Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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


As a teacher, a few years ago, I was looking through a supplies company catalogue. On one page they had classroom calendars/date displays and the only ones on the page were mine and my wife's birthday (date and month!)

Mother dies in house fire. Two weeks later daughter dies in house fire in the same house.

Mum and daughter die in house fires, only days apart Jim Cusack PUBLISHED 08/05/2011 | 05:00SHARE Tragedy struck a Drogheda family for the second time in less than a fortnight yesterday after the daughter of a woman killed in a house fire died in a second fire in the same house. SHARE A second daughter who had also returned for her mother's funeral, which was due to have taken place today, was also in the house and is seriously ill in Drogheda General Hospital. The dead daughter was named as Susan Krings, 34, whose mother Alicia Krings had been found dead in the front room of th

life saver?

One day I was about to go to collect my wife from work. We used to have a landline phone near the door. As I opened the door to leave the phone rang. I answered it and found it to be a friend. I told them I was just going to collect my wife and would call them back when I got home. I left the house within around 10-15 seconds after I would have left had the phone not rung. As I turned into a road on my journey it was possible to see quite a distance as it was a long road.

Falling light

I was sitting with family discussing my grand-daughters facility with both German and English when I made the point that she knew the word for 'light' (as in a light installed in a room). As I said this I pointed to the light fitting in the room which fell from the ceiling as I pointed at it! This was not something that this light fitting had ever done before, though to be perfectly fair it was not very solidly installed.

Simultaneous contact

I wanted to contact one unfamiliar editor and sent him an email, but there was no answer for more than a week. So I decided to phone, but didn't do it several days, being in wrong mood or busy. On Friday I felt okay to phone, but missed at least 3 urges, on the 4th I just picked up the phone and made a call.

Contact Naming

My girlfriend who is 47 had an old boyfriend that she said liked to have sex for two (2) hours. She is from China, very well educated (Masters/Graduate level) and English is her third language. She speaks broken English and is still learning. She has this old boyfriend listed in her phone contacts as DAX. I didn't understand why she listed him as DAX and was curious as to whether this word had a special meaning.


I was picking my daughter up from a night out. She had been to see her boyfriend and had met his sister and mum and dad for the first time. We had just gone about a minute in to the return journey when I asked her if her boyfriend had given her a hug when she got of the bus when she had arrived. Then I asked her if his sister had given her a hug too. As I asked this last question I was approaching a roundabout and a car sped across and in front of us. The last three letters of the number plate were HUG....

Brief encounter at a railway station

I was walking along a side street by Waterloo Station during one of my rare visits to London when I was waylaid by a burly young man in a tabard collecting for charity. Being charitable and in no hurry I stopped to talk to him. He told me about how the charity helped young people who had got into bad ways to find a better life. He said that he had been helped in this way after a somewhat shameful past life and was being trained in computer technology at a college in Canterbury.

Six degrees of separation from oneself

It is said that there are only six steps linking any two people in the world, so each of us must be just six steps away from ourselves, but can we always discover what those steps are? I once worked closely with a woman named Ruth in a company in Tunbridge Wells. We didn't live near each other, me living in West Kent and her in the south of Sussex. One day she told me a funny story. Her sister was living part of the time with a man on the outskirts of Tunbridge Wells although she also had a home in London, I think.

Coincidence or thought transference?

I'm recovering from a knee injury and although I can now drive and ride a bike I can only walk slowly with a walking stick. I can't bend down to tie my shoe laces and have to put my foot on a step or low wall to tie them up. As I walked towards the station to get the first Sunday train another man appeared and crossed the road to walk about 3 metres ahead of me. We were the only 2 people in the street. Despite my stick, I was walking about the same speed as him.