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Some have been highly speculative, such as those who ventured to put money, at long odds, on men eventually walking on the moon and the father who saw the potential of his newlyborn baby boy to one day play for Wales at football.
A Minnesota City man has beaten long odds with a scratch-off lottery ticket.
The Change The Odds campaign focuses on the long odds of various unlikely scenarios compared to those of getting cancer.
O'Neill said: "In the opening 20-odd minutes we played scintillating stuff, and you should have got long odds on us being booed off at half-time.
And despite his long odds - he's a 14-1 shot - insiders think his popularity with the soap's fans will take him a long way.
The latest Welsh Big Brother recruit needs to shed the long odds placed on her winning the show as quickly as she loses her clothes.
Jazil was the proud owner of one desperate victory in four starts, running to long odds.
When a team, or an individual on that team, overcomes long odds or turns a double into a home run, the team members need to take the time to acknowledge the event.
To help illustrate those long odds, Hoyle used a metaphor: a living organism emerging by chance from a pre-biotic soup, he said, is about as likely to occur as "a tornado sweeping through a junkyard might assemble a Boeing 747 from the material therein.
More than this, he has written with real sensitivity and some graceful prose the stories of men and women who defied their society's prescriptions and struggled against long odds to avenge their wounds, redeem their honor, and get on with their lives.
I know he's long odds in the betting but I reckon you rule him out at your peril.
There are quite long odds against us winning, but it can be done,' said Meyer.