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Old 23rd November 2020, 01:46 PM   #1
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Crazy Coincidences

So yesterday I was watching the Office, as I do most days, and it was an episode where Dwight was wearing a Cornell Sweatshirt as he wanted to apply there. Later when i went to the store, I saw a kid with a Cornell Sweatshirt on. Then, the same day, I was watching another episode where Michael quits, and as he was telling the story I saw a meme on my phone from the Wolf of Wall Street where he says: "I'm not ******* leaving", which was pretty much what happened in the office episode. Then this morning I see an episode of Friends where Rachel quits. I've been noticing a lot of these coincidences lately too

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Old 23rd November 2020, 01:50 PM   #2
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The universe is clearly telling you to leave Cornell.
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Old 23rd November 2020, 01:51 PM   #3
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Confirmation bias.

Also, what are we supposed to debunk, here? You're experiencing coincidences. It happens. Nobody here questions that.

Are we supposed to tell you that you didn't see two different Cornell sweatshirts on the same day? Are we supposed to tell you that it really is a coincidence, and not something else?

What else would it be? Aliens? A Russian troll farm? A Nigerian Prince?

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Old 23rd November 2020, 02:35 PM   #4
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I forgot to add I live in Texas, not NY
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Old 23rd November 2020, 02:47 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by DebunkThisPls View Post
I forgot to add I live in Texas, not NY
People come to Cornell from all over the world, and go all over the world after graduating from Cornell.

Are you seriously proposing that this is not a coincidence, but that you are experiencing some sort of paranormal event? What's your theory? Ghosts are messing with you for some reason?
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Old 23rd November 2020, 03:16 PM   #6
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You want to talk about crazy coincidences, back in the 1980s I was a Big Brother to a young man who had a biological younger brother who also had a Big Brother. So one day I'm flying home for Christmas and as I'm boarding the plane I see the other Big Brother. So we say hello and remark on the wild coincidence and he asks me where I was sitting. I look down at my boarding pass and realized with a start that I was assigned the seat next to him.
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Old 23rd November 2020, 04:25 PM   #7
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I do not believe it's anything more than a coincidence, I was correcting the original comment that said it's time to move from Cornell
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Old 23rd November 2020, 04:30 PM   #8
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I do not believe it's anything more than a coincidence, I was correcting the original comment that said it's time to move from Cornell
It's symbolic. You're not supposed to move from the literal Cornell. You're supposed to move from the metaphorical Cornell state of mind.
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Old 23rd November 2020, 05:34 PM   #9
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Ok my mistake, just misunderstood
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Old 23rd November 2020, 07:38 PM   #10
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I know it's stupid, it just seems crazy that I had all these coincidences. The sweatshirt I can get around, but then today I saw BuckNELL, a kid at my high school had a HopewELL sweatshirt (which is another high school 3 hours away from us), then the Office episode I watched tonight Andy talked about rumors started at Cornell and how he wondered if it was more than a coincidence. He also did the same thing as me were he assured himself it was just chance but was still really scared by it
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Old 23rd November 2020, 07:53 PM   #11
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When you think about how many people there are in the world, it's not that hard to realise that weird coincidences happen all the time. Sometimes they happen in clusters, to one person. That is the nature of randomness. Me, I don't recall ever having experienced a noteworthy coincidence. That's not to say that they haven't happened, just that I have never paid them any attention beyond "huh - that's a coincidence".
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Old 23rd November 2020, 08:00 PM   #12
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It just seems so crazy that it kinda makes me wonder, I don't know. Like just now, an account i follow was shouted out by really big account, which I've never seen happen before. It's also an account that I never see post that I saw a post of earlier today. I also found an eyeliner on the street, and then i see another account, an NBA one much less, talk about someone who looked like they were wearing eyeliner

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Old 23rd November 2020, 08:11 PM   #13
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My odd one: when I was teaching a night course at my university, one evening the chairman of a different department dropped by my office. He had been an undergraduate in the same college with me and taught in the same field that my roommate studied. The three of us went our separate ways in Grad school, and about ten years had passed.

That evening Ted, the chairman, asked, "Are you still in touch with Marc?"

