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These Very Unlikely Events Will Make You Stop Believing In Probability

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Oct. 9 2018, Updated 10:38 p.m. ET

When I was working as a math teacher, there was one afternoon where I was working with a student on probability. I asked him what I thought was a simple question. If I roll a six-sided dice, what are the odds it will land on five? His answer was five. I tried explaining to him that only one side of the six sides says five, so the answer is one of six. We spent a solid half-hour debating whether or not the chances were one out of six or five out of six.

We discussed it for so long, I no longer know if I was right. What is important is that sometimes I see things that seem so unlikely, so improbable that I can't believe what I am seeing. I would assume that someone dropping a ball off of a bridge into a basketball hoop has a one in a billion chance of happening, but it has happened, so can it really be that uncommon? I don't even know how dice work any more!

Please send help.

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These two strangers sitting next to each other on a plane.

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Bread is an excellent frisbee.

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You better buy a lotto ticket with those numbers!

Who's going to get that ball now?

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How can someone be so good at two different sports?

Did you see that? Oh, right.

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He meant to do that, right?

He's really good at hacky sack.

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Way to go, Facebook algorithm.

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Nice catch.

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She didn't stick the landing, though.

Teamwork!

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Lucky!

That face is correct.

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What a twist!

C'mon! Get on, D!

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The wind says you're welcome...

I gasped.

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Oh, sure. Like you weren't trying to do that.

This could have ended really badly.

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Now you are just showing off.

Not what you were going for. Still impressive.

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I'm sure you're nice people, but also I hate you.

Huh.

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She makes it look so simple.

My house. My rules. That counts.

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World's greatest golfer?

How did you have so much time to practice this?

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Still counts!

How was this not planned?

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Ha! I get it.

If you see it with your own eyes, I guess you have to believe it, right?

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