Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Synchronized Vacations

In 1988, my wife and I flew to Jamaica for a short vacation. We met a couple there who was from our own home state (Texas). Several weeks after we returned home, we decided to take a weekend camping trip to Oklahoma (an adjoining state). We were slowly driving thru the park (at night) looking for our assigned campsite (which we were assigned when we arrived). Someone called my name and it turned out to be the couple we had met in Jamaica. Our campsite was directly across the road from theirs and they had arrived earlier the same day.

Multiple family members with same date of death (any month)

My husband lost his maternal grandmother, his sister, Dad, an uncle, a nephew & his mother was on her death bed on that date, dying only minutes after midnight! We're afraid to get out of bed on that date! It really makes us wonder.

eBay creep

I (in the U.S.) sold some handmade arrowheads to a man in Austrailia on the eBay site. The next year he came to the US via a camp counselor exchange program. He was randomly put in our state and ended up being my son's camp counselor where he sexually molested him. He's in (U.S.) prison for that now. I sold those arrowheads for someone else. As I was listing them I recalled as a boy being taught how to make those types of arrowheads using antlers and flint at that very same camp.

Birthday coincidence

My husband and I found out that we were born in the same hospital, by the same doctor, in the same week. We are 6 days apart. AND, I worked with a lady who has a daughter that I share a birthday with; we were born on the same day, in the same hospital, by the same doctor. And my mom and the lady I worked with both described each other as their hospital roommate. I also share a birthday with my aunt and a cousin. My birthday is August 29. I also had my son 3 weeks early and delivered him on my mom's birthday which is on Christmas.

Car accident

Several months ago I got into a horrible accident . A gentleman broke my windows to get me out . I don't remember anything . Three months later I'm having a conversation with a gentleman at work and turns out he's the one that helped me out of my car . A month after meeting him and realizing who he was, I get hit by a company truck, in a complete different city .... I get out of my vehicle shaking and the first person to pull over and help me is him again . I've never met this man before in my life and we were both in shock .

Eerie Phone Coincidence

I was having a rather lengthy argument with my mother and we had gone over a variety of topics, all over the place, really. In the course of this argument we had been arguing about one of her friends, who had been on my mind earlier that day. I brought up her friend in a casual way and didn't use the woman's name and when my mother asked who I was talking about, I said the woman's name. Not two seconds later the phone rang and it was that woman calling, just "coincidentally".

Matching music

One time I was walking down the street listening to my iPod and a song came on that I liked. Within a minute or so I walked into a restaurant to apply for a job. When I took my earphones out, the same song kept playing (from nearly exactly the same place in the chorus), albeit a little bit quieter.

I met someone who grew up with my ex-boyfriend

Several years ago I dated a guy named Pat (I am African American and Pat was Latino.) We had ended our relationship a few years prior when moved to another city and received a summons for jury duty in an experimental night court situation. As I was sitting in the jury pool, I struck up a random conversation with a young Latina sitting next to me. As we talked about our lives, I mentioned that I used to date a Latino named Pat. She said, "Pat ___ in (the name of the city I'd moved from)?" It was the same guy. She knew him and his family.

Dream the predicted a small event

One night I dreamt that I was in the student lodgings of a young woman with the same name as me. Of course, I just thought I was dreaming about my own younger self. The next day, I got an unusual email from the IT techies at work saying 'we have set up the email account of (my name)'. Now, I have been living and working here (at a university) for about 20 years, and never run into anyone with the same name as me. Although neither my first name nor my family name is particularly unusual, the family name is not too common where I now live.

Different turn

I left for work on Monday, 26.9.2016, around 9 am and continued down the same path I always go. The street I have to cross near my building is usually empty but that morning there was a lot of traffic and on the spur of the moment I made a decision to take a turn and walk down a different street. Two minutes later I met a dear friend that I hadn't seen in months and whom I thought of the previous evening but didn't feel like calling.