Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

House Name

We moved into our home on the 18th December 1998 and decided to rename the property. My Mother in Law thought Holly Cottage had a nice festive ring and we placed this on the deeds. A few years later my Wife's Uncle searched the history of our home and discovered that it used to be a market garden and the owner's name was Henry Holly.
Total votes: 576
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:48:15 +0000Coincidence ID:3552

Uncle in an anthropological study

I was having tea with a friend of a friend in an Oxford college. We were both from Delhi in India but did not share any common friends or networks from Delhi. We got talking about what we were studying- I was working on inequalities in Britain and her work turned out to be an anthropological study of a tribe in North East India on the Burmese border. She showed me some pictures of her field work and to my surprise l recognised my uncle and his house. Suddenly the world felt a lot smaller than I had thought before.
Total votes: 572
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:47:55 +0000Coincidence ID:3551

Twin sister

Whilst visiting relatives in the North of England (I was living in Oxford at the time) we decided to have a day out in Newcastle. On arrival the first thing we did was head for a coffee shop, where I noticed a lady I worked with in Oxford, I went over and said "Hello fancy seeing you here are you visiting too" she looked at me blankly, then smiled and said I think you are getting me mixed up with my twin sister - she lives in Oxford.
Total votes: 576
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:47:46 +0000Coincidence ID:3550

Travel conicidence

This happened 30 years ago. My sister and I were travelling back from France on the boat train during our summer holidays. We shared a carriage, on the train, with a young couple. We chatted. When I returned to college, in the September, the woman was not only at the same college as me but was in the same halls as I had been previously and in my old room! I did talk to her about it but she didn't remember my sister or I. When we talked about meeting on the train, this is when I realised she was in my old room.We had not talked about college or Sheffield where we were at college. As I write this, I still can't believe it happened and have never forgotten it!
Total votes: 614
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:47:44 +0000Coincidence ID:3549

Best friend coincidence

Susan and I were best friends at school, saw each other at lot socially (we noticed our thoughts/ideas coinciding enough to think we had something special going on). We attended each others wedding (and I moved to a different county) and hadn't seen each other since. Then we each fell pregnant with our first child, and discovered they were both due on the same day: 28th November 1990 - and were born on consecutive days.
Total votes: 710
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:47:41 +0000Coincidence ID:3548

Birthday Coincidence

My daughter was born on the same day as her dad, 27th October, her daughter stayed snuggly inside her mummy's womb, waiting to be born on the same day as her mum and grandad. The dr's though had other ideas, so because she was 2 weeks overdue the dr's wouldn't wait a day longer and the baby was induced one day before her mums and grandad's birthday! Also my son's baby is due about his birthday in July?
Total votes: 367
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:47:26 +0000Coincidence ID:3547

What are the odds?

I have one PIN number that I use for everything and have used the same 4 digit number for years, for everything from banking to online signups. Several years ago I applied for a credit card and upon acceptance received a randomly generated PIN number. That PIN number was exactly the same as the PIN I've been using for years. I asked the bank about this and was assured all the pin numbers sent out were generated on a completely random basis and could have nothing to do with me personally. I'm no mathematician but you've got to be talking very serious odds on that one.
Total votes: 375
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:47:14 +0000Coincidence ID:3546

Richard Gibson

In 2000 I took part in the British Heart Foundation London to Brighton cycle ride. My allocated number was 10106. I have a photograph and entry card showing the number. A few years later, as part of my job with Hampshire County Council I was (unusually) seconded to Hampshire Police to help manage implementation of the new non-emergency number (now live across England and Wales). The non-emergency number is 101 and we went live in 06.
Total votes: 387
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:47:10 +0000Coincidence ID:3545

My Family and two repetitions

1. My father, my brother and myself, each married for a second time. My father was 17.5 years older than his wife, my brother was 17.5 years older than his wife, and my husband was 17.5 years older than me! 2. Thirty years ago I did not know a single person called either Philip/Philippa or Nicola/Nicolas. Then my uncle married a woman who had twin neices, Philippa and Nicola. My brother married a woman called Nicola, who has a twin sister Philippa. And I married a man called Philip, with a daughter called Nicola. Thank you. Helen
Total votes: 363
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:46:57 +0000Coincidence ID:3543

Flight 911 headed for downtown Manhatten

In the 1980s Michael Burke made a documentary series called "Connections". At the start of the first episode he stood at the top of the World Trade Centre and talked about a power cut that, amongst other things, left Flight 911 flying towards the towers of Manhattan without any navigation or radio contact.
Total votes: 414
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:46:56 +0000Coincidence ID:3542