Does everything happen for a reason according to destiny or is everything that happens to us just a random occurrence?
Regardless of which camp you fall into, you have to admit sometimes things that happen to us as human beings just shouldn't. Looking to hear some of the stories of impossible situations occurring against the odds, Redditor mykb10 asked, “What "one-in-a-million" thing happened to you?” of the r/askreddit board. Over a thousand comments later, only one thing is certain, life sure is strange.
KitCat161 was at a Chinese restaurant when at the end of her meal she felt ripped off because her fortune cookie was missing the most important part, the fortune. She asked the waitress for another and the new cookie had two fortunes. No harm no foul.
Right a wrong:
Speaking of no harm no foul, FlipYourBiscuit's example is on a much larger scale:
"Way back in college, my car got stolen. It was a crappy bright green Ford Pinto (yeah, that far back) but it was mine, and I needed it for classes and getting to work.
"Later that day a friend gives me a ride to the police station to make a report. We stop at a light, and my Pinto pulls up right next to us! I look at her, she looks at me, when the light changes we follow the car.
"The car goes about three blocks and pulls into a liquor store. Guy gets out, leaves the car running for the a/c. She pulls up, I get out, open the Pinto's door and drive my stolen car home.
"Never even made the police report."
On a genetic level:
Sometimes the one in a million occurrences happen before you're even born. Alldemboats explains that they hit the "recessive gene lottery". Though both of their parents have dark brown eyes and dark brown hair, they have light blue eyes and blonde/reddish hair and freckles.
"I also got some other genetic features that require two recessive genes to pair up," they write.
"On top of that, I inherited a neurological disorder that results in slight deformities to the toes. Also yes, I know my parents are genetically my parents. None of these are rare on their own, but to see them all in one person is pretty uncommon."
Nice to see you again:
When it comes to coincidence, the world is an extremely small place as dafreshprints explains:
"I grew up in Luxembourg, Europe. When I was seven years old, I had a neighbor named Will. He and I were best friends until one day his family moved. He told me he was moving to the U.S., but I was too young to understand what that really meant and we ended up losing touch pretty fast.
"Roughly 9—10 years later, I'm 17 and I go to a theatre camp in the states. There are 20 students for a five-week intensive theatre program. There were only four other guys in the program and one of them was named Brandon. We started casually talking/hanging out until I added him on Facebook and realized we had one mutual friend, my old neighbor, Will. I thought this was crazy and when I asked him about it, he said: 'Dude, Will's my neighbor.'
"So somehow, when I was seven years old, my neighbor Will moved to the states, became this kid Brandon's neighbor, and 10 years down the road, I happen to meet Brandon independently of Will. This was without a doubt the smallest world moment I've ever experienced. The likelihood of me running into Brandon and having that mutual connection just felt like one-in-a-million. I mean how many different houses/cities/neighbors/streets are there in the U.S. The likelihood of Will moving next door to Brandon, and Brandon and I meeting 10 years down the line seems very very very very slim. I'm 23 now and Brandon and I are best friends."
Luck be a lady:
If you're going to have one in a million luck, the best place to have it is in a casino.
The first time 2_A_G ever gambled was in a casino in Niagra Falls. Down to their last quarter after spending some time losing at the penny slots, they decided to go for broke and put the 25 cents in a rubber ducky themed quarter slot.
$400 jackpot! "The ducks were all quacking and the lights were bing-ing and making a ruckus—it was quite overstimulating," they explain.
Amazing, but the luck was far from over because the next day before leaving, they put another quarter in the same machine and won another $400 jackpot.
"I haven't gambled since because I feel like I've used up all the gambling luck' I've been allotted in this life," they smartly write.
Out of office:
But perhaps the most amazing, lucky, what-are the-odds post in the thread comes from Offthepoint, who worked at the World Trade Center during the 1993 bombing and during the 9/11 attacks but was out of the building on both days.
Though she says she was "always there", on those particular days she happened to be out.
"'93 bombing I switched with someone else to do some field work," she explains. "That guy never forgave me! 2nd time, I called in 'sick'." She adds that her friends have a running joke about wanting to know her vacation schedule.
Yeah, I think we'd all like to know that schedule as well.
What are the odds?!