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15 Unlikely Happenings - What Are The Odds? [Pic]

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5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 25676 Posts
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 1:48:19 PM
@jamilworm: True, the 4-leaf clover is on a 'per clover basis'. I've found several over the decades

True, Antiques Roadshow just estimates the value, but finding out your big ugly painting is worth $400K = rich!
It really depends on what they consider "get rich" eh? 5K? 50K?? 100K???

jamilworm
Male, 18-29, Western US
 54 Posts
Monday, May 27, 2013 9:08:38 PM
Yeah this is kinda dumb because the event parameters aren't clear. Obviously the lotto one is only IF you buy a ticket, so an average person's odds of winning are much less. For the clover - is it the odds of finding one in your lifetime, or the odds that if you pick one it will be four leafed?

Also correct me if I'm wrong but odds of getting rich at Antique Roadshow = 0. They don't actually buy your antiques from you they just tell you what they are worth.

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 25676 Posts
Monday, May 27, 2013 8:28:30 PM
@Incubus_Inc: No. An 'asteroid' is any rock in outer space. Any rock that hits the Earth's atmosphere is a 'meteor' and if it hits the ground it's a 'meteorite'.

Note: Comets are completely different.

They forgot:Yarborough Which is a term from the card game Bridge. 1,827:1

Runemang
Male, 30-39, Midwest US
 2608 Posts
Monday, May 27, 2013 5:25:46 PM
What comes after vigintillion or do we just say 80,658 vigintillion?

(haha, spellchecker doesn't even know that word).

incubus_inc
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 961 Posts
Monday, May 27, 2013 9:19:33 AM
Corydoras - I would think that asteroid implies that the object strikes at near full size, otherwise wouldn't it be meteoroid?

incubus_inc
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 961 Posts
Monday, May 27, 2013 9:09:13 AM
Agreed basil... Since I've known hundreds of people to have found four leaf clovers, based on the odds... we should have been annihilated by an asteroid by now...

basilbrush
Male, 30-39, Europe
 6 Posts
Monday, May 27, 2013 4:02:46 AM
"Odds of asteroid hitting earth =1/5000" is also completely meaningless. You can't say what the odds are without specifying some kind of time parameter.

paperduck
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 1706 Posts
Sunday, May 26, 2013 6:43:23 PM
What are the odds that the person who made this doesn't understand probability? Just about everything here sounds like it is calculated very poorly.

@Turdburglar: Par 2? Was it miniature golf?



turdburglar
Male, 30-39, Western US
 3665 Posts
Sunday, May 26, 2013 6:07:06 PM

I've found many 4 leaf clovers. I have also hit a hole in 1. It was on a par 2, so I don't know if that counts. I haven't played in many years, and was never really big into golf.

Thonious
Male, 40-49, Western US
 951 Posts
Sunday, May 26, 2013 3:15:47 PM
Odds of reading bogus statistics on-line, 1:1.

drawman61
Male, 50-59, Europe
 6020 Posts
Sunday, May 26, 2013 2:18:55 PM
kitteh, what are the odds of you and me going on a date?

Andrew155
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 2564 Posts
Sunday, May 26, 2013 1:53:28 PM
For the president one, it seems like they're calculating nearly all the presidents that have ever been with today's population. It just seems dumb.

Corydoras87
Male, 18-29, Europe
 638 Posts
Sunday, May 26, 2013 12:47:52 PM
Javien,

where does it say destroyed?

Earth is hit every day by hundreds of small objects, which all evaporate in the atmosphere.. only sometimes, maybe 1 in 5000, earth is actually hit, though whats left after the atmosphere is in 90% of cases not bigger than a thumb nail

carmium
Female, 50-59, Canada
 6406 Posts
Sunday, May 26, 2013 12:29:41 PM
Nomud: People just parrot this stuff and don't tend to look at the numbers. It even happens on the news. Calcula-phobia or something.

Javien
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 273 Posts
Sunday, May 26, 2013 12:01:29 PM
How are the odds of the earth being destroyed 1 in 5000, if that was the case, it would be destroyed.

Nomud
Male, 18-29, Western US
 102 Posts
Sunday, May 26, 2013 11:48:08 AM
Who made this stuff up? How's the odds of becoming president higher than becoming an astronaut? There's 1 president every 4 OR 8 years. There are quite a few more people becoming astronauts in that same period of time.

How are there odds of spotting a UFO?

This is retarded.

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33910 Posts
Sunday, May 26, 2013 11:43:06 AM

I calculate 1 in 30,000,000 of becoming president.

BlankTom
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 6560 Posts
Sunday, May 26, 2013 11:34:38 AM
@Essersmith - unless your name is Obama, I don't think you won. But don't worry there's another drawing in a little over 3 years.

HOBYandy
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 3067 Posts
Sunday, May 26, 2013 11:34:13 AM
Also, I'm calling bologna on many of these. Citing where you got your information from is useless if you didn't use reliable sources.

HOBYandy
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 3067 Posts
Sunday, May 26, 2013 11:31:43 AM
1 in 10,000,000 chance of becoming a president. Unless you weren't born in the states.

LegerDemain
Male, 18-29, Europe
 125 Posts
Sunday, May 26, 2013 11:19:46 AM
The odds of becoming an astronaut decreases drastically if you're a moron. This type of statistics is useless. Also, "Odds of earth being hit by an asteroid" is 1 in 5000? Surely, the odds of that is 1 in 1, since it has happened and will happen again.

Essersmith
Male, 18-29, Europe
 273 Posts
Sunday, May 26, 2013 11:14:41 AM
Sweet, 1 in 10.000.000 chance of becoming a US president. How does this work? Where do I see if I won?

kitteh9lives
Female, 70 & Over, Eastern US
 1443 Posts
Sunday, May 26, 2013 10:38:55 AM
Link: 15 Unlikely Happenings - What Are The Odds? [Pic] [Rate Link] - You never know when a once-in-a-lifetime moment is going to happen. Keep buying Lotto, you never know!


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