Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Black Hills of Dakota

This morning I woke up early and when I did I had 'The Black Hills of Dakota' from Calamity Jane in my head. My class had sung the song as part of a variety show in primary school 24 years ago, when I was about 8, and while I remember it well I do not think about it often and nothing that I can think of, either waking or dreaming, had prompted me to have it in my head when I woke up. Not thinking much of this I got up, went to the bathroom, walked back into my room and turned the radio on, to RTE 1, Ireland's state broadcaster's main station.

Snail watching in life and on Radio 4

In May 1992 after attending a module of my Buddhist-based psychotherapy training in South Devon I spent a couple of days near the coast. I walked on the coast path and noticed a large snail crossing the bare earth in front of me. Its feelers were fully extended and it seemed vulnerable; a little bit like me after the training. I crouched down and watched it as it crossed the path, feeling protective of it. As I watched it a party of bird-watchers came by me, and seemed a bit surprised I was there, crouching down.

synchronicity with words

Multiple times a day, I hear a word right as I read it. For example, i would be reading an article and read the word "address" and at the exact same time, I will hear someone say "address." This happens with any and all kinds of words, common and rare. Sometimes it will happen 10 times in a day, sometimes 0 or 1. It freaks me out and i don't think of them as coincidences. Not sure what it means, because the words aren't notices close to each other like 10 seconds apart. It happens at the exact moment I read or think the word.

Mi casa es sous casa

I lived with my boyfriend in his mother's house in Florida in 1998 while it was in the process of being sold. We broke up and I eventually moved to Ohio, where my sister and her family had moved. Years later my sister and her family moved back to Florida and had been living in a relative's house and had to suddenly find a new place to live. They went through a rental agency and ended up in the exact house fifteen years later without having a clue until I asked for their address to send them a card. At first I thought it was a joke and then she sent me pictures.

Meeting someone I know on the London Underground

I got on a crowded tube in Central London on Saturday (ie a non-work day) and found myself standing next to someone who works in the same open plan office as me - there are about 40 of us in this space. Neither I nor this person live in London so it was also very unusual for us to be In London on a Saturday nor were we anywhere near our shared workplace.

Boxes of horror

I have attempted to report a pattern of behavior by another that has kept me down for quite some time now to no avail. Just this weekend, two packages showed up at my home filled with remnants of the times I'd tried to report my injuries before. Coincidentially the electronics and other things inside are only a small fraction of my full collection and unfortunately are so old they won't even power on. It is very serendipitous that I am only now able to file official complaint when the statute appears to have expired. Some coincidences are magical, some take me to the edge of reason.

Little Dog

Earlier I purchased some organic beef borgounian flavored dog treats made by a company called Bocce and still have them in the trunk of my car. I met with my neighbor last night and he told me about a dog breed I have never heard of called a Bocce and looks similiar to a Yorkshire terrier.

A Psychic Experiment

Over 50 years ago, I purchased a mosaic kit (sort of a paint by numbers kit with glass bits to assemble into a mosaic wall hanging). My Mom and I assembled it, and since Mom died, I have had it hanging on my wall, above my TV). Over all these years, I have never seen another mosaic like this one, either for real or in a photo. About three years ago, I was reading a book by Pam Grout, entitled "Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality".

Flight 174

Just recently I have taken to watching old air-crash films as I tend to follow documentaries explaining what goes wrong with crashed airliners,and the feature films recreate these scenarios in dramatic circumstances.<br /><br /> One of the more recent films I looked back on was 'Falling from the sky:Flight 174' with William Devane.<br /><br /> This flight had to do an emergency landing at Gimli when it was headed for Montreal and found the runway full of people on a car rally,including some kids on bikes.

shared exgirlfriends

I will write it in a schematic way: Girl_A from north of the country. Girl_B from the south. A and B met for the first time in China and decide to live together and become best friends. Girl_B is relocated to Hongkong and start dating Boy_B from Spain. Girl_A stays in China and start dating Boy_A from Mexico. After a couple years everyone met together in a party in China: Boy_A and Boy_B chit chat a bit.