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## Managers at NASA claimed that there was a 1 in 100,000 chance of a catastrophic failure aboard Challenger Spacecraft, but Richard Feynman (theoretical physicist) discovered that NASA’s Engineers estimated the chance of a catastrophe to be closer to 1 in 200.

## The chance of you dying on the way to get lottery tickets is actually greater than your chance of winning.

## The beautiful symmetry of a total solar eclipse happens because —by pure chance— the sun is 400 times larger than the moon, but is also 400 times farther from Earth, making the two bodies appear the exact same size in the sky.

## Taking cocaine increases the chance of having a heart attack within the hour by 2,400%.

## The birthday paradox says that in a group of just 23 people, there’s a 50% chance that at least two will have the same birthday.

## You have a 1 in 200 chance of being a direct descendant of Genghis Khan.

## You have a better chance of getting accepted to Harvard University than getting a job at the Apple Store.

## Around 100 Serbian brides race every year through streets of Belgrade for a chance to win a wedding dress.

## Inherited genes account for just 25% of the chance of being left-handed, a study found.

## Before the Holocaust, Hitler gave the U.S., Great Britain, and many other nations a chance to take in Jewish refugees. They refused.

## The inventor of the heart stent approached numerous companies for funding and was rejected. It was funded by the owner of Fuddrucker’s restaurant, whom he met by chance on a golf course.

## Once a dog hits the age of 10, its chance of dying from cancer is 50%.

## Mammals remained relatively small until 65 million years ago, when thedemise of the dinosaurs gave them a chance to survive.

## Isaac Newton was born prematurely on Christmas morning. He was given little chance of survival.

## If you were a Nazi prisoner of war from the Allies (except Russia) you faced a 4% chance of not surviving the war. If you were an Allied held by the Japanese, you faced a 30% chance of dying.

## In Japan, the likelihood of being killed by a gun is about the same as an American’s chance of being killed by lightning.

## Blockbuster had the chance to buy Netflix for US$50 million in 2000 but turned it down to go into business with Enron.

## A baby born in 2007 in the US, UK, Japan, Italy, Germany, France or Canada has a 50% chance of living until they are over 100.

## Genghis Khan gave his opponents a chance to submit and sign a treaty; if they refused, he conquered them by murder.

## The Movie “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” title was translated in Israel to “It’s Raining Falafel”.