CNN offered up a clip about a pair of the trapped miners seeing a white butterfly deep in the mine just before the initial cave-in. They followed it and the fact that it was down there and they altered their position in the shaft "miraculously saved their lives". Moments later, the dust was so thick, they couldn't see it any more.

Another "miracle". Fine.

But we never ever hear from the miner who stopped to look at the white butterfly, and that's the exact point where the tons of rock fall and crush him. Had he not seen the butterfly, he would have kept going and been spared.

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Comment by Atheist Exile on October 13, 2010 at 9:58am
I've got a bizarre coincidence for you.

I was watching Johnny Carson (back when he hosted the Tonight Show) with a couple of buddies. He had a comedian (I forget his name) on the guest chair. They started talking about words that sound funny. They tossed out a few examples like "dipstick", "dork", "twerp", etc.

This reminded me of when I was working as a valet at a discotheque. One night a Ford (I forget the model) drove up and I noticed that the chrome letters of the name, "FORD", had the first and last letters reversed, spelling "DORF" instead.

Anyway, I told my buddies about it and, no sooner had I completed the story when Johnny Carson, tossed out another funny-sounding word . . . DORF! As soon as he said, "Dorf", he gave a puzzled look and said, "That's not even a word. I don't know where I got that!"

LoL . . . we were pretty freaked out.
Comment by RockyTIJ on October 13, 2010 at 10:04am
If I recall correctly, about a million "events" happen to each and every one of us in a month. Therefore, a "one in a million" event should happen to each of us about once a month.

Naturally, there's no way to predict when or what it might be, but if it happens to coincide with a near tragedy--voila! An instant MIRACLE!
Comment by Jim Scotti on October 13, 2010 at 12:05pm
Most theists set their "miracle bar" way too low. Even the most likely of coincidences are labeled as miracles. To put the one in a million in another context, a one in a million event happens to more than 6,000 people.
Comment by Brent on October 13, 2010 at 1:28pm
An "act of god" trapped the miners. A feat of engineering saved them.

No faith nor miricles required
Comment by RockyTIJ on October 13, 2010 at 1:43pm
Excellent point, Brent.


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