Penn Gillett once said “luck is statistics taken personally.”
It’s a clever little insight, perhaps only bogged down by the fact that statistics are really hard to grasp intuitively. Take the lottery, for example. If I go buy a lotto ticket right now in my home state, the odds of me hitting the jackpot are roughly 1 in 20 million. Same goes for anyone else who buys a ticket.
So it’s more or less guaranteed that I won’t win. It’s similarly guaranteed that you won’t win. That any given player won’t win. And yet – what are the odds that someone will win? 1 in 1. It’s a total certainty.
“Nobody can win, but someone has to” is the kind of conundrum you find yourself stewing over when you start trying to calculate unlikely things. Which is maybe what haunted the minds of these people on Reddit who came across their very rare finds.
10. These sewing bunnies
Maybe it’s in the genes? Or…jeans?
I inherited my grandmas sewing supplies and as I was putting them away realized I bought the exact same buttons that she did over 35 years ago for me. from mildlyinteresting
9. Long lost twins
I really need a third guy here who’s either the biggest or the smallest, just to complete the set.
My friend met a stranger at a wedding that looked just like him and was wearing the same thing. from mildlyinteresting
WHAT COULD IT MEAN?!
I saved $2.11 on 2.11lbs of salmon that was packaged at 2:11 from mildlyinteresting
7. These chips are fire
No, seriously, somebody get some help.
The chip bowl acted as a parabolic mirror and set a chip on fire. from mildlyinteresting
6. This elegant creation
Crazy how nature do dat.
The melting snow on this chair looks like a tree. from mildlyinteresting
5. This unpicky pick
Anything to save a buck, I guess.
The people who made my guitar pick couldn’t be bothered to buy the stock photo from mildlyinteresting
4. This empty plane
I’d be simultaneously thrilled and kinda scared.
But more importantly, WHY AREN’T YOU USING THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE?
I got a whole plane to myself when I was accidentally booked on a flight just meant for moving crew. from mildlyinteresting
3. Rainbow road
Look out for rogue turtle shells.
The sun hit this freshly-paved tarmac just right and made a real-life Rainbow Road through polarized lenses. from mildlyinteresting
2. The drone
My mom and uncle found a USAF target drone on the beach from mildlyinteresting
1. Once you pop…
The fun don’t…start?
A balloon I accidentally shut in my car door didn’t pop. from mildlyinteresting
Truly one in a million.
What’s a rare thing that you’ve experienced?
Tell us in the comments.