By definition, odds provide a measure of the likelihood of a particular outcome. Sometimes odds are very likely, like the fact that nothing good will come out of 2020 (and thankfully, we are almost past it!), and sometimes not so much.

But on very rare occasions, odds-defying things happen against all possible likelihood, proving that after all, this world of ours is inherently random. So this time, we’re taking the ride of a lifetime featuring this selection of nearly impossible odds as presented by the r/nevertellmetheodds subreddit.

Created in 2015, the online community has a whopping 1.7m members who are all in for bizarre and wonderful chances that shouldn’t have happened. The subreddit’s description says it’s all about “Nearly impossible feats of achievement, those with a great degree of difficulty or incredible odds,” so let’s find out what exactly all this fuss is about.

#1

What Goes Around Comes Around

What Goes Around Comes Around

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THE DOG LIFE
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2 months ago

Wow. Just wow

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#2

Many Of You Might Have Seen This . But For Those Who Haven't

Many Of You Might Have Seen This . But For Those Who Haven't

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Joyce Melton
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2 months ago

Later that same day, he was elected president of Australia and married Gal Godot.

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#3

Small World

Small World

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Paul K. Johnson
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2 months ago

Where was dad when mom was giving up her child for adoption?

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No matter what we think we know about odds-defying things, the truth is they do happen and they happen more often than we think. British statistician David J. Hand claims that even “extremely improbable events are commonplace.”

This is due to the improbability principle that’s comprised of five laws “analogous to the four laws of thermodynamics or Newton’s three laws of motion.” David insists that “These laws, the law of inevitability, the law of truly large numbers, the law of selection, the law of the probability lever, and the law of near enough, explain exactly why we should expect to encounter highly unlikely events, and indeed why we should expect to do so on a regular, even frequent, basis.”

#4

One Man's Best Friend

One Man's Best Friend

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Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
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2 months ago

I love this one!

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In 1990, A Panel Of The Windscreen On British Airways Flight 5390 Fell Out At 17k Feet, Causing The Cockpit To Decompress & Its Captain To Be Sucked Halfway Out Of The Aircraft. The Crew Held Onto Him For More Than 20 Minutes As The Copilot Made An Emergency Landing. The Pilot Made A Full Recovery

In 1990, A Panel Of The Windscreen On British Airways Flight 5390 Fell Out At 17k Feet, Causing The Cockpit To Decompress & Its Captain To Be Sucked Halfway Out Of The Aircraft. The Crew Held Onto Him For More Than 20 Minutes As The Copilot Made An Emergency Landing. The Pilot Made A Full Recovery

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ume reid
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2 months ago

woah...

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#6

I Know Twins Have Similarities But God Damn

I Know Twins Have Similarities But God Damn

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Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
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2 months ago (edited)

Holy-

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This is where mathematics comes into play to define these principles and calculate what effect they have on each other. For example, the law of near enough “says that events that are sufficiently similar may be regarded as identical,” David explains.

In fact, this similarity is what precisely makes a dramatic difference. David adds the law of truly large numbers and the result is that “given enough opportunities, the probabilities of even very unlikely events can mount up to be almost certain.”

Those laws raise the number of opportunities for any unlikely happening to actually happen. Read more about David’s philosophy of probability in his book “The Improbability Principle.”

#7

This Hero Has Luck +9000

This Hero Has Luck +9000

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Lauren Caswell
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2 months ago

What a brave person

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#8

Unexpected Reunion

Unexpected Reunion

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Martha Meyer
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2 months ago

What a lucky coincidence for them! They probably would have never found out otherwise.

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#9

That’s Gotta Be A First

That’s Gotta Be A First

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Serial pacifist
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2 months ago

It's the famous flamingo marching band.

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#10

Two Strangers Sit Next To Each Other On A Flight And Meet Their Doppelganger

Two Strangers Sit Next To Each Other On A Flight And Meet Their Doppelganger

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Laana
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2 months ago

And a happy guy in the back 😁

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#11

Couple Proposes To Each Other At The Same Time

Couple Proposes To Each Other At The Same Time

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Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
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2 months ago

XD this one's so cute!

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#12

Genes Are Everything

Genes Are Everything

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Joanna
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2 months ago

Please fix the typo!

