Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

A Message Of Understanding

Last evening I heard some disturbing news that a former colleague and friend had suddenly passed away unexpectedly. We used to get together every month or so for a study group or to relax with a lovely meal and conversation. Over the years, we went our separate ways with new jobs and raising our families and a life altering incident which created a (self perceived) rift within our group. I was feeling some sadness at this sudden loss of life in someone who was so vibrant and dynamic.

Crick in the neck

One morning my friend wrote me about a crick she had developed in her neck and asked how she might treat it. Later that day, around 330pm, I was watching an episode of Hell's Kitchen in which a chef contestant named Jonathan developed a crick in his neck and couldn't help the others with preparation for supper. Then later that night, around 5pm, I watched as my son practised Jiu jitsu in class, and had his neck twisted hard enough for him to cry and need the application of ice. He had a stiff neck that evening.

Lucky Conversation

It is early morning, one day in Spring 1969. I am ten years old and it is a big day in our family. I am going, with my parents, to the school where I recently sat the entrance exam. In a couple of hours, I will have an interview with the headmistress.

Random calls from 2 people of my Past from same time period

I received a very random text from a women I did a yoga training from 12 years ago. The text was a mistake she was looking for a different Nancy in her life and then she accidental called me. The same day I received a facetime call from a teacher of yoga from that time period. This call was very random and not a number I have in my phone and it was also from Australia and not the US where I reside. I ignored it and went on about my life, later that evening I got a weird text from that teacher asking why I had called him. I re-looked at my phone and it was a definite incoming call.

Random calls from 2 people of my Past from same time period

I received a very random text from a women I did a yoga training from 12 years ago. The text was a mistake she was looking for a different Nancy in her life and then she accidental called me. The same day I received a facetime call from a teacher of yoga from that time period. This call was very random and not a number I have in my phone and it was also from Australia and not the US where I reside. I ignored it and went on about my life, later that evening I got a weird text from that teacher asking why I had called him. I re-looked at my phone and it was a definite incoming call.

Mexico Argentina connections

In 1999, my business partner and I opened an office in Mexico City. Almost immediately I was hired to work on a full time consulting job to overhaul a company in the northern city of Saltillo, near the Texas border. I left my partner in charge of the Mexico City office, and one of the first things he did was hire an assistant. She was very competent but (and this is germaine to the story) had no prior experience or contacts in our industry. Meanwhile in Saltillo, I was having trouble filling positions.

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.

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