Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

My Family and two repetitions

1. My father, my brother and myself, each married for a second time. My father was 17.5 years older than his wife, my brother was 17.5 years older than his wife, and my husband was 17.5 years older than me! 2. Thirty years ago I did not know a single person called either Philip/Philippa or Nicola/Nicolas. Then my uncle married a woman who had twin neices, Philippa and Nicola. My brother married a woman called Nicola, who has a twin sister Philippa. And I married a man called Philip, with a daughter called Nicola. Thank you. Helen
Total votes: 363
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:46:57 +0000Coincidence ID:3543

Flight 911 headed for downtown Manhatten

In the 1980s Michael Burke made a documentary series called "Connections". At the start of the first episode he stood at the top of the World Trade Centre and talked about a power cut that, amongst other things, left Flight 911 flying towards the towers of Manhattan without any navigation or radio contact.
Total votes: 414
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:46:56 +0000Coincidence ID:3542

Mirror Image

During a 3-month trip across Canada, I bumped into a friend from my home town in Yorkshire in a youth hostel in Lake Louise. Neither of us knew the other was in the country; we were both following the same route between Toronto and Vancouver only I was going east-west and she was going west-east, and both flew in and were due to fly out on the same days....with the same airline, back to Leeds Bradford airport.....
Total votes: 422
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:46:53 +0000Coincidence ID:3541

Wrong Number

Around 1976 I was working in Bristol. I made a STD phone call to Cardiff and mis-dialed. The wrong number that answered was the home number, which I had never had, of someone I had met at union meetings a couple of years before. She recognized my voice.
Total votes: 445
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:46:43 +0000Coincidence ID:3540

answering the phone

Some 20 odd years ago my daughter was studying at Plymouth Polytechnic as it was then. A long way from home she would ring home from a call box for a family chat I would ask her for the number she was ringing from and ring her back, as this was cheaper. So I had a short list of numbers she had rung from by my phone at home. I was filling in a form about her Council grant and needed to ask her a question, so I went to the last phone number I had from her and rang it. It rang for about 20 seconds and a girl's voice answered, I said hello Lynn it is your dad here there was a short silence when she asked me who I was and after finding out it really was me she said do you know where this phone is? I said No. Well she said it is in Plymouth Market and I was just walking by and heard it ring!
Total votes: 415
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:46:32 +0000Coincidence ID:3539

9/11 picture found in book at same time of action.

While on a canal boat holiday, we reached Bath at the exact time of the Twin Towers disaster and watched it on the portable TV. Having moored the boat, I went into the town to look round. I came across a bookshop, and being interested in computers, picked out a fairly thick book on the subject. The very first page I opened (about halfway through) chilled me to the bone. The subject was computing chance, and there was a line drawing of a skyscraper, with an airliner heading straight for it from the left hand side. I was so shaken that I called another customer over to show him the picture. I left the shop not remembering the book, and have always regretted not buying it at the time. Regards Mike Hearn. Hythe Kent
Total votes: 417
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:46:28 +0000Coincidence ID:3538

Meeting across the world

I went on a voluntary service 3 week trip to Tanzania with an American charity (I'm British and lived in Hampshire at the time). In the small group were a family (parents and teenage daughter) from Michigan, US. At the end of the trip we all parted without exchanging addresses, since we had all got on OK but hadn't really gelled. The following summer, I was on holiday in a tiny village in Scotland and I bumped into this family walking down the street.
Total votes: 544
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:46:18 +0000Coincidence ID:3537

South African coincidence

I was visiting South Africa and took an excursion to Cape Point which included a boat trip to Seal Island. On the boat I was standing and seated in front of me was an American Lady of advanced years holding a young dark haired boy of about 2 years. The woman seated beside her commented what a lovely grandson. The American woman explained that she lIved in Brasilia and had adopted the child. I intervened in their conversation and said I have friends in Brasilia who have also adopted a child, their names are Ciro......she said not Ciro and Nicky A. They are my best friends!
Total votes: 648
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:46:14 +0000Coincidence ID:3536

A Dream Come True

Some years ago, I dreamt that my boss, who was well in her 40's, got married. I told her the next day. She laughed telling me that she had nobody in her life. Two months later she told me she had met this wonderful man and they were getting married.
Total votes: 609
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:46:09 +0000Coincidence ID:3535

Reading at distance

My son was travelling round the world in 2006 and one day rang me up from a hostel in New Zealand. After 20 minutes or so of conversation I casually picked up a book from a bookshelf and at the same time thought I would ask if he had had a chance to read anything on his travels. He replied that he had been at the hostel for a few days and had been reading a certain book from their stock of books. It was exactly the same book that I had casually selected from my bookshelf!
Total votes: 629
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:46:06 +0000Coincidence ID:3534