Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Times 3

Ok so I have 3 that are related. In high school I dated this guy. Then I got married to someone else, then divorced. 22 years after I graduated, I was at church. When the service was over and we got up, he was in the seat behind me. A year later we were married. His birthday also happened to be the birthday of my oldest child’s boyfriend and the adoption date of my youngest 2 children. Less than 3 years later, my husband was killed in a motor vehicle accident. My husband hit a tractor and was killed instantly.

Notebook index coincides with life index

I number my notebooks. Prominently and quite artistically on the front cover. The day I turned 50, I started notebook No. 50. I filled no. 49 to the last line, but, honestly, I did not cheat this.

RJKIV

There is this guy...after meeting we discovered that our lives have many parallels. He’s a IV like Sr Jr III Then IV. My father is III and my brother is a IV. My grandfather is a Sr...and my cousin is an IV. We live in the same city and we both moved here 10 years ago but a month apart. Him from Buffalo and I’m from Philadelphia. I lived in Buffalo before my family moved to Philadelphia. I currently live on Buffalo Dr. and moved there 2 months before meeting him. We are both the youngest of 3 children. There are a lot more parallels between us but they are very personal so I won’t share them.

Hear/read same word.

I have had the seeing/hearing words at the same time for about 20 years. Twice I have written them down. Initially it averaged about 3x's a week. Currently, it is averaging more than once a day. 309 times in the last 273 days. An example that I use to explain to others; I was typing the name of the color paint to the builder of our house, corral fence. On tv, a story of penguins. Evidently a group of penguins is called a corral. ( While I was just now typing this, it froze up on the word house (hous). I started watching tv and the word house was used.

Once in a lifetime and not a good thing

My boyfriend has a habit of lying. And he isnt very good at it. My job is to investigate fraud so I am adept at spotting cues. I found out by accident he took viagra. He buys 2 packs of 4. They last approx 2 months. Last month he stopped buying 2 packs and seemingly only had 1 pack of 4. I thought this was unusual and suspected he was keeping a pack out of the house. I suspected recently he might be cheating. But dont have any real evidence just my instinct and my cues. And the changes in his behaviour regarding the viagra. Then he brought home 2 different brand packs each with 4 tablets.

My dream came true!

I suddenly dreamed about a friend I hadn't spoken to in about 6 months. I honestly don't think I've ever dreamed about him before or after. When I woke up I saw a message from him on my phone. What a coincidence!

Dec 10th

Dec 10, 2015 is the date that my husband of 30 years passed away. My younger sister had cancer and passed Dec 10, 2019. Tomorrow is Dec 1st and my mother is saying she is near the end. Her skin was pale and thin like paper today. Bruising on her thin hands. Will she pass on Dec 10th? I will write more if this happens. Giving me the shivers. I am getting anxiety over this. My old blind dog has got me through all this. Will he be there for me when my mother passes? LB

Birthday coincidence

My father’s birthday is Aug 9. His youngest brother’s birthday is also Aug 9. My father’s oldest granddaughter’s birthday is 4/18. His youngest brother’s, oldest granddaughter’s birthday is also 4/18.

Strange Timing, again

Thanksgiving day can be emotional for me. I have lost three important men in my life all within a week of thanksgiving. This year we lost our dog on nearly 17 years the week before. I’d been in good control of emotions most of the day and felt ok with the world. We watch tv a lot in the evenings but always try to be in bed by 10, we are rarely, if ever, up later than 10. Thanksgiving this year, 2020, our daughter left after dinner so my husband and I settled in to watch a couple episodes of new series.

Scientific publication synchronicity

While being a maths graduate student I was enrolled (as a participant) in a phase-3 clinical trial in 2006. Several years later, completely coincidentally, I had become a clinical trials statistician myself. In 2009 I was in charge of the data analysis of my first trial; a phase-2 clinical trial in a completely different field of medicine. The trial's results got accepted for publication in The Lancet in 2010. Reviewing the draft I accidentally discovered the results of the phase-3 trial were being published in the same volume of the journal.

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