Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Meeting in the himalayas

When my husband and I were trekking in the Himalayas before we were married we met a Dutch? young man who had been to our friends outdoor partying Surrey.a mutual friend of his and our friend had taken him along.

Birth dates

We were both born on the 26th of the month. His birthday 26th October 1980 and mine is 26th September 1984.

out of area

We saw our next door neighbours from the South East walking down the street in Edinburgh where both families were on holiday. They mentioned to us the previous Christmas that they had never been to Scotland but were thinking of visiting. We on the other hand would stay in Edinburgh once a year. Our neighbours were in Edinburgh for one day of their Scottish holiday.

Same birthday of 3 family members

My eldest brother and his daughter are born on same day - exactly 30 years apart My second brother's son also shares the same birthday with his uncle and cousin

Geoffrey Dannell FSA

In 1962 I was driving a cream-coloured Landrover on a Yugoslav main road returning home from a visit to Greece with my wife. Approaching me, another similar Landrover appeared, and the closing speed must have been more than 100 mph. I saw that it had a UK number-plate - and as it passed I looked in the rear-view mirror - only to see the girl-friend of my own closest friend sitting on the tailgate. She had seen me and we stopped and reversed up. She was on an archaeological trip to Turkey.

African neighbour!

Years ago I met an American in London and we arranged to go on a sightseeing tour of Norfolk. He said he'd love to but he had to wait for a South African friend of his who had gone to the country to see relations. I said fine and asked him where he had gone. To cut a long story short, his friend had gone to see friends who lived next door to my parent's house, the house I grew up in! I thought that was quite an interesting coincidence in that it involved 3 continents which must surely lengthen the odds of that happening!

Dates and ages

On 4th February 1990 my father suffered major industrial injury. At that time he was aged 58 and born in 1932 and I was aged 32 and born in 1958. 32 + 58 = 90!


Daughter-in-law was born on the same day four years after her brother - natural births. She in turn had two girls on the same day two years apart - natural births.


I was sitting down last week to do the Times concise crossword, whilst listening to Radio 4's In Business on the i-player. At the exact moment I studied the the clue "English painter. William......", Peter Day referred to "Hogarth" in connection with his programme on London gin! I cannot remember the last time William Hogarth briefly came into my life, maybe once every 4 years, but on the this occasion it happened twice at the same split second. Jake D

Kenya coincidence

Believing what God has prompted you to do, after prayer, and finding His provision for what you need. Judith and I had moved "in faith" to Kisumu, Kenya, where we believed that God had led us to in 1972. When I arrived there, I had an appointment list of dental patients stretching for about three months. I looked around for a car, which we could use both for personal and for dental safari work. Nothing seemed to come to the surface, even though Kisumu was quite a large town.