Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Meet acquaintance the other side of the world

Im a postman. I have 440 houses on my round. About 5 years ago I went on holiday to India, Mount Abu and was chatting to a fellow in the hotel one evening and we realised that his house was on my round.
Total votes: 1366
Date submitted:Thu, 12 Jan 2012 16:10:42 +0000Coincidence ID:3254

Parralel holiday + Pokémon murder

I don't believe in fate or destiny or anything like that, and I see all these things as just amusing happenings of probability and large numbers, but there are quite a few. No1. So my girlfriend and I booked a holiday in Malta. We get to the hotel, and while booking in someone behind says "Adrian?". I turn round and my two friends who I haven't seen in years are there. Wierd, same hotel, same country, same time for a holiday? But then it turned out we were on the same plane over, going back on the same plane and their room the one directly above ours, we could hear them stamping.... among other things.... We'd booked with different companies and paid different prices so it wasn't like we both just grabbed the same deal. (Ours was cheaper... awww yeah). The flights were to/from Leeds Bradford, Me and my girlfreind went there because it was the cheapest flight there. They flew from there because they live in bradford and it was only a few quid more than the cheapest somewhere else. ALSO!!!! My name is Adrian... The guys name is Aiden.... that sort of increases the wierdness a bit .... right? His name is just a lazy way of saying my name. Another one (It's a two-fer!!!) When I was about 12, I stole a friends gameboy, ran into a room and locked myself in while he tried to batter the door down because he knew what was coming. I deleted his pokemon save, or rather I saved over it with a new save. His level 80 blastoise was dead.... forever. Anyway, he was more a friend of my cousen, I've met him 3-4 times since, have facebook but rarely speak to eachother. Anyway, My girlfriend mentioned losing a save on the Xbox or something, so I told her the story of how I made Joe cry by deleting his blastoise and how I felt mean really because he must have spent actual weeks getting it to level 80. Then, as I was half way through my last sentence, Joe messages me on facebook for the first time in a year or so and says "Pokémon killer!". It was the weirdest moment of my life and I was a bit scared I had my webcam on broadcast or something.
Total votes: 1333
Date submitted:Thu, 12 Jan 2012 15:58:45 +0000Coincidence ID:3253

Memory Card

I have a memory card whose serial number was my phone number (at the time)
Total votes: 1284
Date submitted:Thu, 12 Jan 2012 15:55:03 +0000Coincidence ID:3252

Wikipedian's burning ears?

Emailing a colleague about Wikipedia editing training, I mentioned that a few months ago I'd met a director of Wikimedia UK, and that we should contact him to find out more about training. The very second I pressed the Send button, an email came in from this same director making the first contact since that meeting, asking if we'd thought about Wikipedia editing training...
Total votes: 1301
Date submitted:Thu, 12 Jan 2012 15:53:22 +0000Coincidence ID:3251

Holiday Friend

When I was about 9, a friend of mine at the time was a girl called (for the sake of this) Mona. It was nearing the end of term, and I was heading off for a week in France with my family. We stayed in this small village, with only about 20 houses in the nearby region. You can imagine my surprise when we got there, and we found that inside the neighbouring house was my friend Mona and her family, also staying in the village! The two families hadn't collaborated or planned it, it had just occured.
Total votes: 1655
Date submitted:Thu, 12 Jan 2012 15:51:50 +0000Coincidence ID:3249

lucky meeting

I am asking for coincidence stories, but they don't seem to happen to me! The only one I can remember is checking into a run-down hotel in Vienna about 25 years ago, and seeing the name of a friend from my schooldays as the previous entry in the register. I was amazed, but when he walked in the door a minute later I could be very cool and greet him with a casual 'hi Phil', while he was speechless.
Total votes: 1265
Date submitted:Wed, 11 Jan 2012 15:22:47 +0000Coincidence ID:3248

Cloudy Pictures

I was once playing Pictionary as a kid and was criticized by my team members, who said 'All your pictures look like clouds!' I drew my next card, and the word I had to draw was.. 'Cloud.' Luckily, they guessed it.
Total votes: 1357
Date submitted:Wed, 11 Jan 2012 14:18:43 +0000Coincidence ID:3247

Be careful what you say

When travelling in NZ in 1996 I stayed at a remote and near empty backpacking hostel. Bored one evening I begged the landlord to open up the outdoor spa for a soak, supported by another lonely traveler. We got to talking under the stars and we began to discuss whom and what really annoyed us. I began to talk about one person I found unbearable at school, who'd ended up following me to uni. I'd never much thought of him since leaving college but began to really warm to my topic, describing how he may be the only person I've ever met I'd happily push under a bus. It turned out that my bathing companion, at 2 in the morning on the other side of the world, was his girlfriend's cousin.
Total votes: 1274
Date submitted:Wed, 11 Jan 2012 14:18:14 +0000Coincidence ID:3246

11.11 time display

Whenever I look at the clock in the morning, 80% of the time, is says 11.11
Total votes: 1429
Date submitted:Wed, 11 Jan 2012 12:03:02 +0000Coincidence ID:3245