Your Odds Of Being Attacked By A Shark AND A Bear

posted by Mike Bell - 

Last week, one of the biggest news stories swirling out there was about 20-year-old Dylan McWilliams, who was attacked by a shark, just one year after being attacked by a bear.


Both animal attacks, of course, are very rare, so astrophysicist Ethan Siegel put his big brain to work to figure out just how lucky -- or unlucky -- Dylan was.

The odds of Dylan being bitten by a shark while surfing in Hawaii were 1-in-200,000.

And, considering how much time Dylan was hanging out in the woods of Yellowstone National Park, his odds of a bear attack were quite a bit higher -- 1-in-2,600.

So, the total odds that Dylan would have both things happen to him were around 1-in-500,000,000, which is close to the same odds of winning the Powerball.

You could argue that the odds should actually be higher because he SURVIVED both attacks. (Forbes)

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