Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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


Ho sempre pensato alle "coincidenze" ed ho più volte cercato di segnare tutte quelle che mi capitavano ma senza mai farlo. Oggi invece navigando su internet per "coincidenza" scopro che le mie "coincidenze" sono oggetto di studio. Coincidenza?

Income tax vibrations

This is really 2 coincidences for the price of one. Yesterday night I was watching a Beachboys biog,explaining the history of Brian Wilson and his band and the making of Pet Sounds,something i had seen before.

They Live - Obey Film and Posters

I was introduced to a film a few weeks ago called 'They Live' by the film buff in my office (he's a videographer 'coincidentally'). I'd never heard or seen anything of this film before, and thought it was an interesting perspective about modern life (at the time, probably still relevant today). So, i'm a Graphic Designer and subscribe to a daily design 'inspiration' website, who email their latest findings in a newsletter each day, using the entire internet as their resource to find new and interesting work.

Luck of the Coin Toss?

True story. When I was a little kid, I thought when you tossed a coin, it would come up whatever side was facing up, when you tossed it. So if you held it head-side-up, it would end up heads when you tossed it. Get it? Anyways, I firmly believed this. And for a while, I had no reason to doubt it either. But that is not the weird thing. The weird thing, is that it really came up the side I was holding in my hand. REPEATEDLY. It literally happened every time I tossed it that way. People still don't believe me when I tell this story.

book and reality

I was reading Coelhos "Veronika decides to die", it talks about a girl who tries to kill herself with an overdose of pills, she takes them and then she wakes up in an hospital thinking something like "Oh, I'm not dead, and now?". I work in an hospital and a few day after I read that book we had a patient that tried to kill herself with pills, it was the first time I had a patient who tried suicide.

Programme of interest

As my wife and I never watched the TV series "Person of Interest" when it started and didn’t watch any later episodes because they wouldn’t make sense, we bought the first three series on DVD and have been watching those. We are still only partway through series two. I realised that this situation might never end and eventually we would have to buy more series on DVD as I hadn’t kept track of which episodes were currently showing on TV.

Meeting John Denver

I had attended a workshop where John Denver’s songs helped clarify my decision to marry. On Friday I actively thought about how he could contact John Denver to say thank you but dismissed it as a crazy idea. I was surprised to find on opening the next day’s newspaper that John Denver would be in Singapore the following week. I shared the story with my friend Carol who called who her friend Shirley who worked at the hotel where John Denver would be staying. Shirley called me asked me to send a fax for her to pass to John Denver.

Given $15,000

In November 1995 I was looking at my financials for the month and realised that I needed $15,000 to balance the books that month. I wondered to myself “how am I going to find that ?”10 minutes later I received a call from a Dutch partner who was booked to speak in Beijing the following week but could not attend. He was calling to ask me to go in his place, and he indicated that the fee would be $15,000. I needed $15,000 and within 10 minutes it appeared.

Check Amount

I went out at lunch time one day to get a hair cut. The name of the salon was 18/8 Salon. After my haircut, I walked over to the grocery store and picked up a few items for lunch. Fruit, a drink, snack, and a few items from the salad bar (which is priced by weight). My bill upon check-out was $18.08.

Identity theft scare

Some years ago I registered the domain name for my website I checked on the Internet for existing associations between the words "honey" and "Pi" but found very few. One prominent one was the song "Pi" sung by Kate Bush on the CD "A sea of honey" in her album "Aerial". Being mathematically minded I bought the album and enjoyed that song. A few years later I discovered that someone else had registered the domain name, very similar to my own. I looked up the owner of the domain and found my own name there!