Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Same home

I've just found out that a guy who I became friends with while doing casual shifts in a newsroom at work eight years' ago, actually lived in the house I lived in Gosforth seven years before I did. He lived in the same annex and was there by chance as there was no where else for him to go when he temporarily needed a home. I was there as a trainee journalist in 2004. I've just started working with him in the same department and only found this out.


In 2004 our daughter gave birth to her first child. She and her partner spent a long time choosing names and did not consult us. They did not know the names, nor had they ever met, their great grandmother. Yet they chose her first two names : Grace Emma

All daughters gay

I have 5 daughters ranging from age 35-20 They are all gay,I am not.

2 family members die on the same month and date 5 years apart

My father died November 24th 2006 of cancer My daughter died on November 24th 2010 Of accidental overdose.

Stalked by Max Von Sydow

A few years ago I was channel surfing and happened to notice several different movies on that night all had Max Von Sydow in them. It was so many that it became strange and I began wondering if perhaps he had died . The next day I was telling a friend and asked if he had died and my friend said not that he knew of. That night and for several nights later the same thing kept happening. Even random tv shows I would click on and there would be Max. So I decided to give tv a rest and started reading a book I had special ordered called The Tale Of Crow and Sparrow.

Chance meeting with lady who my Mum saved from drowning many years earlier, when she came back to England from Canada for one last visit

In 1939, my Mum and her family lived at Bindon, near Bindon Mill and Abbey Dorset which is near Wool in Dorset, they used to swim in the river at Bindon Mill, their neighbours and a cousin of their neighbours were at the Mill one day, their cousin, a young yet 'very bossy' 9 year old fell into the water and began struggling, she could not swim my Mum was very athletic and a really good swimmer aged just 5 at the time, Mum jumped in and pulled the girl to safety, aided by her older sister, they both dragged the girl out of the water to dry land, the girl was taken back to her c

People from Past

I just moved to a new city. Since I have moved here I have run into a number of people from my past. This isn't that strange because I grew up in the suburbs and a lot of people from high school still live here. This past weekend I ran into 6 people from my past. 3 live in the city. Two lived in other cities. And one was the second time I had seen this person without speaking to them. This final run in was made even stranger by the fact that I was saying this person's name as they walked by right in front of me.

Wallet Wonders

I was about to go for a drive and couldn't find my wallet. Asking a roommate to help locate it I surmised it must be in the last place I used it. We drove to the local department store where the night before I had made a purchase in the electronics department. My friend searched the parking lot. I believed the likelihood of it being in the lot remote and proceeded directly to electronics. A clerk informed me the wallet had been found and put in the vault. I proceed to the vault, once there, I was told the person was on lunch.

Synchronized Vacations

In 1988, my wife and I flew to Jamaica for a short vacation. We met a couple there who was from our own home state (Texas). Several weeks after we returned home, we decided to take a weekend camping trip to Oklahoma (an adjoining state). We were slowly driving thru the park (at night) looking for our assigned campsite (which we were assigned when we arrived). Someone called my name and it turned out to be the couple we had met in Jamaica. Our campsite was directly across the road from theirs and they had arrived earlier the same day.

Multiple family members with same date of death (any month)

My husband lost his maternal grandmother, his sister, Dad, an uncle, a nephew & his mother was on her death bed on that date, dying only minutes after midnight! We're afraid to get out of bed on that date! It really makes us wonder.