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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1 month 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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1 month 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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AzKhaleesi
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1 month ago

Thats crazy I wonder if the Coach / Dad ever looked at him and thought hmmm he looks a lot like me.

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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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respulero
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1 month ago

he just needed to be reseted

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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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

What a brave person

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#8

Unexpected Reunion

Unexpected Reunion

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Martha Meyer
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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

XD this one's so cute!

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#12

Genes Are Everything

Genes Are Everything

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Martha Meyer
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1 month ago

They even look sort of alike!

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#13

Lucky Nurse

Lucky Nurse

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LottieH
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1 month ago

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

Melissa Boatman Linebaugh
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1 month ago

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

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Laura Dawson
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1 month 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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1 month ago

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

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Seabeast
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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

Aren’t most collisions accidents?

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Full of Giggles
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1 month 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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1 month ago

Violet: Here we go again.

yesyes?
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1 month ago

Violet is sus

Paula Hobbs
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1 month 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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1 month ago

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

Rae the lemon
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1 month ago

Oops. She is a fighter, though

Meyer Weinstock
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1 month ago

Violet, you're turning violet...

Susanna Scott
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1 month ago

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

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
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1 month ago

Violet, keep away from water.

CincyReds
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1 month ago

Damn, I think Violet was cursed

Shirley Heyn
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1 month ago

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

PKMN Trainer Link
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1 month ago

I saw this on Mysteries at the Museum!

Leslie Burleson
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1 month ago

Violet looks a little shady if you ask me

Priya Tyagi
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1 month ago

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

Edward Lee
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1 month ago

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

Claire Harper
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1 month ago

Wow. Lucky gal!

LotusWolff
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1 month ago

And all the sisters nearly sank

Doretta McHugh
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1 month ago

Molly Brown who?

Mya Lugar
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1 month ago

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

JOOSSED4T
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1 month ago

Another immortal

Marsha Peters
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1 month 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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1 month 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
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1 month ago

3 miracles in a row

Rae the lemon
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1 month ago

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Sarah
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1 month ago

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

M Kate McCulloch
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1 month ago

She's Dr. Who...

Katinka Min
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1 month ago

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

Strahd Ivarius
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1 month ago

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

Lisa Chambers
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1 month ago

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

Anna Salerno
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1 month ago

God had other plans for this lucky nurse.

serge
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1 month ago

Violet was bad luck....

Jane W.
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1 month ago

Remember to give your kid swimming lessons.

Vincent Jay
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1 month ago

Clearly, Violet was bad luck.

Susan Mercurio
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1 month ago

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

kerry king
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1 month ago

Really?

Alex Hamilton
Community Member
1 month ago

Jinxed

GoodCatto
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1 month ago

Oh YEAH! THAT is who they called Miss Unsinkable!

François Carré
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1 month ago

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

23AClark
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1 month ago

Violet's a wild flower.

Levi Baker
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1 month ago

You'd think she'd stop after the first

David Retsler
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1 month ago

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

Seabeast
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1 month 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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1 month ago

Anyone else think she looks like a young Susan Sarandon?

Mary Rose Kent
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1 month ago

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

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Karen Van Scoyk
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1 month ago

She's part cat!

Susan Scripture
Community Member
1 month ago

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

Amaranthim Talon
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1 month ago

Jonas, is that you?

kkathleen517
Community Member
1 month ago

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

Seabeast
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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

Violet was unsinkable.

Martin Roy
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1 month ago

She was certainly unlucky for all those ships.

Merilyn Horton
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1 month ago

Unsinkable

jk nbt
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1 month ago

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

Robert Robi Z
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1 month ago

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What's wrong with that woman!?

Damon Tripodi
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1 month ago

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

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Laura Dawson
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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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Marette
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1 month ago

Did you keep the 'extra' one as an emergency cat?

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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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1 month 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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1 month 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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로희
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1 month ago

Quidditch.

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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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Kathy Smith
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1 month ago

She made her shirt from a shower curtain!

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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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

It's a CD or a DVD?

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#25

Thanks Jesus

Thanks Jesus

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Saoznei
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1 month ago

Instantly thought of this meme tumblr_lxp...dc3a2c.jpg tumblr_lxpsdqyR2J1qbbnzio1_500-5fef323dc3a2c.jpg

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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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Brandy Grote
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1 month ago

The kids are actually genetically brothers and sisters.

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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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Adrian Brearley
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1 month ago

You need to be getting a lottery ticket.

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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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Lauren Caswell
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1 month ago

Jesus bobs his head knowingly

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#29

What A Close Call

What A Close Call

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Mary Rose Kent
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1 month ago

Maybe dude shouldn’t be speeding...just sayin’

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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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1 month ago

SO pretty!

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#31

This Hare Caught On Google Street

This Hare Caught On Google Street

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Paul K. Johnson
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1 month ago

The Flying Bun.

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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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1 month 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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Mark Howell
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1 month ago

Here take your rubbish awaywith. Don't just drop 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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Vic
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1 month ago

That's a close one!!

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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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1 month 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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Pan Narrans
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1 month ago

The perfect opportunity to get a decent size aquarium for the fish. A bowl is too small.

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#37

Down You Go

Down You Go

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Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
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1 month ago

Cats are magical beings.

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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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Bob Belcher
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1 month ago

Same person, two different paths in life.

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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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1 month 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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1 month ago

Lollll

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