People Are Sharing The Craziest Coincidence They Have Ever Experienced

February 11, 2019

Someone asked the question, "What's the strangest coincidence you've ever personally experienced?" on a Reddit forum.

More than 17,000 people responded with their personal stories, but these top 17 will really make you think that there's more going on than we understand.

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"Was at a convention. There were only a few people in the room. My friend and I wanted an autograph from a voice actor. He started singing in his character voice. There were two random guys next to me. One pulled out a video camera to record it.

Years later, my husband and I are talking with friends, and the convention comes up. The guy with the video camera was my husband. I also took a picture later that day of the crowds, and he is in that picture. I stood next to my husband years before I met him." ~ u/RunsLikeaSnail


"Was sitting in a restaurant about 200 miles from where I live telling my mother (who was visiting from a different country) about a trip I had to another country (about 6000 miles away) with a work colleague, and the lady at the table next to us leans over and says 'I think you're talking about my son.' Turns out I was sitting next to my colleague's parents while showing my mum pictures of our trip." ~ u/denkmit


"I met a Canadian guy while on holiday in South America and we ended up going sightseeing together. At the end of the day a person behind us tapped him on the shoulder and asked if the scar behind his ear was from cancer surgery.

They got talking. Turns out they were from the same small town in Canada, had the same type of brain cancer and had been operated on by the same surgeon." ~ u/falconfile



"Started dating this girl a few weeks ago. We get to talking about where we live etc. She lives in not only the same building but exact same apartment I lived in 2 years ago. It was so bizarre walking into my old apartment that I never thought I would see again. What are the odds?" ~ u/Yoinkie2013


"When I was 18, I lived in a town a very long ways away from where I ended up moving. I struck up a friendship with this guy from work in that town, we play halo, watch movies, ect, and he was awesome.

I ended up moving suddenly due to a family emergency, and never got his contact information. I didn't even remember his name a decade later, but I thought of him often as he was an awesome guy through all the years.

11 years later, I'm working at my job, carpooling with someone from my training class, and one night he asks if I mind his roomate being in the car as he was going to take the car after we got off at work and use it for the night.

He introduces us, I turn around, and in the back seat is the guy from the town a very long ways away. We reconnected immediately, and now live together. He's my best friend, for sure, and the godfather to my children." ~ u/cannonman58102


"For over a decade I very rarely remembered any of my dreams. One night, I had a very vivid dream that I was busted by the cops for drug possession and was sentenced to prison. The dream itself was agonizingly paced as if in real-time. Days turned to weeks, to months. The pain of losing everything and everyone in my life had sent me into catatonic despair when all of a sudden, I awoke. I instinctually checked my phone only to find a ton of missed texts, emails, and phone calls from a friend who was arrested (for drugs) that night while I slept and had been trying to get me to bail him out." ~ u/stievstigma


"Went to college, met a cute girl.

'Where'd you go to high school?' she asks. 'You've never heard of it,' I reply. I grew up in a town of 1200 people, graduated in a class of about 90.

'Try me,' she says.

And that was the beginning of finding out that not only had she heard of it, she had almost attended it because her family had lived in one of the neighboring towns very briefly when she was growing up. We shared dozens of mutual friends, and had apparently spent our young lives narrowly missing each other.

Later, after we started dating, we learned that one of our mutual friends had been trying to set us up with each other for YEARS. She was overwhelmed with laughter when she saw that we were finally together, completely without her involvement.

I asked her to marry me, she said yes. We went out to dinner with our parents so they could finally meet. Her folks arrive at the restaurant and see mine. Her mom goes, 'Oh hey, [my dad's name]. So this is your son, huh?' They had been co-workers years ago.

Of course.

We've been married for eleven years now. Got a good thing going. We intend to keep it." ~ u/withgreatpower


"In grade 10 English class, the teacher didn't have anything planned for us to do and it was close to the end of the year I guess, so she goes to the big cupoboard in the corner and pulls out a stack of copies. It's examples of a successful essay written during a final exam, so we can learn what a good one looks like and how to build a narrative, etc. The topic of these was What was the most pivotal moment of your life?

There's three examples, ranging in proficiency. We read through the first two, and I volunteer to read the last one aloud. I start reading... and I stop. The essay was about... me. My big sister had gotten a really good mark 6 years earlier on her final exam essay which she wrote about the day I was born. I got pretty emotional about that one." ~ u/intersnatches



"When I was a kid, around 13, I played a lot of a video game called Diablo 2. I started a clan with a few people I'd met on the internet and we played every day. At some point we were helping some random person and he asked to join. We thought he was nice enough so we let him in. As part of this clan we had a shared account we used to store game items for each other. After about a month of playing this new guy goes in and changed the password, steals the account and defriends everyone. Completely disappears off the map with all of our stuff.

