Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

A Deceased Mother and the Hummingbird

Everything here is true, but I changed the woman's name for privacy reasons. In 2012 I became acquainted with a woman through the salon she owned. As a client, I saw her once every 4-6 weeks. Our conversations were typical small talk; we never socialized outside the salon. I had only known her a few months when the first coincidence occurred. I woke up around 2 a.m. with a very specific visual image followed by a very specific thought concerning the owner of the salon. I had an overwhelming feeling I was suppose to write it down so I would remember to ask her.

Same situation, same post

On a holiday flight to Cyprus (October 78) chat to man in next seat - surname Botham (like famous cricketer but pronounced differently) - who was ex RAF having served in Cyprus and is bursar at small Welsh private school. On return flight from LA (July 79) sat next to couple flying back from Hawaii - get chatting and he too is ex RAF having served in Cyprus and is bursar at small Welsh private school! Having explained the coincidence to him it turns out that Mr Botham had retired after mild heart attack and he is his replacement.

Two acts of God

On holiday in Gran Canaria in October 1983 kept meeting same Belgian couple - on two day trips and in the Casino on the final night of their holiday. Joke that we can't keep meeting like this. My partner and I never go to same place on holiday twice and neither did they but they always went the same week when they closed their small patisserie in Brussels. One year and two weeks later we met each other again - in Gran Canaria!.

Mutual friend coincidence

I was making polite conversation with a male co-worker from the large London open plan office we both work in whilst the kettle boiled in the shared kitchen where I work. Gazing out of the window at the sunny day we remarked how glorious it was and that it was only going to get better over the weekend. I mentioned I was going to Strasbourg the next day. ‘That’s funny’ the man said, ‘my mother is also going to Strasbourg tomorrow’.

I'm keeping my son off the road the second Tuesday in June!!

Two nights ago, Tuesday, June 13, my 16-year old son hydroplaned his car during a storm taking a left in an intersection. He went off the road smashing his car into a mailbox and a parked truck. Thankfully he and no one else was injured. The car was towed and may be totaled.<br /> Yesterday we realized it was the exact same day (the second Tuesday in June) that he was involved in a golf cart accident the year before.<br /> Last year our family went to Ocean Isle beach, NC. June 11-18. My son was 15 and had his driving permit.

Poetic coincidence

I have been a member of a small poetry group in London for 15 years. Membership has changed over that time but in total about 40 poets have been involved in the group at some stage. I discovered that one of the other members was born on the same day as me (same day, month and year) in South Africa. I was born in the UK. I wondered what were the chances of two people born on the same day in different countries becoming members of the same group in later life, through shared interests. Besides being poets we have also both been screenwriters.

The number 8

My husband, son, daughter and I have birthdays which are 8 days apart from the next. My son's birthday is the 5th, mine is the 13th, my daughter is the 21st and my husband is the 29th.

Go now

I happened to be watching a repeat of a prog rock programme on Yesterday channel that I'd missed when BBC broadcast it. The Moody Blues were on,singing Question. This prompted a conversation trying to recall other Moody hits. Of course Nights in White Satin was mentioned. I recalled Go Now,which was another. That evening,a friend on Facebook had decided to remark on Therese May's poll result and was harking back to the Spitting Image satire of Maggie Thatcher during her period in power. The video was the puppets singing Go Now by the Moody Blues!

Coincidence of June 13th

My father was killed in an accident on June 13th, 2012. My fathers wish was that i go to school. Being a little older and not having much cash, i honored his wishes and enrolled in a trade school. I graduated on June 13th, 2013. Years have passed. I am now married and have been trying for a baby almost 2 years. I recently took a pregnancy test and it came back positive. Tomorrow, June 13th 2017 is when I will find out how far along i am in my pregnancy.

Twice on the Same Day

I didn't realize it until yesterday that on the same day at the exact time but 9 years apart I was sworn to the bar and 9 years later baptized my first child. I must really like this particular date.