Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Employment coincidence

Early in my employment career I fell into a post in central London which effectively managed the UK arm of a European Youth Programme. Some 25 years and a completely unrelated spell in local government later, I ended up working for a small charity in a tiny village in S E Cornwall which tapped into the very youth programme I had once managed. A case of gamekeeper turned poacher perhaps and probably why I got the job! One of my first tasks was to meet some of my former colleagues as they disembarked from a ferry onto the beach...

Bumping into a friend in a large city

I think this is the only coincidence that's stuck with me - it was about ten years ago, and I was in London for the day, planning to do a few things before meeting up with a friend of mine in the evening to go to a gig. It turned out that my friend had also headed into London a few hours early, and we bumped into each other on (I think) Oxford Street - I saw her crossing the road and called out.

Lock and key, reunited!

My father, Terry, bought a door from a reclaim centre and fitted it to the 'pub' that he'd built under his house. The lock had no key. Some friends came round for drinks in the 'pub'. My father mentioned that he needed to buy a lock for the nice old door he'd just fitted. One of his friends, John, said that the door looked very similar to one he'd taken to the scrapyard, some weeks ago. "I've got the key on my key ring" he said, handing it over. It fitted!

Seaside Encounter

In approximately 1989 we had a family gite holiday in France and one day went to the coast and parked on the seafront. At the time we had a cream coloured Montego saloon and upon returning to our car discovered parked next to us was the same model and colour of car. Not only that but it had a British number plate with identical letters and the next number in the sequence. Can't remember now whether it was the one before or the one afterwards.

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

Lucky laptop

I was at an educational conference by the computer firm RM a few years ago. There was an incentive to stay all day as there would be a raffle of a swanky new laptop at the end of the day for anyone who was left. For the final session I was sat in a room of about 400 people in the front row. The presenter came over to me at the end with a big box of tickets and asked me to draw one out. When he referred to his list he announced that the winner was me! What are the chances of that?

holding hands

me and my dad were walking home from school and i started to dawdle but he thought i was still there so he went to hold my hand but it was actually a womands hand. the thing is he actually knew the lady and was greats friends with her lolxx

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

Odds on this happening?

Teenage friendship on Tyneside. One stayed, one went to London to work. Lost touch, no contact 30 years later, the London guy went with wife and child to Aviemore for a holiday in early summer Walking in to the hotel he met his teenage friend with his wife. Amazing coincidence But 15 months later, he was walking to the top of Cairngorm and, right at the top, met the same friend again Never met since!

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!!

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