Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Second Christmas

I have three siblings; a twin brother born on 9th April 1965, a sister born on 9th April 1963 and a brother born on 11th April 1961. When we were children our older brother celebrated his birthday on 9th April and it was like a second Christmas. We thought it was really strange if people didn't have the same birthday as their brothers and sisters. We felt sorry for other children and I still do really because it was great. It was only as I became a young adult that I appreciated it was an unusual situation.

birth day coincidence

My first wife and my current partner were both born on the same day - July 4th, 1961.

Birthday coincidence

My maternal grandmother, her daughter (my mother) and myself (her daughter) were all born on the 20th December in 1899, 1925 and 1946 respectively.

A holiday we shall never forget!

This is an incredible but entirely true story of unbelievable coincidence when my wife, Ann-Marie and I were on holiday in Florida back in 1989. Our fly-drive holiday to Florida had started badly when our hire car was broken into on only our third day there. We travelled on down to Key West on the Florida Keys and booked ourselves into a motel there. Whilst at the motel poolside my wife overheard a couple who sounded as if they came from the north-east of England, just like her.

World Cup Reunion

I was in germany for the 2006 world cup and went to the fan park with some friends in cologne. We sat down amongst several thousand fans and one friend pointed out to me we were just one row and a few yards away from an ex girlfriend of mine with whom I had had no contact for over two years. We are now happily married having tied the knot last summer

8th Feb

I and my two brothers Derrick T and Brian T were all born on the 8th February Derrick in 1945, Brian 1947 and I was born in 1948 All born in Galashiels Scotland What are the odds?

The German, my brother and me.

Whilst I was on company business in Brussels in the 1990s, a German colleague of mine got talking to another German, when I joined the conversation I discovered this man had met my brother the week before in Germany at a trade show.

Typhoons travel a long way

I was unmarried working in Hong Kong in 1960 at which time I was due to take my vacation leave. For some time I had arranged to travel by the then normal route to the UK, by sea via the Suez’s canal. Approaching the time I was due to leave I paid a routine visit to the travel agent. Whilst there the clerk whom I had come to know asked me if I would consider changing my route home and take another P&0 ship going by way of the Panama canal.

MATCHING NAMES

My eldest son had a Year 5 teacher called Mrs G and a Year 6 teacher called Mrs R. When he went to secondary school, he was placed in 'Beaufort' house. Around that same I time, I started working for a school with a Head teacher called Mr G and a Deputy called Mrs R. Neither were any relation to my son's 2 previous teachers.

Inca Trail Meeting

I joined a MenCap fundraising expedition to Peru where we trekked to Machu Picchu. There were over 50 in our group from all over the country and while we were ascending a steep point in the trail, I fell into conversation with the guy behind me who turned out to be a fitness instructor. On the topic of sport and fitness, I mentioned that I had run 100 and 200m sprints for my county 25 yrs previously. He enquired which school I had gone to and it turned out that he had gone to the same secondary school and had been in the year below me. It was in a town with a population of around 30,000.

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