Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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


I have had many many coincidences over the years, some from the "that's a bit spooky" to<br /> 'What on earth is going on?" Most relate to music but there are others. I will post as many as I can remember here starting with this one: </p> <p>We have a digital alarm clock radio in our bedroom. If I wake in the night I squint and focus on the clock and more times than I am comfortable with the clock has shown 3.33am. Each time it happens it makes me think something is going on!

Music coincidence #01

Ok so I am driving in my car. I am driving in the suburbs of Edinburgh and approach a crossroads. Tom Petty's Freefalling is playing on the car CD player. As the line "I wanna glide down over Mulholland" I look up and across the junction speeds a builders van, simple dark blue van with white lettering saying "Mulholland Contracts". At this point I feel like freaking out! Bear in mind Mulholland=Los Angeles and I am across the ocean in Edinburgh and there are not many linking themes here!

Finding the other half too late.

Three days ago my boyfriend threw out a wooden bow which I had been hoarding for years. It didn't have any arrows, so there was no point in keeping it. Then this morning I found a large arrow sticking out of the grass in the park.

The Possum that only existed to prove me wrong.

I have lived next to the same park for many years and have only ever seen a possum on one occasion: the night after I adamantly declared - with absolute certainty - that there definitely weren't any possums there.

An unsual coin in France

I was studying in USA for almost one year (I'm Brazilian), but during the winter break I went to France with my boyfriend. Since he was traveling from Brazil to France, I waited for him at the Orly Airport, and before his flight arrived, I founded a brazilian coin (one Real) on the floor. I was very surprised because the flight from Brazil had not arrived at that time, and I, a brazilian, have founded that brazilian coin in France.

At the 02 Arena

My wife and I -both born and bred in Argentina- lived in Northern Ireland for around nine years (2001-2010), where we heard about a man in his 70s who had been born in Argentina but who'd been living in the UK since his teens, most of the time in England. In 2010 my wife and I moved to England and it was only recently that we met this man. We hit it off very well and given a number of things in common, we became friends. Last week, my wife attended an event at the 02 Arena in Greenwich. It was packed -i.e. there were about 20,000 people.


Ho sempre pensato alle "coincidenze" ed ho più volte cercato di segnare tutte quelle che mi capitavano ma senza mai farlo. Oggi invece navigando su internet per "coincidenza" scopro che le mie "coincidenze" sono oggetto di studio. Coincidenza?

Income tax vibrations

This is really 2 coincidences for the price of one. Yesterday night I was watching a Beachboys biog,explaining the history of Brian Wilson and his band and the making of Pet Sounds,something i had seen before.

They Live - Obey Film and Posters

I was introduced to a film a few weeks ago called 'They Live' by the film buff in my office (he's a videographer 'coincidentally'). I'd never heard or seen anything of this film before, and thought it was an interesting perspective about modern life (at the time, probably still relevant today). So, i'm a Graphic Designer and subscribe to a daily design 'inspiration' website, who email their latest findings in a newsletter each day, using the entire internet as their resource to find new and interesting work.

Luck of the Coin Toss?

True story. When I was a little kid, I thought when you tossed a coin, it would come up whatever side was facing up, when you tossed it. So if you held it head-side-up, it would end up heads when you tossed it. Get it? Anyways, I firmly believed this. And for a while, I had no reason to doubt it either. But that is not the weird thing. The weird thing, is that it really came up the side I was holding in my hand. REPEATEDLY. It literally happened every time I tossed it that way. People still don't believe me when I tell this story.