Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Next Door Neighbours

In 1989 I was moving to NYC from rural Ireland to become a high school teacher. Just before I left I bumped into a cousin of mine in the nearby village. We chatted and, knowing I was going to NY, she said, in all seriousness, that maybe I would meet the cousin of her husband that lived in NYC. I sniggered internally at the absurdity of such a thing happening.

Eminent statisticians, 1924

This coincidence relates to two eminent statisticians (Peter Armitage and David Cox) who were born on the same day - 15th July 1924. Both were educated at Cambridge, both received British honours (CBE and Knighthood) and both were Presidents of the RSS (1982-84 and 1980-1982).

Meeting an unknown half sister

This story starts in a very small town in Spain. 45 years ago my mum lived in this little town and was married to my dad, but had an affair with an old love. A couple of months later she finds out she's pregnant and she doesn't know who the father is. She shares her doubts with her lover but decides to believe that this baby, who would then be me, is her husband's (I didn't know anything about this). This lover of her, who now lived in a different city, 650km away from my mother's, gets married and has two daughters. I never heard of him or them.

3 relatives die on sane day, different years

My brother-inlaw’s mom died in 1971; my dad’s mom died in 1989; my mom died in 2014. They all died on May 25th, just different years.

Unlikely Meeting

When I was a freshman in college, I worked as a tennis instructor during my summer break back in my hometown. I worked with a girl named Tara, who I met once before when we happened to play against each other in high school. We worked as tennis instructors for the summer, then went back to each of our respected universities and never had contact again...until two years later. During my junior year I decided to study abroad in Wollongong, Australia.

Same name, friends

So I was texting with this person on an app called Wattpad and we had the same name no big deal. But then we talked a little more and turns out they had a best friend with the same name as mine. A little strange. Then I asked about some people I knew, and they described them just how I know them. It started to creep me out. So they told me their husband's name, and that boy goes to my school and I don't like him. Then I asked what sports have they played, and they said soccer. I have played soccer. And then I asked if they knew a person who I knew was moving in seventh grade.

dreams of dead people

I've also had the same dream as a few other acquaintances about a friend of ours who died, but that was not at the same time. still, i heard about someone else having that dream after i did, so don't think it was just influenced from hearing about it, and then my other friend said an acquaintance, who probably wouldn't have heard about the dream from either of us, also had a similar dream about him Also, i've read about someone having the same/very similar dream as me about dead musicians twice.

mutual dreaming

I've had 4 mutual dreams that I know of. I'll summarize them below. Feel free to ask any questions :) Sorry if it's a long (and boring) read 1.) The first one i had was when i was 15 and i was sleeping over a friend's house before i was about to move away to another part of the country. we had always talked about writing a comic book together, but we never did it. so in my dream, we were "building" like a comic book together (but i guess it was more like a movie). We didn't see each other, it was just like we had disembodied voices.

Chased down by Mr. Mister

Yesterday I was in a local charity store. The 1983 song "Kyrie" by Mr Mister was playing in-store on the radio. I thought to myself that it was a good song that I hadn't heard in years,and made a mental note to download it when I got home. I noticed there seemed to be some ''new" arrivals in their crate of vinyl records and started flicking through them (all the while, song still playing on the radio...) and the third album in the crate was"Welcome to the Real World" by Mr.Mister, featuring"Kyrie"

House and school coincidence

Coincidence We bought a house from a very nice family about 8 years ago. We shared a celebratory drink on completion and then didn't see them again. This year my daughter is going 70 miles away to boarding school (about 1000 pupils). She is joining in the second year and went to meet the 12 girls of her year that are in her house.

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