An old man turned ninety-eight. He won the lottery and died the next day… of chronic emphysema from inhalation of the latex particles scratched off decades' worth of lottery tickets.
A black fly in your Chardonnay… poured to celebrate the successful fumigation of your recently purchased vineyard in southern France.
A death row pardon two minutes too late… because the governor was too busy watching Dead Man Walking to grant clemency any earlier.
Rain on your wedding day… to Ra, the Egyptian sun-god.
A free ride when you've already paid… all of your money to the good-natured cab driver when you mistook him for a mugger.
The good advice that you just didn't take… after reading Norman Vincent Peale's The Power of Positive Thinking and resolving that the key to success is making your own decisions.
Mr. Play-it-Safe was afraid to fly. He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids goodbye. He waited his whole damn life to take that flight. And as the plane crashed down, he thought, Well isn't this nice… now I'll never make it to the National Association of Aviophobics conference in Reno, NV.
A traffic jam when you're already late… to receive an award from the Municipal Planning Board for reducing the city's automobile congestion 80 percent.