Fast forward a year later and my family moves to Texas and it's my first day at school. I'm sitting in algebra class talking to the person in the seat next to me and he mentions he plays diablo. I said me too and that I ran a clan and everything. I asked his username and it was him. 2,000 miles away from where I first virtually met this guy he's sitting next to me in math class. When I told him mine his face went into total shock and he didn't know how to respond. It was awkward for sure. Ended up tellin him I didn't care and was over it but we let's just say we didn't end up becoming friends." ~ u/hclpfan


"In freshman physics, I became friends with the Japanese kid next to me... After a while he was helping me with my Japanese homework (did really well after that, btw.)

But after that class, we kinda drifted apart. Fast forward 2 years where I'm an exchange student in Japan over the summer and doing some sight seeing in Kyoto after the program... I'm crossing the street in Kyoto and I hear my name being called out. I look around and there he is! Thousands of miles apart we meet again.

We got some drinks and good food together. It was a blast." ~ u/blackbird2150


"I was best friends with this girl in pre school. After that we didn't go to the same schools so we lost touch. Flash forward to my junior year in high school and I meet this girl. I'm walking her home one day and we pass that preschool. We both realized we went there and figured out that we were the friends back then. We've now been together for 15 years and will finally be getting married in October for our 16th anniversary." ~ u/FlickieHop


"I have an uncommon last name and a not too common first name.

I was in the hospital for a surgery and the person in the next room was there for the same surgery. Come to find out that we were 2nd cousins and never new that the other existed. He had the same name as me and his wife had the same name as my wife." ~ u/Mynameisinuse


"Nobody believes me when I tell this story, but one day my husband and I ran into the same couple at 3 different places, in 2 different states.

So my husband and I had an errand to run out of state. We leave early and stop to get breakfast. The couple was sitting across from us. The lady had on a funky shirt which is why she stuck out in my mind. After breakfast we drive the next state over to the office we have an appointment at. We're waiting in the lobby and the couple from the breakfast joint walks in! Weird! So we spend the day finishing up our errands and then we drive back home. I didn't feel like cooking so we stopped to get some dinner at the pub. We sit down at the table and guess who's already eating at the table behind us? The same friggen couple!" ~ u/GiveHerTheWorks


"Back in the early/mid '90s the phone system changed and you no longer needed to dial the area code for a long distance in-state call. (We're a small state with only one area code).

One morning I woke up to the phone ringing and when I picked up I recognized the voice on the other end as belonging to my old boss from a few years ago. She had an unmistakable voice.

We had a nice conversation for a bit before she realized she had dialed the wrong number. I lived in a different town in a different part of the state, but the number must have been off by only one digit from the one she'd tried to call.

To add to the coincidence, I had overslept and would have been late for work if she hadn't called me and woken me up." ~ u/northstar42


"I had a rare disease when I was 4 years old which hospitalized me for months. Doctors were dumbfounded and were unsure how to treat me. A Japanese doctor who was touring hospitals in the US walked in with a bunch of interns and other doctors. He recognized what I had immediately and helped to bring me back to norm.

6 years later same rare disease hit me. Slightly different symptoms, same Japanese doctor at the same hospital walked in the door. Not sure how those stars aligned so perfectly." ~ u/Blhoff


"My sister, Emily, was on a ski lift in New Mexico when some younger girl across from her asked if her name was Emily. Apparently the stranger, who kind of looked similar but underage, had found her lost ID the year prior and had been using it for a year to buy alcohol.

After this blew up I texted my sister who reminds me it was weirder. She was later hiking with friends for 17 hours, they got tired, thumbed for a hitchhike and got picked up by this girl's twin!" ~ u/uselessartist


"This happened to my mom about 10 years ago. When she was about 13 years old she lived on Midway Island with my grandparents because my grandpa was an officer in the Navy. She had a water skiing accident where she basically slammed her face into the sea wall because she didn't let go of the rope in time and had a scar on her forehead that she covered with her bangs. Anyway, fast forward 45 years and she is working at a retirement facility and her job is to coordinate outings for residents. There was a new resident and she was talking to him about his life trying to get to know him. He said he was in the Navy and my mom thought that was cool since her dad was too. He said he was stationed at Midway Island which my mom thought was super cool since it's a tiny island and he said he was there during the same time she was (the 60s). He went on to say he hated it because the only interesting thing that ever happened was when an officer's daughter didn't let go early enough while water skiing and slammed right into the sea wall and cracked her head open and he had to save her. My mom was totally shocked, pulled her bangs to the side to show him the scar and said, 'I was that officer's daughter'. Coolest coincidence ever." ~ u/neurotic_lists

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