Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Geraldine McEwan's Death

Have just returned from a holiday in New Zealand. We stopped at a small town called .Geraldine in Canturbury and discussed how the name Geraldine has fallen out of fashion. The only Geraldine we could think of was Geraldine McEwan. Got back to Christchurch later that day, went onto BBC news website and read that Geraldine McEwan had just died. Make of that what you will.

Lives going strangely parallel

I am from Munich, Germany, and made a friend when I was 24, only to notice that we had the exact same birthday. So far so good, I received a notice that I could spend my exchange semester in Stockholm in 2008 and by sheer coincidence, he had been in the same town, in the same hostel, in the same room just a year before for an exchangesemester. To top it all, I met a girlin London (she also was from Munich), that I was dating for some weeks. It was a big hello when we found out that she was my friend's ex girlfriend!

Death on a mountain

My husband was on the way down Mount Kinabalu in Borneo when he collapsed and died. Some climbers had passed a few minutes before but heard the commotion and came back.an Australian couple were life savers and tried resuscitation.with them was another English couple who were on a gap year. A few days later they English couple sent an email to my husbands niece saying there had been up Mount Kinabalu but on the way up they had this experience and gave his name. Imagine how comforted the family felt knowing there was someone they knew with their brother/nieces and nephews.

Death on a mountain

My husband was on the way down Mount Kinabalu in Borneo when he collapsed and died. Some climbers had passed a few minutes before but heard the commotion and came back.an Australian couple were life savers and tried resuscitation.with them was another English couple who were on a gap year. A few days later they English couple sent an email to my husbands niece saying there had been up Mount Kinabalu but on the way up they had this experience and gave his name. Imagine how comforted the family felt knowing there was someone they knew with their brother/nieces and nephews.

Neighbours of childhood neighbours

Years ago my husband and we're having a holiday in India part of which was three days on a rice boat on the backwaters in Kerela. We were to share the boat with another couple. There were several couples due to share with strangers. On the way there we exchanged details about ourselves as one does. One couple came from near my childhood home. The amazing coincidence was that their next door neighbour was my child hood neighbour before I was 9.

Devils Number Plate

I was round a friends house and we were looking for cars in Autotrader in 1987, (pre internet days) soon we got on to looking for personal number plates, I jokingly said I would like to get the number plate LJH 666 to match my initials + the number of the beast, on the way home I had a Triumph 2000 pull out in front of me - Its number plate was LJH 666L

Eerie 13th Birthday Coincidence

Soo I have a some what curious and eerie coincidence with my family. In particular with my immediate relatives. My fathers birthday is Feb 13th('68), my mothers is Apr 13th('65), mine is Dec 13th('89) and lastly my brother who is May 31st('99). So all very similar, but then my brother is the backwards one. What are the odds? *Years not really relevant per say, but are there for perspective. Also, if there's any astrological significance it would be entertaining.

Eerie 13th Birthday Coincidence

Soo I have a some what curious and eerie coincidence with my family. In particular with my immediate relatives. My fathers birthday is Feb 13th('68), my mothers is Apr 13th('65), mine is Dec 13th('89) and lastly my brother who is May 31st('99). So all very similar, but then my brother is the backwards one. What are the odds? *Years not really relevant per say, but are there for perspective. Also, if there's any astrological significance it would be entertaining. ~andrew.pease89@gmail.com

Finding our rejected car!

When we bought our new, car and it was delivered, we found that the factory had installed the wrong colour interior. We therefore rejected it and asked for the correct car. Around 6 months after getting the correct car we took a holiday to France, and, in a campsite in Brittany, we found that we were staying in the caravan opposite the caravan being stayed in by the family that had bought our rejected car! We found it amazing, the two cars are identical in every way except the colour of the interior.

Russians Reunited

It was about 1990, the Cold War was winding down, and I was working at a research institute near the University of Oregon. A young woman from the Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) State University won a research grant and came for a months-long visit to our institute. It was her first trip outside of Europe. Unfortunately, she struggled with English and quickly became homesick. One of my colleagues introduced us to each other because she correctly suspected that the two of us might become friends. We were about the same age, we both loved animals - and I had horses.

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