Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Is the Universe trying to tell me something?

A friend and I was having a conversation one day about considences and how everything is connected and ever since that day I've been experiencing multiple considences. I don't remember all of them but here is one. I was on Facebook one day and a post for a missing person came up , was someone I knew. A comment was written that he been found two days before. Later that day I went to work then at some point I turn around and hes standing there , not knowing I work there etc.
Total votes: 249
Date submitted:Mon, 10 Feb 2020 10:30:35 +0000Coincidence ID:10395

Wedding lost ring on beach reappears two days later

In 1964 my family went on holiday to Lloret del Mar in Spain. I was seven years old and we spent many days on the beach, interspersed with day trips around the area. One afternoon we were getting ready to leave the beach when my father noticed he had misplaced his wedding ring, he would take it off before going swimming. We all spent a long time sifting through the sand to no avail, eventually giving up and returning to the hotel. Every evening the beach was raked by the hotel staff to keep it free of rubbish. The next day we went on a day trip to Barcelona. The following day back to the beach, late in the afternoon my father and I went for a swim and then returned to where my mother was sunbathing, I was sitting on the edge of the towel my mother was laying on smoothing the sand with flat of my hand, after one sweep of my hand a red bottle top was exposed, I picked it up and there underneath was my father's wedding ring
Total votes: 285
Date submitted:Sat, 01 Feb 2020 22:17:01 +0000Coincidence ID:10394

Shared friends

Grade 7 and 8 I was friends with a group of people at my school and in grade 9 I moved away and thus lost contact with them. First year of university, I befriended this girl who, as it turns out, had started going to the school in grade 9 and had become with the exact same group of people I was friends with.
Total votes: 261
Date submitted:Thu, 30 Jan 2020 11:45:56 +0000Coincidence ID:10393

New guy has same birthdate as my ex husband

About 4 years after my ex husband left, I dated a man who turned out to have the same birthdate as my ex but it was different year.
Total votes: 283
Date submitted:Tue, 28 Jan 2020 15:34:58 +0000Coincidence ID:10392

Pope John Paul II

My name is Iwona My three personal coincidences joined with Pope John Paul The Second: 1. I was born 18.05 ; the same day of the year was born Pope John Paul II 2. I had a serious traffic accident on scooter with many aftermaths operations on my left leg, knee and foot. It happened 02.04 . That is a day of death of Pope John Paul II(02.04) 3. After traffic accident I was transferred by ambulance to hospital by name of Pope John Paul II, where I was operated 02.04 , where I spend 2 months after accident and later had other operations and medical visits.
Total votes: 259
Date submitted:Sun, 26 Jan 2020 13:00:53 +0000Coincidence ID:10391

Umberto D

Last night I decided to watch the 1952 Sica film "Umberto D." I happened upon a thread earlier in the week which suggested watching the film, and so I did. Today was the first day of my Film Theory class. The first film we're watching: Umbert D.
Total votes: 320
Date submitted:Tue, 07 Jan 2020 21:07:16 +0000Coincidence ID:10389

Bavarian Relatives meet in Rome

When I was a child, my parents and I visited Rome for holidays and sightseeing. Close to the Vatican, we sat in a restaurant and our relatives - whom we meet quite frequently at home in southern Bavaria - passed by and we spotted them through the window and went out to ask them in. As far as I remember, we spent the afternoon together and had Italian ice cream.
Total votes: 310
Date submitted:Mon, 06 Jan 2020 23:18:12 +0000Coincidence ID:10388

Distant past

When I was a young child of nine and ten, in 1976, my Father had a Girlfriend whom he was on the verge of marrying. I became very close and connected with this woman. They had broken up shortly after my Father had lost visitation rights with me for lack of support, and I'd never saw her again. Though I didn't thoroughly understand it, I was devastated. 13 long years later, in 1989, at age 22 or 23, I was working at a Men's Shoe Salon in a Sopping Mall in Garden City Long Island. I sold a pair of Florsheims to an older Gentleman. At the Register, I was Processing his credit card information, and noticed after staring at it in disbelief, that his surname was the same surname of this Girlfriend of my Father's, years earlier. I'd asked him if there was a relation. He'd said she was his Niece. There were maybe half dozen Salesmen in the store, but I was the one who'd ended up waiting on him. He lived probably 20 miles away from this shopping mall. We had small talk for a few minutes, I said to say hello to her from me. He'd said he never really sees her. I found this all unusual, to say the least.
Total votes: 338
Date submitted:Sun, 05 Jan 2020 15:19:38 +0000Coincidence ID:10387

