“Two Royal Flushes In A Row”: 44 Low Probability Things People Have Personally Witnessed

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We like rare things. Like finding an unusual-looking pebble at the beach or owning a limited edition Beatles album. The same goes for events. Strange and rare experiences make for a good story. But what makes them rare and unusual? Their mathematical improbability, usually. Something that happens so rarely that it makes even the biggest skeptic say, “Wow.”

One Redditor was curious to know whether people had such experiences. So they went on to ask people, “What is the lowest probability event you have personally witnessed?” The thread got almost 4k answers, and people had plenty of experiences to share. From witnessing lottery wins to the unlikely coincidences of meeting people you’re somehow connected to, people shared all sorts of things.

“Two Royal Flushes In A Row”: 44 Low Probability Things People Have Personally Witnessed Was walking with a girl and don’t remember the exact context but said something like “the craziest thing would be if that street light went out right now” and pointed at a light and then it did actually go out for some reason. She literally screamed and ran away, it was bizarre, weirdest coincidence I’ve ever seen.

whistlerite , Omar Ramadan / pexels Report

“Two Royal Flushes In A Row”: 44 Low Probability Things People Have Personally Witnessed I was stumbling around the tent area of a festival in Portugal late at night and drunk and entered a tent I thought was mine. It was not. But it did belong to a guy I had dated in high school in Australia about 10 years earlier.

Remiangel1989 , gentlebird / flickr Report

“Two Royal Flushes In A Row”: 44 Low Probability Things People Have Personally Witnessed At 13 years of age, my father and I used to go to dirt track races at the Dixie Speedway in Georgia. We always cheered for car 28. At 21 years of age, I start dating this girl in North Carolina, somehow get on that subject, as she was from GA. “My father used to race there… number 28.”

dandroid_design , Royal Broi / flickr Report

“Two Royal Flushes In A Row”: 44 Low Probability Things People Have Personally Witnessed Childhood best friend moved away when we were 10 years old never to be seen or spoken to again until we ran into each other in Iraq 11 years later while both deployed.

blueova23 , RDNE Stock project / pexels Report

“Two Royal Flushes In A Row”: 44 Low Probability Things People Have Personally Witnessed Saw a lady walk by one of those banks of slot machines where you can win a car–the kind where the car is actually on the casino floor. She stopped, considered for a moment, then turned around and put a buck in. Spins. Jackpot. Alarms go off. Won the car.

She freaks out. Like, freaks the f**k out. Screaming, crying, yelling, barking, you name it. Almost faints a time or two. Her girlfriends finally get her calmed down, and they’re waiting for casino staff to come over and do their thing.

But this lady, she just won a car. So she’s restless. And to give herself something to do, she walks over to another bank of slot machines. A bank of slot machines where you can win an entirely different car. So she puts a buck in. Spins. Jackpot. Alarms go off. Won another car.

mourninglark , Watts / flickr Report

“Two Royal Flushes In A Row”: 44 Low Probability Things People Have Personally Witnessed Lost a ring shovelling snow one winter when I took my gloves off.

That autumn, raking leaves while chatting to a friend I said ‘wouldn’t it be neat if I found my ring?’ That exact moment I looked down and found my ring.

hameater , Tima Miroshnichenko / pexels Report

“Two Royal Flushes In A Row”: 44 Low Probability Things People Have Personally Witnessed I was in the back of the house, and looked out the back window, saw it was raining and yelled to my brother he should bring his laundry in.

He was in the living room at the front of the house, looked out the window, blue sky and sun, no rain. He said I was crazy, I told him to come look.

We went out the front door, and it was raining in the back yard. A line that stopped right at the peak of the roof as far left and right as you could see.

StarChaser_Tyger , Dilan Kusanç / pexels Report

“Two Royal Flushes In A Row”: 44 Low Probability Things People Have Personally Witnessed My ex and I were playing the number game where you guess the other’s number that they’re thinking of. We did it between 1-50, and I guessed his number correctly *6 times in a row*.

