Saturday, 19th June 2021

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Fat Chance!!

Fat Chance!!

They say that Lady Luck is blindfolded, but is she also brainless?

How could she run into the same obstacle as many as 80 times in a short span of time?

• You have about a 1 in 2,000,000 chance of being struck by lightning.
• A pregnant woman has a 1 in 705,000 chance of giving birth to quadruplets.
• Someone eating an oyster has a 1 in 12,000 chance of finding a pearl inside of it.

Get a piece of string 95 feet long. Arrange the string in a circle in a wide open area, end to end, the best you can. Get a single grain of sand (use tweezers!) and place it anywhere you wish inside the circle. Get a second grain of sand. Close your eyes, and have someone spin you around to disorient you and, while inside the circle, drop the second grain of sand from 1 foot up. Your chance of hitting the first grain of sand with the second is roughly equal to the odds of winning the lottery, which they say is "1 in 85,900,584."


What are anyone’s chances of winning the lottery 80 times in the course of, say, 35 years? Not only that, but it would also seem that Lady Luck keeps tripping over every member of Mr Juan Antonio Roca’s family, who, according to the Spanish press, from being on the dole in 1992 now accounts for a fortune amounting to an estimated 2,400 million euros between bank accounts, fincas, horses, paintings and fighting bulls.

Someone please do everybody a favour and remove Lady Luck’s eye bandage, for just a second, so that she may regain her balance and give everyone else a chance!

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