Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Job Opening and New Friend

My husband and I live in Toronto- a city of close to 3 million people. Five months ago we went to an arranged meetup, where we spent some time talking to a man who had a similar job role as me, but in a different company. Recently, a former colleague who live in Australia got in touch and asked if I might be interested in opportunities at his company. My husband mentioned that the man we talked to at the meetup also worked for that company, so I looked him up and we had a chat. It turns out that one of the positions that my former colleague had in mind for me was the man from the meetup's job as he had just left this company!

40 years later

While holidaying in France my husband wanted to show me a house of a Swiss friend of a friend in a village in which he'd spent a memorable time in his youth some 40 years ago. We got lost on the way and had difficulties finding parking space. After getting out of the car, I walked ahead and entered the village by one road but my husband said that we should turn around and take the other parallel road, which was closer to the house. To his disappointment, however, he couldn't recall which of a small row of houses it had been. We stood there for some time, but he finally gave up and we decided to explore the village. Just then, a priest in a cassock appeared ahead of us, followed by a cat close at his heels. We turned to watch that unlikely couple walk by and, at that very moment, saw a woman leave one of the houses my husband had been looking at and enter a car. My husband thought he recognised her and immediately ran back: it turned out to be one of the original owners who was just about to return to Switzerland after a short stay at the house.

Deadly neighbours

I recently moved into a new apartment. When putting my name label on the door, I noticed that of my neighbour. I kept thinking I know that name and had an odd feeling about it but couldn’t quite put my finger in it. A few days later I googled it. My maiden name is Lennon. My neighbour’s is M. Chapman. Enough said!!

Lorry codes

I worked in the office of a food warehouse supplying a major supermarket. When each lorry was loaded with goods and ready to depart, the shutters were pulled down and the back of the vehicle closed. For security purposes a 4 digit number was generated randomly, where the back door of the lorry is sealed. This is checked against delivery paperwork for discrepancy when leaving the depot and arriving at the store, in case of tampering with regard to theft etc. In the office the delivery paperwork was produced detailing the trailer number, what is in the vehicle, and the all important randomised seal number. On one occasion two lorries were loaded up, and we noticed as the summary sheets were printed one immediately after the other that hey presto their seal numbers were in fact identical! For example 5468 and 5468. We checked the actual lorries to be certain and they really were the same. I make the chances of that one in a hundred million ....... life is full of coincidences which have meaning to us. [Ed: It is surprising, but the chance is more like 1 in 10000 as you would classify any duplicated number as a similar coincidence. The first lorry can have any number.

The current Mayor of San Francisco is London Breed.

On a map of Livermore, CA the location of San Francisco Premium Outlets is between W. Jack London Blvd. & Arthur H. Breed Fwy. I believe it's foretelling the future. My best guess is a minor EARTHQUAKE is going to occur in San Francisco, CA during London Breed's term of office. Epicenter near 7th Ave. & Lincoln Way on Friday, December 31, 2021 at 3:04:17 PM PST. Magnitude 3.2--Depth 7.1 miles.


I became member of the Soka Gakkai international (Nichiren Daishonin Buddhism) some days around 2016 that same exact day of 'buddhist celebration' the guy I was hanging out with is born. Cherry on top, my mum's born when his sister is, and his mum's born same day of my aunt. Broke up in 2020 and I met him a year apart whilst I was on my way home where he came around to view a room. The other day I phoned my sister who strangely hung up on me because she was in front of him and she made him aware of me calling in the exact same moment they've met. Uncanny patterns, coincidences leave me alone

Deaths in July - Multiples of 7

Several members of my mom’s family died in July in multiples of 7. Different years luckily. July 7 - Patrick Marshall (my grandfather) July 14 - Kay Marshall (my mother) July 21 - Catherine Marshall (my grandmother) July 28 - Theresa Marshall (my aunt)

Dead Great-Great-Grandmothers Connect Descendants

I had been researching my public family tree on ancestry for over 7 years. Days before leaving for my first trip to rural Ireland, I received a message from a person on ancestry saying our great great grandmothers were sisters. She went on to say that she was going to Ireland in a few days. I immediately called her and found out we would both be staying a half mile away from each other in Kerry that weekend. I could actually see her B&B from my B&B. We made plans to meet for dinner that Saturday night in Portmagee. We had both been on ancestry for several years but only happened to match up just before this trip. She had grown up in The Bronx, NY and I had grown up in Queens, NY. We are third cousins. We went back to Kerry twice since then. We are hoping to go again this summer. I’m not religious or superstitious however this feels like two deceased sisters were smiling in heaven when their great-great-grandchildren met each other.


I started talking to a guy on a dating site called OkCupid in December 2020. I immediately felt he was different than any other guy I’d ever talked to online or in real life, and that’s saying something considering in December 2020 I was 28 and had spent the last 12 years dating and never finding one solid long-term relationship. Turns out we went to the same college and were in the same major except he was a grad student and I was an undergrad. I asked this guy if he wanted to meet in person and he said not until the vaccine came out (it wasn’t known when the vaccine would come out to the public at that time). I continued talking to him until early January when I got fed up with him waiting for the vaccine that might be far off for the public for all I knew at that point. In late January 2021 the spring 2021 semester began online and I logged onto my Wednesday class to see none other than this guy as one of the students (it was a class that both grad and undergrad students could take). I thought this was a sign that I should get back in contact with him, so I texted him saying it was cool we happened to have a class together.

How I found this website and other coincidences

I was in a boat, then I saw a camera on the beach. I then looked at the pictures and the last one was a picture of a bridge. Then, we found another camera, and my friend said to me: “My initials are O.I.N.”. So, my friend looked at me and took a picture, but the film went into the sea. Then, we found two dens (caves), and then a sign said that it was a site. Then, I found a box that was the first to be delivered, and then two people looked at us and said “We are looking at this cave first”. Then 5 boxes appeared, and then my friend got the first box. It meant: Cam bridge C O.I.N. sea dens site W E B before (site), which means Cambridge Coincidence Website. When I got home, I went to Google and typed that, and found this website. Then, a box arrived at the door, and it said 548. Today I searched page 548 and found a Pokémon coincidence. Another box arrived at the door, and it said 1917. That was the year my wife’s grandpa was born. Then, box 548 fell down, and it said 1217! On December 17, 1917, my wife’s grandpa was born. Then Anna touched the box and flipped it and it said “Anna”, her name! It was delivered to the wrong place!