# Cambridge Coincidences Collection

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

A friend of mine studying economy in another country outside of the UK asked me for help with some Math and after helping her I tried to reassure her about her exam. I told her she would get 25 out of 30. One week later she had texted me saying she got exactly 25/30 and I was surprised. We joked about my ability to predict things and then I said "Well then, next time get 30/30 in your next exam" and she actually did get that. It was surprising.

## Birthday coincidence

Last year I was living in a relatively small staircase in College with only a few people (I think less than 12) and two of them (one was living in the room next to mine) were born on the same day as me, though in different years.

## Strange Meetings

On one particular Friday morning last winter I asked a friend of mine to buy a package of 1Kg of sugar because my birthday was coming up that weekend and I wanted to make some sweets but I didn't feel like walking all the way to the market. I had a class to attend in some building near where I live and I knew my friend was going to come to have a lesson right at the time when mine finished so I thought I would see him then and retrieve the sugar.

## Chance Meeting

I went to a meeting in Central London. There were two other people present. i had not met either before. Several hours later I realised I was sitting opposite one of them on the Northern line home. We spoke. He was going to High Barnet where I live and was unfamiliar with the area. He asked me if I knew a certain street about half a mile from the station. I said yes, my car was parked there, and walked with him. It turned out my car was parked outside the house he was visiting. There were about thirty houses in that street.

## Two Coincidents

Today, I was looking for a chair in the internet and i found my friend name on it Nina. Normally, we dont find name like that. After an hour , I got a call from my Friend. She said do u have time to talk. I said yes. She was asking about the henna brand , guess what ? The henna brand name and her name was same Neha. And Also notice , I am seeing matching numbers all the like emails, time, date , and etc.

## My 3 Children

All 3 of my children were born on the birthdays of their deceased great grandparents. My eldest son to my maternal great granmother, my middle son to my paternal great grandmother, and my youngest daughter to my paternal great grandfather. None of these dates were known before my children were born. None of them were born on their due dates, and my daughter was even completely unexpectedly a month early. I know it is not an unusual coincidence for one person to share a birthday with a relative, but for all 3 to have this connection I find it very strange and a little creepy!

## The Song

There is this boy, who I am unfortunately no longer friends with. It has been about 3 months since this boy and I parted ways. I still keep tabs on this boy because he was my best friend and I still care to see how he is doing. As I do, I checked his newest Spotify playlist and came across a song that I ended up loving. Later, I was with my friend and played the song for her, explaining that I really like this song but cannot add it to my own playlist since its on his playlist.

## Gossip and meet

Along my google mapped route on my first night in a new city I was starting my postgraduate studies at I saw a young man who looked increasingly familiar, so I did what any uncertain person does, and called out "David" as I walked past. To which he responds and preceded a short reunion between secondary school friends (in another country), who hadn't seen each other since the last day of A-Levels (4 years ago). Months had past and whilst working away at a morning experiment in labs, I was struck with the decision to message David and try and catch up properly over dinner.

## Matt Southam.

As a school boy at boarding school in 1966 or 67 a friend of mine bought a single record to school, one amongst a number that his father, a record producer, had given him. It was called Down River by a man called David Ackles. The first time I heard it I thought it brilliant. No one else did. (We shared a record player in a common room) To everyone's annoyance I kept on playing it, saying how I thought it was really good. Eventually, the individual who owned it asked me if I actually liked it or was taking the piss by playing a crap record all the time.

## Avon Calling!

Many years ago, in the middle of an afternoon, I was sitting with my wife and my in laws in their den. My father in law and I often talked about investments and the stock market. We were talking about various companies and, somehow, the discussion turned to the merits of Avon Products as a possible investment. Upon hearing that, my mother in law chimed in that they had lived in their house for over 20 years and that, in all that time, no Avon lady had EVER come to their door. At that VERY MOMENT the door bell rang and I got up and walked to the front door.