"My former roommate? He's teaching at a New Jersey junior college and I have a phone number for him at home. I can get it for you tomrrow--"

My office phone rang. It was Marc, whom I hadn't spoken to in three or four years, calling because he'd seen a review of my first book. So I handed the phone to Ted.

No, it wasn't a prank. Ted offered Marc a summer teaching job, but he didn't want to come all the way to Georgia for a ten-week gig.

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Old 23rd November 2020, 08:14 PM   #14
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Plus I even forgot the whole I'm not ******* leaving along in sync with Michael quitting and watching a different show with the same quitting plot. It's not like this is a one time thing, I've been noticing tons of these coincidences. Like both on the same day? If it was one on the day I wouldve believed it wasn't too bad but on the same day? Two of them? Like just this minute someone on TV talked about anomalies which is what my other post was about

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Old 23rd November 2020, 08:17 PM   #15
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My first ex had my older brother's name, both first and middle names.
My second (last) ex had my younger brother's name both first and middle.

Here's a fun one:
Hitchhiked with a boyfriend from Eugene, OR to Canada, headed to Banff and back.

Trying to hitchhike back there were lots of people hitching out of Banff so we decided to start walking in hopes someone who passed on the group would pick us up. Not too far down the road one of my shoes fell completely apart. But right there (or close) to where it happened, there was a wonderful pair of Puma tennies, fit perfectly, could not have come at a better time. They were my favorite shoes for years.

We also found a baggie of weed on the side of the road someone probably tossed from their car. That was nice given we didn't take any across the border.

And we did eventually get a ride.

I have twice run into people I knew in places states away from where I knew them.

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Old 23rd November 2020, 08:17 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by DebunkThisPls View Post
It just seems so crazy that it kinda makes me wonder, I don't know.
Makes you wonder what, exactly? Makes you wonder if they're not really coincidences?

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Like just now, an account i follow was shouted out by really big account, which I've never seen happen before. It's also an account that I never see post that I saw a post of earlier today.
What does this make you wonder? If someone is tracking your online activity, and coordinating really big social media accounts to feed you coincidences?

Because I agree that would be a pretty crazy thing to wonder.

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I also found an eyeliner on the street, and then i see another account, an NBA one much less, talk about someone who looked like they were wearing eyeliner
This one is easy: Eyeliner is commonplace. It's not strange at all to encounter multiple references to it.

Earlier I linked to the Wikipedia page on Confirmation Bias. Have you read that page? There's a non-crazy explanation for the coincidences you're noticing.
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Old 23rd November 2020, 08:21 PM   #17
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My odd one: when I was teaching a night course at my university, one evening the chairman of a different department dropped by my office. He had been an undergraduate in the same college with me and taught in the same field that my roommate studied. The three of us went our separate ways in Grad school, and about ten years had passed.

That evening Ted, the chairman, asked, "Are you still in touch with Marc?"

"My former roommate? He's teaching at a New Jersey junior college and I have a phone number for him at home. I can get it for you tomrrow--"

My office phone rang. It was Marc, whom I hadn't spoken to in three or four years, calling because he'd seen a review of my first book. So I handed the phone to Ted.

No, it wasn't a prank. Ted offered Marc a summer teaching job, but he didn't want to come all the way to Georgia for a ten-week gig.
That one is so cool, I think it wins the prize!
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Old 23rd November 2020, 08:21 PM   #18
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That's crazy, but you do believe it's just a coincidence right?
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Old 23rd November 2020, 08:25 PM   #19
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Plus I even forgot the whole I'm not ******* leaving along in sync with Michael quitting and watching a different show with the same quitting plot. It's not like this is a one time thing, I've been noticing tons of these coincidences. Like both on the same day? If it was one on the day I wouldve believed it wasn't too bad but on the same day? Two of them? Like just this minute someone on TV talked about anomalies which is what my other post was about
So what do you think is really happening? Someone is scheduling job-quitting episodes across Netflix and HBO Max, and also tracking your viewing choices and sending you memes to match?

Who sent you the meme? Was it a friend of yours? Some rando in your Facebook feed? Are they in on it? Is Facebook in on it? Why on earth would a conspiracy that encompasses both HBO and Facebook be wasting time feeding you mundane coincidences?

