Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Freaky name guessing

I was staying outside Hereford on my brother's stag do a year ago and got chatting to some women as you do. The subject came round to middle names, as mine is quite strange and I was tasked with guessing hers. Straight away I said 'Michael', which you would not associate with an English female middle name. Anyway, she then pulled out her driving licence with her middle name stated as 'Michael' On Christmas Eve I went out for a few drinks with some friends in my local Wetherspoon's in Newton Abbot in the afternoon. We had a group of 6 of us and the booth only fitted 4. An elderly couple needed to get past us to gain access to the booth in the corner. I said to my friends 'what do you reckon their names are? She looks like a Pam and he looks like a Philip. Actually, more like a Brian (and apologised to my friend in the group called Phil)' I then waved to the gentleman in the corner and said 'alright Brian?' He then came over and apologised and said 'I am terribly sorry, but I don't know your name.' I asked if his name was Brian and he said it was. I then explained I randomly guessed his name, we had a laugh and wished them a happy christmas. 20 minutes later a man in his 50's walked between our group and accidentally knocked into me. I said 'Sorry Michael' to him. He turned round and said 'Do I know you?' I then asked if his name was Michael and it was! So I had guessed two random strangers first names in 20 minutes in the pub. My friends then advised that I buy a lottery ticket as my luck was in, so I went and bought 3 lucky dips. Guess how much I won? Absolutely nothing!
Total votes: 1011
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 08:12:50 +0000Coincidence ID:3277

Dublin to Glasgow

I had my stag party in 1999 in dublin. As ususally happens I was subjected to a practical joke of being made to wear HUGE underpants and a blow up sheep, and thats all! A few years later I went up to Glasgow to see Newcastle United play a friendly match against Celtic. While in one of the bars in Glasgow I got chatting to the bar staff and found out she was Irish. "Where in Ireland are you from?" I asked, "Dublin" was her reply. "Oh, I had my stag do in Dublin a few years back" I said. "You weren't the one with the big underpants and a blow up sheep were you", she said laughing. I was stunned!!!!
Total votes: 1027
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 08:12:47 +0000Coincidence ID:3276

Interrailing

When 18 and inter-railing around Europe we arrived at our first camp site in Avignon to find that we has no tent pegs.... On leaving the campsite to try and find a shop to buy some we walked into some friends who had left school the previous year who had a spare set of tent pegs!!!
Total votes: 927
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 08:04:26 +0000Coincidence ID:3275

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!
You voted 2. Total votes: 928
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 07:58:45 +0000Coincidence ID:3274

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!
You voted 3. Total votes: 1071
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 07:58:31 +0000Coincidence ID:3273

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!
You voted 1. Total votes: 1120
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 07:58:14 +0000Coincidence ID:3272

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 :-)
You voted 1. Total votes: 1094
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 07:57:10 +0000Coincidence ID:3271

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.
You voted 2. Total votes: 986
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 07:52:40 +0000Coincidence ID:3270

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). By a strange co-incidence the front page of that edition carried a story about a guy (Ray Hannah) who had just paid a lot of money for a Spitfire. But the really spooky thing was that when I bought the Telegraph that day (27/9/1999), the front page carried an article about Mr Hannah's son, Mark who had died in a Spitfire accident that weekend. The hairs on the back of my neck still stand up when I remember this.
You voted 1. Total votes: 964
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 07:49:31 +0000Coincidence ID:3269

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.
You voted 2. Total votes: 1099
Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 07:48:04 +0000Coincidence ID:3268

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