Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

California to Atlantic Liner

In October 1956 following 3 years in New York City I was having a final holiday in the USA, spent mostly in the far South West. One evening in Yosemite National Park I dined in the restaurent, sitting up at the counter; next to me was an American Dentist who had been working in British India and had recently retired, found temporary accomodation in London and was now looking for the perfect retirement location in America. His favourite so far was Reno, Nevada.

Car Accident

My son borrowed my car in Sept 2011. A car drove into him and did not stop. The subsequent claim is still on-going so I will change the names.The insurance were very confused to begin with as my son is called Harry D and the owner of the car which hit mine is called Mrs Harry-D.

same pin no

My first bank pin no has remained with me since they came into use many years ago. Recently I opened a new bank account with a different bank and have received the same pin no as my original one. Could not believe it when I scratched off the paper to reveal the code.

A Twin Thing

One of my stepsons joined a camping expedition in a remote part of the Lake District, despite having just had a knee operation and being on crutches. As he could only stop a couple of nights he and his girlfriend left at teatime on the Sunday. Unbeknowns to him and the rest of the group his identical twin brother had decided to visit the area (somewhere they both knew very well) on an impromptu visit and arrived at dusk on the same day. On seeing a campfire he decided to see who his neighbours were.

It's a small world

17 years ago my Wife and I were visiting the Bay of Islands in New Zealand and took a small ferry boat to the town of Russell. We got chatting to the only other person on the boat who asked us where we were from. We replied Guernsey in the Channel Islands and she told us her Brother also lived in Guernsey. Which Parish we enquired and she said he lived on a very small island called Lihou. There is only one house on Lihou and at that time the States of Guernsey bought the house as the island is a tourist attraction; it has a 12th Century ruined Priory.

unbelievable coincidence on oxford street

I visited London last year and was shopping on the oxford street,I am an Indian and each shop i went to shop owners would ask me where was I from?

1234 caught my eye...

greetings, it was the picture that caught my eye, typically I don't establish entry's like this... my girlfriend and i got home from a new years eve party at exactly 12:34 am... an intoxicating night led to a harder than normal morning... when did we finally get out of bed? ... 12:34 pm... coincidence?... silly i guess, but strange none the less. cheers. Steve and Kelly... and the Daisy dog.

Niagara Falls

Just about to disembark the Maid of the Mist, the boat that takes visitors to closely view Niagara Falls, an American lady asked us where we were from. We replied 'a very small village in Lancashire, UK, with about 100 inhabitants'. Walking past the queue for the next trip, we heard a voice call out and were astonished to see neighbours who live about 200 yards away, one of whom had been our son's very good friend at school.

I Remember You

In the Summer of 2005, I was book shopping in a charity shop on the King’s Road, Chelsea. A radio was playing in the shop, and a female singer was performing the old standard “I Remember You”. It got me thinking of the Australian singer Frank Ifield, and of my late grandmother, who was a fan of Ifield and would often play his record of the same song. Although I hadn’t thought of it in years, that record, complete with Ifield’s yodelling you-hoos, entered my mind and I could not get rid of it. It was still playing through my head when I left the shop and boarded a bus for Earl’s Court.

Meant to be together?

My husband & I have been married for 27 years & when we met we were quite startled by the number of coincidences we shared. We were both at midnight. We both have the same middle name, Frances. I went to school at Holy Cross Convent in Chalfont St Peter, Bucks, my husband went to Holy Cross Grammar in Hamilton, Scotland. We both studied at Central Polytechnic in London, albeit at different times. My maiden name was Hamilton, he was born & grew up in a town called Hamilton in Scotland. My father worked for approx.