Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

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.
Total votes: 1103
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 07:48:04 +0000Coincidence ID:3268

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.
Total votes: 1072
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 07:42:58 +0000Coincidence ID:3267

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.
Total votes: 1147
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 07:40:29 +0000Coincidence ID:3266

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 !
Total votes: 1111
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 07:32:06 +0000Coincidence ID:3265

Birthday coincidence

Hello Mine, my sister's (4 yrs younger) & my mother's birthday is on the 11th February.
You voted 3. Total votes: 1112
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 07:32:06 +0000Coincidence ID:3264

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
Total votes: 1191
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 05:39:16 +0000Coincidence ID:3263

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.
You voted 3. Total votes: 1039
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 01:11:20 +0000Coincidence ID:3262

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.
Total votes: 1307
Date submitted:Thu, 12 Jan 2012 21:22:30 +0000Coincidence ID:3261

Waterloo

I live just outside Brussels and yesterday whilst driving from Mons to Brussels I put the radio on. I usually always listen to Premiere a French speaking news channel but for some reason instead of pressing pretuned Channel 1, I randomly pressed auto tune and it tuned into a Dutch channel playing abba singing Waterloo. I sang along for a couple of bars then - wait - it can't be, a huge sign on the motorway "Waterloo"; I am driving right past the exit for Waterloo as Abba sing it over and over. I only drive on that road about 8 times a year and always have the French news channel on to practise my French. What are the chances?!
Total votes: 1183
Date submitted:Thu, 12 Jan 2012 21:19:52 +0000Coincidence ID:3260

Twins and eggs

I cracked open an egg to make breakfast and it had 2 yolks. Later that day my friend informed me she was adopting twins.
Total votes: 1277
Date submitted:Thu, 12 Jan 2012 17:57:26 +0000Coincidence ID:3259

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