Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Unopened letter opened and read EXACTLY 19 years later

I was cleaning out paperwork from a storage unit over the weekend on 2-22-2020 when I found an unopened letter from 2001. I had sent it to my long-distance-boyfriend (who later that year became my husband and is now my ex-husband) 19 years ago. The letter was postmarked 02-26-2001 (ALMOST exactly 19 years to the date) and I decided to record myself opening this letter. This occurrence already felt special. I read it and its dated topic (I was sending him a calling card so he can call me from the pay phone!) and when I was done reading it I noticed the date on the letter: 02-22-2001. I had in my hands a letter I had written EXACTLY 19 years to the day! To. the. day!! I'm still freaking out.
Total votes: 196
Date submitted:Mon, 24 Feb 2020 23:00:12 +0000Coincidence ID:10402

Is this a coincidence?

So I'm not entirely sure if this is a coincidence or not but about two days ago my professor started our class by playing "Ain't That America" which I began to sing because I knew it from my mom playing it. I didn't know who sang the song however so I decided to google it and I learned John Mellancamp was the singer. Fast forward to yesterday (2/18/2020) when I am talking to a guy I like who is from Brooklyn. He begins to tell me about where he's from and then he brings up Pop Smoke, who is from the same neighborhood in Brooklyn as him. I think nothing of it and go to bed and then I wake up today and learn that Pop Smoke was murdered in John Mellancamp's Daughter's home. Maybe I'm reading too much into it but I find it to be quite weird.
Total votes: 225
Date submitted:Wed, 19 Feb 2020 21:13:35 +0000Coincidence ID:10400

Is the Universe trying to tell me something?

A friend and I was having a conversation one day about considences and how everything is connected and ever since that day I've been experiencing multiple considences. I don't remember all of them but here is one. I was on Facebook one day and a post for a missing person came up , was someone I knew. A comment was written that he been found two days before. Later that day I went to work then at some point I turn around and hes standing there , not knowing I work there etc.
Total votes: 210
Date submitted:Mon, 10 Feb 2020 10:30:35 +0000Coincidence ID:10395

Wedding lost ring on beach reappears two days later

In 1964 my family went on holiday to Lloret del Mar in Spain. I was seven years old and we spent many days on the beach, interspersed with day trips around the area. One afternoon we were getting ready to leave the beach when my father noticed he had misplaced his wedding ring, he would take it off before going swimming. We all spent a long time sifting through the sand to no avail, eventually giving up and returning to the hotel. Every evening the beach was raked by the hotel staff to keep it free of rubbish. The next day we went on a day trip to Barcelona. The following day back to the beach, late in the afternoon my father and I went for a swim and then returned to where my mother was sunbathing, I was sitting on the edge of the towel my mother was laying on smoothing the sand with flat of my hand, after one sweep of my hand a red bottle top was exposed, I picked it up and there underneath was my father's wedding ring
Total votes: 226
Date submitted:Sat, 01 Feb 2020 22:17:01 +0000Coincidence ID:10394

Shared friends

Grade 7 and 8 I was friends with a group of people at my school and in grade 9 I moved away and thus lost contact with them. First year of university, I befriended this girl who, as it turns out, had started going to the school in grade 9 and had become with the exact same group of people I was friends with.
Total votes: 217
Date submitted:Thu, 30 Jan 2020 11:45:56 +0000Coincidence ID:10393

New guy has same birthdate as my ex husband

About 4 years after my ex husband left, I dated a man who turned out to have the same birthdate as my ex but it was different year.
Total votes: 241
Date submitted:Tue, 28 Jan 2020 15:34:58 +0000Coincidence ID:10392

Pope John Paul II

My name is Iwona My three personal coincidences joined with Pope John Paul The Second: 1. I was born 18.05 ; the same day of the year was born Pope John Paul II 2. I had a serious traffic accident on scooter with many aftermaths operations on my left leg, knee and foot. It happened 02.04 . That is a day of death of Pope John Paul II(02.04) 3. After traffic accident I was transferred by ambulance to hospital by name of Pope John Paul II, where I was operated 02.04 , where I spend 2 months after accident and later had other operations and medical visits.
Total votes: 217
Date submitted:Sun, 26 Jan 2020 13:00:53 +0000Coincidence ID:10391

Umberto D

Last night I decided to watch the 1952 Sica film "Umberto D." I happened upon a thread earlier in the week which suggested watching the film, and so I did. Today was the first day of my Film Theory class. The first film we're watching: Umbert D.
Total votes: 271
Date submitted:Tue, 07 Jan 2020 21:07:16 +0000Coincidence ID:10389

Bavarian Relatives meet in Rome

When I was a child, my parents and I visited Rome for holidays and sightseeing. Close to the Vatican, we sat in a restaurant and our relatives - whom we meet quite frequently at home in southern Bavaria - passed by and we spotted them through the window and went out to ask them in. As far as I remember, we spent the afternoon together and had Italian ice cream.
Total votes: 262
Date submitted:Mon, 06 Jan 2020 23:18:12 +0000Coincidence ID:10388

Distant past

When I was a young child of nine and ten, in 1976, my Father had a Girlfriend whom he was on the verge of marrying. I became very close and connected with this woman. They had broken up shortly after my Father had lost visitation rights with me for lack of support, and I'd never saw her again. Though I didn't thoroughly understand it, I was devastated. 13 long years later, in 1989, at age 22 or 23, I was working at a Men's Shoe Salon in a Sopping Mall in Garden City Long Island. I sold a pair of Florsheims to an older Gentleman. At the Register, I was Processing his credit card information, and noticed after staring at it in disbelief, that his surname was the same surname of this Girlfriend of my Father's, years earlier. I'd asked him if there was a relation. He'd said she was his Niece. There were maybe half dozen Salesmen in the store, but I was the one who'd ended up waiting on him. He lived probably 20 miles away from this shopping mall. We had small talk for a few minutes, I said to say hello to her from me. He'd said he never really sees her. I found this all unusual, to say the least.
Total votes: 291
Date submitted:Sun, 05 Jan 2020 15:19:38 +0000Coincidence ID:10387

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