Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Roderick M

1) In 1983 I attended a one-week seminar in Donaueschingen. The seminar was held in French, but attracted teachers of languages in the main from various European countries, including Germany, where I once lived and worked. When on the course, I met Alfons G, from Germany, who also was a teacher of modern languages. He gave me his address and said I was welcome to stay at their house in Germany. A year later I was in East Berlin for three days, walking in the centre, when I saw a familiar head. I went up to this person. It was Alfons G. 2) In 1989 I spent a week hiking on Rothesay and bought a book on local hikes written by a geography teacher from Dumfries called W. Dumfries Academy, where he had taught, was also where an uncle of mine had taught at the same time. In addition, I had been at St. Andrews University in the 1970s where I lived at St. Salvator's Hall as did Ian Walton, son of the said teacher. Ian, by the way, went to lecture in maths at UCLA. Returning from the holiday on Rothesay along Sauchiehall Street, I immediately recognised and spoke to Ian W, who had just returned from LA for his summer vacation and whom I had not seen since 1970 at St. Andrews. 3. When up on Skye in 1985, my wife and I were standing in a ruined church when my wife said she wondered what my grave would look like. I turned round and the name Roderick M, my name, was on the first gravestone I looked at. My family is actually from Kintail on my father's side, and the name Roderick is quite common up there, however, as is my surname. Roderick M
Total votes: 324
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:55:39 +0000Coincidence ID:3754


When I had done one year at grammar school my parents moved from Warwickshire to Surrey and I entered my new school in the second year and took over the text books and place in class of a girl called Angela who had moved to north London. After school I went on the university to study agriculture. The first woman fresher that I met was the same Angela. The school she had moved to was the one my mother had attended.
Total votes: 356
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:53:58 +0000Coincidence ID:3753

Walking into a window

I was in my local (Worthing) Citroen garage collecting my car following it's service when there was a loud bang. Everybody in the place turned to look and saw a man holding his face in his hands. He had walked into the showroom window. A few minutes later, there was another loud bang and unbelievably, somebody else had done exactly the same thing. The staff at the garage could not understand what was going on and the service manager said he had worked at the same place for a number of years and that nobody had ever walked into the window before in all the time he had worked there.
Total votes: 373
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:53:47 +0000Coincidence ID:3752

Liverpool in the mind

As a university professor, I get to supervise PhD students. I was in my office chatting with one of them, an Iranian, who had done some interviews in his home city. We were listening to one of these, and I noticed the word 'Liverpool' (I didn't understand anything else). I asked about it, and he replied that lots of people over there supported Liverpool. I then responded by saying that, through my work, I had briefly met a man in Norway who regularly came over to attend Liverpool matches. As I was finishing speaking, the phone rang. It was that man. I don't know him very well, and I hadn't had any contact with him for a year or more before the call.
Total votes: 315
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:53:46 +0000Coincidence ID:3751

The greater significance of co-incidence

This box doesn't offer enough space for the experiences I would like to pass on to you. May I leave my e-address for you to contact me. Esme Ellis
Total votes: 281
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:53:43 +0000Coincidence ID:3750

weight of a soul

I was considering watching the film "21 grams" which uses a theory developed by a real scientist, which has never been verified, as "accepted real" in order to provide poetic license for the story. The theory is that the soul weighs 21 grams and is equal to the amount of body wight lost at the point of death. I took out some stuff - a handkerchief I think, from my pocket as I considered the possibility of reality of the theory as proven, and dropped excacly 21 pence onto the floor, by accident.
Total votes: 323
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:53:00 +0000Coincidence ID:3749

Chance Meetings

I completed a PhD at Leeds University in 1964 and spent the next 47 years working in London. During my time in London I had chance meetings in town with former student colleagues from the same Leeds department on only two occasions. Both encounters took place on the same day, one at lunch time in a vegetarian restaurant and one the same evening at the English National Opera. Incidently I very rarely dine in a vegetarian restaurant or go to the opera.
Total votes: 344
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:52:53 +0000Coincidence ID:3748

Double Date

On Saturday, 18th April 1992 I started to decorate my bedroom in an old cottage. A lot of the plaster was damaged especially around the window frame. Whilst raking this out I came across a wooden peg I had assumed was there to wedge in the window frame. When I look at it there was writing on it which read: John Moss mounted round this window frame on Saturday, 18th April 1874.
Total votes: 336
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:52:04 +0000Coincidence ID:3747

Insignificant to everybody but me

in 1977 I was studying to repeat my A levels and as part of the curriculum we did "General Studies", a Friday afternoon chat with a well meaning sort whose name escapes me. He was talking about a story where the earths entire population had been destroyed, presumably in some form of M.A.D.. The Martians appeared eons later to find no life but did find a film of Donald Duck and created an entire history and sociology based around a cartoon where we traveled in cars that constantly fell apart. At the same time I had in my case that same story that I had just started to read, I didn't appreciate the link until later in the day on the journey home.
Total votes: 319
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:51:48 +0000Coincidence ID:3746

Two film names rhyme

My girlfriend, several days ago, decided that we would spend the night in and watch a few DVD's, upon making this decision she headed off to the HMV at Oxford Circus to purchase some films from their plethoric selection. When I returned from work, Unknown to my girlfriend, she had chosen three films, two of them had titles that rhymed. They were as follows: Larry Crowne & Harry Brown I could not believe the coincidence
Total votes: 341
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:51:14 +0000Coincidence ID:3745