Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Uganda coincidence

I was watching a video about Uganda then my local coffee shop who roasts their own beans posted one of their blends that was from Uganda when I hopped on Facebook straight after watching the video

Climate change coincidence

I was worried about the future of the earth and how climate change is going to destroy it..... then I find a postcard at my local cafe with a picture of the earth and a text talking about climate change and how we can fix it

The Filipino girl

I was looking at a Filipino girl on YouTube then my cousin messages me saying he got a spam call from the Philippines

Strange music coincidence

I was in the car listening to bestie boys sabotage in the car driving, once I get home I hear it playing when I watch the minions 2 trailer on YouTube.... the unlikeliest of songs that could have been played.

Uncanny Pattern

My dog hit my roommates keyboard while she was in the middle of writing a paper and the dog spelled out my roommates name "Minh"

Birthday Coincidence

At my first fancy art show, I (an artist) was randomly placed right next to a gallery owner. Then we realized we were born on the same month & day (Sept. 9th).

My birth date

My birthday is 6/7/89

My Colleague's Party

This happened maybe 20 years ago now. I used to commute from my area, a city of around 150,000 people, into a big city of around a million about an hour away (depending on traffic) for my job. One weekend a colleague was having a party at his house in that big city. Normally I didn't like to go back into the city but for some reason I can't remember, I decided to go. At one point in the evening, I'm sitting near this woman and in the course of trying to make the sort of polite conversation one has with strangers you know you'll never see again, I ask her where she's from. When I tell her in turn where I'm from she replies that her parents live in the same smaller city I do. I ask her what part of that city they live in? She says it's this really obscure place that I've probably never heard of. I encourage to her say it as I've lived in that city all my life and so I might know where it is. She gives in and tells me the name of the street, which is very unique. They were my neighbours 2 doors down. I confirmed her parents' last name, and was able to describe their house.

Lost contact

A few weeks ago I had a lot of excess energy from a work call, decided to schedule some catch-up calls with friends I haven’t spoken with in 5-10 years. Thought if I had the number of an ex from (almost exactly) 2 years ago, would reach out to him as well; it was nice catching up with old friends, maybe it’d be nice to catch up with him as well, but I didn’t have it, so oh well. I had deleted his number and text chain/photos a while ago - no contact. Later that day, with so much excess energy, decided to finally go through a year’s worth of credit card statements and health ins benefits to declutter/file them away - came across a bookstore receipt from 2015 for two books on marriage, one of which we talked about on our last date. Phone number written on the receipt, no name but ex’s area code, and his name came up when I googled the number - decided not to text since he previously said he was not interested in being friends and thought it best to respect that boundary. Shredded the receipt by hand since it had my name on it and tossed it in the trash. Talked to a friend who said I was overthinking it and since it’s a pandemic, should reach out.

College Coincidence

I live in NC, but went to school in VA. My school is a very small women’s college. I decided to plan a reunion for alumni who lived in my city. I picked a location in downtown, and then found out that the owner’s mother and best friend were alumni of the same school. So, I guess, serendipitously enough, out of all the bars, restaurants and meeting places in the city chose the right one!

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