Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

birthday co incidence

I have just heard reference to your research on Radio 4 where you commented that siblings sharing the same birthday years apart is a relative rarity. My brother Simon and I share the same date, I was born on 17th April 1947 and he was born 10 years later on 17th April 1957. For years I joked that he was my twin, with a 10 year gap. Penny
Total votes: 591
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:40:59 +0000Coincidence ID:3500


I lived in London, my sister lived in Chelmsford. I had not seen her for a number of years. I was on my way to run a IT course for early one morning and walked past this woman, who, stopped and said, "don't say hello to your sister". I barely recognised her, we had not seen each other for so long. We stopped and chatted. She was in London sitting an examination. We agreed to meet and catch up early in the future and went our separate ways. At the end of the training day, about 6pm, I left to go home, and - yes, you've guessed it - I bumped straight into her again.
Total votes: 579
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:40:54 +0000Coincidence ID:3499

death on the same day on different years

My boyfriend s mother died last week on the day after her birthday. Her mother also died no the day after her birthday.
Total votes: 671
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:40:53 +0000Coincidence ID:3498

Hospital Delivery Unit

My University had made an admin error with my booking for living in halls of residence in my first year. When I got there on my first day it was clear that they'd screwed up with 40-50 other new students. For the first week therefore the Uni had to put us up in a sports hall on fold up beds- think emergency shelter following natural disaster. Anyway the lad on the foldable next to me was from Bangor, Ireland and I was from London. We got chatting and realised that his family an my family had lived in Kenya during the 60s. It then transpired that we were delivered in the same Nairobi hospital; same year, 3 days apart.
Total votes: 548
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:40:41 +0000Coincidence ID:3496

Lots of shared birthdays

I have an only child, a daughter;<br /> My birthday 27th January, my son-in-law's mother's birthday 27th January<br /> My daughter's birthday 30th April her father-in-law's birthday 30th April<br /> I have two grandsons;<br /> My grandson Thomas' birthday 22nd February, his great grandmother's birthday 22nd February<br /> My grandson Matthew's birthday 23rd November, his great Uncle's birthday 23nd November<br /> Plus my husband and our friend Bob share the same birthday 17th March<br />
Total votes: 609
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:40:31 +0000Coincidence ID:3495

2 Birthdate Pairs

Myself and my cousin have birthdays separated by 1 year minus 1 day. My father and his father (brothers) have birthdays separated by 2years minus 2days.
Total votes: 558
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:40:14 +0000Coincidence ID:3494

Number 13 (Time)

For the last 10 years, I've been plagued by the recurring number 13 on digital clocks. Several times a day, I will glance at the clock...and it's 13 minutes past...I get in the car, glance at the clock...13 minutes past, sit at the computer...13 minutes past. Sometimes of course, I get the 'double' 13:13!
Total votes: 454
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:40:12 +0000Coincidence ID:3493

Birthday coincidence

My uncle, two cousins and I all have the same birthday - Christmas Day. I have a large family so maybe not that much of a coincidence - I have 11 aunts/uncles and 43 cousins
Total votes: 548
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:40:11 +0000Coincidence ID:3492

Sarah Kelly

My 18 month old son, who was already a very chatty soul, was travelling in his pushchair across the nave a Gloucester Cathedral. Two women were walking towards us, one approximately mid sixties, the other around 50. Both had light hair. OH....exclaimed my son, pointing, in a really animated fashion... "NINA....NINAA!!!...Look mummy, NINA!" ( My sister in law WAS called Nina but she was dark skinned and dark haired, 36 years old and of Asian descent.) I replied "No, my love, THAT's not NIna".....and continued walking. Suddenly, from behind us, one of the women called, "Did your little boy call my friend "Nina"?"....I told them that he had, and said that he got confused, and that I could not work out why.... She interjected, immediately..."BUT, my friend, SHE IS CALLED...NINA!" WHAT is the chance of that?
Total votes: 538
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:40:05 +0000Coincidence ID:3491

Bank PIN Coincidence.

I was sent the same 4 digit PIN by unconnected banks. One was for a credit card, the other was a savings account cash card. What are the chances of that happening?
Total votes: 517
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:40:03 +0000Coincidence ID:3490