Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

I believe that which I do not wish to believe

You can put aside all of the stories you've heard. I'm the only source for the true meaning of real " Coincidences ". During the past thirty - five / forty years I've had anywhere from two thousand to many thousands of them. Depends on what would be considered to be meaningful . Really began around 1982 , involved a second involvement with a particular person. That's when the dam broke. In earlier years I was aware that I would always do just the wrong thing in certain circumstances but did not place much importance in them. Thought they could be just chance or subconscious negative decisions and even tho I did believe that some people had psychic ability a less spiritual individual than myself would be hard to find. I thought I did not know what the nature of the universe was and never would. I used to think how odd it would be to have glimpses into an underlying reality. I am now aware of the underlying structure of reality/the universe. I know this by experience and an understanding of myself, that is I know the reason for what has happened to me. And I know the wonder of knowing what I know.. I do not have psychic ability but can read absolutely accurate Tarot...it's part of Coincidence. Unlike other people who have had one or two meaningless strange coincidental experiences mine are all connected to who I am and very recent events. I've never had a single " good " dream in my life, that's part of who I am as well. Many Coincidences of the past two three decades reflect what is weighing heavily on my mind but they never predict future events. Ive dealt with, if briefly, the leading investigators of " Coincidence " of the early - mid 1980's and my early investigations involved psychics , Tarot and astrology... I have my own views on these areas. Truth is my experiences seem to be unique,, never have come across anything like them. I've read Jung's work and did not find anything useful. A lot of his output is fantasy. My views are almost entirely based on what I have experienced , my self awareness and my knowledge of the world. Never come across anyone with my view of existence. All that's on the net are people trying to advance their own agendas. I stopped my investigations about the metaphysical world thirty years ago. I'm beyond speculators, and conventional views of spiritualism . Mine is a long , long story, as strange as the strangest fiction and not something anyone would want to believe but all the pieces fit. Just came across your name as I was doing one of my exceedingly rare searches on the net about the subject. Just shaking the tree. I'm really not interested in a reveal as to the true nature of reality as I'm the most solitary of individuals and just what would be the value of knowing what I know. ?
Total votes: 237
Date submitted:Sun, 08 Sep 2019 18:32:16 +0000Coincidence ID:10342

The streets of London ARE paved with gold

I was working in the City of London and one lunchtime I strolled along Bishopsgate which is a busy road alongside Liverpool Street station. As I approached the Tesco store I saw a £5 note on the pavement, I stopped and looked around and it looked as if no-one had just dropped it so I went over to it and picked it up. My lucky day i thought! I moved on a few yards and there was a Big Issue selling his magazine, I'm pretty sure he didn't see my stoke of luck but I thought he probably needs it more than me and "easy come easy go" as they say. I gave it to it and he was much appreciative of it. The next day, I left my office to head for home turning down a side street off of Bishopsgate, again a popular thoroughfare, but on this occasion quite empty. I strolled along and halfway down the street I came upon a £10 note laying in the middle of the street! I was quite astounded as I don't think I'd ever found any notes just laying on the road before especially not two days consecutively. Maybe it was karma for my good deed the day before? What would have happened the following day if I'd given that £10 away (this time there was no-one around)
Total votes: 233
Date submitted:Sun, 01 Sep 2019 11:00:17 +0000Coincidence ID:10333

