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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8 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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8 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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AzKhaleesi
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8 months 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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8 months 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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8 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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8 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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8 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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8 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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8 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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8 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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8 months 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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8 months 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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8 months ago

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

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#14

The Laura Buxton Coincidence

The Laura Buxton Coincidence

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Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
Community Member
8 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
Community Member
8 months ago

And he moved to Fukushima when retired.

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
8 months ago

*spit laugh*

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Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
8 months ago

So he survived an atomic bomb and STILL tried to go to work the next day. Now that's dedication.

Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
8 months ago

And despite the bombs, the trains still ran on time.

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Annanana
Community Member
8 months ago

That's Japanese discipline for you. "Why are you late, Hiroku?" "Atomic bomb, sir. Delayed me for five minutes"

Aragorn II Elessar
Community Member
8 months ago

“I suppose I’ll allow it, but you need to plan ahead! These things happen!”

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sTeALtHy
Community Member
8 months ago

I can't decide if this is really bad or really good luck

Peter Bear
Community Member
8 months ago

Just a friendly reminder that the USA, land of the 'free' and home of the 'brave' remains the only nation to indulge in nuclear terrorism, against civilian population centers. Twice.

Chris Cudaback
Community Member
8 months ago

Wait, I am not blind as to how evil the U.S. government can be, but in that situation, the Japanese brought it upon themselves. Am I saying that the U.S. couldn't have handled it better? No... However, you act like the Japanese were completely innocent. Like the Japanese weren't doing far worse to people in that era. In some ways, they were even more evil and brutal than the Nazis were. Besides, let's not pretend like every major country involved in WWII wasn't trying to do exactly the same thing, the U.S. just got there first...

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Samuel Chen
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8 months ago

Here is what happened. His military company was in a meadow, training. The commander saw the plane and yelled to everyone, follow me. They ran down a road to a crossroads and they turned right. But the guy we are talking about had to stop and tie his shoe. He got up, didn’t know where his company went and turned left. Fast forward to when the bomb drops. This guy has been looking for his company EVERYWHERE, and doesn’t know what to do. Then the bomb drops, and part of a building partially collapsed on him. He was pretty ok tho. The radiation reflected off the white cement and only very little traces of radiation got in. Once he got out of the rubble, he could see the dead and melting and he went to go back to his company. He reached the crossroads and turned right. While walking down there, he saw his dead, melted company. There is a YouTube video about this.

Nicklas Linder
Community Member
8 months ago

"I survived an atomic blast but that doesn't mean I can take a day off from work, damn it!"

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
8 months ago

that is one lucky man ( sort of anyway)

Grandma Shark
Community Member
8 months ago

Clear case of fml

Claire Armstrong
Community Member
8 months ago

Okay, this is even more impressive than the guy who survived his own ship sinking, made it to another ship that was also hit, and then, once again to another bloody ship! I think surviving the 2 nuclear bombs like this is far more impressive, not that the sailors achievement wasn't impressive, it was, but the 2 nuclear bombs!

Seabeast
Community Member
8 months ago

He live a surprisingly long time, too.

A Méndez
Community Member
8 months ago

I read that this very same thing happened to several people!

kerry king
Community Member
8 months ago

OMG!

Alex Hamilton
Community Member
8 months ago

Glowing with success.

enjoyinglife
Community Member
8 months ago

Now he owns part of Oahu.

JOOSSED4T
Community Member
8 months ago

Immortality at it's greatest

23AClark
Community Member
8 months ago

Boy, he blessed all around.

Bunzilla
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

oh my god. the poor man. or, lucky man I guess. that's insane.

marnidarr
Community Member
2 months ago

The trains were running??

starhunter64
Community Member
8 months ago

respect.

Rae the lemon
Community Member
8 months ago

Wow

backatya
Community Member
8 months ago

Damn what good luck. But we still didn't get him. Who would go to work after a blast?

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
8 months ago

Okay. Now go and make all sort of analyses to Mr. Yamaguchi to find how in heaven he survided unharmed two nuclear blasts. Would do a lot of good to medicine.

King Joffrey
Community Member
8 months ago

The most amazing thing about this is survived the nuclear blast and decided to go to work the next day. He also lived to be 93.

Donny Castle
Community Member
8 months ago

Geez, if there was ever a reason to call in sick to work, getting hit by an atomic bomb would have been it.

Labellesouris
Community Member
8 months ago

Work ethic... I hope he took a few days off

Gerry Higgins
Community Member
8 months ago

Either the luckiest man or the unluckiest man in the world, depending on how you look at it.

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
8 months ago

I read this story when I studied this very subject in one of my College History classes.

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
8 months ago

Good Lord!

Jane Petersen
Community Member
8 months ago

And then created anime.

Jane W.
Community Member
8 months ago

Is this guy very lucky or very unlucky?

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
8 months ago

Unkillable

n i k o
Community Member
8 months ago

I will never cease to be amazed at human determination and persistence. The ability to live through such an event and still have spirit to live through it again. The human will to live, I suppose. A stubborn refusal to die.

Samantha Power
Community Member
8 months ago

Human spirit never fails to impress me

Nicky Melville
Community Member
8 months ago

So incredibly lucky to have survived all that, but maybe not so lucky to be so driven and a total workaholic (If he had to work because he was so poor he had to work to survive, please ignore that tasteless remark!)

Carrot Stick
Community Member
8 months ago

Woah

Sue Clasen
Community Member
8 months ago

Another example that we all come to this earth with a caducity date. So said this, do I have to wear a mask? If I suffer agoraphobia?

PKMN Trainer Link
Community Member
8 months ago

I love Japan

Clib
Community Member
8 months ago

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Sorry. I don't buy it. There is no way the trains were running the morning after an atomic blast.

A Méndez
Community Member
8 months ago

https://www.amazon.com/Last-Train-Hiroshima-Survivors-Look/dp/1400165636

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#16

Neighbor Brings Owner Identical Cat

Neighbor Brings Owner Identical Cat

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Marette
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8 months 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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8 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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8 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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로희
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8 months 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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8 months 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
Community Member
8 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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8 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
Community Member
8 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
Community Member
8 months 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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8 months 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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8 months 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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8 months 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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8 months 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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8 months 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
Community Member
8 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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Paul K. Johnson
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8 months 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
Community Member
8 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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Mark Howell
Community Member
8 months 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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8 months 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
Community Member
8 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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Pan Narrans
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8 months 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
Community Member
8 months 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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8 months 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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8 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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8 months ago

Lollll

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