• 10.15.09

What Are the Odds…That You’ll Be Eaten By a Shark?

Book of Odds is devoted to all manner of odds. Chance a kid grows up to be a fashion model? 1 in 81,440. That you’ll be eaten by a shark? 1 in 251,800,000.

Book of Odds

As media start-ups go, the Book of Odds is pretty improbable: The site is dedicated all manner of weird/common/scary occurrences, and the odds that they’ll happen to you. That’s it.


Most of these stats are written up in a range of articles. For example, if you were born today, what are the odds of pursuing a given career? 1 in 9,684 will become pro athletes. That’s about four times less likely than becoming a surgeon. But 1 in 9.43 will be in sales.

The site really hits its stride when it comes to death. For example, you’re about twice as likely to get killed by a vending machine as you are by a shark.

Other quirks abound. Virginia, apparently, has the highest incidence of vanity plates, at about 1 in 6.18. Texas has the least, at 1 in 178.3. (Does that mean Virginia is the vainest state in the nation? Probably not, since I’ll bet this has a lot to do with how easy it is to get a vanity plate.)

But perhaps the site’s most experimental feature is the Visual Browser, which it lets you stumble around a network of affiliated topics, looking for connections. Enjoy.

About the author

Cliff is director of product innovation at Fast Company, founding editor of Co.Design, and former design editor at both Fast Company and Wired.