Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Two Nutria Encounters

Went to the library, did some browsing, and selected a book to take with me on a business trip. Can't recall the title, but it was probably something in the action/adventure genre. On the plane, it caught my eye that the book mentioned an animal called a nutria. I had to pause for a second, but then remembered that it's a sort of swimming rat. I was pleased that I was able to recall that. Got to my destination (a university in south Texas) and my contact picked me up at the airport and took me out to dinner. Sitting on the outdoor deck as we ate our meal, I scanned our surroundings and something in a river that winded its way around the restaurant caught my eye. "You know what those are?" he asked. Before I could answer, he said, "They're called nutria. They have them where you're from?" I probably hadn't heard the name "nutria" for a decade or more prior to reading it in that book (I'm guessing junior high or high school) and then I heard it twice in one day, including seeing one of the little bastards!
Total votes: 237
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Mar 2020 21:55:07 +0000Coincidence ID:10410

same bowlegged jeep in front of me twice

driving south on a highway in Detroit in the evening I notice a green jeep with bowlegged tires in front of me I commented that it must have been in an accident and i pull alongside it to confirm and notice the dings and the driver, the next morning I see the same jeep in front of me eastbound in the morning so I pull alongside to confirm the same jeep
Total votes: 209
Date submitted:Sat, 14 Mar 2020 02:56:49 +0000Coincidence ID:10409

Sister Died

It was Christmas day back at around 2005. It was mid afternoon and we were getting organised to get my wife's grandmother (who is called 'Nana" in the family) back home. Nana was ushered upstairs to go to the toilet before the car journey back to her home. I also needed to go to the loo, but of course allowed Nana to go in first. As soon as she came out, I went into the loo. It was the tiniest loo possible - probably three feet wide, and just long enough to fit the toilet at the end so that the door could open and close. In other words, a very small loo! As I was having my wee I had a sudden and persistent thought running through my head. It wasn't a 'voice' but it was that kind of persistent self-talk we do when we repeat something in our heads like "don't forget to set the alarm" when leaving to go on holiday. The words that were repeating in my head were "sister's died, sister's died". This was just after 3pm on Christmas Day. I went back downstairs and told my wife about this. I asked her (sensitive of me, really) if at some point if she had a sister who had died. She said that she hadn't, but said she would ask her mother. I was reluctant to do this, but she did anyway. My wife's mother confirmed that no 'sister' had died in the family. Others gathering to see Nana asked what the conversation was about, so it was shared. I shrugged it off as a random and spurious thought. That evening, with some six or seven family members at the house, the phone rang - at just after 7pm I remember. My wife's mother answered the phone, which was located out in the hall. She came into the room looking white as a sheet. She said "This afternoon, just after three o'clock, Nana's sister died." I still can't explain this, but the people who witnessed this event are still alive and talk about it to this day. Hope that you find this example of a coincidence useful and interesting.
Total votes: 215
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Mar 2020 10:33:51 +0000Coincidence ID:10407

3 children with the same birth date

My daughter Ally was born 14.11.2000 My twins were born naturally on 14.11. 2013 For our family it's a cool coincidence.
Total votes: 212
Date submitted:Sun, 08 Mar 2020 19:19:59 +0000Coincidence ID:10406

Just weird coincidences and freaked out by too many!!!

I met this girl through work we became friends (I’m married but we connected)<br /> 1 I saw her surname on the back of a temporary roadworks sign.<br /> 2 her parents wedding anniversary is the same date as mine.<br /> 3 her Facebook name code has the year I was born in it. Ie v****h***71<br /> 4 I got in the car one Saturday morning to go to work, I don’t normally work Saturdays, I turned the radio on and she was on the radio on a phone in call.<br /> 5 we both got a puncture on our vans on the same day.<br /> 6 we have posted status updates at the same time on Facebook.<br /> 7 I saw a poster with the same name as hers with the eyes highlighted in blue of the photo of queen Victoria ( her name is Vicky) ( she has deep piercing blue eyes)
Total votes: 225
Date submitted:Sun, 08 Mar 2020 01:06:53 +0000Coincidence ID:10405

Comment event and time matched

Listened to Robin Ince interviewing Claudia Hammond on the Book Shambles podcast. Claudia talks about going to an 0840 GP appointment and the GP having already seen 7 people already. I was, at that moment, locking up my bike so I could check in for my own 0840 GP appointment. I had no idea they were going to raise that concept when I had downloaded the podcast that morning. The coincidence raised a smile. Claudia Hammond liked my tweet about it, but the GP didn't seem bothered...
Total votes: 214
Date submitted:Thu, 05 Mar 2020 11:49:20 +0000Coincidence ID:10404

soul sister

Okay. So here's the thing. Me and a girl I've met. Which is now my best friend. We haven't been friends for that long, but we've been having strange. Crazy phenomenal coincidences that has been happening out of nowhere. She's like attracted to something And later on that day, or maybe you like within that wheat, I would find something. And it just be the exact same thing that she found or had interest in it's crazy because I was eating a sandwich the other I was eating a sandwich and I had a friend go and order me a spicy chicken from Burger King will before she She ate. A country fried steak sandwich and I had gotten the order. He didn't look at the order. But it was a country fried steak sandwich from Burger King. Well as crazy as hell. And also she was attracted to a speaker that she had found what I had a friend. I was out here one day and we were metal hunting. And I ended up finding the same saying she found beforehand while we were walking through a Trail Is that weird wrong to same things but it's weird because it's like we're we just met kinda. Better that we know each other forever and we just have a weird connection when I do a Tarot readings as well. Like I feel what she feels sometimes when I do them ratings. I don't know. I can't explain it. It's just a crazy coincidence. It's just coincidence so I can say a phenomenal incidence i think not. Thoughts on this???? why do we continuously keep on having these events happening not Complaining or nothing bad is happening. But it's just strange
Total votes: 228
Date submitted:Sun, 01 Mar 2020 05:47:08 +0000Coincidence ID:10403

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: 236
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: 277
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: 251
Date submitted:Mon, 10 Feb 2020 10:30:35 +0000Coincidence ID:10395