Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Waterloo

I live just outside Brussels and yesterday whilst driving from Mons to Brussels I put the radio on. I usually always listen to Premiere a French speaking news channel but for some reason instead of pressing pretuned Channel 1, I randomly pressed auto tune and it tuned into a Dutch channel playing abba singing Waterloo. I sang along for a couple of bars then - wait - it can't be, a huge sign on the motorway "Waterloo"; I am driving right past the exit for Waterloo as Abba sing it over and over.

Old friend

I lived in Calgary Alberta and used to drive to Vancouver B.C. once or twice a year to visit my parents On one of these trips a normal stop would be in Kamloops to fill up with fuel, for some reason I decided to skip this stop and try to make it all the way to Vancouver. Well, by the time I got to Merrit B.C. it didn't look like I would make it. I found this old gas station open in town where I had to go. Well here was an old friend I knew from about ten years earlier we had somehow drifted apart.

Friend of a friend of a friend......

At a university party I met a guy who wasnt from my uni but he told me which highschool and what university course he was studying. Also he was moving to Canada in afew weeks or so. The next day I was talking about this guy I met with some friends at univeristy. It so happened that one friend had a friend in the same course as him and knew him. Another friend went to the same highschool as him. The third connection was a week or so later when I was told by a friend that her colleague at work was going to a going away party for aguy who was leaving for Canade. Yes it was him again!

Twins and eggs

I cracked open an egg to make breakfast and it had 2 yolks. Later that day my friend informed me she was adopting twins.

The Glass Opera T-Shirt Incident

In the late 1990s I worked as a mastering engineer in a low-rent recording and mastering studio somewhere on the European continent. It was the days when access to a CD writer was a special thing. I had the original vinyl recording of Philip Glass' "Einstein On The Beach" Opera and did not want to play it to pieces, so decided to transfer it to CD, while assisting a freelance sound engineer recording a band in the studio next door. I had never met this engineer before, he was a bit older than me and worked at much better gigs than I did.

Meeting on a plane

I was due to fly from Los Angeles to UK but the flight was cancelled and I was rerouted on a flight via Chicago, where I'd have to have a stop-over. After take-off, someone asked if I would change seats so they could sit with a partner, and I moved to an aisle seat. I looked across the aisle, and saw a man reading a chapter in a book I knew on a very specialised academic topic that I have published on. There's probably about ten people in the world really interested in this stuff. Emboldened by free alcohol I introduced myself (can't remember how!).

Meet acquaintance the other side of the world

Im a postman. I have 440 houses on my round. About 5 years ago I went on holiday to India, Mount Abu and was chatting to a fellow in the hotel one evening and we realised that his house was on my round.

Holiday Friend

When I was about 9, a friend of mine at the time was a girl called (for the sake of this) Mona. It was nearing the end of term, and I was heading off for a week in France with my family. We stayed in this small village, with only about 20 houses in the nearby region. You can imagine my surprise when we got there, and we found that inside the neighbouring house was my friend Mona and her family, also staying in the village! The two families hadn't collaborated or planned it, it had just occured.

Wikipedian's burning ears?

Emailing a colleague about Wikipedia editing training, I mentioned that a few months ago I'd met a director of Wikimedia UK, and that we should contact him to find out more about training. The very second I pressed the Send button, an email came in from this same director making the first contact since that meeting, asking if we'd thought about Wikipedia editing training...

Parralel holiday + Pokémon murder

I don't believe in fate or destiny or anything like that, and I see all these things as just amusing happenings of probability and large numbers, but there are quite a few. No1. So my girlfriend and I booked a holiday in Malta. We get to the hotel, and while booking in someone behind says "Adrian?". I turn round and my two friends who I haven't seen in years are there. Wierd, same hotel, same country, same time for a holiday?

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