Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

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

2 strangers meeting

I was doing a little "match making" with 2 people I know that come from 2 entirely different places in my life. The woman works in the corporate world, this is where I work, and the man lives in my town which he owns his own business putting up drywall. The town being about 45 minutes away from my work. So...

Same time every day

I usually put my phones far from my bed every time I sleep. Something weird happened to me in the past 3 weeks. In the morning when I wake up, I would go and check time on my phone and if its anything before 07h30 I would go back and sleep a bit and check the time again after a while and go back to sleep and so on. Surprisingly for 2 weeks, I would wake up and reach for my phone, and check the time, it will be 06h59 and I would go back to sleep a bit and wake up again and check time, it will be 07h16. This happened every day for the past 2 weeks.

How'd you guess?

I've been reservedly considering enlisting in military service for many months, and just last week decided which branch to join. Today my Uber driver preached ad nausiem about the benefit of the very branch for which I applied a few days earlier. The same Uber driver from today went on to explain how he originally applied to be in rarely spoken of battalion, similar in today's terms to a suicide bomber pilot in the Pacific.

Providing Personal Information

I just entered a profile and submitted my e-mail to setup an account on this website for what feels like at least the eighth instance in the over the past four months.

Matching Music

So, earlier in the week, my best friend messaged me asking if I was listening to music at the time. At the time, I wasn't, but I did have the song "Savior" by Rise Against stuck in my head, so I told him I wasn't listening to music, but I had a song stuck in my head. He asked what song I had stuck in my head and I told him. He then sent me a screenshot from before I had told him which song, and in it, he had written "savior rise against".

Recycled Telephone Number

I was working from home as dressmaker when the children were small, and a customer from across town was reading out her new phone number to me. The kids could not understand why I was so amazed to discover that it was our old number from before we switched phone companies the previous year. That was until I showed them the phone directory for our city of 400,000 and they realised there were quite a few other people that the number could have been given to instead!

Family Connection

I moved from Kansas City to Evanston, Illinois in my late twenties (25 years ago) with my husband, toddler and baby. I hired a young woman from Northwestern to help me as a babysitter and mother's helper a few afternoons a week. She didn't work out but introduced me to her friend who was from St. Joseph, MO - a smaller town about an hour north of Kansas City. I got to know her friend very well as we regularly took walks with the kids and dog.

Matching Grades

A friend of mine studying economy in another country outside of the UK asked me for help with some Math and after helping her I tried to reassure her about her exam. I told her she would get 25 out of 30. One week later she had texted me saying she got exactly 25/30 and I was surprised. We joked about my ability to predict things and then I said "Well then, next time get 30/30 in your next exam" and she actually did get that. It was surprising.

Breaking Bones

In Summer 2015 my mum received an offer to attend a conference in early September at a private company. When she told me she had to travel to some place far away from home for some days I replied "What would happen if you slipped just before the conference and broke your ankle? Would they still cover the costs?"<br /> This was in July and although that question seems totally random my mum frequently breaks a bone or two in her body by accident (usually by falling), so I considered one of the bones which were still unbroken.

Birthday coincidence

Last year I was living in a relatively small staircase in College with only a few people (I think less than 12) and two of them (one was living in the room next to mine) were born on the same day as me, though in different years.