Strange Stories Of The World's Luckiest People
THE LUCKIEST PEOPLE
-It seemed all hope was lost for truck driver Bill Morgan, who was involved in a horrific truck accident and suffered a fatal heart attack while in the crushed vehicle. After 14 minutes of being clinically dead, Morgan was revived but remained in a coma for 12 days. It was recommended that his family take him off of life support. It's a good thing they didn't because a year later, a fully recovered Morgan proposed to his girlfriend and she said yes. Soon after, he bought a scratchy lottery ticket and won a new car. A local TV station decided to do a story on him with Morgan re-enacting scratching his lottery ticket and to everyone's amazement, he scratched off another winning ticket worth $250,000 dollars!
-On July 28, 1945, a B-25 bomber crashed into the then tallest building in the world, the Empire State Building, in New York City. The impact was so hard that the plane made a hole clean through the iconic building. Elevator operator Betty Lou Oliver was standing in the elevator on the 80th floor of the building at the time of the plane's impact, just a floor below. Oliver suffered severe burns. Rescue crews put her back into the elevator to get her to the hospital as soon as possible, but the cables were so badly damaged they snapped, and sent Betty Lou plummeting 75 floors to the basement of the building. Ms. Oliver defied all odds and survived a second time that day.
-Roy Sullivan holds the unenviable world record for the greatest number of times someone has been struck by lightning: seven. His first brush with electricity from the sky came in 1942, when he was struck on the leg while atop a lookout tower. Strike number two came 27 years later in 1969, when a bolt struck the truck he was driving, knocking him unconscious. He went on to be struck by lightning five more times in the next eight years, the final time being in 1977 while he was fishing.
-Michael Holmes was one of the top ten skydivers in the world with 7,000 jumps under his belt. One day he was making just another routine jump, 15,000 feet above Lake Taupo in New Zealand, when tragedy struck. Pulling on the cord to release his chute, nothing happens. He then tries to release his reserve parachute with no luck. Holmes waves goodbye to the world and screams a last message into the microphone of his camera. The video ends with the violent thud of the diver hitting the ground before the camera goes black. Miraculously Holmes only suffered a punctured lung and a broken ankle from this terrifying fall.
-Amanda Pratt was driving to her new receptionist job on when she collided with another car at an intersection, sending her car careening toward the nearby railroad tracks. As a 70-car freight train, just bore down, a passer-by rushed to assist. Finding the driver's side door smashed and stuck, he ran around and, with the help of another man, pulled Pratt out the passenger door just before the train struck and seriously damaged Pratt's car.
-In 1990, Martin Donnelly was in Spain competing in the Formula One race on the Jerez circuit. In the blink of an eye, his career was over when his Lotus 102 speared off into the barrier at 140 miles an hour. Donnelly was thrown from the vehicle, still strapped to his seat and his car was obliterated. Donnelly survived but not without pretty severe injuries - two broken legs, bruised lungs and brain and blood loss. After intensive care and a long recovery, he now only walks with a slight limp.
-In 1848 a Vermont railway worker was going about his business of preparing the roadbed for the laying of railroad tracks. This process involved boring out a hole in the ground, filling it with blasting powder and detonating from a safe distance using a fuse. While compacting the powder using a 6kg metal rod over a metre long and 5cm in diameter, the powder accidentally ignited blowing the rod out of the hole and through his skull, entering via his left cheek, passing behind the left eye and through the top of his head. Miraculously he didn't die and was able to walk and sit almost immediately following the accident, despite the first physician actually being able to see his brain pulsating.
-In 2014, two Malaysian Airline Flights MH370 and MH17 were subjected to an unfortunate tragedy. MH370 was a scheduled international passenger flight that disappeared on 8 March 2014, while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. MH17 was a scheduled international passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that crashed on 17 July 2014 after being shot down, near Ukraine-Russia border, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board. A Dutch cyclist, Maarten de Jonge, who was scheduled to fly on both Malaysia Airlines flights escaped certain death after changing his ticket for each flight at the last minute.
-In 1995 after a failed relationship, 29 year old Connie Mercure from Brooklyn jumped over 200 feet into the Lower New York Bay. Rescuers immediately pulled her from the chilly waters. Mercure survived with a broken leg, extensive internal bleeding and hypothermia.
-Meng Xianchen and Meng Xianyou were working in an illegal Chinese coal mine when it collapsed, leaving them stranded below ground without food or water. Fellow miners attempted to rescue them, only to be arrested by local authorities for being involved in an illegal mining operation. Having been written off as dead and not knowing whether any rescue efforts would save them, the Mengs dug their way through almost 20 metres of dirt and coal using their hands and the one pickaxe they had with them, drinking urine and even trying to eat coal in an attempt to stay alive on their way to freedom.
-Fidel Castro survived 638 assassination attempts. A number of which were planned by the CIA. Fidel has survived femme fatales, poisoned wetsuits, ballpoint hypodermic syringe, exploding cigars, contaminated cigars, an exploding conch shell, radio station interview attacked with LSD, a handkerchief teeming with deadly bacteria, poisoned milkshakes and many, many more.
-22 year-old Sarah Henley became famous in 1885 after an unsuccessful suicide attempt. Sarah received a letter from her fiancÚ ending their engagement. Distraught, she rushed to end her life by the jumping off the Clifton Suspension Bridge. That particular morning there was a slight wind blowing which inflated her skirt causing it to act like a parachute thereby slowing her decent. She went on to marry another man and live until age 85.
-During WWII Tsutomu Yamaguchi was an employee of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. He was in Hiroshima when the first nuclear bomb was dropped. Though injured by the blast, he survived. Mitsubishi relocated him to a facility in Nagasaki, and he was there when the second atomic bomb fell. He survived it too and lived until 2010.
-In 1954, Ann Hodges was sleeping in her Alabama home when a grapefruit sized meteorite weighing 4kg punched through her roof, hitting her radio and rebounding into her side. While shocked, she was lucky enough to only be bruised by the impact of the rock, which was initially seized by the US Air Force.
-A surveyor working in the forests of British Columbia unexpectedly came face-to-face with a 400kg grizzly bear. Armed only with an axe, and knowing that the bear could easily outrun him if he tried to flee, he lay down and played dead. The bear decided to start clawing and gnawing at the unhappy woodsman's head, tearing away large patches of skin, before swiping at his body and jumping on top of him. Eventually, the bear walked away, leaving him alive but bleeding.
-Timothy Ray Brown was cured of HIV in 2007 after living with the infection for 12 years. Doctors conducted an experiment using a stem cell donor who was naturally resistant to HIV infection. The stem cells were transplanted into Brown and he was able to immediately stop all antiretroviral treatment. The virus has never returned.