Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Surprising wrong phone number

I was at work trying to call another company in a different state. I was working on getting a report for them and I had some information I needed to request first and I couldn't wait for an email. Since I was in a hurry, I forgot to dial 1 so I dialed the number, but locally 804-523-4304 when i meant to dial 523-430-456. When someone answered it was a co-worker in the same 50 person building on his cell phone. I thought I dialed his extension accidentally, but it was really his cell phone. What are the chances?

God brought us together

My husband and i met in Tennessee in a store parking lot witnessing an altercation. He and I started talking and ended up dating. Found out we stayed in the same apartment complex, we share the same birthday, his father and my mother share the same birthday, and we both lived in the same town in north Carolina when i was a child. We both were at the same military base in south Carolina but at different times.

How I Met My Partner

My coincidence is a rather long story, and it has its start long before I was born. I write this, of course, understanding that it can really only be considered a coincidence given how it has resulted in finding my current partner. If it had not had this result, it simply would have resulted in nothing more than an interesting story. And so I take you to the very beginning, which is post-civil war Spain. The government is currently taken over by Dictator Francisco Franco who was the leader of the Falange movement.

David Foster Wallace Haunts Me

I was both listening to an interview with Zadie Smith and scrolling through Tumblr. At the exact same time, Smith referenced Foster Wallace and a picture of Foster Wallace appeared on my Tumblr. At the exact same time, down to the second. Incidentally, I was reading a piece on Foster Wallace two days ago. It's been a weird couple of days.

Same ancestor

Everyone on this world has the same ancestor

DX so handsome

I'm so handsome

August 4th

My uncle (quadriplegic) was born on 08-04-1952. My husband took care of my uncle until he (my husband) committed suicide on 08-04-16. I just found out that my new boyfriend's parents were married on 08-04-1969.

In Sicily the name is as common as is Jones in Wales

I'm Alan Merryweather and have lived in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England for 26 years and on 4 or 5 occasions when having been asked by motorists for directions I’ve offered to get in the car and take them there as it’s easier than trying to describe the route.<br /> About 2 years ago an American leaned out of his car asking for help. We drove there, and later I walked them around to view the best houses.<br /> I’m a keen family historian so am very nosey about names, occupations and places.

Grandad"s house sale

In 1976, in Brownstown. Country Kildare, Ireland. My grandfather JJ Coy sold his house. When the buyer came to purchase. He signed his name on the purchase documents. It was also JJ Coy. It transpired that he was a distant relative. The house in question was quite an ordinary little bungalow ie not an old family homestead. Also we believed that there were no other male Coys in the area with the exception of my uncle Edward ( Eamonn)


I have a coincident with the number 999. 1,) Its the emergency services 2,)It was my first prison number (MO6 999) and you had to give your last three numbers and name ie, 999 Robinson sir! 3,) i creshed into the 999km sign on the N340 in spain, tha car was a write off and my partner and i ended up in hospital. 4,)One day driving in france ahead i noticed the police flagging me to the side of the road to stop, as i sat there i immediately noticed a rainbow of colours fly down my left side.