Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Spitfire story

I used to have an electronic archiving company. Our first client in 1999 was The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby for whom we scanned many thousands of Warbird drawings. In September 1999 we decided to scan a copy of the Daily Telegraph to demonstrate the power of our software (which could find any page using keyword searches). I volunteered to bring in an old edition which I'd kept from the day my son was born (15/4/1983).

Work colleague finds old photos of me in his new house

As a student I worked in medical records in a London Hospital. A new colleague came in one morning saying he had moved into a new house over the weekend and found photos of me in a drawer. Turns out he had moved into the house that my friend had just moved out of. My friend had left some photos, including some of me, in the drawer!

swiss army knife

When i was a kid, i would guess around the age of 10, on a hot summers day, my friends and i had been playing football in the local park. We all sat down for a rest, i could see something metal protruding from the soil, so i excavated it carefully and it was a swiss army knife with the name "LUKE" engraved on the outer case!

I know that book!

we were selling our house and showing around a young couple. The man picked a book out of our extensive collection of books and said "my parents wrote that book". It was a specialised psychology book that would not have been in general circulation. They bought the house!

Mr

Whilst at borading school in the early 1970's I went on a family holiday to Menorca. We arrived late at night and wnet to bed. I woke up early the enxt morning and open the bedroom curtains to see the view. Looking down at the hotel swimming pool there was only one person settling down by a sun lounger. It was the matron from my school! Thereafter, if ill, I was aksed if I wanted to be signed off games rather than being told I was :-)

Birth certificate surprise

I am male and was born in 1968. My surname is not very common, Hern, and my Dad's name Christian name is John. In 1998 I married a girl called Rebecca. Years later, in 2011, when we were sorting through some important documents, I came across my wife's birth certificate. She was born in 1971 and her birth was registered 3 days later by a registrar with the name........ John Hern.

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

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.

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.

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.

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