Man survives TWO nuclear bombs
You might have seen a certain Tsutomu Yamaguchi pop up in our Top ten luckiest people in the world feature, as the man who survived not one but TWO atomic bombs during his life.
Yamaguchi was formally recognised, in 2009, as one of a very small amount of people to have survived both bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. He was lucky to have survived and to make it to the ripe old age of 93, yes, but there’s no denying how unlucky Yamaguchi was to have been at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the first place...
Man hit by lightening... SEVEN TIMES!
You’d think after the sixth time you’d probably just stay inside... but not Roy Sullivan! The US park ranger holds the Guinness world record for being hit by lightning more times than anyone else.
Between 1942 and 1977 he was hit a shocking seven times - the final time being arguably the most impressive. Struck while he was fishing, a bear then added insult to quite severe injury by trying to steal a trout from his fishing line. Having none of it, Sullivan had enough energy to strike the bear with a branch and get his fish back.
Couple are victims of three terrorist attacks
Both New York and London are massive, as well as massively popular, cities - so it’s no surprise that there are people like Jason and Jenny Cairns-Lawrence who witnessed both the September 11 attacks as well as the 7/7 attacks on the London transport system. Not unlikely, but certainly unlucky.
Unfortunately for the couple, that wasn’t the end of it. In 2008 they were in Mumbai when gunmen attacked ten locations around the city, killing 164 people in the process.
In summary, maybe check when Jenny and Jason are heading before you book your week away...
The persistent bullet
OK, bare with us on this one. In 1883 Henry Ziegland dumped his girlfriend. She killed herself (this is more sad than unlucky). Her brother turns up to shoot Henry out of revenge - thinking he has killed him, he then takes his own life. Turns out he didn’t manage to kill Henry, the bullet barely grazed him before getting stuck in a tree.
Years later Ziegland decides to blow up the tree with some dynamite (apparently using a saw was too easy). Unfortunately for Henry, the resulting explosion propelled the bullet into his head, killing him instantly.
Man opts out of lottery as coworkers win $319m
After being asked twice to be part of his office’s lottery syndicate, one man in New York decided to pass, believing it to be a waste of money. Yep, you guessed it. His colleagues won the jackpot of $319 million - getting nearly $20 million each.
We’re guessing he was the only person who turned up to work on Monday morning...
Woman goes down on sinking ship... thrice
In 1911 Violet Jessop was a stewardess aboard the Olympic (the Titanic’s sister ship) when it collided with a British warship and sank. That would suck. The next year she was hanging about with Kate and Leo on the Titanic when it suffered its well documented iceberg related incident and did the same.
After some well deserved time away from the sea Jessop finally returned in 1916 as a nurse on the Britannic. Erm, yeah, that sunk too. Feeling it was getting a little boring, Jessop decided to give up spending time on sinking ships from that day on - she died in 1971 and was buried at sea.
Elephant poo suffocates man
Poor, ill-fated Friedrich. The 46-year-old was only trying to help out Stefan the constipated elephant - a resident of Paderborn Zoo in Germany - by feeding him laxatives but he ended up being completely shat on. In a very literal sense.
Rumour has it that the zookeeper fed his stuffed up elephant 22 does of animal laxatives (probably a bit extreme) as well as a bushel of berries, figs and prunes to help him along. Needless to say, Stefan, er, released. Very good news indeed. Except, of course, for the fact that he let rip all over his buddy Friedrich, who suffocated under 200 pounds of elephant dump.
Man crashed on his way home from hospital
‘Calamity’ John Lyne is often called Britain’s unluckiest man - suffering 16 major accidents in his life, including lightning strikes, a rock fall in a mine and three car crashes.
His most famous incident occurred when he was a teen - after breaking his arm falling from a tree he went to the hospital and was treated. On the way home from the hospital the bus he was travelling on crashed, and he broke the same arm again in a different place... oh yeah, and it was Friday 13th.
Woman hit by meteorite during nap
Think the grating dirge of your alarm clock is an unpleasant experience to wake up to? Spare a thought for poor Ann Hodges. On November 30 1954 she was having a kip on the couch when a meteorite the size of a grapefruit came smashing through her roof, bounced of her radio, and hits her on the arm and hip.
As the rule says, finders keepers, and after a fair bit of arguing and a fair few lawyers Ms Hodges managed to hold onto the rock, which she eventually donated to the University of Alabama.
Sometimes being unlucky is worth it in the end...
Here’s a list of some of the stuff that happened to Croatian Frane Selak:
Survived a train crash that killed 17 people after it plunged into icy waters.
Escaped a plane crash that killed 19 others with just minor injuries.
Was riding a bus that plunged into a river (again) - four died, not Frane.
A faulty fuel pump caused his car to go up in flames, he got out without injury.
He was hit by a bus.
He escaped his car just before it fell 300 feet off a cliff.
And then... he won $1,000,000 on the lottery. Lucky git!