What Are The Odds?

July 20, 2017
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Hardly a day goes by when we do not consider the likelihood, or chance, of an event happening. Here are some calculated real odds in a variety of categories. Some may surprise you, some will tickle your funny bone, and others may make you scratch your head. Some may make you say “I’ve beaten those odds!”

• Of being arachnophobic (afraid of spiders): 1 in 4
• Of being ariophobic (afraid of flying): 1 in 5
• Of being cynophobic (afraid of dogs): 1 in 9
• Of being iatrophobic (afraid of doctors): 1 in 11
• Of being mysophobic (afraid of germs): 1 in 4

Natural Disasters
• Of a tsunami impacting the West Coast of North America: 1 in 2
• That if a tornado develops, it occurs in the United States: 3 in 4
• Of an asteroid hitting Earth: 1 in 100,000,000

• Of being left-handed: 1 in 10
• Of being born an identical twin: 1 in 285

• Of contracting food poisoning: 1 in 6
• Of hospitalization for an injury incurred on an amusement park ride: 1 in 7,000,000
• Of injury while handling fireworks: 3 in 100,000

Personal Habits/Behaviors
• Of an adult biting his or her fingernails: 1 in 6
• Of being a compulsive shopper: 1 in 16
• Of having a tattoo: 1 in 5

• Of becoming a professional athlete: 1 in 22,000
• Of bowling a perfect 300 game: 1 in 11,500
• Of winning an Olympic gold medal: 1 in 660,000

Want to read more “What Are the Odds?” calculations? Find them in The 2015 Old Farmer’s Almanac!

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