Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Angie Arcila

2019 has been a rough year for our family ever since my dad’s passing Memorial Day 2016 life has gotten very complicated financially and emotionally so this month October/2019 has been hard I’ve Been out of work due to our disabled child being sick so am out on ny pfl “payed family leave” and my husband has been out of work for almost a year so money has been tight and am just going back to work in three days so unfortunately my gas was shut off and we are bathing with water I heat up in a microwave so then my microwave went dead and about two days go by then on Columbus Day we went out for a walk and then our neighbor who is never a friend or even talks to me said do you need a microwave am throwing mine out cause I bought a new one so I accepted with a smiling on my face I told her I was needing a microwave since mine died but I don’t think she even believed me but I know in my heart it was more than coincidence and someone is watching over our family!
Total votes: 320
Date submitted:Tue, 15 Oct 2019 06:15:27 +0000Coincidence ID:10359

Gut feelings

Met this person for the very first time at a social event just as I was about to leave, they left quite an impression on me and I ended up staying longer, running late to some other place I had to go to. Then, as I left, I had this very strong feeling that they might come to the same place as I was going (there was an event scheduled there too, but it was a very niche kind of event). Two hours later they showed up to event 2 and we crossed paths just as they entered the main room. I was very surprised and almost said "I knew you were coming". For reference, I knew nothing about this person except for name and where they used to live until recently, so I had no way nor any leads to assume that this would happen...
Total votes: 324
Date submitted:Fri, 11 Oct 2019 22:43:04 +0000Coincidence ID:10358

Lost friend's location on front page

In the early 1980s I was in Stockholm and was soon going to go to Paris where an old friend from high school used to live. It had been a few years and I didn't know if she still lived there. I thought I would need to call my parents in Chicago to ask them to call her parents (also in Chicago). That day I missed a train and had to wait an hour for the next one so I bought a Wall St Journal. On the first page (column one I think) the first sentence was "Ellen S... just moved into a new apartment in Paris..." - the article was about the French telephone company and it started with a personal interest story about how hard it was to get a new phone line in those days. But I found out when I saw her that the coincidence wasn't as great as it appeared. A mutual friend from high school was the European editor of the Wall St Journal and knew Ellen well and suggested a reporter contact her for this story.
Total votes: 305
Date submitted:Fri, 11 Oct 2019 15:27:50 +0000Coincidence ID:10357

In Memory of Bruce "Crazy Horse" Hardy

For the last month or so I've been watching "High Way Thru Hell" series on Netflix. The last three days been watching S3 Ep 10 and just didn't watch it right through like I would usually. But today on the 10th of October I did and at the end of the Episode saw that it was dedicated to Bruce Hardy. So curious me goes and Google's his name to find out a bit more regarding when he passed away. I came across a Facebook Group "In Memory of Bruce Crazy Horse" Hardy where someone just posted 2hrs ago that he died on this day 10th of October 2014. What's the chances of that happening. I suppose it does happen. It just seems to happen to me alot.
Total votes: 274
Date submitted:Thu, 10 Oct 2019 10:36:10 +0000Coincidence ID:10356

Superstore coincidences

I've recently been watching the show Superstore. As I started watching and making it through season 1, they have a specific date they mention, that they say "we don't talk about that date" That date is March 14th (My Birthday). Later through the series sometime in season 2, they mention another date of June 17th (My Brothers Birthday). I don't remember the significance of this date in the show, but then later on in season 3 or 4..., one of the characters (Amy) has a baby and names the baby Parker. This is my sons name. I usually don't think much about it when shows have had my specific birthday mentioned, but this has quite a few coincidences of things in my life and I find it very interesting to say the least.
Total votes: 260
Date submitted:Wed, 02 Oct 2019 14:45:41 +0000Coincidence ID:10352

Dates in the family

We called our daughter Sophie because my sister and my husband's sister both have Sophie as a second name (is that also a coincidence?). My daughter then died (suddenly and unexpectedly) the day of my sister's (of the middle name Sophie) birthday and the day my sister in law (of the middle name Sophie) gave birth to her 3rd child. (Our second child was born on the birthday of my sister-in-law's first child - also odd). Shitty dates, shitty story but a big coincidence... ?
Total votes: 241
Date submitted:Wed, 02 Oct 2019 13:19:48 +0000Coincidence ID:10351

Nice to meet you. Oh, I sold you my house 11 years ago.