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#13

Lucky Nurse

Lucky Nurse

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LottieH
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2 months ago

Moral of the story: don't get on a ship with Violet.

Melissa Boatman Linebaugh
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2 months ago

And if you do, never let go of her hand.

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Laura Dawson
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2 months ago

Arthur Priest was onboard all 3 ships too, he was a stoker & on Brittanic was onboard the same lifeboat as Violet when it hit the propellers. Both survived by jumping into the ocean & were pulled onto another lifeboat.

Kay blue
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2 months ago

It's a miracle that a stoker survived one, let alone 3.

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Seabeast
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2 months ago

"Violet, we've been meaning to talk to you about this. It seems you're a bit of a jinx on our ships. Here's your severance pay, please go work for one of our competitors."

Jo Firth
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2 months ago

I love how we people are naturally optimistic - she's "lucky" for surviving 3 shipwrecks, not "unlucky" for being on them in the first place.

Laura Dawson
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2 months ago

She was a stewardess & only served as a nurse on Brittanic when it was used as a hospital ship during WW1. Olympic’s collision was an accident & the ship didn’t sink.

Mary Rose Kent
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2 months ago

Aren’t most collisions accidents?

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Full of Giggles
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2 months ago

I recently read a similar story about a woman who survived the sinking of both the Titanic and Carpathia. She died a few months after the Carpathia from the Spanish Flu while incarcerated for trying to vote illegally.

Spittnimage
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2 months ago

Violet: Here we go again.

yesyes?
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2 months ago

Violet is sus

Paula Hobbs
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2 months ago

You'd think at some point she would develop some PTSD and never get on another ship again.

Nadine Bamberger
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2 months ago

I wouldn't necessarily call that luck, more like a disaster magnet.

Rae the lemon
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2 months ago

Oops. She is a fighter, though

Meyer Weinstock
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2 months ago

Violet, you're turning violet...

Susanna Scott
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2 months ago

Are we sure Violet isn't a cat? I mean...really...

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
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2 months ago

Violet, keep away from water.

CincyReds
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2 months ago

Damn, I think Violet was cursed

Shirley Heyn
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2 months ago

Too bad they didn't have the lottery back then. . .

PKMN Trainer Link
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2 months ago

I saw this on Mysteries at the Museum!

Leslie Burleson
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2 months ago

Violet looks a little shady if you ask me

Priya Tyagi
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2 months ago

I can imagine Violet swimming to safety and saying, "Not this s**t again"

Edward Lee
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2 months ago

Don’t let her board another ship. Its a bad omen. 😂

Claire Harper
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2 months ago

Wow. Lucky gal!

LotusWolff
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2 months ago

And all the sisters nearly sank

Doretta McHugh
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2 months ago

Molly Brown who?

Mya Lugar
Community Member
2 months ago

I've heard said that a woman on board a boat is bad luck. THAT woman on board a ship...

JOOSSED4T
Community Member
2 months ago

Another immortal

Marsha Peters
Community Member
2 months ago

Or . . . if on a ship in early 20th century, make friends with -- and hang onto -- Violet as SHE'S A SURVIVOR !!

Casey B
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2 months ago

Mothman in disguise

starhunter64
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1 month ago

lady's and gent's we have another fantastic tank over here!!!!!!!

Lionelle Grosdemanche-dien
Community Member
2 months ago

3 miracles in a row

Rae the lemon
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2 months ago

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Sarah
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2 months ago

Third time's the charm, Violet. Do NOT get on ship #4...

M Kate McCulloch
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2 months ago

She's Dr. Who...

Katinka Min
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2 months ago

I can almost see her on the Britannic, thinking 'Oh for fuckssake!' :-D

Strahd Ivarius
Community Member
2 months ago

And her cat was Unsinkable Sam, I presume? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unsinkable_Sam)

Lisa Chambers
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2 months ago

lol Mariners around the world might believe Violet should just stay ashore.

Anna Salerno
Community Member
2 months ago

God had other plans for this lucky nurse.

serge
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2 months ago

Violet was bad luck....

Jane W.
Community Member
2 months ago

Remember to give your kid swimming lessons.

Vincent Jay
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2 months ago

Clearly, Violet was bad luck.

