Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

My friend's brother ran for mayor of L.A.

I had a new friendship, about a year or two old, and she and I were driving in the car and I said, "My friend's brother ran for mayor of Los Angeles." She looked surprised. Then she said, "MY friend's brother ran for mayor of Los Angeles too!" we then realized that we had the same friend, whose brother ran for the mayor of Los Angeles several years ago.

Digital clock: 14:14

I am retired, so I don't need to get up at a fixed time. Mostly, I go to bed after 4 o'clock in the morning, but it's always at a different time. I don't have an alarm clock, so the next day I usually wake up after 7 to 8 hours of sleeping. When I wake up, I look at a digital clock. Very often it reads 14:14, sometimes it reads 15:15. Note that I did NOT develop the "habit" of waking up at 14:14 from earlier years. Sometimes this happens 4 to 5 times during one week. What are the chances...?

We lived on same street, different state, 38 yrs ago

I was invited to stay the night at a friend’s house, a friend I’ve known a couple of years now. She made dinner for us, we had margaritas, took a dip in the hot tub, which made me so sleepy, I had to go straight to bed.<br /> The next morning, her husband made omelets, and we enjoyed a wonderful breakfast. We started talking about how she and I had met—that she’d reached out to me on LinkedIn to see if I knew anyone who needed a project manager.

Cousins collide in Australia

In 2003 I was studying a Master's degree in Australia. At the same time my one and only cousin happened to be backpacking around the same country. Our mothers had been bothering us to get in touch, but we both could not be bothered. Over July break from my studies, I joined a couple of friends and decided to venture North on the backpack circuit. We had a great couple of weeks heading up to Airley beach from Sydney. On our way back home, we made one last stop in Surfer's Paradise. I decided I really wanted to go kayaking, and neither one of my travelling companions was interested.

Baby shower surprise

I attended a baby shower for a mother who recently moved to Canada from South Africa. The shower was for her 3rd baby, and she needed items since she had left most things back on the other side of the world. I had been very busy with my own two boys, and so had left the present buying to the last minute. The morning before the shower, I had rushed out to the pharmacy to buy diapers and A little something extra to attach to the present.

Lost dog

My dog half Shepherd and half husky had left my yard and was wandering in Grant Park in Atlanta. The park was only a few blocks from my house and I didn't realize she was gone till later in the day. I looked everywhere for her but couldn't find her. Several weeks later a friend who lived in Lakewood approximately 7 miles away noticed my dog at a house on the end of his street. His neighbor had picked my dog up in the park and brought her to his house. My friend confronted his neighbor and returned my dog to me. What are the odds of this happening?

People from the past

In the last two months, after not seeing these people for many years, they have come back into my life in a bigger way than they were previously. 1. Best friend from University. He moved to another state and is not digitally savvy I never saw him again (17 years ago) I ran into him at a bar near work. I am now moving to his state and will be his room-mate 2. Another friend from University (who knows the friend above but is not in contact) who lives in another country now ran into them near my home.


My dad died in August 1997 and was a big Beatles and John Lennon fan. I thought that it would be a nice idea to have the word 'imagine' on his plaque as a reference to the song and how life could have been different for my dad. In September I was discussing this idea with my sister on the phone when suddenly she stopped and said that the song 'Imagine' had just come on the radio.

synchronicity over a lifetime.

This applies to both Matt and Lora and took place within a year or at almost the same time: : Both first born, a year apart, left handers with partial color blindness. Both fathers musical and played the accordion. English not the first language - learned at time of school entry or just before. First language now forgotten or nearly so – English spoken with no accents. Moved to a new school in second grade. Sent to live with others for a year at age 7.


I was just reading a story online about a black Labrador called 'Eclipse' which takes a bus ride by itself to the park,when an advert for the Iphone 7 came on with Dwayne 'the rock' Johnson in it where he says ' I hope I don't cause an eclipse'!!