Andy Murray is the proud father of a new baby boy, Teddy. Bookmakers are offering odds of 500/1 of Teddy Murray ever winning the men’s singles at Wimbledon, but how likely is that considered compared to other potential events…
Jeremy Corbyn is, of course, fighting to be the next Prime Minister of the UK, but should he fail he has a fallback option.
One bookmaker is offering odds of just 100/1 that Corbyn will be cast as the next James Bond.
That’s right, the 70-year-old and utterly charmless leader of the Labour party is considered by some to be five times more likely to take over from Daniel Craig as James Bond than Andy Murray’s son is to win Wimbledon. Incredible.
According to some markets, the chances of a super-massive black hole bringing about the end of the earth itself are considerably more likely than us seeing another Murray lifting the men’s singles title at Wimbledon.
If you want a little more precision, it’s around four times more likely. Four times!
Considering that the nearest super-massive black hole to earth, Sagitarrius A*, is nearly 25,000 lightyears – meaning it would take 25 millenniums to reach us even if it could travel at the speed of light, which it can’t – it’s fair to say that it’s not going to be a threat any time soon.
There is a common joke in Ireland. What’s the difference between Bono and God? God doesn’t strut around Dublin thinking he’s Bono.
And old one, and one more a testament to the Irish humility and their self-depreciating humour.
Still, Bono has certainly be accused of having a messiah complex before, so it’s maybe not all that surprising to see some bookmakers offering odds on him being the next Pope.
Even still those odds are less than Andy Murray’s son winning Wimbledon, so go figure.
Imagine the scene: You throw yourself into some roulette and decide to play it safe. Stick with red, 50-50, nice and safe.
First spin comes up trumps, red. Second spin, red again. Third, red once more. You’re tempted to not push your luck and switch to black, but red has served you well, so you stick with it. Fourth spin, red comes up trumps again. Remarkable.
Now imagine doing that not once, but twice. Imagine eight consecutive red spins of the roulette wheel. The odds of such an event are 318/1. Or, to put it another way, less than those being offered for another male winner of Wimbledon from the Murray family.
Here are some fun facts about Costa Rica: It has a population of 4.5million, the Guanacastle is its national tree, there are seven active volcanos, and they are considered more likely to win the World Cup in 2022 than Andy Murray’s son is to ever win Wimbledon.
I mean, Costa Rica have only ever won five World Cup matches in their history and haven’t even qualified for 2022 yet, but there we go.
Ever since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, Ed Woodward hasn’t had much luck in finding a replacement. What are the chances, then, of him just giving up and appointing himself as successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjear when the time comes?
Well, about twice as likely as Murray’s son following in his father’s footsteps and winning Wimbledon, according to at least two UK bookmakers.
To be fair, given Woodward’s record, it’s not that big a stretch…
* Roulette odds courtesy of PartyCasino and are relevant to European Roulette, not US.
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