” The simultaneous occurrence of events which appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection”

The quote above is how the oxford dictionary defines the word “synchronicity”. Let me give you an example:

Dennis the Menace


If you are from the UK, this is probably the image you have of Dennis the Menace.


And this is most likely what comes to mind when Americans think of Dennis the Menace.

Nothing strange there, though, right? Didn’t the same thing happen with the office? There was a UK version and a US version? Yeah, except these weren’t based on each other. Now, let me take you all the way back to 1951, and the accident that sends us down the rabbit hole. On 12th of March, issue 452 of the comic book “The Beano”, which was supposed to be released on 17th of March, accidentally ends up in shops all over the UK. This is the first issue to feature David Law’s Dennis the Menace. A few hours later, due to different time zones, American Newspapers go on sale, within over 1000 of which, contains Hank Ketcham’s Dennis the Menace.

There doesn’t seem to be any evidence at all that these two creators had any idea of what the other was doing, or had any sort of interaction. What would be the point, anyway, of one of these creators copying the other one? And they really don’t share anything in common, except their name, their release date, and their apparent love for stripy tops.

So what does this all mean? Probably nothing, but who knows? Maybe it could be some indication that ideas are, somehow, not as unique as we think they are. Is it possible ideas exist as separate entities to ourselves? Probably not, but who knows?

I am sure everyone has experienced synchronicity to some degree. A few years ago I remember it would happen to me all the time. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve picked up my phone just before receiving a text message, or been thinking of a song just as it came on the radio. A few days ago, for example, I was trying to remember a scene from a film as I was flicking through the TV. I stopped at a channel and, lo and behold, that scene I was trying to remember was on.

Have you ever had an experience like this? Lemme know! Feel free to leave a comment.