Everyone experiences a weird coincidence here and there, if you live long enough they’ll always keep coming. Some are small and easily explained while others feel like they could never happen again in a million years.

These 16 people have some doozies to share, and if you don’t already, these just might have you believing in fate.

16. That is a MOMENT, y’all.

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.

15. This is like the setup for a romcom.

My old work ran a secret santa once the week before Christmas. It was a $10 limit and the person I was buying for I didn’t know very well. I left my buying to the last minute because I just didn’t know what to get her.

So I was in town and walking past some shops when lo and behold, I see an old copy of Oliver Twist in the window of the 2nd hand book store. It just called to me, so I went in and picked it up. I checked the first page for the cost and guess what? $10 – perfect.

So come the day of the secret santa, we were all opening our gifts, some 150 people. Out of the corner of my eye I see some people crowding around a woman who is crying. I keep listening and people are calling out for the person who was her santa. I go over and reveal that it was me.

The lady I had bought for was crying and hugged me. She said 10 years ago her house burned down along with all her of possessions. The book that I bought her, was her favourite and also the exact same edition so had the exact same cover she remembered.

Because it was a second hand book it was even weathered in the same places she remembered, so it was as if I’d grabbed the book off her shelf before the fire and delivered it to her 10 years later.

14. It seems like it’s just meant to be.

Worked half day. Drove six hours from Southern California to Northern California for car camping with my wife. Chose obscure campground which was neatly deserted (off season). Picked the most deserted and remote camp site location (we planned on rockin the tent). Were bummed after setting camp and another couple selects site right next to us. Turns out to be a coworker I’d spoken with earlier that day.

13. This happened to me in Mexico once.

Here in my little town in northwest England there’s a good kebab shop from which the lads and I have ordered for years. We’ve been in there after countless nights out and had them deliver to our doors, so we know the guys who work there pretty well. They’re mostly Turkish.

Once a few of us got together for a short break in Turkey. Having got off the plane, we waited in the car park outside for another pal who’d been on a different flight. As we stood, soaking in the ambience of a new country, none other than the tall guy from our local kebab shop walked across the road right in front of us, two thousand miles from home. That was weird.

12. The universe knows when you need a tamale.

My wife and I were in Tucson Visiting my mother who just moved there. My wife decided she want a tamale. We drove around for two hours stopping in restaurants looking for tamales. Couldn’t find one. Went back to my mothers apartment.

Literally two minutes later somebody knocked on the door of my mothers apartment asking us if anyone wanted to buy any tamales.

11. That’s a moment you don’t forget.

Seeing Paul McCartney (The Beatles) on TV in 2001, and noticing he was tall. Next day I’m walking down a very quiet street, and walking towards me is a really tall guy, and it was Paul Mcartney. He must’ve seen my expression so he veered my way, stuck his hand out and said “Hi mate” . I was shocked. 18 years later I’m still shocked lol.

10. That would unnerve me for sure.

One year I got a roommate through Craigslist. The guy was weird for sure, but good natured and paid rent.

Anyway after about two months of living with him my cousin comes over to hang. I introduce the two and my cousin in the most chill voice ever said, “nah man, we know each other.” Turns out they were college roommates five years earlier in another state

9. That’s a lucky moment.

I used to get two busses home from work. I got off the first one having left my phone and keys on the front seat of the bus without realising. Got on the second bus, went to my favoured front seat and my possessions that I didn’t know were missing were waiting for me. The bus had changed driver and route. Still freaks my nut out to this day.

8. Just two dudes in prison.

Not me, but a pretty interesting story in my family. Two of my great grandfathers got imprisoned in the same jail, and served time together. My great grandfather on my mother side was an architect and even drew my other great grandfathers house.

7. I mean…what if they were following you?

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!

6. That had to be a super weird thing to realize…and bring up.

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.

5. The subconscious is such a mystery.

I was in st Augustine on vacation. On the way there I just happened to think about this girl I knew back in college in Orlando. Just sorta wondered what she was up to and the like. Sure as shit I ran into her in a bar there the first night. She was there celebrating graduating from PA school.

4. Is there something in the water?

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.

3. That will freak you right out.

Me and a friend took some acid one night and were tripping HARD. Decided to walk to a gas station and get some smokes or something. We walked by a car lot in the small town I’m from and all of the cars in the lot were cop cars. We were both walking ramrod straight all the way to the store, very quietly bought whatever we went there for and took a back street back to his place. We just stared at each other for like an hour and didn’t speak after we got there.

Turns out the city had bought a whole new fleet of cop cars and they had all been delivered there and were on the lot for just that night.

2. That cannot be normal.

Was at the dentist getting a crown extension.

Dentist: hey, you were born on July 13th, so was I.

Assistant: me too.

We all shared a look of surprise and longing with each other. Longing to be closer. Then they drilled the absolute fuck out of my teeth.

1. It’s almost as good as showing your own mum.

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.

I’m totally gobsmacked! I would have been doubly so had these happened to me?

Have you experienced a coincidence like these? Please tell us about it in the comments!