Unepected links with one of my brothers

My wife attended a forty year anniversary of her school year last Saturday. We still live in the area. Today she went to a yoga class, not her normal one but an earlier one for some reason. At the class she met one of the women she had met for the first time in forty years last Saturday. In discussion afterwards she told my wife that she had never been to this class before either. They then started talking about what they were doing now and it became apparent that she worked at the John Lewis shop in Trafford Centre. My brother used to work there so my wife mentioned this. It then became clear that my brother and her were close work colleagues for years. My bother lives in Salford, ten miles away from me. For only the first time in ten years of going to this class I had driven my wife there and after going to the dentist I picked her up so I was able to meet this woman, and talk about my brother to her. The second coincidence with this brother is as follows. Some twenty one years ago I got married for the second time to a woman who lived in Warrington (My family is from Bootle) she got along well with my family and the years passed , sometime about 15 years ago this bother was around at our house and my wife started to talk about her much loved granddad, whose name was Len O, telling my brother that he had worked at a large engineering factory in Liverpool,. My brother said , what a coincidence " I finished my engineering apprenticeship there". My wife asked did you know Len? Len!! said my brother he was the head of the apprentice school "He signed off my papers when I finished my apprenticeship" So the links between quite seperate lives in different parts of the NOrth West are all linked.
Total votes: 275
Date submitted:Wed, 21 Aug 2019 13:12:19 +0000Coincidence ID:10328

Three Family Members Died Same Day, Same Month

My closest friend's elderly dad died on September 5, 2000. Her youngest brother had died in a car accident in his twenties on September 5, 1981. Her younger brother then died of cancer at 50 years old on September 5, 2012. What are the odds of this?
Total votes: 275
Date submitted:Wed, 21 Aug 2019 12:34:42 +0000Coincidence ID:10327

Duran Duran Concert

I was a late 30’s wife and mother who just moved to a new city. My husband and I became friendly with a couple down the street. The husband - “Chip” and I were both from a small city about 3 hours away. One evening we were hanging out with them talking about a high school. I mentioned I had passed on seeing the Police in concert but somehow made it to Duran Duran in our city in the early 80’s. His wife laughed and said “please don’t bring up that concert - it was one of the worst nights of his life!” Of course I asked why and he proceeded to tell a story where a very drunk girl threw up all over his back during the concert. He went on about how he had to throw away his brand new Izod shirt and buy a concert T-shirt. I sat there quietly and asked if he remembered where he sat in the arena. It took a few minutes before I could admit that I was the drunk girl - I had never had a beer in my life and when the Pizza Hut waitress offered, my friends and I had ordered a pitcher of beer. Clearly it didn’t sit well with me! I love coincidence stories too and have gotten a lot of mileage out of this one (only with select audiences!)
Total votes: 265
Date submitted:Thu, 15 Aug 2019 03:13:26 +0000Coincidence ID:10326

Finding a link w someone

I grew up on Long Island and a high school friend had a long distance romance with a guy she met from Media PA when we were in hs.I then went to College in PA and my roommate who was from Media PA also dated him. I remembered the name and confirmed it w my hs friend in another college. My mom’s friend was housesitting for a family in NY and the daughter was supposed to get married on a cruise but the fiancé canceled it before and they decided to still go on the cruise. My commuting buddy all in NY who worked in my building and I start talking and he actually worked with a girl that was supposed to get married. I knew her name and where she was from it was the same girl. I was at a networking event in NYC with a guy from Perth Australia who married a woman from Scranton Pennsylvania and her family and my college friends family from Scranton or actually best friends. A second cousin is a veterinarian and I was at a cocktail party with people who are vets from Australia in NY they who knew my cousin because they wanted to work with him in Florida. He is renowned animal cancer specialist. The veterinarian ahas brother-in-law is a OB/GYN who delivered a contact of mine’s baby when she was living in Sarasota. I met her in NY. I met another person who did medical research with another member of this same family in SF. I struck up a conversation with her in a store and we get to talking about what she does and she knew my second cousin. The vet’s brother. That is 3 separate random connections to my second cousins which live all over the US and there are 5 kids in this family.
Total votes: 241
Date submitted:Thu, 15 Aug 2019 03:11:15 +0000Coincidence ID:10325