Chills/goosebumps experienced by two people at the same time in a conversation

My friend and I were having this conversation about life and our new found faith in spirituality and were pretty excited about how we had connected so well even though we just met a few months back. We'd just finished breakfast and crossed the road, while doing that my friend saw a car number 1212 and showed me. Now we've both been seeing synchronicities (repeating numbers) recently and the seen the spiritual meaning of those numbers actually be a 100% on point in our lives, some more sooner than others. 1212 of course means a new chapter of your life is about to start and this is your magic chapter and so on... Well we walked a few steps more on crossing the road and reached my car and got into an intense conversation about all things and how life works out when you stay connected and don't let fear rule your world. And at this random moment, I don't quite remember what we spoke about but we both felt these goosebumps appear at the same time and we like like woahhh what is going on but as those goosebumps passed something just felt right. I was quite sleepy and wanted to go home and get a nap because I hadn't gotten my 8 hours the previous night, but after getting home I just couldn't sleep and the whole day went on and I had the energy to last me the entire day up until pretty late in the night for deep conversations, a fun date night with my boyfriend and a little me time before bed and I had this crazy energy and I wasn't at all exhausted. I don't know what it was but it just felt so good.
Total votes: 368
Date submitted:Mon, 16 Dec 2019 09:38:45 +0000Coincidence ID:10385

Wrong Name, Right Place, Right Time

At the age of 18, one week after high school graduation, I boarded a bus from Pasadena, CA, to Daytona Beach, FL, hoping to find a childhood buddy of mine, Doug. I wore Dolphin shorts, a tank top, high top shoes, and a headband onto the bus. I stowed my backpack with the luggage. The bus broke down in the South (Louisiana, I think), and we were transferred to another bus. When I arrived in Daytona, my luggage didn't arrive with me. With nothing but the clothes I was wearing--and no address for my friend (I'd figured to get a hotel room, take my time trying to track him down when I arrived)--I looked in the white pages of the phone book for my friend's name. There was a Doug "Last Name" in the book who matched my friend's first and last name, but he had the wrong middle initial. He lived a few miles from the bus station. I figured maybe, just maybe, this guy with the first and last name that matched my friend might have run into my friend, thought it was a huge coincidence that they shared the same name, and remembered him--and maybe where he lived. So I checked a map and walked to the address. It was a condo. I looked through the window ... empty. The condo manager saw me staring in the window and asked what I was doing. I told him, then asked if he had a forwarding address for this Doug. He shook his head. "No," he said. Then he rubbed his chin, and he said, "But I do have a guy by that same name who works for me. He lives right there." He pointed at a condo directly behind him, and in the same second, my friend Doug stepped out the door. My luggage took three days to arrive. Thank goodness for coincidences. Just as a contrast, another coincidence I experienced happened like this. At age 20, my buddy and I were living (camping illegally in a tent) on St. John in the U.S.V.I. One day we each drank a bottle of rum with an Australian guy we'd met and decided to swim a mile to a nearby abandoned island. The Australian's girlfriend freaked out and sent the Forest Service patrol boat after us. The ranger met us halfway to the island. He asked if we needed a ride, told us that we were in shipping lanes, and said the island we were swimming to was surrounded by sea urchins and we might not be able to get ashore. We waved him away. The boat left. And my friend got three urchin spines in his foot as an eventual reward. 17 years later, I was road-tripping with a friend. Earlier that day, at White Sands, I'd called my agent from a phone booth--he told me a script I'd written had sold for a lot of money. We wanted to celebrate. While driving over the mountains before dropping into Tuscon, we saw Christmas lights spelling out "Mr. Easy's" on the roof of a house. We pulled off and found a makeshift bar in a house-- in a very small town in the hills that consisted mostly of small homes and trailers--and took seats at the bar. I got to talking to the guy sitting next to me. Turns out he was a ranger in the Virgin Islands. I said I'd met a VI ranger once--when I was swimming between islands ... "Wait," he interrupted, "were you one of those crazy guys swimming through the shipping lanes! My god, I thought sure you'd probably drowned." Quite a coincidence--yet I've never thought this one was too strange. You do weird stuff (like swimming a mile drunk on a bottle of rum through shipping lanes and then refuse rescue from the US Forest Service), guys are going to remember you. Do it enough, and you'll run into one of those guys somewhere later in life. But seeing Doug at that condo complex in Daytona coming out of his door the second I turned to look at it. That's one I've never been able to explain. ;-)
Total votes: 396
Date submitted:Sun, 15 Dec 2019 05:40:20 +0000Coincidence ID:10383