usually used with the words "I suppose...." before "these things happen." A phrase which is similar to shit happens and it is what it is. This expression, though, implies that the action that caused the saying of the phrase was so hopelessly terrible to the speaker, that him/her don't have anything to say, and use it as a means of justifying the terrible event.
1: Damn, I just lost my kids in a court case.

2. These things happen.
by Alfons Richter April 3, 2008
A consolation offered to someone who has just experienced something shameful or embarrassing. This may be particular to Northern Ireland but I cannot confirm.

Seems common place amongst traditional working class families, a type of "stiff upper lip" attitude.
"Awhk Billy, you've never been done for drink driving before."
"Awh a'know but I'm just so embarrassed about it."
"Louk', these things happen."
this is the second worst thing happening for you today, I don't what is the first worst thing but I bet its bad.
So listen up boy, pornography starring your mother will be the second worst thing happening for you today!
-Spy, TF2
by The Synthetic of the Synthetic February 17, 2022
They're not the most likely winners but stranger things have happened.
"I definitely do think we can still win, stranger things have happened, " said Mjallby.
by jonathan.creek January 24, 2014
This is normally said by Remzi or other people whenever something considerably funny or worth sharing occurs. It indicates that something that could be considered troll happens.
Remzi: Bro by the way the most troll thing just happened!
Guillermo: What???
Remzi: When I was 10 I took 5 hot girls to a Justin Bieber concert just to fuck them.
Guillermo: VVVAAATT
by Krink21029 January 31, 2019
A plan or action with some possibility of a successful outcome. Most often encountered in its negative form.
Jason's dream of passing his algebra test just wasn't a happening thing.
by Max Debord April 21, 2007