It’s never happened again, but he was absolutely losing his mind. He still brings it up randomly and asks if I’m a witch.

sushitrain_ , Pavel Danilyuk / pexels Report

“Two Royal Flushes In A Row”: 44 Low Probability Things People Have Personally Witnessed Just before going off the a new city, I was working in a computer store. Sold a nice local couple a new laptop. A week later I’m 1000 miles away taking the subway from the airport to pick up the keys to my new place. I hear “Hi, ” and look over, and it’s that same couple.

rodrigo_i , Matheus Viana / pexels Report

“Two Royal Flushes In A Row”: 44 Low Probability Things People Have Personally Witnessed Was at a veterans get together and two guys were talking about Normandy. One was a landing craft driver and the other was a soldier that took part in the landing. Eventually their stories line up really well, so well infact that that landing craft driver drove that marine to shore during d-day

Blackfell0518 , RDNE Stock project / pexels Report

“Two Royal Flushes In A Row”: 44 Low Probability Things People Have Personally Witnessed I locked myself outside my car while there was an amber abduction alert for the exact model year colour. When i tried to unlock it through a small gap in the window on a big parking lot cops swarmed me and almost arrested me with hands on their guns. Xd i thought it was pretty low probability

CheapChemistry8358 , Kindel Media/ pexels Report

“Two Royal Flushes In A Row”: 44 Low Probability Things People Have Personally Witnessed Back to back to back winning 13s on roulette. Doubled up after the first one because some randomer told me to take my winning chip off the number, it’s not coming up again. Came up, left the doubled up chips on again, another win.

After the third time they said ‘Wow, are you leaving it on again??’

I said ‘No, I’m not stupid’ and left with all my winnings

Ocelot2727 , Pavel Danilyuk / pexels Report

“Two Royal Flushes In A Row”: 44 Low Probability Things People Have Personally Witnessed I watched a guy get struck by lightning for a 2nd time. This was all in Missouri. The 1st time was a few years prior – he was mowing the grass in his tractor, a storm rolled in real fast, and he got hit running to the house. I didn’t see that one, but his son was one of my good friends, and I was at the house fairly often, so I saw the aftermath and heard the story.

The 2nd time was while we were on a construction job, same deal, a storm rolled in out of nowhere (it was clear skies, and then we saw clouds and started cleaning up and 15 minutes later a torrential downpour starts). He was running back to the truck after tarping over some material and got struck again. I was in the truck looking right at him when it happened, it was f*****g unreal. I was absolutely sure he was dead. He had some hearing loss, his hair mostly burnt off (what didn’t was shaved off), had some nasty burns and scars as a result and got knocked out. Spent a couple of days in the hospital and was back at work the following week (supervising – he was the owner anyway).

Bruenor80 , takenbytablo / pexels Report

“Two Royal Flushes In A Row”: 44 Low Probability Things People Have Personally Witnessed Our local Wendy’s here has apple trees outside for decoration. They don’t do anything with the apples, so some townsfolk will sometimes go out there and pick the apples.

As I was driving by one day, a gentleman was picking up apples off the ground. As he was bent over an apple fell out of the tree and hit his head.

I laughed myself to work that day.

Maiyku , Muhammad Ali / flickr Report

I got a brain injury in an accident and the doctor told me after doing all the scans and stuff that he’d never seen an injury so bad that didn’t end in paralyzation or death. The fact I walked out of the hospital a week later was a medical miracle apparently. So got that going for me.

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“Two Royal Flushes In A Row”: 44 Low Probability Things People Have Personally Witnessed I was playing golf in a corporate league and one of the guys said “this field is where I was struck by lightning”. I thought that was interesting but then another guy said “you’ve been struck by lightning too?”. It’s probably not insanely unlikely but it felt like I was living in the start of a statistics test problem for a second.

DeaDPaNSalesmaN , Steve Momot / pexels Report

“Two Royal Flushes In A Row”: 44 Low Probability Things People Have Personally Witnessed I (American) sparked up a random conversation with a guy (Canadian) while on a small island off the coast of Croatia in 2021. We discovered that we were both in the same industrial park in rural England at shops across the parking lot from one another at the exact same time in 2017.

Clear-Penalty339 , Rachel Claire / pexels Report

“Two Royal Flushes In A Row”: 44 Low Probability Things People Have Personally Witnessed Driving across state in an old Oldsmobile and it breaks down. Water pipe burst in the middle of nowhere. Guy in a RV rolls up looks at the car. Goes back to the RV and comes back with the exact pipe we need. It even says Oldsmobile on the pipe. He installed it and wouldn’t accept any payment. He just asked us to help someone if we saw someone in need.

Wu-Kang , Kampus Production / pexels Report

“Two Royal Flushes In A Row”: 44 Low Probability Things People Have Personally Witnessed I’m from Vancouver, Canada. I was visiting Munich, Germany and met a couple from White Rock, they were distressed because something got screwed up in their itinerary and my friends and I helped them sort it out.

