What are the odds you’re reading this?

Mickey Mellen
2 min readMar 27, 2021

I’ve heard it said that the odds of you being born is roughly one in 400 trillion, which is quite a long shot. As it turns out, your odds of existing are way worse than that.

Years ago, Ali Binazir wrote a long post (it’s gone, but archived version here) that walks through all of the odds.

He ultimately comes to the conclusion that the odds of any of us existing exactly as we came to be at roughly 1 in 10 2,685,000. That number is impossibly large to get our heads around. For comparison, the number of atoms in the known universe is…

Mickey Mellen

I’m a cofounder of @GreenMellen, and I’m into WordPress, blogging and seo. Love my two girls, gadgets, Google Earth, and I try to run when I can.