Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Link to previous generation?

My location - West Wolverhampton, West Midlands. February (?) 2016. As I was checking e-mails on my computer my journalist daughter called me on my mobile phone for quick directions to a street in Willenhall, West Midlands, where she was to interview a business owner. She was about a quarter of a mile from the street where she needed to be. I directed her to the street and to the shop which is known to me. Within seconds of ending the phone call an e-mail arrived from a friend in Manchester who is researching my family tree.

Random Song

Driving with my friend and our two sons. Her 7 year son requests Take on Me from Ah-Ha - his current favorite oldie but goodie - but neither of us had reception in that area. So I turn on the radio, scan to the first channel, and right then the first chord of his requested song starts. This was our second strange coincidence of the day, so something must be going right. Needless to say we turned it up loud and celebrated this little victory!


With my friend and our 2 sons playing in a creek. We were talking about books we liked reading. She told me she like sci-fi, fantasy and dragons, and talked about the dragons ornaments she had as a child. I told her how my mother (deceased) loved the same kind of stories and was obsessed with dragons as wells. Right then, my son finds a little toy in the creek and hands it to me, which I immediately thought was a dragon. It had the word "Northosaurus, made in China" imprinted on it, which is a dinosaur that is considered a Sea Dragon in China.

2 stories in 1

At some point my friend was transferred from LA to St Louis for work. One week after he moved, my boss told me she wanted me to attend a conference in St Louis a few weeks later. Pretty cool, a trip on the company dime and I could see my friend who just moved there. Once I arrived, I discovered his new apartment was directly across the street from the conference. At said conference in St Louis, I met a girl from Kansas City. She told me she recently visited her friend in LA (a few months prior).

Parallel lives

Five years ago I became a project manager of the project for improved rural water supply and opened a call for an expert to conduct a situational analysis. Apparently, the topic was not very popular at the time and we received small number of applications. The first one that I opened was a surprise. The birth date on the top of the CV caught my attention as the day and the month were exactly the same as mine while the year was different in one figure only (almost the same). It turned out that the expert was exactly ten years older than me. The content of the CV, i.e.

Rotten Apple

I have two specific serendipitous events that crossed my path today. First I wrote a letter about being attacked by a sommelier, then read in a new book's prologue that the author had the exact same experience with a wine steward. In my letter I utilized the word "discord" in description of my inner turmoil. Just now while reading a study performed by the National Institute of Health on a .gov website He author uses the word "discord" uncharachateristically in place a reference to "patient notes" or "test results".

Schwinn Twins

As I sat in a nearby park talking on the phone, a man approached asking for what I thought was a ciggarette. He sat down next to me in a socially invasive manner and began fiddling with his bicycle. When my call ended, we conversed. His bicycle was a very unique sea foam green Italian road bike that I have never seen before. The man told me how he previously had toe clips and gave a few other details of his history with this cycle.

German Shepards

I use Uber to get almost everywhere. My last four consecutive Uber drivers complemented my toy poodle and each one mentioned a shared affinity for dogs. I asked each driver exactly the same questions starting with,"do you have any pets?", every driver answered the similarity that they had a dog, three currently and one when he was younger. I then asked "what kind of dog?" To this each of the four drivers respinded that they had German Shephards, except for the man whom did not have a dog currently but previously in life.

Time and distance

In Christchurch NZ, in 2008, my father was throwing a party for his friends and as usual my family was invited. I asked to take a colleague from work. He had arrived in new Zealand in June 2006, a couple of days before my return from being away from NZ for 20 years. We had met through school (kids in the same class) and then later at work - same department at the Christchurch City Council.

Funny Coincidence involving Brett Micheal's Birthday

I am a teacher and I celebrate a birthday every day with my students. Very rarely (a handful of times a year), I am observed by outside people. Last year, on March 15, I had a visitor just as we were celebrating Brett Michael's birthday (an excuse to play Every Rose Has its Thorn ... not a terribly educational moment). We all had a good laugh after the visit. Last week, I was told that a higher up at our organization would be visiting next week.