Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

2nd world war pilot

In 1990 I was on holiday in Disneyland Florida waiting for a bus. An elderly man , in his 80's was standing near and we started to speak as he was fond of the English. He had been a B52 bomber pilot in the 2nd world war and stationed in England. When i asked where he was stationed , he said I would never have heard of the small village in Northamptonshire called Grafton Underwood. When I told him I lived 5 miles away from the village in Kettering and often took the dog for a walk around the now disused air field he almost broke down.

Brother's girlfriend

When I was first working in London as an 18 year old in 1974 I was invited to the opening of a new "disco" called Anthea's in Carnaby Street. It was very 70's, plush seating, waitresses on roller skates - just the thing to impress a spotty 18 year old like me ! Started to speak to a very glam waitress and commented that her accent sounded really nice - she told me she was from South Africa and her name was Eva and she had only been in the uk for a few months. I mentioned that my older brother lived in Jo'burg.

Met Wife's ex + coincidental firstborn

I was working at a Backpackers in Brighton in late 90's with a plan to go travelling to OZ and NZ late in 98 with 2 friends. I was 25 at the time. Whilst there a couple came to stay at the backpackers - Michelle & Charlie (they had been there before) . Michelle's younger sister Vicki was herself travelling at that time in Oz. Before I left in the September of '97 for Oz Michelle suggested I try and meet up with Vicki and her boyfriend etc - so wrote down a PO box number and thought no more of it, as Oz was such a massive place.

Family Births

My Father is the middle of 3 brothers, My Dads older brother has all daughters (2) My Dad had 3 sons (i'm the middle brother) My Dads Younger Brother has all Girls (2) My Older Brother has has all girls (2) I as the middle brother has all Boys (2) My Younger brother and his partner have just given birth to a baby girl My wife and i had a miscarrige 4 years ago, my mother is conviced that as middle brother we can't have girls and that the miscarridge was due to the fact that my wife was carrying a girl (unsubstantiated), I explained to her it was a coincidence but she is o

old friend

My Name:Albert Grant Friend 's Name: Phil Andrews Location:Nanjing Road East,Shanghai,China Event:My 1st visit to China on Arsenal F.C pre-season Asia Tour Thurs 14 July 2011 - Hotel I pre-booked was unavailable so went to different hotel with a mate. Fri 15 July 2011 - we got a taxi to the the metro station, which was near the original hotel and were just entering the station when I heard someone shout "Albert!", which intrigued me! I turned round and saw Phil! He was an Arsenal fan who used to drink with us and go to games,7 years ago!

Book shop

I wanted a copy of guinness book of hit singles, went into the hospice bookshop,they didn,t have a copy. But while the ladies were helping me look, someone came in and donated a box of books, and on the top was ...guinness book of hit singles!

matching words

I often read a book while my wife is watching television. It frequently happens that a word or phrase just spoken on television is the one i have just read at exactly the same time. I would expect this to happen with very commonly used words or where I am reading a newspaper and the news is on TV. However, it often happens with uncommon or obscure words or phrases, and what makes it seem strange is that the word is spoken at precisely the same moment that I am reading it. It happens so frequently that I now expect it and it's no longer remarkable.

Sweet Music

About 10 years ago I was poking around Corbridge parish church about 12 miles west of Newcastle. A quartet were practising for a concert they were giving in the church that night. I had a chat to the slightly Beethovian cellist and quartet leader, and I asked him where he was from - they were giving the concert as part of a small local festival. Oh, from the south east, he said. I was from the south east, so I asked where. Oh, from a place called Berkhamsted, he said. I was from Berkhamsted (a town between Watford and Aylesbury), so I asked where.

Work colleague finds old photos of me in his new house

As a student I worked in medical records in a London Hospital. A new colleague came in one morning saying he had moved into a new house over the weekend and found photos of me in a drawer. Turns out he had moved into the house that my friend had just moved out of. My friend had left some photos, including some of me, in the drawer!

swiss army knife

When i was a kid, i would guess around the age of 10, on a hot summers day, my friends and i had been playing football in the local park. We all sat down for a rest, i could see something metal protruding from the soil, so i excavated it carefully and it was a swiss army knife with the name "LUKE" engraved on the outer case!

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