Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

A Meeting in West Africa

When he was a junior at the University of Wisconsin, my brother did a year abroad in Sierra Leone. One day he went to a sandy beach, and as he liked to do, he got to work making an elaborately decorated sand castle. An American couple happened to be on the beach and they struck up a conversation. The couple mentioned they were on their way to Israel where the man had business meetings and my brother mentioned that he had relatives there. The man was on his way to meet our uncle, a bank executive.

My friend's sweater

I used to buy used clothing professionally by going through bales of clothing and picking out the items I could resell. One day I left NYC to buy items in Troy, New York. Each bale I went through held hundreds of pieces of clothing and that day I went through at least a dozen bales. Among the items I picked was a dark green, wool zipper sweater with a radiating pattern at chest level. Rarely items would have a name tag sewn in and this one did. It was the name of a friend of mine. I knew it was his sweater because it had his middle initial and he lived near Troy.

Ms

I was trying to find some new music on YouTube and came across a great instrumental cover of Redemption Song. Next day I thought I would like to hear Bob Marley's original version of this song. So I went onto YouTube and searched it. After finding it I was about to press play and mute my radio at the same time but Redemption Song by Bob Marley came on the radio. I was actually so surprised that I had to sit down for a minute.

Coincidence with number 5

I'm RZ [edited]. My email address contains a 5 [edited]. As you can see, there is a 5 there. What's more, I was in class 5 from primary school to high school all the time. But I was transferred to class 10 in the last semester of my high school life, which is a multiple of 5.

Birthday Newspaper

My husband and I bought an old house to renovate. In the large loft, on pulling up some rough boarding, we found a newspaper spread out between the joists, over the old ceiling plaster. The tabloid style newspaper’s front page faced up. It was a big picture of Princess Anne, celebrating her first birthday. The day I was born.

Parallel Universe Story

My husband went to high school with a boy who shared his birthday. We went out to a local Chinese restaurant for my husbands 49th birthday. We live in a city of 1.2 million. My husband noticed his old high school friend at a nearby table with his family. We went to say hello after dinner. Not only do they share a birthday (and by chance went to the same restaurant to celebrate) but they both married Leannes, and each had three children (two girls and one boy). It was a weird experience and it felt like parallel lives.

My two grandfathers were born on the same date and died a day apart

My maternal grandpa, Philippe, was born August 17, 1917 and my paternal grandpa, Paul, was born August 17, 1888. Philippe died January 6, 1984 and Paul died January 7, 1971.

Multiple coincidences since moving countries

I first visited Australia in 2014 to complete a 2-month placement for my Masters degree, and moved here for good a year later. Since my first visit, a number of coincidences have happened which, despite not being superstitious, have made me feel I belong here. Here they are: </p> <p>1. My Masters placement was in Melbourne but I had two friends in Queensland who I planned to visit while I was in Australia. One friend lived on the Gold Coast, the other about an hour away in Brisbane. These friends did not know one another - one I've known since high school, the other I first met in my early 20s - she stayed for a summer in London with a good friend of mine. I planned a trip to visit them both in their respective cities. Both friends had met Australian partners, one of whom was in hospital at the time of my visit, having been in a severe accident which had made the news. I recounted the story to the second friend, who said "we know him". My friends' partners had grown up together in the same part of Queensland and their families were close. </p> <p>2.

Childhood Home

I underwrite mortgage loans. Of all the lenders in the USA, of all the loan underwriters in the USA, the childhood home that I lived in from 1974 to 1987 was the property/collateral that was assigned to me to underwrite!

Met People on the same Paris trip as myself, on an online server with thousands of people.

My friends and I play Minecraft. We were on one of the biggest servers with hundreds of thousands of people, at which point we joined a random lobby. We were chatting to a random girl, when we found out that she and her friends lived in the same city as us. Not only this, we found out while trading social medias that we went on a school trip to Paris at the same time in October half term 2019 and were in the SAME HOTEL.

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