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ODDS FACTS

The Odds
Ever wondered?
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Odds of bowling a 300 game: 11,500 to 1

Odds of getting a hole in one: 5,000 to 1

Odds of getting canonized: 20,000,000 to 1

Odds of being an astronaut: 13,200,000 to 1

Odds of Winning an Olympic medal: 662,000 to 1

Odds of an American speaking Cherokee: 15000 to 1

Odds that a person between the age of 18 and 29 does NOT read a newspaper regularly: 3 to 1

Odds that an American adult does not want to live to age 120 under any circumstances: 3 to 2

Odds of injury from fireworks: 19,556 to 1

Odds of injury from shaving: 6,585 to 1

Odds of injury from using a chain saw: 4,464 to 1

Odds of injury from mowing the lawn: 3,623 to 1

Odds of fatally slipping in bath or shower: 2,232 to 1

Odds of drowning in a bathtub: 685,000 to 1

Odds of being killed on a 5-mile bus trip: 500,000,000 to 1

Odds of being killed sometime in the next year in any sort of transportation accident: 77 to 1

Odds of being killed in any sort of non-transportation accident: 69 to 1

Odds of being struck by lightning: 576,000 to 1

Odds of being killed by lightning: 2,320,000 to 1

Odds of being murdered: 18,000 to 1

Odds of getting away with murder: 2 to 1

Odds of being the victim of serious crime in your lifetime: 20 to 1

Odds of dating a supermodel: 88,000 to 1

Odds of being considered possessed by Satan: 7,000 to 1

Odds that a first marriage will survive without separation or divorce for 15 years: 1.3 to 1

Odds that a celebrity marriage will last a lifetime: 3 to 1

Odds of getting hemorrhoids: 25 to 1

Odds of being born a twin in North America: 90 to 1

Odds of being on plane with a drunken pilot: 117 to 1

Odds of being audited by the IRS: 175 to 1

Odds of having your identity stolen: 200 to 1

Odds of dating a millionaire: 215 to 1

Odds of dating a supermodel: 88,000 to 1

Odds of writing a New York Times best seller: 220 to 1

Odds of finding out your child is a genius: 250 to 1

Odds of catching a ball at a major league ballgame: 563 to 1

Odds of becoming a pro athlete: 22,000 to 1

Odds of finding a four-leaf clover on first try: 10,000 to 1

Odds of a person in the military winning the Medal of Honor: 11,000 to 1

Odds of winning an Academy Award: 11,500 to 1

Odds of striking it rich on Antiques Roadshow: 60,000 to 1

Odds of getting a royal flush in poker on first five cards dealt: 649,740 to 1

Odds of spotting a UFO today: 3,000,000 to 1

Odds of becoming president: 10,000,000 to 1

Odds of winning the California lottery: 13,000,000 to 1

Odds of becoming a saint: 20,000,000 to 1

Odds of a meteor landing on your house: 182,138,880,000,000 to 1

Chance of an American home having at least one container of ice cream in the freezer: 9 in 10.

Chance of dying from any kind of injury during the next year: 1 in 1,820

Chance of dying from intentional self-harm: 1 in 9,380

Chance of dying from an assault: 1 in 16,421

Chance of dying from a car accident: 1 in 18,585

Chance of dying from any kind of fall: 1 in 20,666

Chance of dying from accidental drowning: 1 in 79,065

Chance of dying from exposure to smoke, fire, and flames: 1 in 81,524

Chance of dying in an explosion: 1 in 107,787

Chance that Earth will experience a catastrophic collision with an asteroid in the next 100 years: 1 in 5,000

Chance of dying in such a collision: 1 in 20,000

Chance of dying from exposure to forces of nature (heat, cold, lightning, earthquake, flood): 1 in 225,107

Chance of dying in an airplane accident: 1 in 354,319

Chance of dying from choking on food: 1 in 370,035

Chance of dying in a terrorist attack while visiting a foreign country: 1 in 650,000

Chance of dying in a fireworks accident: 1 in 1,000,000

Chance of dying from overexertion, travel or privation: 1 in 1,428,377

Chance of dying from food poisoning: 1 in 3,000,000

Chance of dying from legal execution: 1 in 3,441,325

Chance of dying from contact with hot tap water: 1 in 5,005,564

Chance of dying from parts falling off an airplane: 1 in 10,000,000

Chance of dying from ignition or melting of nightwear: 1 in 30,589,556

Chance of dying from being bitten by a dog: 1 in 700,000

Chance of dying from contact with a venomous animal or plant: 1 in 3,441,325

Chance of dying from being bitten or struck by mammals (other than dogs or humans): 1 in 4,235,477

