These 10 random tales will make you infinitely grateful for your own trials, for it could always be worse. We’ll start with the good and then get to the ugly.
1. Metal rod strikes construction worker’s skull, he feels no pain.
Eduardo Leite was working at a Rio construction site in August 2012 when he felt something hit his brain. He reached up and felt a six-foot iron rod protruding from his head. It had fallen five stories and punctured his skull.
The 24-year-old was fully conscious when he walked into the hospital. “He was holding it and his face was covered in blood. His look was as if nothing had happened. When he arrived he told the doctors he wasn’t feeling anything, no pain, nothing,” his wife said. After a five-hour surgery Leite was all right.
He would’ve lost an eye or become paralyzed if it had entered an inch or two in either direction. It hit a “non-eloquent area” of the brain, a part that serves no major function.
2. Adopted son finds birth mother he already knew.
This story that will give even the sternest of you the feels. A 22-year-old man discovered his lost birth mother was his coworker.
Steve Flaig worked as a delivery driver at Lowe’s Michigan. Since he turned 18 he was on a mission to find his mum. He went to the agency that handled his adoption and got a name, but for years he had no luck because he was spelling it wrong. After finally getting the correct name his life would change forever.
His mother, Christine Tallady, worked as a cashier.
“Passing each other, it was just, ‘Hey,'” Tallady said. At the time Steve didn’t know how to handle it so the agency phoned Tallady to let her know. They met at a restaurant the very next day. “He got out of his seat, and we just hugged and hugged and hugged and cried and cried.”
The two went to the same high school, the same church, and lived very close to each other.
3. Man saves falling baby, twice.
They say that lightning doesn’t strike twice but it would seem that falling babies do. In Detroit during the 1930s Joseph Figlock was a street sweeper minding his own business when he looked up and saw a baby falling from the sky. He broke the baby’s fall and it survived.
In 1938, one year later, the same baby fell from the same fourth-floor window. Figlock was again in the right place at the right time, and saved the two-year-old yet again. That 2-year-old probably grew up thinking that if you jumped from a window there was a man who saved everyone.
4. Seth MacFarlane misses flight on 9/11
Seth MacFarlane partied a little too hard on September 10, 2001. The next morning he was scheduled for American Airlines Flight 11, the plane that crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
Hungover and late, he missed his flight by 15 minutes. At 8:46 a.m., it crashed into the building.
5. Man wins the same lottery twice
Kenneth Stokes wrote down his lucky numbers in 2014 forgetting that he already owned a season pass for the same numbers. A representative called him and informed him he technically won twice.
He won $546,000. The odds of someone winning twice were 985,517 to one. He now receives a sweet $25,000 a year for 20 years.
Now for the Bad….These people aren’t so lucky.
6. The man who was present at both Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Tsutomu Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima on business. He was about to leave the city when he saw a plane overhead and a tiny silvery package fall slowly from the sky. He instinctively took cover.
Yamaguchi was blown away and lost consciousness. When he his ear drums were ruptured, his eyes went temporarily blind and searing burns covered his body. He was 1.5 miles from ground zero.
Panicking, Yamaguchi ran to a train that was still in order. He fled to his hometown, Nagasaki. He went back to work on August 9. That day, “Fat Man” hit the city. He was again within 1.5 miles of blast radius.
The Japanese government have since recognized him as the only person to survive both. Yamaguchi lived until he was 93.
7. Park ranger survives seven lightning strikes.
Between 1942 and 1977, Roy Sullivan worked as a park ranger in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park. He holds the Guinness World Record for being struck seven times by lightning.
He survived blasts to the head, which in nearly every instance burnt his hair completely off. On one occasion he was hit while a bear simultaneously tried to eat the trout on the end of his fishing line.
Did he never think that he was in the wrong job?
8. The world’s unluckiest man
Croatian Frano Selak has lived an incredible life. He has had numerous brushes with death, lending him the nickname the “world’s luckiest unluckiest man.” Here are some of his scrapes.
• 1962: Survived a train crash in a river that drowned 17.
• 1963: Survived a plane crash by landing in a haystack-19 dead
• 1966: Survived a bus crash that left four dead
• 1970: Escaped a fiery car which ignited the fuel tank, blowing it to smithereens
• 1977: A malfunctioning fuel pump in his car caught fire and flames singed off his hair
• 1995: Hit by a bus in Zagreb, sustaining minor injuries
• 1996: Just missed a head-on collision by swerving into a guard rail; he was ejected by the car because he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and his vehicle plummeted 300 feet into a ravine
In 2003, he won the lottery and became a millionaire. Somebody needs to pen an autobiography!