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Someone told me that if there are 20 people in a room there's a 50/50 chance that two of them will have the same birthday. How can that be?

Someone told me that if there are 20 people in a room, there's a 50/50 chance that two of them will have the same birthday. How can such a small group have two people with the same birthday in it?

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  • 10 Businesses Supposedly Controlled by the Mafia

    10 Businesses Supposedly Controlled by the Mafia

    Just like workers in any field, Mafia members are changing with the times and running some old schemes in new ways. What businesses does the Mob have its hooks in, and how does it maintain control? See more »

  • 10 Fairy Tales That Were Way Darker Than You Realized as a Kid

    10 Fairy Tales That Were Way Darker Than You Realized as a Kid

    Cinderella was the only girl who could fit the glass slipper, right? But did you know her two stepsisters cut off parts of their feet to try to fit it? That's just one gory detail Disney left off. See more »

  • 10 Plausible Sports Conspiracy Theories

    10 Plausible Sports Conspiracy Theories

    It's tempting to think that the only way your favorite team (or athlete) could lose is because of some funny business from the other side. And sometimes you'd be right. Here are 10 sports conspiracy theories that could totally have happened. See more »

  • 10 Pregnancy Superstitions That Are Old Wives' Tales

    10 Pregnancy Superstitions That Are Old Wives' Tales

    It seems like every town has that one restaurant whose eggplant parmesan can kick-start contractions. But is a labor-inducing recipe an old wives' tale? See more »

  • 10 Things People Believe About the Illuminati

    10 Things People Believe About the Illuminati

    The price of oil, the weather, the United Nations and pop music are all controlled by one malevolent force – the Illuminati. Or so some people believe. How did an imaginary group get so big? See more »

  • 10 Widely Believed U.S. Government Conspiracy Theories

    10 Widely Believed U.S. Government Conspiracy Theories

    Although the U.S. government has been found guilty of spying on its citizens or wasting tax money on dubious projects, does that mean it would intentionally fake the moon landing, conduct alien autopsies or put its citizens in FEMA camps? See more »

  • Do people really scatter loved ones' ashes in amusement parks?

    Do people really scatter loved ones' ashes in amusement parks?

    Who wouldn't want to rest in peace in one of the happiest places on Earth? OK, spending the afterlife in an amusement park may not be for everyone, but are there people who try to send the deceased on a forever roller coaster ride? See more »

  • Does mermaid folklore exist around the world?

    Does mermaid folklore exist around the world?

    Disney didn't create Ariel out of thin air. Stories about -- and sightings of -- mermaids have cropped up around the world for centuries. See more »

  • How Conspiracy Theories Work

    How Conspiracy Theories Work

    Conspiracy theories are often ridiculous explanations for a disputed case or matter. There are conspiracy theories about everything from aliens to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America. Find out how these theories get started in this article. See more »

  • How Folklore Works

    How Folklore Works

    Folklore is stories, art and dance. It's rituals and special birthday meals; how you treat a cold; even the chain emails you sometimes get. Why do these things get passed down, and how do we keep them alive? See more »

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