Chance of dying from a mountain lion attack in California: 1 in 32,000,000

Chance of dying from a shark attack: 1 in 300,000,000

Chance of having a stroke: 1 in 6

Chance of dying from heart disease: 1 in 3

Chance of getting arthritis: 1 in 7

Chance of suffering from asthma or allergy diseases: 1 in 6

Chance of getting the flu this year: 1 in 10

Chance of developing schizophrenia: 1 in 00

Chance of contracting the human version of mad cow disease: 1 in 40,000,000

Chance of dying from SARS in the United States: 1 in 100,000,000

Chance of American man developing cancer in his lifetime: 1 in 2

Chance of an American woman developing cancer in her lifetime: 1 in 3

Chance of getting prostate cancer: 1 in 6

Chance of getting breast cancer: 1 in 9

Chance of getting colon / rectal cancer: 1 in 26

Chance of beating pancreatic or liver cancer: 1 in 9

Chance of beating thyroid or testicular cancer: 9 in 10

THE FOLLOWING FACTS assume the reader is an American

The odds are 1 out of 25 (4%) that you (as an American adult) have never had sex. - Time Magazine, 8/13/07

The odds are 1 out of 83 (1.2%) that you are dependent on drugs to get you through the day. - Time Magazine, 7/16/07

The odds are 1 out of 5 (20%) that you have tried cocaine at some point in your life (if you are between 20 and 49 years old). - San Diego Union, 7/10/07

The odds are 8 out of 10 (80%) that you are dependent on coffee or soda for that caffeine every day. - Time Magazine, 7/16/07

The odds are 1 out of 13 (7.7%) that you are dependent on alcohol to get you through the day. - Time Magazine, 7/16/07

The odds are 1 out of 428 (.233%) that you were arrested for marijuana-related offenses in 2006. - The Week Magazine, 7/20/07

The odds are 1 out of 4 (25%) that you work at a job where you never get a paid day off. - Time Magazine, 7/2/07

The odds are 1 out of 7 (15%) that you have a tattoo. - The Week Magazine, 7/13/07

The odds are 1 out of 5 (17%) that you regret getting your tattoo if you have one. - The Week Magazine, 7/13/07

The odds are 1 out of 38 (2.6%) that you were a victim of a violent crime in 2006 if you live in Flint, Michigan. - Time Magazine, 6/18/07

The odds are 1 out of 1,428 (.07%) that you were a victim of a violent crime in 2006 if you live in Irvine, California. - Time Magazine, 6/18/07

The odds are 1 out of 8 (11.63%) that you live in an area threatened by an Atlantic hurricane. - San Diego Union, 6/11/07

The odds are 3 out of 10 (30%) that you plan to take sick days this summer to go to the beach or go shopping. - The Week Magazine, 6/15/07

The odds are 1 out of 10,000 (.001%) that you will get injured by a toilet this year. - San Diego Union, 5/29/07

The odds are 3 out of 4 (75%) that you forbid smoking in your home. - Winston-Salem Journal, 5/25/07

The odds are 1 out of 170,000 (.000587%) that you will be killed in an auto accident caused by a laptop computer related distraction. - San Diego Union, 6/12/07

The odds are 1 out of 6,000 (.0016%) that you are a practicing nudist (and you are a member of the American Association for Nude Recreation). - The Week Magazine, 5/25/07

The odds are 1 out of 17,857 (.0056%) that you will be murdered this year. If you're a resident of Nevada, the odds are 1 out of 11,682 (.00856%). - Time Magazine, 4/9/07

The odds are 1 out of 14 (7.3%) that you contributed the $3 on your 2006 tax return to help finance presidential campaigns. - The Week Magazine, 5/4/07

The odds are 1 out of 3,000 (.03333%) that you will die having an adverse reaction to a prescription drug. - San Diego Union, 5/15/07

The odds are 1 out of 7,143 (.014%) that you have a brain tumor. - North County Times, 4/8/07

The odds are 1 out of 7.69 (13%) that you have never heard of global warming. - Discover Magazine, 4/07

The odds are 19 out of 20 (95%) that you procrastinate occasionally. - News.com, 1/11/07

The odds are 1 out of 16,917 (.005911%) that you will be murdered this year. - Time Magazine, 12/4/06

The odds are 1 out of 33,333 (.003%) that you will die from a food-borne illness this year. - San Diego Union, 2/6/07

The odds are 1 out of 6,703 (.014919%) that you will die in a motor-vehicle accident this year. - Time Magazine, 12/4/06

The odds are almost 2 out of 3 (63%) that you're rather be poor and thin than rich and fat (if you're an American woman). - The Week Magazine, 12/29/06

The odds are 1 out of 900,900 (.000111%) that you will drown in the bathtub this year. - Time Magazine, 12/4/06

The odds are 1 out of 414 (.2413%) that you rely on eBay for your primary or secondary source of income. - USPS.com, 7/21/05

The odds are 1 out of 438(.2284%) that you will die from heart disease this year. - Time Magazine, 12/4/06

The odds are 37 out of 100 (37%) that a baby born in 2005 was born to an unwed mother. - The Week Magazine, 12/15/06

The odds are 1 out of 1,020 (.098%) that a North Dakotan will be a victim of violent crime. - Time Magazine, 12/18/06

The odds are 1 out of 1,360 (.0735%) that a resident of New Orleans will be murdered this year. - The Week Magazine, 12/15/06

The odds are 1 out of 131 (.761%) that a South Carolinan will be a victim of violent crime. - Time Magazine, 12/18/06

The odds are 1 out of 8 (12.5%) that you are addicted to the Internet, risking jobs and relationships to spend more time online. - Popular Science, 1/07

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