Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Louise Grainger

Birthday Coincidence My brother was born on April 16th 1976 Good Friday. I was born April 16th 1979 Easter Sunday and my cousin (my mothers younger brothers eldest son) was born April 16th 1995 Easter Sunday.

Wrong Number or Was It?

About forty years ago, I was at home and dialled my friend's home phone number. She lived about a five minute walk from my house. The telephone was answered by a voice I didn't recognise so, puzzled, I asked "Can I speak to Heather please?" The person replied, "Who wants her?" "Janet" I replied. Heather came to the phone and in a puzzled voice asked "Is that you Jan? How did you know I was here?

Strangely Timed Death

I attend a large state university in the U.S, and in the summer of 2011 enrolled in a political science course. The professor gave me the opportunity to assist him in a research project regarding local history and politics. While scanning through the library's online catalog of holdings in my area of interest, I came across a poverty book authored by a man with an rather uncommon last name; the same uncommon last name as a friend of mine in high school.

Barry Petts

My wife received a new PIN number for her debit card and she asked me to change it to one she would remember. When I got to the hole in the wall I peeled back the security tab only to see it was the number she wanted!

PIN Number

My wife received a new PIN number for her debit card and she asked me to change it to one she would remember. When I got to the hole in the wall I peeled back the security tab only to see it was the number she wanted!

collision at Heathrow

A few years ago I arrived at Terminal 3 Heathrow from Borneo. After a reviving cup of coffee I made my way across the concourse to the Railair bus stop. I looked up to steer a course through the crowd and locked eyes with my son who was making for the railway station having just flown in from Boston USA.

Meeting a stranger twice in unlikely circumstances.

About twelve years ago my Mother was a resident in an old people's home in Cumbria. Every three months or so I would drive up there, stay with my sister and pay a couple of visits to her over a weekend. I usually returned to London on a Monday but on this particular visit I came back on a Sunday. This was a hot day in August and the traffic on the M6 and M1 was very heavy. As usual I stopped about half way down the M1, re-fuelled and had a coffee. On returning to my car, I had just put the key in the door of my car when a smart Mercedes stopped on the other side.

An unlikely meeting

We lived on a boat in Kalamata in the southern Peloponnese in 1992. We made many friends there especially with English speaking migrants one being Andrew who was a South African who was enjoying retirement in a motor home based on an old military vehicle.

IVAN

On holiday in Gran Canaria, in a restaurant I told my partner about a surprise I had planned for her father's imminent 80th birthday. I said that just before leaving Ireland two days earlier I had sent an e-mail to an Irish newsreader whom her father liked and had asked her for an autographed photograph. Literally within seconds of me telling her, the newsreader walked into the restaurant......

A Long Train Journey

It was 1996 and Matthew, aged 21, was making the long 3 day train journey from Perth, in Western Australia to Sydney. He intended spending some time in Sydney before continuing on his travels to Thailand. After two nights spent in the pretty uncomfortable sleeper seat, the train stopped at a small inland country town, Young, in New South Wales. The seat next to him was taken by Martin, aged 20. Martin is my husband's nephew and, at this time, we hadn't met him, only having seen the occasional photograph.

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