Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Swedish Flight Singer

Over 10 years ago in Brighton, a friend of mine put me in touch with mutual friend of hers to do some music together. She was a singer, and I played and wrote music a lot at the time. So I phoned her, and we talked for ages on the phone, got really excited by mutual interests, made all these half plans, then of course - did not nothing about it. I also worked at the time for a Swedish company and travelled at strange times to and from Stockholm. About a year after the phone call I was getting a late midweek flight back from Sweden on a nearly empty plane, There were literally 5 people on it, one of whom was a girl sitting just across from me writing in a book. We got talking, I asked to look in the book and saw they were song lyrics she was making up, talked a little more and we both realised we'd talked to each other before! She had decided to go to Stockholm at the last minute on her own, just to have a look for a couple of days. So we had to do some music, and did a couple of songs together over the next few weeks, then drifted apart. Haven't seen her since, but it's my best small world story.
Total votes: 632
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:45:46 +0000Coincidence ID:3531


I lived in a house in Buntingford and found that my front door key (yale type) fitted a cupboard door in a power station in Romania where I was working when I needed to get some technical supplies for which the keys weren't available
Total votes: 582
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:45:26 +0000Coincidence ID:3530

School friends sister

I arranged a business meeting when I was working in Manchester with someone who had recently moved there from London. I had never seen this person before and only knew them by reputation. As I walked into the room with my PA I commented that a woman in the restaurant looked just like a school friends sister. This turned out to be the person I was meeting. When I mentioned this to her she relayed that a few years before she was approached by a fellow student at university because she looked like his sister and subsequently went on to have a relationship with him. This man turned out to be my school friend.
Total votes: 573
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:45:15 +0000Coincidence ID:3529


My father, John Edward Blake, was born in 1913 and was the eighth child in the family born on the 8th day of the 8th Month (August).
Total votes: 587
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:45:13 +0000Coincidence ID:3528

Matching Deaths

My grandfather on my fathers side, who I never met, died on Monday 8th October 1962. My father died on Monday 8th October 2007.
Total votes: 675
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:44:59 +0000Coincidence ID:3526


I lived in a house in Buntingford and found that my front door key (yale type) fitted a cupboard door in a power station in Romania where I was working when I needed to get some technical supplies for which the keys weren't available
Total votes: 709
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:44:25 +0000Coincidence ID:3525

Mr Hugh Coulson

In the aftermarth of the Asian Tsunami in 2004 I had been evacuated from the island of Koh Phi Phi to the port of Krabi on the mainland some 48kms away. This was 56hrs after the waves and I was at the international hotel that had been set up as ane emergengcy centre for people to gather and get repatriated, get help and put their name on a list or check if loved ones had put their name on a list, that sort of thing. I was adding my name to said lists at a group of tables with 8 interpreters working away. As I was going through this process I noticed a young American woman talking to the next door interpreter to mine (on my right handside), explaining she had also been on Phi Phi and had lost everything, her bungalow had been swept away and she had lost her passport, wallet and all her belongings. On my left handside at the same time was a middle aged American woman who had been waiting at the main peir in Krabi for the boats to come in from the island for friends who were still missing. Whilst she was waiting she had seen a wallet floating in the water at the foot of the steps of the peir, which she retrieved and was handing in. The interpreter went throught he wallet and found identification inside which had a driving liscence with a photo of the woman on my right. a sense a immense shock came across all of us as the realisation that the wallet had been reunited with its owner after floating 48kms across the sea, had been retrieved and most astonishing of all been handed in at the exact time the owner was reporting its lost. It was quite overwhelming and tears were shed. The money was still in the water!
Total votes: 641
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:44:03 +0000Coincidence ID:3524

Same dream

My teacher had a dream that he gave a seminar together with his aboriginal friend in Austrailia. He got excited. Then he had the same dream the following night. He rang his Aboriginal friend, all excitedly, to tell him. His friend quite calmly replied. What's so strange? I had the same dream! But this is surely an example of 'synchronicity', which is the meaningful connection between to events, distanced by time and space. [Jung] It's only our Western culture which gets surprised about these things, that indigenous cultures take for granted as a reality of life. [Dream-time]
Total votes: 715
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:44:01 +0000Coincidence ID:3523

simultaneous words - read/heard

I use a computer for both writing and photography and listen to Radio 4 all day!!! I am amazed at the number of times I am reading or writing a word when it is spoken on Radio. Many times my cursor is hovering over a word of even a sign when it is vocalized on Radio. I have even had a word in my thoughts vocalized. This can happen 3/4 times a day. I'm not sure how long this has been happening but can certainly go back at least two years. I would love to know how common this is. Thank you Joy
Total votes: 703
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:43:58 +0000Coincidence ID:3522

Location coincidence

When I was 21 I was working on a farm on Samsø a small island off the coast of Denmark, all the workers were young and were from all over Europe. We lived in tents but had access to a barn with electricity and cooking facilities, however it got dark at about 9pm and work started at 4am so we'd sit around with tea and chat or play cards. I was there for over 3 months and one conversation would come up every now and then, I guess to stave off homesickness. We used to describe something about home, on this one night we were telling each other what we could see out of our bedroom windows. The first few people had their turn and then I had my go, following me was a guy called Fred and he lived in Todmorden in England, he told us about the view from his window across the valley, and the fields with animals in, the hills and the little farm right opposite his house with the stone outhouses. All the while he had been talking another guy seemed to be listening more intently, once Fred had finished his description the other guy, Ben, asked what colour the front door on the farm was. Then he described what he saw when he lived with his grandparents on their farm, also near Todmorden. What he saw across the valley was a terrace of 4 stone houses above a road, with a pub at the end and a postbox. Every morning that Fred woke up and drew his curtains he looked out on Ben's grandparents farm and Ben looked out on Freds house. They had travelled 600 miles to discover they had started off in the same place. Jen
Total votes: 686
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:43:57 +0000Coincidence ID:3521