(Submitted by reader J. D. Mack)
Sometime back in the 1990s I was riding my bike through a residential neighborhood in Bethesda, Maryland. Suddenly, I felt something like a giant hand slapping the top of my head. This was followed by the sight of a squirrel running away from my vicinity.
What had happened was a squirrel had fallen from a tree and landed on my head. Now think about this. We’ve all seen squirrels leap from tree to tree, but have you ever seen a squirrel miss and plummet to the ground? I haven’t, so I would count that alone as being a fairly rare event.
But what are the odds that one of these rare falling squirrels would land squarely on the head of a moving cyclist? I don’t know the exact odds, but I suspect that one would have a better chance of winning the lottery with a single ticket than having that happen to them.
[EDITOR: Now think about THIS: How embarrassed was that squirrel? Probably not as embarrassed as this one was to see itself on YouTube after this bender...]