Weeks later I am taking the train from Amsterdam to Bruges during a massive thunder storm, I actually saw a tree get hit by lightning then a minute later they announced we would be going back because there was an issue ahead.

We get back to Amsterdam and the station is packed with so many people who are trying to figure out what the plan is now, then I hear someone yell my friends name and it’s our new friends from White Rock, who we’ve now met in two different countries 8000km from home where we lived 40min apart.

cardew-vascular , Magda Ehlers / pexels Report

“Two Royal Flushes In A Row”: 44 Low Probability Things People Have Personally Witnessed My great grandpa was in WW1. He got stuck in no man’s land for a few days wounded, and eventually got to a hospital, and spent 6 months there. Got to be good buddies with the guy in the bed next to him, but eventually both left.

Decades later, he’s at a party, gets to talking to another guy his age about the war. Turns out to be the same guy he was next to in the hospital.

sheepheadslayer , Gaspar Zaldo / pexels Report

“Two Royal Flushes In A Row”: 44 Low Probability Things People Have Personally Witnessed I won the “Balloon Blast-Off” in Kindergarten. The whole school was given a balloon with a small letter attached. To win the contest, whoever’s balloon went the farthest when we all let them go, wins. The letter addresses the contest and has the school’s address and phone number. I won out of the whole school and my balloon flew from Tennessee all the way to Indiana. I won a check for 5 dollars. This was like in 1988.

CaptainPatterson , Sunbae Legacy / pexels Report

Not sure, but I did see someone drive through the wall of a gas station convenience store once. I was about to walk into the store when I heard the crash and watched the giant coffee containers fly across the store. I was about a foot from the door when it happened. I would’ve been severely injured if it had happened 5 seconds later.

Material-Strength-92 Report

I was with my son and my cousin riding our motorcycles out to Sturgis. We stopped for lunch at a drive-in with picnic tables out front. After we ate I saw an ashtray that was more of a spittoon sitting on a bench about 15’ away. I said to my son who was about 12 at the time that I’d give him $40 if he could spit in the container from here. He got a little running start and let it fly and damn if he didn’t hit it right down the hole. I had to pony up $40 because there was a witness.

Tigermike10 Report

My very first ride on my first motorcycle – i went to a coffee shop and met Kurt Sutter and Katy Segal. no joke. it was literally my very first ride – and there I am waiting for my order and chit-chatting with the creator/writer of Sons of Anarchy.

TheDirtSyndicate Report

On a trip to New Zealand with my parents in 1988 (we lived in Florida). I don’t remember what town we were in, but we checked out of our hotel and got in the rental car. Suddenly my dad realizes that he forgot his credit card at the front desk, so he goes back in.

As he’s waiting for the desk clerk to go retrieve his card, he realizes that the elderly man next to him is also American, so they start talking. Long story short, turns out the other guy had been my dad’s little league coach in Chicago in the 1950s.

Plug_5 Report

Bumping into the same celebrity three times in 20 years at ten year intervals, 1985, 1995, and 2005

itaintme99 Report

First year uni roommate, we get along great. Decided to live together for second year. She bails and goes back home across the country. Never heard from her or saw her again.

She doesn’t have any social media. I move to a new city, get a job, get married, had kids, blah blah. Fifteen years go by, I see her walking her child to the same school my kid goes to. Neither of us are from or have family here.

Turns out, she moved to my city a year beforehand, during Covid. She has two kids the same age as my kids, all go to the same school, she and I married our spouses at summer camps, her husband works in construction, just like mine. Our city is so spread out that people rarely venture out of their neighbourhoods. If she had moved ten minutes further away, I would have likely never seen her.

TLDR: lost touch with college roommate, now we’re besties.

OldGreySweater Report

Went on a cruise with my wife when we were young. We were sat with another couple at dinner who we really clicked with. We said we would keep in touch but never did. Almost a decade later we went on another cruise. Who did we end up next to at dinner? That same couple. It was insane. We had a great time and still don’t keep in touch.

weagle01 Report

My high school girlfriend and I went to colleges on the opposite coast but kept in touch. We both made new friends as you do, and as we started talking over winter back home we were telling each other about our new best friends at school and realized they were from the same place. After we got back to school, found out THEY were best friends in high school!

