Has everyone had this experience? Is there a name for it? Is there an explanation as to why it happens?
It happened to me again this morning. The gentleman walking toward me on the sidewalk was suddenly hidden by the telephone pole and we would have passed without knowing what the other person looked like; except he stopped while behind the pole, reversed direction, and we came face to face. The queries above came about in the resultant conversation. He thought it might be called a coincidence - which is a whole other area of interest and 'reason for stopping'.
I could not find any reference to this with googling. Crows might have an opinion.