Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

One Friday

My daughter is in the process of buying a house. One random Friday afternoon before Christmas I took my wife out for lunches after being delayed for an hour due to clearing a blocked drain. When we the corner from where we walked past the front door to observe the house.finished our meal I suggested we drive to the house my daughter is buying to park up and look from the outside. Reluctantly because it was getting I drove the car and parked just around

Florida holiday coincidence

We took a family holiday in Orlando in the summer of 2006 and while trudging around Sea World theme park we were startled by our Son's primary school teacher who'd spotted our son in the crowd because of his Leeds United football shirt. We'd no idea she was due to be on holiday in Florida, and we all laughed at the coincidence of meeting up, and what were the odds, etc.

3 is the Magic Number

I have 3 children, all girls, all born on same day- 20th January! They will celebrate their birthdays next week- they will be 1 year, 7 years & 8 years!

Second Christmas

I have three siblings; a twin brother born on 9th April 1965, a sister born on 9th April 1963 and a brother born on 11th April 1961. When we were children our older brother celebrated his birthday on 9th April and it was like a second Christmas. We thought it was really strange if people didn't have the same birthday as their brothers and sisters. We felt sorry for other children and I still do really because it was great. It was only as I became a young adult that I appreciated it was an unusual situation.

Birthday coincidence

My maternal grandmother, her daughter (my mother) and myself (her daughter) were all born on the 20th December in 1899, 1925 and 1946 respectively.

World Cup Reunion

I was in germany for the 2006 world cup and went to the fan park with some friends in cologne. We sat down amongst several thousand fans and one friend pointed out to me we were just one row and a few yards away from an ex girlfriend of mine with whom I had had no contact for over two years. We are now happily married having tied the knot last summer

birth day coincidence

My first wife and my current partner were both born on the same day - July 4th, 1961.

A holiday we shall never forget!

This is an incredible but entirely true story of unbelievable coincidence when my wife, Ann-Marie and I were on holiday in Florida back in 1989. Our fly-drive holiday to Florida had started badly when our hire car was broken into on only our third day there. We travelled on down to Key West on the Florida Keys and booked ourselves into a motel there. Whilst at the motel poolside my wife overheard a couple who sounded as if they came from the north-east of England, just like her.

Eiffel Tower

My daughter Ruth met a friend from school at the top of the Eiffel Tower, whilst we were on holiday in Aug 2009.

Typhoons travel a long way

I was unmarried working in Hong Kong in 1960 at which time I was due to take my vacation leave. For some time I had arranged to travel by the then normal route to the UK, by sea via the Suez’s canal. Approaching the time I was due to leave I paid a routine visit to the travel agent. Whilst there the clerk whom I had come to know asked me if I would consider changing my route home and take another P&0 ship going by way of the Panama canal.

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