Weird Coincidence #9

Weird coincidences keep happening to me. My buddy, who is a math teacher, says it is all just the mathematical odds playing out.

I’m not always so sure.

Do you think the universe reveals things to us serendipitously, or are the things that happen to us just due to mathematical chance?

Weird Coincidences So Far
Coincidence Topic
Number 1 Pizza carried vertically
Number 2 Pizza folded in half
Number 3 Cathedral fire
Number 4 Parabellums
Number 5 RoundUp
Number 6 Falling Rock
Number 7 San Diego Padres
Number 8 MasterCraft Boat

Tonight I was watching a show on a popular streaming service.  It was a series and I was starting at the beginning.  Season one, episode one.

I’ll paraphrase this next part to keep some anonymity about myself.  The narrator begins the show by saying, “On such and such a month, on this day, of this year…”

The coincidence is that the month, day, and year I hid from you in the above quote make up my exact birthdate.

Nothing fancy.  Just a straightforward coincidence.


14 thoughts on “Weird Coincidence #9

  1. I have been reading C.S. Lewis’s The Voyage of the Dawn Treader to my kids. Early in the series, the hateful Eustace Clarence Scrubb is keeping a diary. We see several entries, and then we are told, “But the diary does not continue after this because on Sept. 11 something happened that prevented Eustace from keeping a diary for some time.”

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  2. I think such cases are just coincidence. Assume about thirty thousand people were watching the program. Statistically, about 100 of those people would have their birthday on the date cited, and would notice the fact. You just happened to be one of them. The other 29,900 watchers would have no reason to notice the date. The same thing would happen regardless of what date was cited on the show — for any possible date, it would be the birthday of around 100 viewers.

    Conversely, there are many things you see in the course of a few months that have a date on them. Once you’ve seen one or two hundred things with random dates on them, it’s statistically likely that one of those dates will coincide with your birthday, or some other date highly significant to you. You won’t register all the other dates you see as being noteworthy, but when you happen to see one that coincides with your birthday, it stands out even though it was inevitable that such a coincidence would eventually occur.

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    1. Infidel, thanks for reading and commenting. These coincidence stories are mostly for fun, but it is also a sort of log that I use to keep track of them when they pop up in my life.

      I totally agree with your point about a date in question only being noticed in cases when it is of importance to the viewer. It’s kind of like when you buy a new car and then you start to see other cars like it on the road.

      Out of curiosity, did your statistical analysis take into account the birth year? In the program I was watching, it was not just my birthday (month and day) that was cited, but the exact day in history of my birth.


      1. Thanks. I was only thinking of month and day, according to which any random date would match the birthday of (approximately) 1 in 365 people out of a randomly-selected group. Even including the year might only reduce the number of matches by a factor of 10 or 20, though. Most TV shows appeal mainly to a particular demographic, including age range, so most viewers’ birthdays would be bunched together in a range of 10 or 20 years. Out of an audience bigger than a few thousand, any given date would still produce a few matches.

        Sorry, but questions like this always get my mathematical side going 🙂.

        One of my favorite cases like this occurs in Arthur C. Clarke’s 1973 novel Rendezvous with Rama. It opens with an account of a catastrophic meteor impact on Earth — on September 11, 2077. The month and day, of course, match a well-known and rather different catastrophe. I wonder how many readers since 2001 have noticed that and wondered if he had some kind of premonition.

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      2. That’s funny. Another reader (Jennifer Mugrage) had mentioned a September 11 reference, but in reference to a C.S. Lewis book. I returned the favour with a September 11, 2001 reference from the movie The Matrix.
        They really pop out at you when the date holds some significance.


  3. You Asked — “Do you think the universe reveals things to us serendipitously, or are the things that happen to us just due to mathematical chance?”

    My Answer — Both and that’s the reason why no one can prove it either way.

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