Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Why? By recording your coincidence stories here, you can help him build a picture of what kinds of coincidences are out there and which ones seem to ‘get to’ us the most. Your coincidence stories can also help him explore the scientific explanations which may account for them – whether by doing the maths to calculate the chances of a coincidence, or speculating on the weird and wonderful workings of our brains.

Coincidences tend to be ‘surprising matches’ – sometimes they are lucky, sometimes unlucky, sometimes just mind-boggling. To help you recall the coincidences that have happened in your life, here’s a list of some common types of coincidence:

  • Surprising repetitions: for instance when you’ve had not contact with someone for ages, then find two connections to them very close together in time. Or when over several years multiple members of the same family are born with the same birthday. Or even a repetition of a really rare event – like winning the lottery twice, or your life being saved twice by the same person!
  • Simultaneous events: for example when two people phone each other at exactly the same time.
  • Parallel lives: such as when two people in a small group find they share a birthday or an unusual name, or when two people discover their lives match each other in bizarre details.
  • Uncanny patterns: imagine picking letters in Scrabble that spell your name.
  • Unlikely chains of events: perhaps you lost your false teeth overboard and found them inside a fish you caught twenty years later?

If anything coincidental has happened to you - anything that made you stop and say "well, what were the chances of that..?" - then please record your story in the form below! Please try to keep your story personal - about you or someone you know. The only thing we'd ask you to steer clear of are premonitions or déjà vu, purely because - whilst fascinating - they're quite common and also difficult to analyse.

You could also tell us about coincidences in the news, but please provide a link to a reliable source!


Title: two or three words that give a simple description of your story, eg ‘old friend’ or ‘birthday coincidence’
Coincidence: tell your coincidence story - and please include plenty of relevant detail (places, dates, numbers etc.) and include your first name if you want.
Email address (optional): please leave an email address, as then we can get in touch to find out more!

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Moving

Long story short I found my grandma bible in my mom house after my mom passed a way the house was in our family for year need work so we sold it and moved well in her bible was the church she went to when she was younger just so happend that church was in walking distance of my new house???

Doing good in the world and winning the lottery

Anyone else ever experience lots of mind-blowing synchronicity for an extended period of time? Twice in my life it has happened for at least three straight months. It always happens when I'm feeling amazing and being true to myself. When abandon all the rules and just do whatever I feel is just, right and loving. And usually it happens while I'm falling in love with a girl. But it's almost like I am led to the girl through the coincidences. It's very strange and it's such an interesting thing to talk about.

Patterns with girlfriends

So there's a girl interested in me and I'm trying to figure out whether she's good for me or not. The other night, I couldn't sleep so I looked at Instagram, which I never do (ever). And came across my ex's page (from 4 years ago). She didn't have many posts, but there was a picture of food from Core Life Eatery saying she loves the place. I have to been to the place many times before. Anyway, the next day I was going to get something to eat and was driving to get a hoagie when I saw I had a coupon for Core Life in my car for basically a free meal.

Kwame Kwei-Armah finds long abandoned keyboard

Evening Standard 19 June 2019 Page 19 Edited by Phoebe Luckhurst Young Vic artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah is no stranger to bizarre coincidence. When he was 25 he abandoned his dream of being a musician and gave away his instruments, he told an audience at an event to publicise a revival of his play Fix Up at the Tower Theatre last night. "I had a keyboard, called an M1...One G flat key was bent." Twenty-five years later he was in The Gambia. "I walk into this village hall. And I see an M1. I see that the G flat is bent.

"My boat is so small"

After 13 years of sharing my life with him, including a long term illness, my husband passed away. His passing had caused a lot of turmoil and I found myself completely left alone, grieving. After the funeral, there was literally nobody in my direct environment (neighbours, family, old study friends) who showed unselfish compassion. Everybody seemed to have a hidden agenda, whishing me as a baby sitter (study friend), a health carer (family) investment banker (family/neighbours) or worse, potential wife. I struggled everyday to set boundaries, reinvent my life and find meaning.

Dream Scene

Last night I dreamt about a friend from university who I hadn't spoken to in a while. When I woke up this morning, I had a long text from none other than the same friend.

GN

Where to start? I've logged nine pages of 'synchronicities' so far and counting. Many seem to have a playful bent, such as passing driving the Stirling monument in Scotland as the Braveheart theme tune played on the radio.

"Star Wars" Coincidence

I share the same birthday (April 10th) as Daisy Ridley, the actress who plays “Rey” in the Star Wars films, and my mother's middle name is Raye.

names

An article came out in my news app that Gwyneth Paltrow had some sort of skiing accident, I don’t exactly remember what it was. I began reading a crime novel later that day , I distinctly remember Gwyneth Paltrow’s name mentioned in the first few lines of the book.

playing music in the shower - totally normal

I was playing by red velvet playlist in the shower ( kpop genre) . While I was dancing around in the shower , I suddenly felt the urge to check the song that was playing . It was titled ‘Russian Roulette’. I usually never touch my phone when I’m playing music in the shower so that was out of the originate . When I came out of the shower , there was a documentary on Trump’s political campaign playing on on the TV by Channel News Asia. An author wrote a book and was being interviewed on the campaign .

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