Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Total Flukeout!

I was in my wee office room, reading your blog post on your appearance on Total Wipeout. From the lounge, I heard Richard Hammond announcing, "This is Professor David Spiegelhalter". What are the chances? ;-)

Exam coincidence

I was taking the Oxford University entrance exam at school in Birmingham in 1981. One of the papers I had to take involved writing a precis of an unseen passage and then answering questions about it. On the morning of that paper I chose to practice by taking a book from the school library shelves (Rousseau's The Social Contract - not quite a random choice since I chose something that interested me but not something I had any reason at all to believe would figure in the exam), selecting a page at random and writing a precis of the argument.

Lock and key!

My father, Terry, had some friends around for a drink in the 'pub' he'd built under his house. He mentioned that he had to get a new lock for the bought door he'd bought from a reclaim yard, and fitted to the 'pub'. It had no key. One of his guests, John, thought the door looked remarkably similar to one he'd recently taken to a tip. He still had the key on his ring: it fitted!

Restaurant Plates

My wife and I (Mr & Mrs Dunn) were eating in a Thai restaurant with our friends Mr & Mrs Bennett, in Twickenham around 10 years ago. None of us had been there before. My wife occasionally picks up a restaurant plate and peers underneath to find out the manufacturer if, as a student of crafts, textiles and ceramics, the design interests her. This time she absent-mindedly turned over a side plate and found the maker was... Dunn Bennett & Co. Not just one of our surnames but both, and while we were both there at the same time, and with no other friends, a rare event.

Shared childhood home

I worked for one of the London open top bus sightseeing tours from around 1993 to 1998. Initially I worked on the pavement for a few years as a supervisor (organising the departure of buses and so on) and in doing so got to know the various bus drivers and tour guides that started out or passed by the departure points I covered.

Two cards twice

My mother sent me a card with a drawing of a goose on, since she knew I like drawing and I like geese. A few months or maybe a year later she sent me the same card, having completely forgotten about sending it the first time. Some time later a friend was visiting, and saw one of the cards which was up on the mantelpiece. Not knowing anything about the story behind it, she told me that her mum had sent the same card to her boyfriend on his birthday once. And then sent the same card the next year, having completely forgotten about sending it the first time.

My Teacher

My teacher was telling us about coincidences when he was getting watched by a teacher called, Mrs elliot and then he said tht his wedding anniversy was on august the 11th and Mrs Elliot's anniversy was on august the 11th!!

College Lady

Me and my Auntie were in town and a old lady walked up to my auntie and said hello my auntie was bewildered and the lady turned out to be the lady that she had been caught by in colleage. LOL.xx

My Teacher

My Teacher was telling us about all different coincidences when he read aboutthree kids in the same family with the same Birthday. He Told His associate Tutor He is Getting Tickets for the London 2012 Olympics on his wedding anniversary on 11th August and she said so is myne oh my god and it was on the exact same day

Driving from airport

I travel almost every week to another city by airplane to do business. When I get back, I have to drive about 10 km from the airport to my home, passing approx. 20 traffic lights along the way. Normally I have to stop for a minute or so at every second one of them (or so it seems). A couple of months ago I had the amazing experience of landing one night, and then driving straight home without stopping at a single traffic light. It seems to me the chance of this occurring must be very small. Best regards, Claus Skaaning PS. Btw.

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