Susan Mercurio
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2 months ago

I think she would have gotten tired of ships going down under her: like, "not AGAIN"

kerry king
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2 months ago

Really?

Alex Hamilton
Community Member
2 months ago

Jinxed

GoodCatto
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh YEAH! THAT is who they called Miss Unsinkable!

François Carré
Community Member
2 months ago

When she retired she offered herself a trip aboard the Hindenburg Zeppelin and then...

23AClark
Community Member
2 months ago

Violet's a wild flower.

Levi Baker
Community Member
2 months ago

You'd think she'd stop after the first

David Retsler
Community Member
2 months ago

How is she "lucky"? Wouldn't she be lucky if the ships DIDN'T sink???

Seabeast
Community Member
2 months ago

Lucky to survive. A total of 2208 people died in the Titanic sinking. The hospital ship hit a mine and 30 people were killed.

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Kate
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2 months ago

Anyone else think she looks like a young Susan Sarandon?

Mary Rose Kent
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2 months ago

Her eyes, maybe, but not her facial bone structure.

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Karen Van Scoyk
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2 months ago

She's part cat!

Susan Scripture
Community Member
2 months ago

Hmmm are you sure you spelt her name right? Should have an 'n' in it...

Amaranthim Talon
Community Member
2 months ago

Jonas, is that you?

kkathleen517
Community Member
2 months ago

Why I have I never heard that the Titanic had two sister ships that also sank????

Seabeast
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2 months ago

Not as dramatic. Also, one was pressed into service as a hospital ship in the Great War, when a lot of ships didn't make it.

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June Galloway
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2 months ago

Did anyone check to see if her being saved resulted in saving some one, anywhere that went on to do something amazing or her children? maybe it is still being developed for the future, you know ripples

Sue Clasen
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2 months ago

Violet was unsinkable.

Martin Roy
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2 months ago

She was certainly unlucky for all those ships.

Merilyn Horton
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2 months ago

Unsinkable

jk nbt
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2 months ago

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all her fault... don't sail with this woman

Robert Robi Z
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2 months ago

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What's wrong with that woman!?

Damon Tripodi
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2 months ago

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See, That's why they didn't used to allow women on ships

Glorias Natas
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Laura Dawson
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2 months ago

She played Molly Brown totally different lady onboard Titanic. Violet was a stewardess.

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#14

The Laura Buxton Coincidence

The Laura Buxton Coincidence

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Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
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2 months ago

What in Pyrrhia!

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#15

“And I Took That Personally” - Tsutomu Yamaguchi (Probably)

“And I Took That Personally” - Tsutomu Yamaguchi (Probably)

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Láďa Durchánek
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2 months ago

And he moved to Fukushima when retired.

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#16

Neighbor Brings Owner Identical Cat

Neighbor Brings Owner Identical Cat

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Joyce Melton
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2 months ago

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Who's this ugly mook?

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#17

Saw This Photo Posted Here.. Noticed I Have The Photo The Grandmother Took That Day. (Bought At An Antique Shop Years Ago In Phx)

Saw This Photo Posted Here.. Noticed I Have The Photo The Grandmother Took That Day. (Bought At An Antique Shop Years Ago In Phx)

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Katrina
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2 months ago

Wow

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#18

Lightning Striking Simultaneously On Chicago's Three Tallest Buildings

Lightning Striking Simultaneously On Chicago's Three Tallest Buildings

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Aaron W
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2 months ago

Somebody better call the Ghostbusters.

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#19

None Of Their Feet Are Touching The Floor

None Of Their Feet Are Touching The Floor

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Cip IESAN
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2 months ago

This picture demonstrates that the so-called "Newton's law of universal gravitation" is, in fact, a global conspiracy! And, as you can see, Earth is flat under their feet !

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#20

The First Time My Friend Visited My Apartment She Was Mind-Blown That My Shower Curtain Looked “Exactly” Like One Of Her Shirts. I Half-Seriously Said That Her Story Sounded Made Up And Promptly Forgot About It Until She Returned The Following Week To Demonstrate. I Forever Stand Corrected

The First Time My Friend Visited My Apartment She Was Mind-Blown That My Shower Curtain Looked “Exactly” Like One Of Her Shirts. I Half-Seriously Said That Her Story Sounded Made Up And Promptly Forgot About It Until She Returned The Following Week To Demonstrate. I Forever Stand Corrected

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Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
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2 months ago

0o0

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#21

This Mother Deer Has Two Albino Fawns...

