Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Dreaming real life

When I was 30 and working in London, one night I dreamed about a hairdresser who used to cut my hair when I was 8 - 13 years old in Nottingham. I hadn't seen him for 17 years. The next day on the way home I saw him on the tube. I asked him "are you Bryn, you used to have a hairdressers business in Nottingham", he said "yes". I didn't tell him about my dream!

Birmingham hotel sleepwalk

About 15 years ago I stayed one night on business at a large new city centre hotel in Birmingham. I didn't have any pyjamas with me and slept naked. At about 3 a.m. I got up and stepped out of my room, which clicked shut behind me just as I woke up.

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!

Birthday coincidence

My uncle, two cousins and I all have the same birthday - Christmas Day. I have a large family so maybe not that much of a coincidence - I have 11 aunts/uncles and 43 cousins

Sarah Kelly

My 18 month old son, who was already a very chatty soul, was travelling in his pushchair across the nave a Gloucester Cathedral. Two women were walking towards us, one approximately mid sixties, the other around 50. Both had light hair. OH....exclaimed my son, pointing, in a really animated fashion... "NINA....NINAA!!!...Look mummy, NINA!" ( My sister in law WAS called Nina but she was dark skinned and dark haired, 36 years old and of Asian descent.) I replied "No, my love, THAT's not NIna".....and continued walking.

Bank PIN Coincidence.

I was sent the same 4 digit PIN by unconnected banks. One was for a credit card, the other was a savings account cash card. What are the chances of that happening?

Seeing the future

Many years ago, when I was about 21, I picked up a hitch hiker. We had been driving about 25 minutes and begun to get to know each other when he became agitated. I asked him what was wrong, and he explained that he could see crashed airplane debris all around us.

life coincidence

I live in Turkey. A few years ago I met a lady who was at the same school as me, a year behind me. This school took in boarders of the local boarding school. I lived in the place I went to school. This lady lived in The Hague (I'm Dutch). We still both live in Turkey to date. Not only did she go to the same school in Zeist and we had never "met", but my grandfather was an artist and we had many artist acquaintances in common; memories from when we were very young. This was because her grandfather owned a museum.

Birmingham-Kenya-France

In 1960 I began teaching in Lordswood Boys' Technical school. One of my colleagues there was Tom Davies. I left the school in 1963 and in 1968 took a post in up-country Kenya. Our nearest European shop was 35 miles away, in Kisumu, and one day in 1969 I looked along the counter only to see Tom standing there! He was teaching in Nairobi at the time. After retiring in 1991 I came to France to live and organised French lessons for the English there.

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