Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Coincidence of my neighbour

Today, my neighbour called me for this coincidence: "I was a guest in a house, when I checked the What3words app and found I was in edit.epic.roof! The day after, the house I was guest in removed the roof! And what did they find? A piece of paper from October 1997 saying "EPIC!" and a website! Since then, the numbers 0, 1, 6, 7, 10, and 97, has started coming all over the place! I was at a quiz show the other day, and the answers evening visitation sessions were plus, guess, and found! I put those numbers into What3words after the show, and I got 1096 Fillmore Avenue at Buffalo, New York! And one of the people on the quiz show was born on 09/07/01."

Two coincidences in Depew

The first coincidence: In 1997 I was in Depew. While walking I found this old picture from 90 years ago at the time, in 1907. The picture looked familiar to me. When I went to my house the same picture was on my wall! The picture on my wall was a reproduction, but I had the original one in my hand! Here's the second coincidence: A few years ago, my neighbour went to my house and gave me an invitation to a birthday party. The next day, I attended the birthday party, and I realized that the house number was 789. But the next day, I was on TV then a news story about an expedition in 1228 aired! That was 789 years ago at the time! Then, I was driving and I saw a sign with 789 on it! When I got back, the TV showed a picture of a man born in 1789 on the 78th day at 9 am! And that man died 24,789 days later! 789 days after that, I moved to a new house! And its house number? 789.

Bingo

My wife, Jacqueline, was in our family group playing bingo last summer at the Manor sports hotel, on Dartmoor. There were three evening games that week. On the Monday she won first prize, a bottle of Prosecco for a full house. On the Wednesday we all sat elsewhere and we won nothing. The person in her seat won third prize. Therefore on the Friday we moved back to our same seats and she won first prize again, with the same final winning number. There were about 120 participants each evening.

Family birthdays share same numbers

In my family, we share the same numbers for birthdays and are always in 3s. Different years and sometimes different months but always the same number and always in sets of 3. (no twins in my family and no planning) 3 people born on 13th- Jan, July, Dec 3 on 29th- Aug, Sept 3 on 22nd- Jan, May 3 on 21st- Sept, May, June? I believe there are other dates but those are the ones I remember.

Across Nations and Time

My junior year in college, I left rainy Seattle to spend winter term in Mexico City where I lived with a family along with six other young women from universities in different parts of the U.S. Several were from Ohio. I had lived in Ohio for a year during high school, and one of my friends had gone on to OSU. I asked one of the Ohio girls if she knew him; she responded yes, he was a high-profile musician at OSU, known to almost everyone. “Tell Jack hello from me if you see him!” I said. —Interlude: When I returned to Wn State at the end of the term, my Ohio roommate’s Mexican boyfriend asked if I would mail a package for him when I got back to the states. He explained that it was the wristwatch left behind by a former roommate, and he was concerned about mail theft in Mexico. “Sure - out of curiosity, where is it going?” “To a little town called Sequim, in Wn State.” I couldn’t believe it - it was going to my hometown of 1,200 residents! “Who is it going to?” I asked. “BD,” he answered. “Oh my goodness! He’s my next-door neighbor! His family and mine share a driveway! I’ll just give it to him,” I said. And I did.

How terribly strange

How terribly strange!. Something strange happened as my 70th birthday approached. I'm sure that will have had that annoying experience of having a song go round and round in your head and you can't get rid of it. You may have heard it on the radio or TV or blaring from a car at traffic lights. I've heard it referred to as an "earworm". You wake up in the morning and there it is again. Back in the 1960s I was quite a big Simon and Garfunkel fan. I had most of their albums and my friends and I played them over and over. One album, Bookends, is a particular favourite. I didn't own a copy but my friend John did and he was later to be best man at our wedding. He still lives in Belfast where I grew up and though we rarely see each other we have long phone conversations every 6 months or so. Now you may be wondering how, if at all, these two paragraphs are connected. A few days before my birthday I woke up with an earworm. The words and tune of a Bookends song were going round in my head. But I couldn't think how on earth it had got there. I had not heard that song for as long as I could remember.

Follow the White Rabbit

I found interesting vintage mars chocolate box. Later i went on my bicycle, there was mars paper next to a tire. I had a decision to take it in carbage or leave it on ground. I went in shop and had some spare coins in my pocket, it was the same amount as mars chocolate bar cost. I had decision to buy mars chocolate or not buy it. As i was sitting and eating mars chocolate, i found butterfly effect in my life.

Grasshopper story

I lay in bed in an upstairs bedroom in a house of Suffolk thinking for the second time that day, and probably in a decade, of the artist Edward Hopper after looking at pictures on the wall downstairs. As I did so I felt something brush against my arm, turned on the light and it was a grasshopper, which I unfortunately found dead near the washbasin the next morning. Insects rarely if ever brush my arm at night, and certainly not grasshoppers in England, and the coincidence convinced me of animal intelligence.

Surprise Surprise

On the same day, which is today, I saw my watch (on laptop, phone) three times only today, And all three times: first time: 13:13 (saw watch on my phone casually not with the intention of seeing time but these numbers stuck a chord and registered in my mind as they were similar) Second time: 21:21 (saw watch on my phone to check time) Third time: 23:11 (saw watch to check time on my laptop when my mom asked what it was) What are the chances really? 08.10.2021

You are not going to get away...

Before going to art college, I went to a party where I sat next to a beautiful girl. We discussed colleges we were going to, I, to Sheffield, her to Leeds. I never went to Sheffield but Newcastle upon Tyne instead. My grant was delayed for six weeks in term 1 because someone else's name had been put on it. At half term I wanted to move to a new flat, so I asked people on my fine art course if they knew of one. Frances was moving out of her share so I went round to look at it. There was the girl from the party, who had not gone to Leeds and whose name was the one on my grant cheque. She still controls my money and is the mother of our (now adult) children.

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