This Mother Deer Has Two Albino Fawns...

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ume reid
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2 months ago

beautiful

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#22

My Grandma Died On My Grandpa’s Birthday. My Grandpa Died On My Grandma’s Birthday

My Grandma Died On My Grandpa’s Birthday. My Grandpa Died On My Grandma’s Birthday

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Daria B
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2 months ago

What a sad birthday for the one who passed away afterwards. I'd be devastated.

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#23

This Is A Tomato That Accidently Grew Inside Of The Fence

This Is A Tomato That Accidently Grew Inside Of The Fence

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Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
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2 months ago

I think this is absolutely stunning! It looks like a necklace pendant!

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#24

Taking A Picture Like This

Taking A Picture Like This

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Cip IESAN
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2 months ago

It's a CD or a DVD?

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#25

Thanks Jesus

Thanks Jesus

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OpalTheRainwing <3
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2 months ago

WHATTTT

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#26

Twins Married Twins To Give Birth To Another Twins

Twins Married Twins To Give Birth To Another Twins

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Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
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2 months ago

The word "twins" is stuck in my head now.

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#27

Landslide Splits Just Before Hitting A Farm In Iceland. Happened This Morning. No One Got Hurt

Landslide Splits Just Before Hitting A Farm In Iceland. Happened This Morning. No One Got Hurt

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TS Rhodes
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2 months ago

When God decides it's not your time.

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#28

Went To Take A Picture Of The Rainbow And Lightning Struck At The Same Time!

Went To Take A Picture Of The Rainbow And Lightning Struck At The Same Time!

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Aaron W
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2 months ago

Jeezers approves.

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#29

What A Close Call

What A Close Call

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banana man
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2 months ago

thank you... youre a good bird

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#30

A Well Captured Photo Of Lightning Struck The Eiffel Tower

A Well Captured Photo Of Lightning Struck The Eiffel Tower

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Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
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2 months ago

SO pretty!

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#31

This Hare Caught On Google Street

This Hare Caught On Google Street

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Annabelle
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2 months ago

Nooo this poor hare was hit by a car

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#32

This Is How The Newspapers Were Stacked Up At My Job

This Is How The Newspapers Were Stacked Up At My Job

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Cip IESAN
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2 months ago

There are no coincidences! It's a plan!

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#33

Beluga Whale Saves An iPhone!

Beluga Whale Saves An iPhone!

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Ravenclaw Banana
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2 months ago

"Got it!"

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#34

We Were Seconds Away From Losing Our Home To The California Fire. Thank You To All The Firefighters That Saved Our Community!

We Were Seconds Away From Losing Our Home To The California Fire. Thank You To All The Firefighters That Saved Our Community!

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Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
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2 months ago

Whoa. You guys are lucky.

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#35

Arrow In A Power Cable

Arrow In A Power Cable

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Cip IESAN
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2 months ago

"Robin Hood was here"

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#36

The Cat Knocked My Daughter’s Fish Bowl Off The Dresser

The Cat Knocked My Daughter’s Fish Bowl Off The Dresser

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The Zooble
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2 months ago

That is one lucky fish

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#37

Down You Go

Down You Go

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Aaron W
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2 months ago

Biker doesn't even know what hit him.

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#38

It's Gotta Be Weird To Go To The Mall One Day And Run Into... Yourself

It's Gotta Be Weird To Go To The Mall One Day And Run Into... Yourself

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Bruce Scheiman
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2 months ago

They both actually have the same half Circle, (I don't know how else to say it), on their hairline! That's amazing!!

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#39

Car Found After An Amber Alert Near Me

Car Found After An Amber Alert Near Me

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Alex the awful German
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2 months ago

what is an amber alert?

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#40

Two Drunk Guys Imitate Connor Mcgregor As He Drives Past

Two Drunk Guys Imitate Connor Mcgregor As He Drives Past

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OpalTheRainwing <3
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2 months ago

Lollll

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