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

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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
Community Member
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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Glorias Natas
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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
2 months ago

Somebody better call the Ghostbusters.

Mike Crow
Community Member
2 months ago

Thanks, now I have their theme song in my head lol

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One Trick Porpoise
Community Member
2 months ago

WTF did Harry Dresden got himself into now?

Shelby Jackson
Community Member
2 months ago

The buildings were in fire and it wasn't my fault! Love Dresden!!!

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Christine
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm a bit dubious. This is a long exposure so they could have hit at different times. Likely the same night though.

Marek Yanchurak
Community Member
2 months ago

Look at the train. It's light is not a streak.

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Aunt Messy
Community Member
2 months ago

Charging the city's battery.

PKMN Trainer Link
Community Member
2 months ago

Haha

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Sarah Luna
Community Member
2 months ago

Ahhh...Chicago. I miss my old life. But this image is not altered. Once (before 9/11) we thought we were under attack. Another time one of our neighbors started running down the street with no shoes on shooting a gun because he thought someone was shooting at him. Nobody was. It was the crazy downtown simultaneous lightning strike that we were all yelling about. He was the nicest unhinged neighbor we've ever had.

Henry Cheves
Community Member
2 months ago

Thor, Zeus and Horus competing. (storm gods)

Catherine Brady
Community Member
2 months ago

I wonder when this happened?

Sam Cook
Community Member
2 months ago

Shocking.

Starlee87
Community Member
2 months ago

Tells you not to build super tall buildings.....

Abhainn
Community Member
2 months ago

Chicago Plugged In

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
2 months ago

Zeus: And, if you want to see the highlights of the skyline...

n i k o
Community Member
2 months ago

Aside from the incredible event itself, this is certainly a stunning photo!

DanieLegz
Community Member
2 months ago

Plot twist: this is how the Hocus Pocus remake starts

Id row
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, the buildings all have lightning rods on them.

The Harry Potter person
Community Member
2 months ago

I think the coincidence is that someone got a picture!

Phoenix
Community Member
2 months ago

Who do you call? Ghostbusters!!! *cue theme song*

23AClark
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks frighteningly awesome.

Maanya Chandra
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh I heard about this! I was w/ my family and then a storm came. We ran inside a building. The next day, we heard about this. It was very weird.

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
2 months ago

The middle one is going "I'll have a piece of that one, too!"

Blackheart
Community Member
2 months ago

2020 ladies and gentlemen

Suki-Chan
Community Member
1 month ago

But when? And how come i didn't see this

youshouldseemeinacrown
Community Member
1 month ago

What's the chance that someone actually got a picture of that???

okpkpkp
Community Member
1 month ago

We never get lightning like this here. Thankfully.

Andrea Hall
Community Member
2 months ago

And that the moment could be captured so perfectly is also amazing

Janine Hunt-Jackson
Community Member
2 months ago

And so begins the apocolypse!

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
2 months ago

D20 - Godstrike!

Teresa Groth
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow!

T Dillon
Community Member
2 months ago

TIME LAPSE

אריאל רז
Community Member
2 months ago

Not simultaneously, just long eniugh exposure

Emtiaz Huq Rocky
Community Member
2 months ago

Thor was very angry that day

Sue Clasen
Community Member
2 months ago

It happened "because" they are the three tallest buildings

Marilyn Slater
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow!

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh crap ... here comes the stay puffed marshmallow man

Alex Hamilton
Community Member
2 months ago

The Lord's lumiere

Claire Harper
Community Member
2 months ago

Holy s**t

Hans Van Der Veen
Community Member
2 months ago

Very good Photoshop!

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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
2 months ago

Lollll

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