turned 50, I started notebook No. 50. I filled no. 49 to the last line, but, honestly, I did not cheat this.

RJKIV

There is this guy...after meeting we discovered that our lives have many parallels. He’s a IV like Sr Jr III Then IV. My father is III and my brother is a IV. My grandfather is a Sr...and my cousin is an IV. We live in the same city and we both moved here 10 years ago but a month apart. Him from Buffalo and I’m from Philadelphia. I lived in Buffalo before my family moved to Philadelphia. I currently live on Buffalo Dr. and moved there 2 months before meeting him. We are both the youngest of 3 children. There are a lot more parallels between us but they are very personal so I won’t share them. But the craziest one is we met 2 years ago but 5 years ago my manager actually hired his daughters mother to be my work partner/counterpart. As she used to work in the same field as me but she didn’t take the job.

Hear/read same word.

I have had the seeing/hearing words at the same time for about 20 years. Twice I have written them down. Initially it averaged about 3x's a week. Currently, it is averaging more than once a day. 309 times in the last 273 days. An example that I use to explain to others; I was typing the name of the color paint to the builder of our house, corral fence. On tv, a story of penguins. Evidently a group of penguins is called a corral. ( While I was just now typing this, it froze up on the word house (hous). I started watching tv and the word house was used. I looked down at my phone and it was unfrozen...house.

Once in a lifetime and not a good thing

My boyfriend has a habit of lying. And he isnt very good at it. My job is to investigate fraud so I am adept at spotting cues. I found out by accident he took viagra. He buys 2 packs of 4. They last approx 2 months. Last month he stopped buying 2 packs and seemingly only had 1 pack of 4. I thought this was unusual and suspected he was keeping a pack out of the house. I suspected recently he might be cheating. But dont have any real evidence just my instinct and my cues. And the changes in his behaviour regarding the viagra. Then he brought home 2 different brand packs each with 4 tablets. They do not contain the boxes. He disposes of them before he comes into the house. One was his old brand and another was a new one. Odd i thought. But dismissed it. On the same day he bought them he bought his bottle of whiskey from a shop near the house. A few days later i needed to post some parcels from this shop. I dont usually go to this shop. There are 3 ways to get to this shop. I chose the way i wouldnt think of going. In doing so i walked past parked cars. Then there was a gap. There by the side of the road was an empty box of the same brand viagra. The new one.

My dream came true!

I suddenly dreamed about a friend I hadn't spoken to in about 6 months. I honestly don't think I've ever dreamed about him before or after. When I woke up I saw a message from him on my phone. What a coincidence!

Dec 10th

Dec 10, 2015 is the date that my husband of 30 years passed away. My younger sister had cancer and passed Dec 10, 2019. Tomorrow is Dec 1st and my mother is saying she is near the end. Her skin was pale and thin like paper today. Bruising on her thin hands. Will she pass on Dec 10th? I will write more if this happens. Giving me the shivers. I am getting anxiety over this. My old blind dog has got me through all this. Will he be there for me when my mother passes? LB

Birthday coincidence

My father’s birthday is Aug 9. His youngest brother’s birthday is also Aug 9. My father’s oldest granddaughter’s birthday is 4/18. His youngest brother’s, oldest granddaughter’s birthday is also 4/18.

Strange Timing, again

Thanksgiving day can be emotional for me. I have lost three important men in my life all within a week of thanksgiving. This year we lost our dog on nearly 17 years the week before. I’d been in good control of emotions most of the day and felt ok with the world. We watch tv a lot in the evenings but always try to be in bed by 10, we are rarely, if ever, up later than 10. Thanksgiving this year, 2020, our daughter left after dinner so my husband and I settled in to watch a couple episodes of new series. It was early enough and we wanted to squeeze in 3, but after 3 it was just after 9 so a third episode would put us around 10 for bed which was ok since we were off tomorrow. We started watching the third episode and about 10-15 minutes in decided I wanted a snack, a Klondike bar, my husband had just been thinking about getting an apple then changed his mind cause my idea was totally better. We pause the show and I get up and open the freezer to get the bars then out of nowhere a grief outburst hit me like a train and I sobbed uncontrollably for at least a half hour. I just could not regain my composure no matter what I tried.

Scientific publication synchronicity

While being a maths graduate student I was enrolled (as a participant) in a phase-3 clinical trial in 2006. Several years later, completely coincidentally, I had become a clinical trials statistician myself. In 2009 I was in charge of the data analysis of my first trial; a phase-2 clinical trial in a completely different field of medicine. The trial's results got accepted for publication in The Lancet in 2010. Reviewing the draft I accidentally discovered the results of the phase-3 trial were being published in the same volume of the journal. So I was in The Lancet at the same time for my first trial as an author and for my first trial as a study participant. Shame that the h-index only takes into account the former: the latter has nearly as many citations. I've not been published in The Lancet since, in either form. As an example of statistical synchronicity, I find this rather amusing.

I know when people will die but at the same time i dont its weird

so lets start with my grandma on my dads side so basically i rarely visited her but i started thinking about her dying for a week straight and i had no idea why i mean i had dreams and visions everything and then this one day on the morning of school i had this dream she passed away and when i got home my stepmother said she had passed and we sat at the top of the stairs crying and my stepmom was like why are you crying im surprised you care about her that much and i just stared at her i couldn't tell her that i was crying because I knew my grandma was gonna die because i had these visions she would have thought i was crazy. so a couple years pass and i visit my Cousin Rob on my dads side and it was his 30th bday and he had diabetes and i never knew he didn't take care of it or anything but anyways a month passes and im home ofc.

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