Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

Just saying someone's name...

I was talking to a colleague in the office one morning about the Scotland national football team. He is a good few years younger than me and, at the time, had seen some pretty decent performances over the years. I was telling him about some I had seen from further back, some terrible games. I got round to telling him about one game against San Marino, a team of part time players.

Jewish people who lived in Bolivia find each other in Wisconsin

After she retired from schoolteaching in North Dakota, my paternal grandmother Enid spent two years living in Cochabamba. She did this with the help of my mother's family who all live there. She had a good relationship with them. </p> <p>After returning from Bolivia, Grandma Enid moved to my hometown of Green Bay, WI, to be nearer to her son, my father, in the final part of her life. </p> <p>Eventually, Grandma Enid's declining health caused her to enter an assisted living facility. There were only two other Jewish people in her entire building.

Unhappy coincidences

I had worked in the mining industry for about two years before deciding to study for a chemistry degree. On graduating, I got temporary work with a former employer. This was supposed to be for six months but it lasted longer. Realising it would not be permanent, I applied for another position with a mining company and was interviewed by a man I will call Mr. Bennett. He told me I was overqualified for that particular position but believed there would be an opening in a month or so. Several weeks later I arrived home one Friday evening to find a message to call Mr. Bennett on Monday.

Chance meetings - 2 types

I run a BnB in Brittany, France. Here are just two of many events that have occurred in recent years that I can only describe as amazing coincidences: 1)totally separate bookings from 2 Italian families, for the same dates. They arrive within minutes of each other...and the guys throw their arms around each other in amazement: a surgeon and an anaesthetist who used to work together. 2)new clients arrive from Lille, some 600 km away.

Another eerie coincidence

My brother went to Cornell University and lived for awhile in his fraternity house Tau Delta Phi. Unfortunately, my brother died young in 1968. My son decided to attend Cornell University and lived for awhile at his fraternity house Theta Chi. When I went to visit my son, I thought the house he was living in looked so familiar. As it turned out, it was the same house my brother lived in 40 years before. There are 34 fraternities at Cornell University.

Eeerie Coincidence

I was visiting my son's family in Massachusetts and presented my daughter-in-law with a string of pearls that belonged to my mom. My daughter-in-law never met my mom. I proceeded to tell her about my mom saying that to fully appreciate how wonderful my mom was you have to hear just one story. When I was 22 and going skiing the next day and had no hat she ran to a store to find wool that matched my ski sweater and then stayed up all night knitting me a hat. My husband and myself left a bit later to head back to our home in New York which is about a 2 hour drive.

Triple Link

The person who used to live next to my best friend's apartment 16 years ago is my boyfriend's best friend(I met my boyfriend in 2016) and then I discovered he's also my colleague's brother. He lives abroad and the rest of the connections were/are all in different cities.

Twice same remote holiday locations

Dear Professor David Spiegelhalter, in 2000 I made a tour in Peru and one night in a small disco/pub of a remote Andes village I saw a lady whose face was not new to me. I approached her asking if by hazard she had studies at my same Sicilian university but she replied this was not the case, Further investigations made me discovered she (a total foreigner to me) had been in holiday in the same Sicilian sea resort as me in the previous summer. Two foreigners had chosen the same two remote holiday destinations for two consecutive years. Aldo

Another van story

I had just been thinking that my number plate coincidence below was the first I had experienced for quite some time, and now another one happens the following day... I was driving in to work this morning in Edinburgh and Radio 4 were airing a programme called "The Matter of the North" about the north of England and one King was mentioned a few times: King Canute. Exactly five minutes after the programme I am approaching a queue of traffic and there, a few cars ahead of me, is a big yellow lorry with the company name...Canute Distribution.

Number plate

I was thinking at the weekend about my first car, that I had in the late 1980s, for some reason. It had a slightly unusaul number plate. For a car registered in 1978 the format should have been 3 letters, 3 numbers then ending with an S. My car's plate was XED 5 S with just the single number. I looked in to selling the plate at the time but was only offered £200 and the DVLA wanted a fee for the privilege of trasferring the plate to another car. I ended up selling the car for £250 complete with the original plate.