Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Random phone number was the right one

Deadlines are always hairy in the newspaper business. In an extreme rush, I reached for the phone book to look up a source as Chuck was hurrying by. Kidding, I asked, "Chuck, what's the number I'm looking for?" Chances are he would guess one of the three local exchanges - 372, 373 or 375 - and he blurted out 7 digits as he rushed by. About 10 seconds later I found the number I was looking for in the book and it was exactly - exactly - the number Chuck threw out there. I never even told him who I was trying to call.
Total votes: 124
Date submitted:Mon, 26 Oct 2020 20:45:29 +0000Coincidence ID:10554

My hometown detailed in foreign diary

I bought a 1930's German diary from the Ephemera section on Ebay. Struggling with the language, and to read the handwriting, i was astonished to come across the word 'Bradford' (where I live). I thought I must have misread it, but soon found many references to placenames nearby me. It turned out that the diarist had visited here many times. From Carol
Total votes: 112
Date submitted:Tue, 20 Oct 2020 00:50:49 +0000Coincidence ID:10552

Mom and aunt passed on the Exact same day - different year

My mom passed June 12,2015 and her sister passed June 12,2020. Out of 365 days in a year, is it just a coincidence that they both passed on the same exact day?!
Total votes: 106
Date submitted:Sun, 18 Oct 2020 01:48:53 +0000Coincidence ID:10551

Family coincidences

My parents were both the same age. High school sweethearts. Both had rheumatic fever when they were children. Both parents had heart valve replacement surgeries. Both parents went blind in their right eye. (Moms was from a blood clot, dads was from an explosion) both parents had the same auto immune disorder, both parents had a parent that was a twin, my mothers grandmother was born on December 6... and two of my parents grandchildren were born on that same day. My father was born on December 5th. His mother died the same day that her father died, many years later. My mother’s paternal grandmother And my mothers maternal grandmother died on the same day, same year. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. And my mother and I were born on the same day.
Total votes: 109
Date submitted:Thu, 15 Oct 2020 03:50:29 +0000Coincidence ID:10549

Glowing Lights

I was doing so online browsing - "window shopping" - when I came across car accessories. These accessories were LED lights that you can put on the valve stem (where you air up the tires). When the tires spin the LED lights flow. This was the first time in my life I heard of these little lights that can go on your tire. So naturally I told my dad and friends that I thought they were super cool and I wanted them. The very next day my brother, dad, and I were driving home on the expressway when a car passes us with those lights on the tires. I couldn't believe. From not knowing about the lights, to discovering them on the internet, telling my family about them, and then seeing them the very next day. Crazy. I never saw them on any other car in my life and I see them the very next day I first learn about them.
Total votes: 108
Date submitted:Sat, 10 Oct 2020 05:07:14 +0000Coincidence ID:10548

highschool crush

1979 Edmonton. Crush fierce on Lori. She invited me to a house party so of course I am going. I rang the front door bell and introduced myself to Lori's parents and younger sister who was keen to know what was going on. Then went downstairs to the party. At the party Lori made it clear to all that she and Darren were going out. Damn! I moved to Calgary the next year. 6 years later I move to the west coast for Uni. I am there for 4 years and am working a summer job at a shitty mall restaurant before my final year. A family comes in, I knew I knew them but couldn't figure out where I knew them from. After they paid they were getting up to leave and I had to know how I knew them. "I'm sorry, but I'm sure I know you people...." Younger daughter yells "See? I told you that was him!" brief catch up, Lori was moving into town to go to Uni. "Well maybe we'll see each other around campus." When I got home there was a message from my fiancé saying she was over at her best friend's place getting the flat ready for the new roommate to move in, come on over and help. My fiance's besties' new roomy? Yup Lori.
Total votes: 141
Date submitted:Fri, 09 Oct 2020 02:21:17 +0000Coincidence ID:10547

Chance encounters

Recently I met up with a guy from a dating app. We've crossed paths, online, over the last few years. I don't remember exactly when, but at least 5 years ago must've been the first time. I don't think we spoke, or if we did it was brief. We were working in the same area, but never crossed paths. I was on a casual contractor basis, and on one day I was asked to work at a site, which happened to be the one day that week that he visited that site. I remember recognising him. While the chances of that happening were small, it was still in the realm of possibility. Over the last few years, we've interacted online (not dating sites) without realising it; we've lived in the same areas and never crossed paths.... We now live and work in completely different areas. We have no mutual friendships... but, randomly, this week he is away with two friends who have distinctive names. Last night I filled in for a basketball team that my brother plays with. One of the team members said that next week two other players would be back. It was the friends' names. That in itself is a coincidence. If it is the same people then I don't know what to say. Completely random.
Total votes: 106
Date submitted:Thu, 08 Oct 2020 03:50:38 +0000Coincidence ID:10546

More dates

A good friend of mine while growing up, was the next door neighbor in high school. After getting married, my husband and I purchased property and the older sister of that friend was now my neighbor at my new property. Thought it was kinda funny. What’s really strange is that on my grandmas birthday, she gave birth to her son. On my nephews birthday, she gave birth to a daughter. And on my younger brothers birthday, her third child was born. And then I found out a bit later that the youngest sister of my high school friend had a daughter who was born on my birthday. Which is also my mothers birthday.
Total votes: 105
Date submitted:Sun, 04 Oct 2020 15:09:50 +0000Coincidence ID:10545

Bizarre

I am the only girl, in the middle of brothers. Our father died, we were trying to prepare for his funeral- I was putting myself under a lot of pressure to get everything completed by the funeral day. My brothers aren’t inclined to even know what to do in this type of situation so basically, everything was on me. I was rushing around for nearly a full week, getting things printed, picture boardS, cooking and baking, renting the building and setting up tables and chairs and preparing everything there etc. along with grieving for my father. I was exhausted and broken hearted, feeling somewhat defeated and alone. The day before the funeral, I stopped at my dads house and my younger brother was there opening mail. As I pulled up to the house my brother had opened a cable bill of my fathers, and a small brochure fluttered to the ground. He said he saw me getting out of my vehicle as he was bending down to pick up the brochure, when he noticed that my name was on the brochure. So he turned it over and it was a sale flyer type of thing that was selling a small jewelry box and engraved on the top of the box said “Emily, my daughter, I love you today, forever and always.” It gave him chills. And then I walked in and he became emotional, of course because of our dad, but he told me what had happened and handed the brochure to me. I also had chills and a fluttery feeling in my chest. Obviously, it was just a flyer. And probably many people recieved the same one along with their cable bills. And my name just happened to be Emily. Coincidence? Or was it a sign that my dad could see all that I was doing and all that I had done prior to his death and he was letting me know that he loved me? I like to think that Is what it was. I saved the brochure, just in case.
Total votes: 103
Date submitted:Sun, 04 Oct 2020 14:59:20 +0000Coincidence ID:10544

Dated

I have many of the same dates, In my family, of births and deaths that are oddily coinciding with other family members. I was born on my mothers birthday. My mothers mother recieved a phone call in the morning on May 27, 1989 telling her that her mother had died. Several hours later on that same day, my mother’s father received a phone call that his own mother had died as well. So both of my moms grandmas died on the same day, just hours a part in different states. My dads mother and her father died on the same day but she died many years after her father. My moms father died on feb 6. So did my dog. My mom died on feb 22nd, so did my other dog. My father died July 19th- my nephews grandmother, on his moms side, died that day as well. My moms grandmas birthday was dec6, so is my sons birthday and my brothers daughters birthday, as well.
Total votes: 109
Date submitted:Sun, 04 Oct 2020 08:02:34 +0000Coincidence ID:10543

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