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29th Jun '16 2:03:20 PM Morgenthaler
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* Inverted in an episode of ''DynomuttDogWonder''. Dynomutt is reprogrammed for evil and given the task of killing his master, Blue Falcon. Falcon, knowing [[TheDitz Dynomutt's]] [[UnwantedAssistance tendencies all too well]], announces that the odds are a million to one... in his favor. (And yes, the odds do hold up this time.)

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* Inverted in an episode of ''DynomuttDogWonder''.''WesternAnimation/DynomuttDogWonder''. Dynomutt is reprogrammed for evil and given the task of killing his master, Blue Falcon. Falcon, knowing [[TheDitz Dynomutt's]] [[UnwantedAssistance tendencies all too well]], announces that the odds are a million to one... in his favor. (And yes, the odds do hold up this time.)
28th Jun '16 8:44:50 AM meanmetalmario
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* A ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episode has Kramer marvelling at stories told by proctologists, which all end with the statement "It was a million to one shot, doc. Million to one," since none of their patients want to admit how whatever object is stuck really got there. At the end of the episode, Frank is the victim of such a million to one shot, falling on a pasta sculpture Kramer had made. Naturally, he leads with the same statement.

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* A The ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episode "The Fusilli Jerry" has Kramer marvelling at stories told by proctologists, which all end with the statement "It was a million to one shot, doc. Million to one," since none of their patients want to admit how whatever object is they [[AssShove stuck really got there. something up there]] on purpose. At the end of the episode, Frank is the victim of such a million to one shot, shot for real, falling on a pasta the titular Fusilli Jerry (a sculpture of Jerry that Kramer had made. Naturally, he leads with made out of fusilli pasta). The final line of the episode (before TheTag) is Frank uttering the same statement.
24th Jun '16 11:19:54 AM longWriter
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* Inverted in an episode of ''DynomuttDogWonder''. Dynomutt is reprogrammed for evil and given the task of killing his master, Blue Falcon. Falcon, knowing [[TheDitz Dynomutt's]] [[StopHelpingMe tendencies all too well]], announces that the odds are a million to one... in his favor. (And yes, the odds do hold up this time.)

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* Inverted in an episode of ''DynomuttDogWonder''. Dynomutt is reprogrammed for evil and given the task of killing his master, Blue Falcon. Falcon, knowing [[TheDitz Dynomutt's]] [[StopHelpingMe [[UnwantedAssistance tendencies all too well]], announces that the odds are a million to one... in his favor. (And yes, the odds do hold up this time.)
21st May '16 12:43:47 PM erforce
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* In the first ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' movie, our heroes manage to stop Gozer by crossing the streams of their proton packs. Egon had earlier warned his comrades against "[[ForbiddenChekhovsGun crossing the streams]]" on pain of being vaporized, but here states that there's "a slim chance" they'll survive. Since they're the heroes, they do.

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* In the first ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' original ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' movie, our heroes manage to stop Gozer by crossing the streams of their proton packs. Egon had earlier warned his comrades against "[[ForbiddenChekhovsGun crossing the streams]]" on pain of being vaporized, but here states that there's "a slim chance" they'll survive. Since they're the heroes, they do.
27th Jan '16 7:26:51 PM TimG5
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* When you think about it, your own '''birth''' qualifies as this trope. While a human mother usually only has one egg cell in the fallopian tubes when she's able to get pregnant, a single ejaculation from a man can release anywhere from 40 million to 1.2 billion sperms cells. And ultimately, [[ThereCanOnlyBeOne only one sperm cell will be able to fertilize the egg]] while the others perish. This means that any individual sperm cell's chance of getting to fertilize is almost zero, and yet the fact remains that one sperm cell ''will'' get to fertilize the egg. In short, you simply being born the way you are pretty much fits this trope to a tee.
21st Dec '15 9:31:06 AM Troper#184
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* One micromort (the measurement of the probability of death) is equivalent to an activity that has a one-in-a-million chance of a fatal accident occuring.

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* One micromort (the measurement of the probability of death) is equivalent to an activity that has a one-in-a-million chance of a fatal accident occuring.occurring.
* Mathematicians have determined that any event with odds of 10 to the 50th power or greater is impossible. This figure takes into account the age of the universe. What are the odds of a simple protein molecule, something that even the simplest cell contains millions of, coming into existence by chance? 10 to the 65th power! Sir Fredrick Hoyle calculated that the odds of a simple cell forming by chance is 10 to the 40,000th power! An adult man weighing 70 kilograms would have around 70 trillion cells in his body.
30th Nov '15 9:35:27 AM FF32
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* RichardDawkins mentions in ''The God Delusion'' that if the chances of life arising on any given planet was one in a billion, then life would still have arisen on a billion planets in the universe, using one of the lower estimates of a billion billion planets in the universe (the actual figure is probably much higher). This astonishing figure relies on the fact that while a one in a billion chance is much too small for humans to comprehend comfortably, with a large enough sample a billion to one becomes a certainty. And the existence of life on this planet is an example of this certainty.

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* RichardDawkins UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins mentions in ''The God Delusion'' that if the chances of life arising on any given planet was one in a billion, then life would still have arisen on a billion planets in the universe, using one of the lower estimates of a billion billion planets in the universe (the actual figure is probably much higher). This astonishing figure relies on the fact that while a one in a billion chance is much too small for humans to comprehend comfortably, with a large enough sample a billion to one becomes a certainty. And the existence of life on this planet is an example of this certainty.
8th Nov '15 8:45:12 PM nombretomado
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* NASA's management claimed that the risk of catastrophic malfunction on the shuttle was 1 in 100,000. After the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, RichardFeynman immediately realized that this claim was risible on its face; as he described, this assessment of risk would entail that NASA could expect to launch a shuttle every day for the next 274 years while suffering, on average, only one accident.

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* NASA's management claimed that the risk of catastrophic malfunction on the shuttle was 1 in 100,000. After the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, RichardFeynman UsefulNotes/RichardFeynman immediately realized that this claim was risible on its face; as he described, this assessment of risk would entail that NASA could expect to launch a shuttle every day for the next 274 years while suffering, on average, only one accident.
2nd Nov '15 12:54:28 PM Adept
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* Played straight in ''MermaidSaga''. However, in this case, the million to one chance of mermaid's flesh granting immortality probably ''is'' really a million to one. Over the last eight hundred years, only ''four'' appear to have gained complete and uninhibited immortality.

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* Played straight in ''MermaidSaga''.''Manga/MermaidSaga''. However, in this case, the million to one chance of mermaid's flesh granting immortality probably ''is'' really a million to one. Over the last eight hundred years, only ''four'' appear to have gained complete and uninhibited immortality.
27th Oct '15 3:26:35 PM Morgenthaler
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"Never tell me the odds!"]]

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