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Crazy Odds That Will Surprise You

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As the world grows increasingly strange, it seems like anything can happen. But what are the odds that out of the ordinary stuff will actually happen? This list looks at the weird statistics that silently govern our lives as we try to beat the odds to become millionaires and date supermodels. Some of the crazy odds that you’ll soon read are probably going to give you the heebie jeebies, especially if you’re worried about drunk airplane pilots or being possessed. But if you just relax and go with the flow, you’ll be able to contextualize these outlandish odds into what they really are: a series of misfortunes that are definitely going to happen to you.

Look, odds and percentages are weird and confusing. For instance, if the odds of accidentally setting your house on fire was 1 in 17, does that mean that every 17th person you know is going to accidentally set their house on fire? Probably not, but just to be safe you should probably buy an extra fire extinguisher to keep around the house. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t let these strange statistics impact your life beyond having a few chuckles (you can’t go around breathalyzing every 117th pilot that you meet, after all), but you can use these odds you won't believe to sound super smart and impress your friends.
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    The Odds That a Missing Child Will Come Home

    Good news: 99.98% of missing children return home
  • 2
    953
    348

    The Odds of Existing

  • 3
    676
    356

    The Odds of Becoming Disabled

    1 in 4 people under the age of 20 will be disabled before they retire
  • 4
    619
    323

    The Odds That a Left Handed Person Will Die Using a Right Handed Appliance

  • 5
    550
    338

    The Odds a Man Aged 25-44 Has Never Had Sex

  • 6
    605
    390

    The Odds That Your Pilot Is Drunk

  • 7
    562
    374

    The Odds That You'll Die on Your Birthday

    7% higher than on any other day.
  • 8
    558
    387

    The Odds of Getting Away with Murder

    1 in 2 (Maybe)
  • 9
    343
    225

    The Odds of Injuring Yourself with a Chainsaw

  • 10
    394
    273

    The Odds of Finding a Pearl in an Oyster

  • 11
    318
    260

    The Odds of Being Born with Extra Fingers or Toes

  • 12
    299
    251

    The Odds an Adult Will Visit the ER Due to a Pogo Stick Injury

  • 13
    340
    291

    The Odds That the President of the United States Attended Harvard

  • 14
    309
    287

    The Odds of Being on The Price Is Right

    Approximately 1 in 36
  • 15
    253
    251

    The Odds Someone Will Think You're Possessed

  • 16
    210
    224

    The Odds That You'll Serve on a Jury in a Year

    1 in 50 people, or 0.02% of the adult population
  • 17
    258
    291

    The Odds That You'll Be Attacked by a Shark

  • 18
    252
    310

    The Odds of Writing a New York Times Bestseller

  • 19
    216
    272

    The Odds of Shuffling a Deck of Cards Into Perfect Numerical Order

  • 20
    195
    253

    The Odds That Your Baby Will Be Born with Teeth

  • 21
    157
    272

    The Odds of Becoming a Saint

  • 22
    158
    280

    The Odds That You'll Date a Supermodel