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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#5

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

Ning Ding
Community Member
2 months ago

VERY lucky too, but yas EXTREMLY brave guy

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Jerome Wallington
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2 months ago

That's my mate Matt Croucher, went to school with him, his dad was my science teacher and we went to France on holiday with him and his sister Clair. How weird I just came across this on a post about coincidences

Bored Birgit
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2 months ago

This is a coincidence as well.

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wandile dludlu
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2 months ago

That's really clever... it makes sense though to go back first

Gareth Graham
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2 months ago

He also refused treatment until others were treated and waited until the area was clear as he knew the explosion would attract enemy fire. He was awarded the George Cross

Yup
Community Member
2 months ago

That was Matt croucher, he received the George cross for that amazing and brave action

DaVo
Community Member
2 months ago

Comrage: best friends, but angryyyy!

Elwood Schwartz
Community Member
2 months ago

It's good to have comrages

Emily Phillips
Community Member
2 months ago

His guardian angel got their wings that day

PKMN Trainer Link
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2 months ago

Clarence

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panda_legerdemain
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2 months ago

He truly deserves to live

steven mayes
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2 months ago

I hope he got a medal.

earringnut
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2 months ago

I hope he got more than a medal.

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lara
Community Member
2 months ago

Bless him.

Marc
Community Member
2 months ago

I knew in English German words are rather common (Kindergarten, etc.) but I didn't really know that the word Rucksack was used, although I lived in the UK and the US. Rucksack - Ruck coming from Rücken = human back and sack = bag / pack

Chewie Baron
Community Member
2 months ago

It's either been called a rucksack or a backpack.

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Katie Lutesinger
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2 months ago

But, were they able to save the backpack?! What a brave guy. <3

Paul Ellis
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2 months ago

What are "comrages"? Panda needs to proof-read what he posts

Samantha Power
Community Member
2 months ago

His bravery was rewarded, incredible

Mshauri Mazuri
Community Member
2 months ago

I need his rucksack.

Elizabeth Calvert
Community Member
2 months ago

He walked away with a concussion not just a nosebleed and a headache. His full bravery needs to be noted

Stan Brooks
Community Member
2 months ago

This is the definition of true courage and bravery.

Maya Jones
Community Member
2 months ago

Moral of the story, always wear a backpack.

23AClark
Community Member
2 months ago

Brave and lucky

Draga Millani
Community Member
2 months ago

That's a Captain America move right there. Props to this brave brave guy!

Christine Peverley
Community Member
2 months ago

Here is a true hero.

Treessimontrees
Community Member
2 months ago

Comrages - great new word

Anne
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow.. Mine wasn't so lucky :(

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm sorry for your loss.

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Lisa Chambers
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2 months ago

What won't you do for your brothers? I am surprised he did not lose any hearing!

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
2 months ago

I gotta ask. . . why fling yourself to your back?

Sue Clifford
Community Member
2 months ago

Thank you for your bravery you all the lives you saved.

serge
Community Member
2 months ago

Now there's a hero for you

May
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't understand how you throw yourself on something backwards - I mean, how do you aim?

Catlady6000
Community Member
2 months ago

Go up to it turn around and fall back

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Vicki Perizzolo
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2 months ago

wow!

starhunter64
Community Member
1 month ago

TANK!!!! this man is the level 999+ party tank of the British!!!!!!! props to him

Judy Rofe
Community Member
2 months ago

Pure selflessness you won't find anywhere but the armed forces.

Jean Thompson
Community Member
2 months ago

He deserves a medal for such potential self-sacrifice.

Sandy Feuerbacher
Community Member
2 months ago

The word is COMRADES - not "COMRAGES" - proof-reading helps tremendously!!!

Lionelle Grosdemanche-dien
Community Member
2 months ago

Hero, I would say

Georgia Namdets
Community Member
2 months ago

A true hero.

Karen Van Scoyk
Community Member
2 months ago

He deserved to be saved !

backatya
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow I'm glad he survived. Brave man

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
2 months ago

Way to go Brother! God Bless.

jevais
Community Member
2 months ago

A true hero.

Azli Maizar
Community Member
2 months ago

Chuck Norris did the same thing, the grenade got a nosebleed and a headache instead.

Carole Strawn
Community Member
2 months ago

A true hero.

Anna Salerno
Community Member
2 months ago

God bless and continue to keep you!

Bored Broad
Community Member
2 months ago

Glad you’re still with us Brave Warrior

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
2 months ago

Rewarded

kerry king
Community Member
2 months ago

Not all heros have wings😇

Alex Hamilton
Community Member
2 months ago

Courage has presented its own reward.

Danny Bai
Community Member
2 months ago

Now I have a headache!!!

LotusWolff
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow

JOOSSED4T
Community Member
2 months ago

I wonder what went through his mind?

P John Underwood
Community Member
2 months ago

Surely he should have been awarded the Victoria Cross?

Stephanie Keith
Community Member
2 months ago

And a massive concussion.

Pangolin Pal
Community Member
2 months ago

What a brave and noble young man! Easy on the eyes, too. . .

Caroline Driver
Community Member
2 months ago

This should now become common practise for soldiers in a throw yourself on a grenade situation - do it back first with your pack on

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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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2 months ago

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Kathy Bates

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#14

The Laura Buxton Coincidence

The Laura Buxton Coincidence

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Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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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Mark Howell
Community Member
2 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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Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
Community Member
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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