History Main / NeverTellMeTheOdds

29th Jan '17 8:11:16 PM Fireblood
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->'''C-3PO''': Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately three thousand, seven hundred twenty to one.\\

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->'''C-3PO''': Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately three thousand, seven hundred twenty to one.\\one!\\
20th Jan '17 11:23:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* At one point, Belgarion, the rather impetuous hero (and newly empowered sorcerer) of David Eddings' ''Belgariad,'' attempts to bring a stillborn colt back to life. His grandfather, the ancient sorcerer Belgarath, tries to stop him, but he won't listen. When it works, his grandfather explains to him that he could have hurt or killed himself (which is what often happens to sorcerers who try to do the impossible,) because to bring something back to life ''you have to understand Death''. Up to now, it's turned out nobody understood Death ''that'' well. This becomes important later.

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* At one point, Belgarion, the rather impetuous hero (and newly empowered sorcerer) of David Eddings' ''Belgariad,'' ''Literature/TheBelgariad,'' attempts to bring a stillborn colt back to life. His grandfather, the ancient sorcerer Belgarath, tries to stop him, but he won't listen. When it works, his grandfather explains to him that he could have hurt or killed himself (which is what often happens to sorcerers who try to do the impossible,) because to bring something back to life ''you have to understand Death''. Up to now, it's turned out nobody understood Death ''that'' well. This becomes important later.
20th Jan '17 11:23:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* Star Wars again: Rogue Squadron (mostly in the [[Literature/XWingSeries X-Wing novels]], but also everywhere else) succeeds in so many "impossible" and "one-in-a-million" missions that their unofficial motto is, "Impossible is our stock in trade". Given that they were founded by the only two X-Wing pilots to survive the first Death Star...

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* Star Wars again: ''Franchuse/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'':
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Rogue Squadron (mostly in the [[Literature/XWingSeries X-Wing novels]], but also everywhere else) succeeds in so many "impossible" and "one-in-a-million" missions that their unofficial motto is, "Impossible is our stock in trade". Given that they were founded by the only two X-Wing pilots to survive the first Death Star...
20th Jan '17 11:22:33 AM Morgenthaler
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*** In ''[[ComicBook/XWingSeries Isard's Revenge]]'', it's revealed that this has even rubbed off on Wedge's ''astromech droid'', who considers calculation of odds to be a waste of its valuable microprocessor time. Ironically, Corran's own droid "Whistler" (which was built and programmed on Corellia), is the one who received this response from Wedge's droid.

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*** ** In ''[[ComicBook/XWingSeries ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Isard's Revenge]]'', it's revealed that this has even rubbed off on Wedge's ''astromech droid'', who considers calculation of odds to be a waste of its valuable microprocessor time. Ironically, Corran's own droid "Whistler" (which was built and programmed on Corellia), is the one who received this response from Wedge's droid.



* In ''[[TheWheelOfTime Towers of Midnight]]'' Birgette tells Mat that the odds of getting back from the Tower of Ghenji are one in a thousand. Mat responds by taking out ten coins and predicting that when he throws them every single one will land heads up (1/1024 chance if you were wondering). They do, and Mat remarks that "for me, one in a thousand is good odds." Being ta'veren means that when Mat is around one in a thousand actually IS good odds.
* ''ThePhantomTollbooth'': [[spoiler:Milo's quest was ''impossible'', but he did it anyway, because nobody told him it was impossible until after he was done.]]

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* In ''[[TheWheelOfTime ''[[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Towers of Midnight]]'' Birgette tells Mat that the odds of getting back from the Tower of Ghenji are one in a thousand. Mat responds by taking out ten coins and predicting that when he throws them every single one will land heads up (1/1024 chance if you were wondering). They do, and Mat remarks that "for me, one in a thousand is good odds." Being ta'veren means that when Mat is around one in a thousand actually IS good odds.
* ''ThePhantomTollbooth'': ''Literature/ThePhantomTollbooth'': [[spoiler:Milo's quest was ''impossible'', but he did it anyway, because nobody told him it was impossible until after he was done.]]
18th Jan '17 10:58:04 AM Discar
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-->'''AP''': I am estimating mission success at 38.5%.\\

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-->'''AP''': -->'''AP-5''': I am estimating mission success at 38.5%.\\



'''AP''': I know; I calculated that without me, this mission would be at 0%.

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'''AP''': '''AP-5''': I know; I calculated that without me, this mission would be at 0%.
18th Jan '17 10:57:28 AM Discar
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-->'''Palmer:''' "Willie! What are the odds [Titan] Maximum could make it through that beam without all our genitals fusing into glass?"\\
'''Willie:''' "Um... zero percent."\\
'''Palmer:''' "Zero zero? Or 'I'm a wah wah sissy baby and I want my blankie and my baa-baa' zero? Which one, I'm just curious."\\

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-->'''Palmer:''' "Willie! Willie! What are the odds [Titan] Maximum could make it through that beam without all our genitals fusing into glass?"\\
glass?\\
'''Willie:''' "Um...Um... zero percent."\\
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'''Palmer:''' "Zero Zero zero? Or 'I'm a wah wah sissy baby and I want my blankie and my baa-baa' zero? Which one, I'm just curious."\\\\



'''Willie:''' "Point zero zero three percent."\\
'''Palmer:''' "Sweet!"

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'''Willie:''' "Point Point zero zero three percent."\\
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'''Palmer:''' "Sweet!"Sweet!
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': Variant.
-->'''AP''': I am estimating mission success at 38.5%.\\
'''Kanan''': 38.5%? This was ''your'' plan!\\
'''AP''': I know; I calculated that without me, this mission would be at 0%.
7th Jan '17 9:22:46 PM jerodast
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* Parodied in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
-->'''Inara:''' Any chance [Jubal Early] might survive?\\
'''Mal:''' Air he had left, chance'd be one in about... a very big number.
14th Dec '16 11:10:13 PM Willbyr
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4th Dec '16 5:49:59 AM Morgenthaler
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TheOtherWiki calls this [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neglect_of_probability "neglect of probability"]]. Contrast ILikeThoseOdds, which have a similarly {{Badass}} sentiment.

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TheOtherWiki calls this [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neglect_of_probability "neglect of probability"]]. Contrast ILikeThoseOdds, which have a similarly {{Badass}} badass sentiment.
26th Nov '16 5:26:51 PM nombretomado
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* Before the Battle of Beruna in [[TheChroniclesofNarnia ''The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe'']], a Narnian soldier informs Peter and his centaur general Orious that the enemy has greater numbers.

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* Before the Battle of Beruna in [[TheChroniclesofNarnia ''The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe'']], ''Film/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'', a Narnian soldier informs Peter and his centaur general Orious that the enemy has greater numbers.
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