Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Birthday Coincidence

My father had the same birthday as my mother in law (12 Feb) My sister had the same birthday as my second stepfather (Sept 9) My wife had the same birthday as my stepmother (Mrch 9) My mother's second husband had the same birthday as her -same year. (Aug 19 1935) On thweir own, not exceptional, but all together...

Beirut twice in a day

I was talking on the phone to a friend who I hadn't heard from for a couple of years. He was telling me about his time teaching in Beirut. While I was still chatting my father came into the room with a vintage headscarf he'd bought for me at a car boot sale - it was screen printed with views of Beirut.


i usually get two or three premonitions about people who will come in to my pharmacy or about items i may get for prescriptions every day.i also get thoughts about things which then come on tv on current news and once or twice i have had thoughts of things and then gone on to see them on my car journey eg a bill board for the lotto came up on a coach journey on holiday and i had thought of a lotto win for about half an hour before.

B & B in Scotland

In July 1983 my wife and I were driving to Aberdeen to catch the ferry to Shetland and as we hadn't left home in West Yorks until the afternoon we decided that after we had crossed the Forth Bridge we would call at a b & b for the night: by this time we had travelled about 200 miles. In the evening we were talking to the couple who ran the b & b and the lady remarked to her husband that our accents reminded her of her brother- in -law, John who lived in Halifax. She told us that he was in charge of the Parks department of his local council.

"Fools never differ"

Many years ago one of my mother-in-law's sisters had been very ill and was recovering in bed. As it was her birthday a few of us had gone to see her with presents. My mother-in-law, another one of her sisters and myself had all bought her the same present!

Were we supposed to meet?

What were the odds that a girl from New York State and a guy from Seattle, WA, would meet in passing far from our homes, fall in love, then find out months later that our relatives had the same occupations? His grandfather and father were professional photographers, and my grandfather and father were professional photographers as well. I was a photojournalist with my own photography studio when we met and he loved photography as well. We always thought it was an interesting coincidence.

Guy Christie

In "003 I purchased an old house. T^he first thing we did on getting possesion was to remove a Lino floor covering. Underneath this were old newspapers. The first paper I picked up was the front page of Sporting Life of 1948. The picture was of Thames rowing club winning the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley. My father was a member of this crew and thus was in the photo!

Delivery in the fast lane.

In my role as a Regional Secretary of The Professional Golfers Association based at The Belfry in Warwickshire, I took a telephone call from a member pro - Eddie Bullock, who was at that time at a golf club in Bedford. He urgently needed a letter from me confirming some contractual matters.

Birthday coincidence

My birthday is 18 March. My friend Emma's is 11 June. Her mum's birthday is 18 March; my mum's is 11 June. What are the odds of that?!!

Stolen Purse

About 30 years ago my elderly Mother was taken every week to a singing class by one of her friends. I was working at the time as a sales rep and on this particular day had to collect something from a local supplier. I parked my car outside the company on a street that linked a main road to a popular local cut through to a city estate in Nottingham. As I was only going to be 5 minutes I stupidly left my handbag in the footwell of the passenger seat and when I returned about 3 minutes later the lock on the door had been forced and the bag stolen.