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I got married in 2011 and went to the Maldives on honeymoon. It was an idyllic place and our cabin was literally 10m from the beach. In the clear waters you could see all sorts of fish and small sharks praying on them. My wife was always uneasy about my swimming in the sea saying that where there are small sharks there could be big sharks. She'd even sincerely asked me to stop going in but I'd looked it up of course and knew there were no big sharks so laughed it off.

Whilst we were there, the husband of a honeymoon couple had been attacked and killed by a shark on honeymoon in the Seychelles, somewhere there isn't supposed to be shark attacks either. This was bad enough but when we read the story they had married on the same date as us and the guy was wearing the exact same suit as me. Worst of all they had married at St Michael's church in Dalton, Lancashire. If you don't know my real name you can figure it out from the above.

It sounds ridiculously unreal but here's the story http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-14562331 I'm no believer in coincidences that are meant to be but safe to say I didn't swim in the sea for the rest of the trip.

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our surname is not rare but I wouldn't say common either and the two other names were quite rare at the time

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In the summer of 1969 I was in charge if a volunteer project at a psychiatric hospital in Edinburgh. There was this volunteer who annoyed me big time.

After all sorts if travels, trials and tribulations in the winter of that year I found myself inhabiting a hovel in a very bad part of Glasgow . Living in the next bug hutch to me was this lad who I became good friends with. He turned out to be the brother of the kid who got on my #### six months previously in Edinburgh

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I'm from Lancashire, my good lady is from Somerset, we met for the first time in a pub in London. 

 

Her maiden name is quite unusual, but was the same as my high school, turned out the school I went to in Lancashire was named after her great grandfather.

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Her maiden name is quite unusual, but was the same as my high school, turned out the school I went to in Lancashire was named after her great grandfather.

 

 

Billy Borstal?

 

;)

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I stubbed my toe in a hotel in France, I casually mentioned this to another English bloke I didn't know, he said he did the same thing 10 years ago in Spain. Coincidence or what.

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On holiday in Spain, my wife and I went to a piano bar. To break the ice, the singer asked everyone in turn where they lived. The two women sat next to me said St Helens, whilst my wife said Wigan. Having said I came from St Helens, I got into a discussion with one of the women, who it turned out had just divorced my cousin. My brother Ron and cousin Ted were once partners for quite some years in the building trade, but I had never met his wife Carol until that holiday. 

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Out of all the 6 billion beings or so, coincidences must happen

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our surname is not rare but I wouldn't say common either and the two other names were quite rare at the time

Perhaps you shared a nurse and she told the other couple.

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 That's a remarkable coincidence. So do I! 

 

Wife's maiden name is Winstanley. The family originates from Winstanley.  Family history research has been a nightmare,  because it seems that nearly everyone who has ever born, lived, moved away or died there is called Winstanley..there seem to be millions of 'em.  And most of 'em have common first names: John, Joe, Jack, hey you....

 

I went to school with Margaret Winstanley, I still bump in to her in town now and again as we work in buildings only a few hundred yards apart.

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Cats are clever.

One morning I was going to work and went to get in the car.Lying beside the door was our cat covered in blood and dead.Following the trail of blood back over the car park it looked liked the cat had been hit by a tram and made its way to my car on a car park with around 120 others on it.

Out of all the cars that were parked there how did she know it was my car and why lie down to die on the drivers side of the car?

Was it so I would find her ??

Nothing to weird you may think until I mention that mine was the only English car in a Dutch car park.If it had been Dutch I would have got in the other side of the car and drove off without ever seeing Koontje.

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Exactly how strong is your body smell?

;) ;) :tongue:

He's from Cumbria!

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Perhaps you shared a nurse and she told the other couple.

well I was on the bus to Wembley 2 hrs later to watch wigan-leeds -and so was the midwife! 1994

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Perhaps mindful of this thread, two black cats have crossed the road today in front of my car.

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You'd think running over a black cat would smarten your tyres up but, actually, it makes a right mess of them.

 

Weird, eh?

 

;)

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I often think of QI quotes from episodes I've not seen in a while, but within a few days that particular episode is on telly.

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I often think of QI quotes from episodes I've not seen in a while, but within a few days that particular episode is on telly.

Any QI episode is on telly within a few days of anything, good ole Dave.

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Any QI episode is on telly within a few days of anything, good ole Dave.

Dave is great for passing the odd half hour.

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You'll make him blush. 

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You'll make him blush. 

I'm ok with it, as long as it goes no further than a pint.

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Earlier this week I met up with a couple of lads I used to work with. One of them told us he is now living in Kent and has bought an old farm building that he and his wife are doing up.  One day he was on his own and had just finished work in the gutted shell of the building when his metal tape measure flew off his work bench straight across the room and smashed onto the wall opposite, a distance of about 20 feet away.  He is definitely not the kind of person to believe in anything supernatural and says there must be a logical explanation to what happened,(if he could only think of one)  but he said that for the next few days he was working there he was always 'twitching' and looking over his shoulder.   

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You'd think running over a black cat would smarten your tyres up but, actually, it makes a right mess of them.

 

Weird, eh?

 

;)

I was walking home from a meeting on Thursday, when I saw a seagull get run over, there was a thump as it hit the car and rolled under, I thought it was roadkill, but when I got there it was just standing up, it then walked out of the road and sat on the verge by the petrol station, I thought it was going to roll over and die there, but it started preening it's feathers and when I went past yesterday it had gone.

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I was on a busman's holiday in Milan. I was sat in my hotel room playing some cheap car racing game. In the game, there were banner style adverts like you get at Formula One. What shook me was that one of them said "Hotel Marconi" - which was the name of the hotel that I was staying in.

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