Taynt42 Report

Was descending in a commercial airplane through the clouds and saw a skydiver parachuting in the clouds about a football field away from us. My jaw dropped.

HuckleberryCream Report

Dad was born in a very small hospital in 1939 in Fullerton, CA. Successful life, aero engineer, retired a millionaire at 55 and hung em up. Bought a camper and travelled the states with a fly rod for a few years. Bought a house on a golf course in AR while he was fishing in Montana. Turns out the groundskeeper at the course was born a few minutes prior to him in the next room over. Still tells Pop to respect his elders lol.

They met at 1 day old and re-met 57 years later. I love it.

valis6886 Report

At Disneyland in front of the Castle my wife and I asked a person to take our photo. At the same time another couple 2-3 feet to our side asked another person to take their photo as well. We looked over at each other and it was our next door neighbors from home 5 states away. Neither of us knew either of us were going on vacation at the same time to the same location at the same time.

matcliff Report

Just last year me and a friend were in Japan visiting a mamashibe cafe and while we were waiting in line these two girls entered after us and the one talking had an Australian accent so I said hello being neighbours from New Zealand and she points to the other girl with her and she’s like, she’s also a kiwi! Any way long story short the kiwi girl literally grew up on the same street as me, about ten houses down and we spent our whole lives so close but didn’t know each other haha. Seems so odd we ran into each other in such a remote part of the world.

I know nz is a small place but it isn’t that small.

doxjq Report

“Two Royal Flushes In A Row”: 44 Low Probability Things People Have Personally Witnessed My mom had IVF and all of her embryos took, she also had one of the embryos become an ectopic pregnancy, then the other embryos implanted normally which is a heterotopic pregnancy.

The odds of all 3 of these things occurring together is approximately 1 in 41.6 billion.

To make it even crazier one of the uterine embryos survived and was carried to term, which is another crazy statistic I don’t even know the number for. I can’t find info even on the odds of the uterine pregnancy surviving the surgeries to fix the heterotopic one, I just know her specific case landed in a medical book somewhere.

So yeah. My sibling’s sheer existence is the lowest probability event I have personally witnessed.

fessa_angel , MART PRODUCTION / pexels Report

“Two Royal Flushes In A Row”: 44 Low Probability Things People Have Personally Witnessed I ran into an old friend from high school, on a study abroad germany, while in college.

We did not go to the same college.

He was not on a study abroad, he was traveling with his girlfriend.

We were not headed to or leaving from the same event, or even in that town in Germany for the same reason.

We hadn’t spoken in years, so neither knew the other was even going to be travelling.

I was coming out of a shop onto a street and he was walking down the street facing me. If I wait 15 seconds, I miss him. If I go 30 seconds later I miss him. If I turn the other way I miss him.

Let me reiterate, with ZERO coordination or bias towards Germany (we both independently became interested in Germany) we picked the same town, on the same day, on the same street, at the exact same time, and happened to see eachother. Wild

PM_SHORT_STORY_IDEAS , Mizuno K / pexels Report

Small world stuff. So I went to the same elementary school with this guy. his family moved, then a year later my family moved to the same town. We hung out a bit but not that much. Then years later I started working at a golf course and he’s a member there. I happen to get a job at a golf course in Florida. He’s ALSO a member there. We’ve some how followed each other basically 1,500 miles.

I have another small world story. I’m sitting at my local watering hole, enjoying a beer, and I’m sitting next to some dude. We start shooting the shit. Turns out we’re born in the same city, same hospital and are actually alumni. He’s a couple years older than me. He also plays golf. Basically became BFFs after that.

Edit: I even have a 3rd small world story. My cousin is in Europe at an event. She happens to start talking to a woman on the street who is also at the event and realize they can both speak English to each other. They gets to talking and realize they are from the same town in Canada. They start hanging out and have a blast for the rest of the trip.

Turns out my Cousin is hanging out with my mom’s best friend from college who happens to be at the same event in Europe.

My mom pieced it all together when she heard them tell the same story but from opposite sides. Like wait a second… I just heard this exact thing from my niece…

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“Two Royal Flushes In A Row”: 44 Low Probability Things People Have Personally Witnessed Went for dinner and at another table a woman had her purse on her chair and it got knocked off. Inside was a bottle of wine that got all over her stuff.

The next day at work I was meeting a client who came in from out of town that I had never met before. I recounted that wine story to him and as it turns out he was at that very table. It was insane.

Mister_Glass_ , Leticia Curvelo / pexels Report


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