Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Sex sequence

My mother was one of three sisters who each had children. Each of the three sisters had a girl, followed by a boy. Four of these six children, two girls and two boys, themselves had children. Each of these four children had a girl, followed by a boy. Of these eight children, so far one has had a girl, followed by a boy; and one has had a girl. From 1944 to 2015 and spanning three generations, the parents within this entire branch of a family have each had only a girl followed by a boy in a total of seven parents plus one parent with a girl only-child at the time of posting.

Potentially life-saving

It was a few years ago now but I still can't believe I was where I was when this happened. My mother became ill, and if I hadn't have been with her... well I'm not sure. I was commuting to and from the university in Aberdeen at the time, and it was a 2 hour journey for the train part alone. Heading home, I missed my usual train just after 1pm, and had to wait for the next one, which was around 3pm. A stop before my home (F) station, they told everyone getting off at the current stop (E), and there would be a bus for us. Now, I couldn't cope with the bus. So I called my mother to ask for a lift, and she said she'd pick me up as she was on her way to E anyway, even though it was 45+ minutes from her work, 25 of which took her past our home. When she did arrive between 5-10 minutes after I got off the train, she was incredibly unwell. She's also very stubborn and insisted she didn't need me to call an ambulance, or to go to A&E. She did need to go. She nearly died.

Two Honeymoon Nights

We have lived in London for over twenty-five years and for a fair part of that time have had lovely neighbours but one - Max and Kate. We have often met at parties and just passing in the street as well as sharing some dinner parties over the years. They came to us for supper one night recently and something started us talking about getting married and our honeymoons. We told them about our simple marriage and our reception for friends in our large flat in Edinburgh. We noted that we travelled north that day to Nairn for our honeymoon night and to stay in a lovely hotel in the town owned and run by dear friends of ours. They immediately said - "that's a coincidence our honeymoon was in Nairn too". We said where and they said - "it was a lovely hotel slightly quirky and beautifully decorated with a host with a kilt", Kate had read about it in a magazine and thought it would be a lovely place to stay - she couldn't remember its name however, but I could immediately tell her that it was the Clifton Hotel run by our good friend Gordon McIntyre with his lovely wife, Muriel, a potter.

An antique sideboard in two places and a young asian girl

We were living in Edinburgh and this moment in time was probably around July 1988 or 1989 but we can't be sure. We had a big flat and usually had a lodger to help defray costs. One autumn a young dental student came to stay, she was doing a PhD at Edinburgh University Dental School. She was very studious and no trouble, usually having an evening meal or snack and then retiring to her room to study. She was always fascinated by a large carved wooden sideboard which stood in our living room, she often referred to it. It was carved by my great grandfather who was a cabinet maker. We had inherited it from my parents when my grandmother had died and they sold her house, we had a lot of furniture from her in an attempt to fill this enormous flat. The sideboard was (actually is, as we still have it) rather medieval in character with carved men in three places and carved door panels, but we think she thought it looked more asian in character. She was called Aisha and when she graduated her mother came up for the ceremony and of course was welcomed to stay as well. We gave them dinner one night and started to talk about their past.

Opticians weird coincidence

Just been inspired by your 'Tails you win' on BBC four so thought I'd share this recent visit to an opticians here in Lancaster. I've had some weird coincidences in Lancaster not least the random mobile phone number I received which includes the area code of Lancaster randomly given to me 3 years ago, my 11 digit number is 07757 015246, the local code is 01524 but this localised coincidence continues. On Monday the 14th March 2022 I had a rare day off and wondered what to do with it. After dropping my children of at school, I went into town, ( This itself is rare as I normally take my dog for his daily exercise, but on this day I had to drop my wife at her work so had taken the dog out earlier that morning). After wondering around looking for something to do I went past this old optician's called Taylors, which itself is rare as I have no business in this part of town. I've lived in Lancaster for 20 years and thought ' I can't believe I've never been in this shop at all and I do need some varifocals for reading as I've been having some problems and so I thought why not?

St. Joseph's Day

One morning when we were ten-and-a-half my cousin Billly appeared at the schoolyard fence at St. Ann's during recess. "Let's go!" he said, "It's St. Joseph's Day!" He was playing hooky from his public school nearby. Hooky seemed justified, and off we went down Dale Avenue. He stopped us in front of the Post Office: "Look at this! I got them from a big kid!" Out came two cigarettes and some matches. Just as we were about to strike the matches, my mother's cousin Tommy Parisi happened by. "What are you kids up to?" We proudly held up the cigarettes. Tommy was about sixteen, and we had visited his pigeon-coop and homing-pigeons two or three times. "You kids know about cancer, right?" In fact, the word was foreign to us. "When you smoke, cancer grows in your throat, thick heavy yellow fuzz, and you die. Better throw those away." We went over to the storm drain in the street and did just that. It was a lucky coincidence that Tommy would arrive just then, with such knowledge in 1951. A religious person might say that St.

Two weird coincidences

I traveled on holiday to Swanage in Dorset, Uk, from Essex, Uk to stay at a guest house with friends from London. At the end of our stay we were writing in the guest comments book. The owner noticed that i lived in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, their daughter lived there. My phone number was 775862, and their daughter 775863

Travels meeting

I traveled to Barbados to watch an England cricket test match in march 1981, i was paired with a complete stranger (Nick Edwards) to keep the hotel costs down. In July 1981 i holidayed in the south of France with a friend. We played cards in the evenings with the people in the adjacent tent. They mentioned my sun tan and i told them the Barbados story. They said, 'that's funny' the barman at our local pub in Hertfordshire was in Barbados...Nick Edwards!

Lotto

A couple days ago I was waiting for my shower to get hot, it suddenly just flew into my brain to go onto a the NY lottery website and see what the next jackpot was, I don’t play often and I almost never go on their website. While on there I read a story of a local man who won a 10 million dollar scratch off again (he had one in 2019). I realized I forgot something upstairs, as I went upstairs I walked by the tv and a news story started about the man who won two scratch offs, startled by this coincidence I took note of the time, it was 7:21am. Feeling lucky I played the lotto and used 7 and 21 for two of my six numbers (the others I just pulled from other meaningful numbers in my life). When the numbers for this drawing came out, I got two of the six numbers, they were, you guessed it, 7 and 21

Career and dates

I left my previous job that I hated on 8/31/2020 and changed my career to real estate. Exactly a year later on 8/31/2021 I closed my first deal and received my first commission. I started working 3/1/2021 and on 3/1/2022, after not receiving a check for two months, I closed a deal and got paid. Too big of a coincidence for me. Also, I always always see the numbers, 34, 43 and 1234. Like multiple times a day. I don’t know know what it all means!!

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