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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Gut feelings

Met this person for the very first time at a social event just as I was about to leave, they left quite an impression on me and I ended up staying longer, running late to some other place I had to go to. Then, as I left, I had this very strong feeling that they might come to the same place as I was going (there was an event scheduled there too, but it was a very niche kind of event). Two hours later they showed up to event 2 and we crossed paths just as they entered the main room. I was very surprised and almost said "I knew you were coming".

Lost friend's location on front page

In the early 1980s I was in Stockholm and was soon going to go to Paris where an old friend from high school used to live. It had been a few years and I didn't know if she still lived there. I thought I would need to call my parents in Chicago to ask them to call her parents (also in Chicago). That day I missed a train and had to wait an hour for the next one so I bought a Wall St Journal. On the first page (column one I think) the first sentence was "Ellen S...

In Memory of Bruce "Crazy Horse" Hardy

For the last month or so I've been watching "High Way Thru Hell" series on Netflix. The last three days been watching S3 Ep 10 and just didn't watch it right through like I would usually. But today on the 10th of October I did and at the end of the Episode saw that it was dedicated to Bruce Hardy. So curious me goes and Google's his name to find out a bit more regarding when he passed away. I came across a Facebook Group "In Memory of Bruce Crazy Horse" Hardy where someone just posted 2hrs ago that he died on this day 10th of October 2014.

Superstore coincidences

I've recently been watching the show Superstore. As I started watching and making it through season 1, they have a specific date they mention, that they say "we don't talk about that date" That date is March 14th (My Birthday). Later through the series sometime in season 2, they mention another date of June 17th (My Brothers Birthday). I don't remember the significance of this date in the show, but then later on in season 3 or 4..., one of the characters (Amy) has a baby and names the baby Parker.

Dates in the family

We called our daughter Sophie because my sister and my husband's sister both have Sophie as a second name (is that also a coincidence?). My daughter then died (suddenly and unexpectedly) the day of my sister's (of the middle name Sophie) birthday and the day my sister in law (of the middle name Sophie) gave birth to her 3rd child. (Our second child was born on the birthday of my sister-in-law's first child - also odd). Shitty dates, shitty story but a big coincidence... ?

Trying to fing job in model or cinema business

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Nice to meet you. Oh, I sold you my house 11 years ago.

In 2008, my family sold our house to a single man in Royal Oak, Michigan. We move back to Texas and have since moved to Nashville. Just this week (Sept 2019), my boss introduced me to a contact at a potential partner that he thought I should speak with further. The man was from Michigan. You know where this is going now. After exchanging pleasantries, I offered that I had lived in Michigan years ago. Then Royal Oak. Then the specific street. Then the specific house number. Lo and behold, the aforementioned business contact is the very guy I sold my house to 11 year ago.

Simultaneous occurrence - shawshank redemption

On Friday last ; mentioned Shawshank Redemption to person whom I meet once a year in same day Shawshank Redemption was mentioned in Irish times ;I heard on same day shawshank Redemption music featured on Lyric Fm radio for 10 minutes I expect the probability of hearing the film name on the same day to be very low indeed for these three different media

Neighbors

My family moved into the home we have now in 2014. The man next door lived here for most of his life, his father built this house in 1998. His wife has the same name as me only spelled differently, she has the same birthday as me but not the same year. We are very much alike as far as our personalities and interests and the things we do and buy. We have become best friends and we are neighbors and she also lived in this house with her husband years before we moved here. I think we were meant to find each other, maybe a coincidence, may not.

Premonition? Coincidence?

It was my 11th wedding anniversary and my mother stayed overnight with our kids . The following morning my husband and I were having breakfast in the hotel when my husband started talking about the new pistol that he had bought. I was not even interested and was just kinda not really listening about it. He noticed this and said “listen, you need to know how to use this gun Incase something ever happens to me and I can’t use it. You need to pull really hard from the front.” So to appease him, I said “okay pull hard from the front.” Then the subject changed and we went on with our day.

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