Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Happy birthday baby

A friend of my wife is a teacher and the wife of one of her colleagues gave birth. There was much hilarity in the staff room when the sums were done and the date of conception turned out to be his birthday. Two years later she gave birth again on the same day!

Random telephone call

Whilst I was walking past a public phone box, it started to ring. I answered the phone and found it was my aunt. She started chatting to me normally, but after a while I said "I am in a phone box, why did you ring here?", She replied, " I rang your phone number". I explained that it was in fact a public phone box. She had rung an old number which she had not deleted in her address book, from when we had changed our number about 10 years earlier.

dream coincidence

One night I had a strange dream about having a one night fling with Rod Stewart (very odd - as I'm no particular fan of his, and am not prone to have those kind of dreams about famous people!). The next morning I got into the car and turned the radio on. Maggie May was playing on radio 2. That was also odd because usually I'm listening to radio 4 and had obviously had it on radio 2 the night before.

Birth dates

My brother and I were both born on the 26th of the month. His birthday 26th October 1980 and mine is 26th September 1984.

Meeting in the himalayas

When my husband and I were trekking in the Himalayas before we were married we met a Dutch? young man who had been to our friends outdoor partying Surrey.a mutual friend of his and our friend had taken him along.

Birth dates

We were both born on the 26th of the month. His birthday 26th October 1980 and mine is 26th September 1984.

2 Birthdate Pairs

Myself and my cousin have birthdays separated by 1 year minus 1 day. My father and his father (brothers) have birthdays separated by 2years minus 2days.

Number 13 (Time)

For the last 10 years, I've been plagued by the recurring number 13 on digital clocks. Several times a day, I will glance at the clock...and it's 13 minutes past...I get in the car, glance at the clock...13 minutes past, sit at the computer...13 minutes past. Sometimes of course, I get the 'double' 13:13!

Barry Higgs Pastetable and file

I needed an additional pastetable for a boot-sale and set off to buy one but down the road I found one lying in the road. I was due to hand over a rented property but the replacement key I had had cut didn't work. At 9.15 I visited a local ironmonger to buy a file to adjust the new key. The shopkeeper was very edgy. 'What's the problem' I asked. 'It's Monday' he replied, 'I've been open 15 minutes and you are the third person to come in and all each of you has bought has been a file. What the hell is going on'.

Watch incident!

I was shopping at the all night Sainsburys in Islington, when I looked at my watch and noticed the bezel was missing. My heart sank,as it was a Rolex submariner, and nothing Rolex comes cheap! The trolley I was pushing,was empty,(I'd only just arrived) except for a watch bezel! I picked it out and put it safely in my pocket. When I got home, I pulled out the bezel, hoping that I might be able to replace it myself, only to find, it wasn't the bezel from my watch, but a completely different make.

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