Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Family of five all born on Thursdays

Martin R born 03/11/1951 Elisabeth R born 30/10/1952 Gabriella R born 25/06/1981 Rebecca R born 21/03/1985 Lucy R born 19/01/1989 Lucy was a few days late , But we knew she would be born on the Thursday!
Total votes: 522
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:50:41 +0000Coincidence ID:3567

Wrong Number

When I was a teenager, a group of us went to Liskeard in Cornwall for our first holiday together without our parents. Whilst out visiting the local beauty spots, we walked beside a public telephone box and could hear the phone was ringing. First of all we just laughed and ignored it but on passing, I felt the sudden urge to go back and answer it. I picked up the phone and somebody said "Is that you Carol"? Well I was stunned but I answered yes. It was my aunt on the end of the phone who was trying to contact my father to advise him there had been a death in the family. I have puzzled over this all of my life. My family lived in Wallington, Surrey and my aunt lived in Sutton, Surrey. How did that call get through to a public phone box in Cornwall just as I was walking by?
Total votes: 645
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:50:16 +0000Coincidence ID:3566

Chance meeting in North Yorkshire

In winter 1998 my boyfriend and I were invited to a 30th birthday weekend in North Yorkshire. Around 25 people were accomodated in a secluded camping barn. On the first night we all walked up a dirt track and along an unlit road to the nearest pub. We were living in Birmingham at the time. Also in 1998 my brother began his undergraduate studies in Newcastle. Although we were close we had not been in touch with other for a couple of months. It was before we had mobile phones and we were lazy with letters. Back to the pub in North Yorkshire. We were having a great time. When it was my turn to get the drinks I stood at the bar awaiting my turn and happened to look through the back of the bar to the lounge at the other side of the pub. I saw my brother standing there waiting to buy a drink. I did a quadruple take! He had joined the university walking club and was staying in a youth hostel nearby. Neither my brother or I had a clue that we would both be in North Yorkshire that weekend, let alone stumbling up a remote lane to the same pub. The only pub for miles around.
Total votes: 524
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:50:10 +0000Coincidence ID:3565

birthday coincidence

My son, Jacob, had a sister born on his birthday, 27th September, he married a lady whose sister was born on the same date, one year later, 16th January, and they subsequently had two sons with the same birthday, 7th September. I would love to know what are the chances of this happening!
Total votes: 567
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:50:05 +0000Coincidence ID:3564

House buying

When buying my first house, I looked around dozens of homes for sale in Bristol - somewhere I'd lived for a couple of years (I grew up in East Anglia). After weeks of searching I was shown one home and got the immediate feeling that this was the one to buy. Not unusual I know, but six months later, after buying the house and moving in, my aunt was doing some family research and discovered that my great great great uncle used to live in the very same house. I had no previous knowledge that any of my distant relatives lived in Bristol.
Total votes: 567
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:49:56 +0000Coincidence ID:3563

Late for Work Excuse

I regularly used to be late for work, my supervisor became increasingly annoyed and gave me a good telling off. The next day I overslept so I made up a story about my cat bringing a blackbird into the kitchen and having to wait for my neighbour who liked animals to return from dropping someone at the station so that I could ask her to come in and remove the bird. Since everyone in the office knew I couldn't bear birds the story was accepted and nothing more was said. The next morning, the entire situation happened exactly as I had lied about it the day before. The bird was even a blackbird! Needless to say I couldn't go into work and say it had happened twice so I got into trouble again. I was so spooked by the coincidental occurrence I have never made up any story again.
Total votes: 539
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:49:34 +0000Coincidence ID:3562

Mrs Sylvia W

My father, John Edward B, was born in 1913 and was the eighth child in the family born on the eighth day of the eighth month (August)
Total votes: 538
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:48:46 +0000Coincidence ID:3560

A Change Of Perception

In the Seventies I was a young single Police Officer in a rural force. I transferred to London and was posted to the West End.On my first patrol I was feeling rather lonely and homesick whilst on foot patrol at 0300 in the morning, it was very quiet and didn't know a soul in London. Anyway, time for my first 'stop' in London.I caught up with a man carrying a tool-bag along Oxford Street and searched him, as it turned out he was a GPO engineer and a night worker.I took his name and address. I then realised that I knew his name,when we were both children we had shared a room together for a week whilst on holiday in Jersey,our mothers were teachers and colleagues. London didn't feel so big a place then !
Total votes: 560
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:48:45 +0000Coincidence ID:3559

telephone boxes

I was on holiday in London in the old days of concertina wooden doors to telephone kiosks in Piccadilly Underground phoning my Aunt and I asked her when she had last seen her brother - my Uncle. I moved position in the box and discovered he was on the phone in the next box
Total votes: 650
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:48:39 +0000Coincidence ID:3556

Leap year babies

Some years ago I attended a course in Canterbury. Of the 20 or so attenders three of us were parents, with a total of five children. Out of these, two shared the same birthday: 29 February (different years).
Total votes: 639
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:48:36 +0000Coincidence ID:3555