In 2008, my family sold our house to a single man in Royal Oak, Michigan. We move back to Texas and have since moved to Nashville. Just this week (Sept 2019), my boss introduced me to a contact at a potential partner that he thought I should speak with further. The man was from Michigan. You know where this is going now. After exchanging pleasantries, I offered that I had lived in Michigan years ago. Then Royal Oak. Then the specific street. Then the specific house number. Lo and behold, the aforementioned business contact is the very guy I sold my house to 11 year ago.
Total votes: 253
Date submitted:Thu, 26 Sep 2019 22:53:38 +0000Coincidence ID:10349

Simultaneous occurrence - shawshank redemption

On Friday last ; mentioned Shawshank Redemption to person whom I meet once a year in same day Shawshank Redemption was mentioned in Irish times ;I heard on same day shawshank Redemption music featured on Lyric Fm radio for 10 minutes I expect the probability of hearing the film name on the same day to be very low indeed for these three different media
Total votes: 249
Date submitted:Sun, 22 Sep 2019 21:32:01 +0000Coincidence ID:10348


My family moved into the home we have now in 2014. The man next door lived here for most of his life, his father built this house in 1998. His wife has the same name as me only spelled differently, she has the same birthday as me but not the same year. We are very much alike as far as our personalities and interests and the things we do and buy. We have become best friends and we are neighbors and she also lived in this house with her husband years before we moved here. I think we were meant to find each other, maybe a coincidence, may not.
Total votes: 256
Date submitted:Thu, 19 Sep 2019 22:49:07 +0000Coincidence ID:10347

Premonition? Coincidence?

It was my 11th wedding anniversary and my mother stayed overnight with our kids . The following morning my husband and I were having breakfast in the hotel when my husband started talking about the new pistol that he had bought. I was not even interested and was just kinda not really listening about it. He noticed this and said “listen, you need to know how to use this gun Incase something ever happens to me and I can’t use it. You need to pull really hard from the front.” So to appease him, I said “okay pull hard from the front.” Then the subject changed and we went on with our day. Early evening we arrived home and I went in to see our kids while my husband had some things to do outside and feed our dog. We owned a smaller house on our property that we rented to a family friend. They had a large Labrador mix dog that was about 10 years old. The dog was pretty sketchy. Had taken food from my 3 year old sons hand a few days prior so I brought my kids inside and really didn’t think anymore about it.othef than the dog had been attacking our year old lab several different times but the owner had been home when it happened and he quickly stopped it. Labs are typically excellent dogs. I don’t know what was wrong with this one. So suddenly my mom said aaaghhh!! that freaking neighbor dog is on your porch attacking the puppy again! So I went to the door and it wasn’t attacking our dog, it was attacking my husband! And my husband is a big guy, but the dog had ripped both of his forearms open and his skin was hanging loose off of his arms. He was holding the dog off as best that he could but it had been going on for several minutes before my mom heard the commotion, so by now my husband is struggling . The dog sounded like a viscous bear. I’ve never heard anything like it before, I went to get a gun from inside the house but then I sudddnly remembered that my husband had that new gun with us earlier and as I ran passed my husband and the dog, I saw that the pistol was in the back of my husbands pants. I was so afraid but I grabbed the gun and as I put my hand on the gun to cock it, I heard my husbands voice inside of my head saying “grab from the front and pull hard” my mom yelled “she’s got it cocked” at this point he suddenly got a bit of adrenaline running through him and was able to get the strength to hold the dogs mouth open and I shot twice through his open mouth. The dog dropped and so did my husband (from exhaustion.) was taken to hospital to have his arms repaired. So basically if he had not told me that morning , how to use the gun, I wouldn’t have heard a voice saying it again in my head that night, and he could possibly have died. Strange that he would have thought to tell me how to use the gun in the first place, but six hours before I really did have to use it.
Total votes: 266
Date submitted:Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:00:16 +0000Coincidence ID:10346