Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Birth certificate surprise

I am male and was born in 1968. My surname is not very common, Hern, and my Dad's name Christian name is John. In 1998 I married a girl called Rebecca. Years later, in 2011, when we were sorting through some important documents, I came across my wife's birth certificate. She was born in 1971 and her birth was registered 3 days later by a registrar with the name........ John Hern.

Spitfire story

I used to have an electronic archiving company. Our first client in 1999 was The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby for whom we scanned many thousands of Warbird drawings. In September 1999 we decided to scan a copy of the Daily Telegraph to demonstrate the power of our software (which could find any page using keyword searches). I volunteered to bring in an old edition which I'd kept from the day my son was born (15/4/1983). By a strange co-incidence the front page of that edition carried a story about a guy (Ray Hannah) who had just paid a lot of money for a Spitfire. But the really spooky thing was that when I bought the Telegraph that day (27/9/1999), the front page carried an article about Mr Hannah's son, Mark who had died in a Spitfire accident that weekend. The hairs on the back of my neck still stand up when I remember this.

Distant airport Duty Free

Returning from a Honeymoon in Bali the flight stopped off at Abu Dabi airport to refuel. My wife and I decided to leave the plane and have a quick look around the duty free shops in the terminal. I went to one shop and was standing at the electronics counter when I recognised a voice next to me. The person was a work colleague who was on his way back from a holiday in Australia but had missed the flight he was supposed to be on and ended up on a different flight that meant he had to change planes at Abi Dabi.

Sweet Music

About 10 years ago I was poking around Corbridge parish church about 12 miles west of Newcastle. A quartet were practising for a concert they were giving in the church that night. I had a chat to the slightly Beethovian cellist and quartet leader, and I asked him where he was from - they were giving the concert as part of a small local festival. Oh, from the south east, he said. I was from the south east, so I asked where. Oh, from a place called Berkhamsted, he said. I was from Berkhamsted (a town between Watford and Aylesbury), so I asked where. Oh, Bridgwater Road, he said. I had walked up and down it many times. I had a cousin in the town and she was musical (I had not seen her for years but we had grown up together), so I took a shot and asked if he knew a cellist from Berkhamsted called Philippa Cooper. Oh, I married her, he said.

CD / radio coincidence

I was listening to a Killers album on CD one day, when I wandered into another room and switched on a radio. The song playing on the radio was not only the same track (Mr Brightside), but the two songs were perfectly synchronized. I turned the radio volume up, and there was no discernible difference in timings. When there is a delay, even a slight one, it is very obvious to the listener. It occurred to me that the radio must be acting as a speaker by some strange phenomenon, but then the song finished and my CD moved on to the next track while the radio DJ introduced another song.

Mountain meeting

This is one of many. I drove 150 miles with friends and was walking on top of a mountain in the Peaks, and coming towards me was one of my neighbours !

Birthday coincidence

Hello Mine, my sister's (4 yrs younger) & my mother's birthday is on the 11th February.

Birthday Coincidence

Hi ther my name is David S my coincidence is being Born on David Street in Dandenong, Melbourne, Australia, Doctor named David K who delivered me, mum named me after king of the jews David, not after the doctor, the Dr. was out fishing in the bay the day I was to be delivered hence he had to come in early to deliver me, also i ended up being a pisces another coincidence, and I see a sequence in my birthdate 12/3/1984 1234 sequence with the 4 being the 4th number of the last set of numbers 1984 to complete it

Rock Paper Scissors

Last night my boyfriend and I were playing "Rock, Paper, Scissors" to decide who had to get up and turn the light off. We picked exactly the same hand shape five times in row before I decided this wasn't going anywhere and gave in! I think the probably of this happening is 1/243 (a 1/3 chance of playing the same shape per game, to the power of 5 games) But, we're not sure: the boyfriend argues that we were subconciously using the same "strategy" and I like to think we've developed some sort of mind reading powers through spending too much time together.

Old friend

I lived in Calgary Alberta and used to drive to Vancouver B.C. once or twice a year to visit my parents On one of these trips a normal stop would be in Kamloops to fill up with fuel, for some reason I decided to skip this stop and try to make it all the way to Vancouver. Well, by the time I got to Merrit B.C. it didn't look like I would make it. I found this old gas station open in town where I had to go. Well here was an old friend I knew from about ten years earlier we had somehow drifted apart. Turns out He had given up on the business life and was pumping gas in a little hic town.

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