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Weird and Unexpected

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Every once in a while in life, weird and unexpected things happen. Quite often this phenomenon is observable in nature, with prominent examples frequently forming the backbone of clickbait sinkholes on the internet. Take, for example, the Blood Falls formation of Taylor Glacier in Antarctica. If you've ever seen a picture, such as the one below, then  the name makes perfect sense.

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Blood Falls is a formation at the tongue of Taylor Glacier, a "cold-based" glacier in Taylor Valley, one of the notoriously arid McMurdo Dry Valleys. The valleys themselves, which are snow-free year-round, are weird and unexpected. Blood Falls, the existence of which is owing to the unique interaction of highly saline water and iron oxide, is sort of just the cherry on a massive sundae of weird unexpectedness.

Of course, there are plenty of weird and unexpected things in the world that are not elements of nature and don't arise from the interaction of unsuspected natural factors. The presently unfolding NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament — commonly called March Madness — produces a few head-scratchers every year, and there have some humdingers in 2018.

First there was the opening-round upset of No. 1 seed Virginia, the overall No. 1 team in the nation going into the tournament, by 16th-seeded University of Maryland, Baltimore County, also known as UMBC. A No. 16 seed beating a No. 1 seed was so weird and unexpected that it had never happened before. Only 2.2 percent of the brackets submitted to the NCAA's official pool called it correctly.

Perhaps even more weird and unexpected that the UMBC-Virginia stunner, however, has been the improbable run to the Final Four by the Loyola University Chicago. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers began the tournament a No. 11 seed, and beat teams from sixth-seeded University of Miami, third-seeded University of Tennessee, and seventh-seeded University of Nevada, Reno, and ninth-seeded Kansas State University to advance to the biggest stage in college basketball.

It's probably better if we don't tell you how many brackets were busted here at TestOut Continuing Education by all of these weird and unexpected events. That's the nature of betting on something unpredictable. Most people, most of the time, are going to get it wrong. Sometimes all that means is mild embarrassment and the loss of any real rooting interest.

Other times in life, however, betting on something unpredictable can cause real problems, not least among them financial woes. That's why we're taking this opportunity to encourage you to bet on a sure thing instead. Between your hard work and our top-caliber courseware, it's practically guaranteed that you can pass a certification exam.

Certification is good for your IT skills and good for your employment profile. And with training from TestOut CE, the only unpredictable element is your personal commitment. And who's in charge of that? You are. So don't get sidetracked by the glamour of the weird and unexpected. Bet on a sure thing instead, and start your IT training today with the unbeatable combination of your drive to succeed TestOut CE's exceptional courseware.

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