Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Double Numbers

I have a digital clock on my sound system, virtually everytime I look at it, the numbers are the same ie; 19:19, 17:17, 14:14 and so on. It seems to much of a coincedence for it to happen the amount of times it does. Maybe I have my own inbuilt clock and am doing this subconciously. I dont know.

Surprise Visit!!

My classmate was employed in Mysore while i was employed in Visakhapatnam (both places are in India) separated by a distance of approximately 1150 kms. After not seeing each other for nearly 7 years, i decided to visit Mysore without intimating him and surprise him. I landed in Mysore and called up his residence to trace out his exact address. His wife answered the phone and told me that he decided to surprise me and left for Visakhapatnam. On the same day when i was calling his residence from his city (Mysore) he was in my residence to surprise me. Coincidence??

Old School Acquaintances

Whilst serving in the RAF in 1975, I was a security guard on a VIP Comet a/c travelling round the Middle and Far East, Australia and New Zealand. On one leg of the trip we landed at Alice Springs for a 2 hour refueling stop. I drew the short straw and had to guard the a/c. After thing had quietened down an Australian customs officer walked over to the aircraft and greeted me in a broad Scots accent. Being a fellow Scotsman , I asked him where he was from, to which he replied "Near Edinburgh".

chance meeting far from home

When working in London I had a colleague who joined our team as a volunteer. We lost touch. Several years later I had a day off from working in the Dominican Republic, and went on a day trip to an island. The coach stopped for a loo break at the motorway service station. In the ladies, I met my ex-colleague, now working in the DR, also on a day off.......lo

Clever shirt

Some years ago whilst hanging out the laundry fresh from the washing machine, I found that one of the buttons of one shirt was fastened. 'So you forget to undo the button when you took the shirt off' I hear you cry. Not so, because the button was fastened into the WRONG button hole (and in any case I'm a bit obsessive about always undoing all buttons whenever I take off any clothing). So the button must have become fastened as a result of the random movements created by the action of the washing machine.

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.

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!

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