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Old 23rd November 2020, 08:26 PM   #20
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I know all about confirmation bias. Basically the last probably 8 or 9 months of my life have been hell because of simulation theory and once I got off of what was making me seriously depressed I started noticing all these crazy coincidences. I also had an experience where my mom asked me to pick something up off the printer and i noticed that there was one piece that didn't print all the way. So I remember waiting for it but when it didn't go out all the way I kinda forgot what happened next. My first instinct would normally be I went back and picked it up but I had NO memory of this, none, and I also wouldve had to walk from the kitchen back to my room, which I also have no memory of. It's creepy and it scares me and i kinda hate life right now. I'm sorry I'm wasting your time, I am this is just why I do this crap
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Old 23rd November 2020, 08:26 PM   #21
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That's crazy, but you do believe it's just a coincidence right?
What other explanation are you considering?
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Old 23rd November 2020, 08:27 PM   #22
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Those are also insane, what are your thoughts on how they happened?
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Old 23rd November 2020, 08:32 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by theprestige View Post
Confirmation bias.

Also, what are we supposed to debunk, here? You're experiencing coincidences. It happens. Nobody here questions that.

Are we supposed to tell you that you didn't see two different Cornell sweatshirts on the same day? Are we supposed to tell you that it really is a coincidence, and not something else?

What else would it be? Aliens? A Russian troll farm? A Nigerian Prince?
I'm sure it is confirmation bias. I know whenever I buy a car that is a different make and model than my previous car, I will start noticing other cars of the same make and model while driving around. They were there all along, but I never paid attention until I owned that make and model.
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Old 23rd November 2020, 08:34 PM   #24
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I know all about confirmation bias. Basically the last probably 8 or 9 months of my life have been hell because of simulation theory and once I got off of what was making me seriously depressed I started noticing all these crazy coincidences. I also had an experience where my mom asked me to pick something up off the printer and i noticed that there was one piece that didn't print all the way. So I remember waiting for it but when it didn't go out all the way I kinda forgot what happened next. My first instinct would normally be I went back and picked it up but I had NO memory of this, none, and I also wouldve had to walk from the kitchen back to my room, which I also have no memory of. It's creepy and it scares me and i kinda hate life right now. I'm sorry I'm wasting your time, I am this is just why I do this crap
No apology necessary; you're not wasting my time. But these kinds of coincidences should be mildly interesting. Maybe amusing or startling, like spektator's anecdote. If they are causing you mental anguish or emotional distress, and if you're also worrying about memory loss and lost time, then this is probably not the right place for your concerns.

I'm very sorry that you're going through such a difficult time. It sounds frightening. I hope you get the help you need. The best I can do is strongly urge you to leave this forum and find a professional to help you.
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There are a number of stress exacerbated problems that can leave short term memory a little haywire, but it’s always worth checking for carbon monoxide exposure.
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Old 23rd November 2020, 08:52 PM   #26
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It's not like I just completely forgot, I remember small parts but not my main concern which was the paper on the printer I forgot. I was very heavily focused mentally on something else so I do believe that is probably it, it's just kinda creepy when it happens in person
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Old 23rd November 2020, 08:53 PM   #27
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Here's a thought experiment.

Every lotto has millions of players. So for any one player, the odds of winning are millions to one. That is, close to zero. And yet for EVERY GAME, someone always wins... Almost every time. How on Earth does that almost impossible event even happen?
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I know all about confirmation bias. Basically the last probably 8 or 9 months of my life have been hell because of simulation theory and once I got off of what was making me seriously depressed I started noticing all these crazy coincidences. I also had an experience where my mom asked me to pick something up off the printer and i noticed that there was one piece that didn't print all the way. So I remember waiting for it but when it didn't go out all the way I kinda forgot what happened next. My first instinct would normally be I went back and picked it up but I had NO memory of this, none, and I also wouldve had to walk from the kitchen back to my room, which I also have no memory of. It's creepy and it scares me and i kinda hate life right now. I'm sorry I'm wasting your time, I am this is just why I do this crap
It doesn't sound like it is anything you need to get freaked out about.

