Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Uncanny patterns : phone number and mortgage number match 5 digits

My mortgage number is 12642841 and my phone number is 01nnn 42841n. (My work phone number is 01260 nnnnnn -but I suppose anyone could go through their address book till something matched). I did ask if they utilised the phone number but was assured that mortgage numbers were produced in sequence. Rich

Meeting an acquaintance coincidence

I live in a village in North Oxfordshire with a population of under 2500 people. In the Nineties I was working as a Sales Manager for a Finnish company and was travelling extensively in the UK & Southern Ireland. Around 1994/5 I was on a business trip to Helsinki, Finland. Having checked in, I was walking through the Departure Hall in Terminal 1 when I spotted and waived to, an acquaintance from the village who was in one of the check-in queues with his wife. Having boarded my flight into Business class I was surprised when the same couple boarded into Economy on the same flight.

Chance meeting.

I was in hospital for a knee operation, and during that time I got to know one of the male nurses on the ward. My fiancee also worked at the hospital, on the administration side, and also knew this nurse because of this. About 3 years later my fiancee and I got married, and decided we would go to Australia on the £10 assisted passage. A few years later we were relaxing with some friends, on a little beach south of Sydney. We saw some people walking towards us, and when they got close we saw that one of them was the nurse we had both first met at the hospital.

random song

I was in my room (which me and my brother shared). I randomly began playing a very unpopular 50 cent song in my head "Get in my car". I have not heard this song in about two years. I was about to download the song on my phone when my brother walks into the room singing the lyrics to "Get in my car". I was freaked! I asked him why he was singing this song, he too said he had no idea. It was such a strang coincidence.


My husband booked a surprise holiday to Italy for our silver anniversary and on the relevant day we gave each other cards-brought at home and transported in luggage.They were identical even though brought when we were not together.

5 Year Gap

While travelling around Europe in1975 with my boyfriend, we stopped for food at a well known travelers cafe, in Istanbul, Turkey, called The Pudding Shop. We sat talking to an older American man, Bill, who was travelling alone, and sending back reports of his trip by fax, to his friends who ran a Holiday Inn back in America. 5 Years later, now married to said boyfriend, we were visiting the Pyramids in Giza, Egypt. Having lunch in the Holiday Inn next to the pyramids, my husband spotted this man sitting in the corner.

Chance meeting

My wife and I had traveled from Suffolk to York to visit our son for a few days. The day we returned home we knew that our friends from down the road were themselves traveling to Yorkshire to visit her parents so at some point we would pass each other on the A1. We stopped at Blyth Services for a cuppa and to our surprise and theirs met them in the toilets. They had only stopped for a few moments to use the toilets and couldn't believe it was us standing there!

Three siblings share same birthday

My husband is the eldest of seven children. Two of his sisters and one brother were born on 4 th February. They are the second,fourth and sixth children. Their mother is still alive at 92!


When on holiday in West Australia, we went to a place called Kalbarrie where we went into a gift shop. There was only one other couple and the store keeper in the shop, on speaking to shop keeper he said "I know you come from UK, where about" so we told him and he said before he emigrated he lived 2 miles away from us, what a coincidence, we thought, until the other couple who live in Port Headland, WA said we used to live in the next road from ours. So that was 5 people in a little seaside town, miles from anywhere that all lived within 2 miles of each other.

college classmate

There was this girl in my freshman business math class about 5 years ago. My ex girlfriend disliked her because she would come and study at my apartments sometimes. I completely lost touch with the girl in my business class.... I found my self on the highway that I would take to get to college. While on this route I randomly began to think about this girl.....About two weeks later I was in Austin, TX for training for a new job. On the very last day of training we went to visit a property of only 5 employees. One of the employees was the girl that was in my business math class!