You may have heard about a freak accident in Florida this week...the odds of which are probably incalculable.
A 57 year old woman was soaking up the sun on the bow of a boat cruising in the Florida Keys. The boat was travelling about 25 miles per hour when a 75 pound Spotted Eagle Ray flew up out of the water and collided with the woman.
She died from the impact.
Now two normal everyday occurences, a person enjoying a boat ride and a Ray leaping out of the water, combined in a freak occurence that ended the lives of both creatures.
Rays leap out of the water to rid themselves of parasites and escape predators. What are the odds of this thing jumping at the exact moment that the boat was passing overhead? Two rights made a wrong.
Life can be totally unprefrickindictable.
Another news item that caught my eye was the Wednesday draw in our National Lottery. It is a bi-weekly event and the pot was an unspectacular $3.5 Million...however the numbers that came up were very unusual...
23 40 41 42 44 45 and the bonus was 43.
Most people either let the machine pick the numbers or use birthdates but nobody won the Jackpot but 239 people had 5 of the numbers plus the bonus number. Very unusual.
Still, can you imagine how excited you would be if you were looking up the numbers in the morning paper and you had 5 +!
Usually only 1 person has all 6 numbers and then only 2 0r 3 or people get 5+numbers. Anyway the winners soon discovered that instead of winning $106,572.50 like the 3 people did on the previous draw, they won $1,193.70 each.
Actually the third place prize (5/6) was won by 106 people who won twice as much as the second place prize. They won $2,223.40 each.
Now it would still be fun to win $1,000 dollars on a $2 ticket but you only get 5/6 once in a lifetime so you'd be pissed off. Hey, they don't call it gambling for nothing.
Still the unpredictability of Life is what makes us crazy because we spend most of our lives immersed in routine and familiarity.
That poor woman killed by the Ray had probably been looking forward to that vacation for months. One second she is relaxing in the breeze and the next WHAM!
The ticket holders who saw 5+ numbers prolly raced to the corner store in their pyjamas thinking that they had just won $100,000! Then wham.
You just never know.