As theprestige says, if it is causing you anguish go and see a professional about it.
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I know we recently had a newly-started thread on coincidences (i.e. not a zombie thread), but coincidentally I couldn't find it.
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Those are also insane, what are your thoughts on how they happened?
Mind throwing a little clarification on this puppy?
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You want to talk about crazy coincidences, back in the 1980s I was a Big Brother to a young man who had a biological younger brother who also had a Big Brother. So one day I'm flying home for Christmas and as I'm boarding the plane I see the other Big Brother. So we say hello and remark on the wild coincidence and he asks me where I was sitting. I look down at my boarding pass and realized with a start that I was assigned the seat next to him.
That's crazy. I was just watching TV again for a second because i had to cut it off and the show the TV was on had a fundraiser for the Big Brothers
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I know it's stupid, it just seems crazy that I had all these coincidences. The sweatshirt I can get around, but then today I saw BuckNELL, a kid at my high school had a HopewELL sweatshirt (which is another high school 3 hours away from us), then the Office episode I watched tonight Andy talked about rumors started at Cornell and how he wondered if it was more than a coincidence. He also did the same thing as me were he assured himself it was just chance but was still really scared by it
I'd just like to come in here to say that it is very sensible of you to join this forum where you will find out the rational answers to such questions. If you particularly want one, I can give you the name of a forum where your coincidences would be accepted as spooky .. ... and I'd be along straight away to point out that they were coincidences!
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That's crazy, but you do believe it's just a coincidence right?
Abolutely. Ted said a mysterious force caused it, but I said if that were true, Marc would have taken the job.
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Last night I started bingeing The Queen's Gambit. Right away in the first episode, the premise of the story reminded me of "Dogfight", a short story by William Gibson. Then, in the second episode, the characters stay in the Gibson Hotel, and one of them drinks a Gibson martini. The really insane part is that I am a huge William Gibson fan. What are the odds?
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Old 24th November 2020, 11:06 AM   #35
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Also, John F. Kennedy was shot by a guy in a warehouse who then fled and tried to hide in a theater, while Abraham Lincoln was shot by a guy in a theater who then fled and tried to hide in a warehouse. Or well, Booth actually was found hiding in a barn, but like everyone has decided that's close enough to "a warehouse" that it's okay to call it one to make the coincidence work.
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Old 24th November 2020, 11:43 AM   #36
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It's crazy how many coincidences involve famous people from history.
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Out of all the millions and millions of combinations of things one can see or hear or whatever every single day of one's life it would be odder if there were not a few coincidences...

Think of the birthday thing, in which everyone seems to under-estimate the probability of folk having the same birthday.

That and them not understanding "random" - my late mother-in-law refused to believe that an ordered sequence of numbers (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) could ever happen randomly...
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Last night I started bingeing The Queen's Gambit. Right away in the first episode, the premise of the story reminded me of "Dogfight", a short story by William Gibson. Then, in the second episode, the characters stay in the Gibson Hotel, and one of them drinks a Gibson martini. The really insane part is that I am a huge William Gibson fan. What are the odds?
That is crazy. I had never even heard of this show until today when you mentioned it and now I just saw 2 reviews for it online
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Old 24th November 2020, 12:10 PM   #39
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Also, John F. Kennedy was shot by a guy in a warehouse who then fled and tried to hide in a theater, while Abraham Lincoln was shot by a guy in a theater who then fled and tried to hide in a warehouse. Or well, Booth actually was found hiding in a barn, but like everyone has decided that's close enough to "a warehouse" that it's okay to call it one to make the coincidence work.
Also crazy, I just saw someone talk about this yesterday
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Working remotely means I have to do a lot more multi-factor authentication (MFA) to get into work applications. So I end up receiving a *lot* of six-digit codes via text message. At first I was kind of excited every time there was an "unusual" number sequence, like double doubles or a three-digit straight or a double-increment (like 6364, 9897, etc.). Then I realized that with only 10 digits to choose from, and the volume of events, these kinds of coincidental number sequences were going to be entirely commonplace. I assume that with 7 billion people on the planet, everyone is having crazy coincidences all the time.

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Many years ago, I pointed out to my buddy that if he's "one in a million", that means there are five people in New York just like him. His response: "So somone in New York right now is wondering if Soundwave is the coolest Decepticon."
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