Link to Dad

My father had passed away just a few months prior when one evening my husband and I were chatting with an older gentleman at our church in south Texas, someone whom I knew casually by sight, no more. My husband asked him where he was from, and he named a small town in Kansas. The name of the town meant nothing to me, but Kansas certainly did. "My family lived in (small college town), Kansas, until I was eight!" I said. "You're kidding," he said, "that's where I went to college." I looked at him again, trying to guess his age. "You may have known my father; he was a professor there in the 1950s and 1960s," I said. "What was your father's last name?" he asked. So I told him, and his jaw dropped. "(full name) was your father?" "Yes," I said. It turned out that he didn't just know my father-- my father had been his major professor for four years. He had been to my family's house. He had taken a class from my mother. He knew my older siblings as children. But he had never recognized my first name, even though it is distinctive, because he had graduated from college a year before I was born, and he had not known my maiden name. This conversation took place in 2006 at a medium small church in a large city roughly 750 miles away from the small town of my childhood, 46 years after my church acquaintance had graduated from college, and 37 years after my father stopped teaching at that college and my family left that small town forever.
Total votes: 272
Date submitted:Thu, 15 Aug 2019 03:03:38 +0000Coincidence ID:10324

Sun Rise

Shortly after I got up this morning, the sun rose. And I can do that almost every day.
Total votes: 294
Date submitted:Mon, 12 Aug 2019 15:22:08 +0000Coincidence ID:10322

Young Actor

It was around April 2011, I went to Xiamen, China with some classmates to join a summer immersion program that would help us enhance our Mandarin and Chinese knowledge. I come all the way from the Philippines and I was an incoming junior student at that time. While we had all sorts of subjects to help us learn non/academically, we would have more relaxing days. Like one afternoon, April 16th to be exact, our Lao Shi (teacher) finished 2 hours before dismissal and she urged us to do something else but leave class. One colleague suggested we watch a movie, to which LaoShi agreed. Afterall, she brought her USB which contained a few movies to choose from. As a class, the majority voted for the movie “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, a Thai romcom that broke internet at that time. I was a passive one since I was outdated with anything web-related. The movie played and everyone just focused and laughed their hearts out. Watching it for the first time, I could never forget that moment I randomly whispered to my seatmate, he (Mario Maurer, lead actor) certainly looks similar with our own local actor AJ Perez. Oh how that thought lingered for a few moments, not that I felt anything else but because I realized he was kinda away from the limelight for some time. He didn’t have any recent movies or TV shows I knew of that moment. He was a young brilliant actor and he was cute and we young girls couldn’t deny he was crush material, I was hoping I’d see more of him in TV soon. So I basically just made observations and returned to enjoying the movie. The next morning, while waiting for our WuShu laoShi to arrive, I can’t help but notice several girls distraught, murmurs everywhere. I asked what on earth was happening. One classmate responded, that last night, AJ Perez together with his family met a terrible car accident and only AJ didn’t survived. I was dumbfounded. First thought in mind, “You were thinking of him just yesterday!”. It was a big deal for me as a teen that to this day, I am still in awe when a certain someone crosses my mind (not that I know what happens from there) and I see or hear from them a few moments after. But none has been so similar as this.
Total votes: 268
Date submitted:Sat, 10 Aug 2019 15:01:00 +0000Coincidence ID:10318

Engraving in the door

It was 2007 in Christchurch, New Zealand and I had recently moved into a new share-house. I was in bed one night before I turned off the lights and noticed an engraving in the door, which had been covered with brown paint. I got out of bed and started towards the door. I ran my hands over the words "I HATE MY LIFE" in capital letters. After that night, I often imagined who did that, a child? What was their life like? I was 18 at the time and had met a girl at a party, a few weeks later she'd agreed to come over for drinks. I gave her my address and she immediately said, "WEIRD, THAT WAS MY FAMILY HOME". When she approached the house she asked if she could look around, and how strange it was years later to re-visit. She walked up the stairs and straight into my bed room, I followed after her. She closed the door and ran her hands over the engraving and said "Haha it's still here". I couldn't believe it, it was her. Same house, same room....
Total votes: 277
Date submitted:Fri, 09 Aug 2019 06:13:59 +0000Coincidence ID:10317

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