#2. Multiple People Have Slept While Cars Crashed Through Their Houses
One morning, 85-year-old Winnie Withers of Indiana got up to pour herself coffee and found to her curiosity that she had a brand new garage door opening in the middle of her kitchen. An 8-foot-wide hole led straight outside.
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"Brick up that hole! I'm not heating the neighborhood!"
Withers figured that the wall must have simply fallen in, until she went outside and saw the tire tracks in her yard. Somehow, she slept through a vehicle smashing through her exterior wall and then fleeing the scene. Her bed, by the way, was only about 20 feet away from the crash.
Sadly, the pie she had set on the windowsill to cool was never recovered.
But this was hardly the first time someone woke up to find that their house had been remodeled with blunt vehicular force. In 1951, in Hobart, Australia, two cars crashed into each other around 1 a.m., sending one of them off the road on only three wheels, smashing through a picket fence and colliding directly with the side of a house.
The driver was then consumed by venomous animals, because Australia.
It took the police about 10 minutes to arrive, and when they showed up at the residence, they were forced to wake the occupant, who said he had "only a faint recollection of any unusual sound." Nobody was seriously hurt in the incident, but the homeowner presumably invested in a louder alarm clock, preferably one that punched him in the face.
#1. The Man Who Slept Through the Bounty Mutiny
The takeover of the HMS Bounty in 1789 is probably the most famous mutiny in history, evidenced by no fewer than five film adaptations of the event re-enacted by names such as Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, Marlon Brando and Anthony Hopkins. This sequence of events that has been thrilling audiences for more than 200 years was missed entirely by midshipman Ned Young, the man who slept through the whole thing.
A typo led to strict orders for him to only be awakened in case of scrutiny.
The ship's troubles all started with the commander and giant asshole William Bligh and his penchant for berating his crew members in front of their comrades. On the morning of April 28, 1789, Master's Mate Fletcher Christian had finally been pushed too far. Having been the most frequent subject of Bligh's public humiliations, and possibly because he wanted his title changed to something less emasculating, Christian started his morning by relieving midshipman Edward "Ned" Young of watch duty before proceeding to rally his supporters to take over the entire ship.
Young, whose shift ended at 4 a.m., had gone to bed, where he proceeded to sleep his way into legend. After dozing through the entire mutiny and waking to find that the chain of command had changed entirely, Young did what any sane man would do, and chose to side with the winners.
"We still get nap time, right? That's kind of a dealbreaker for me."
Eventually the mutineers settled on Pitcairn Island, where Young seemed to flourish for a time. Despite being considered particularly unattractive compared to the other crew members (reportedly missing several of his front teeth, with all of the remaining being rotten), Young was the most popular with the ladies. Maybe he was just really funny. He ended up having seven children, including three with Christian's widow. It is even reported that the women protected him during a bloody conflict on the island -- which some say he also slept through. OK, this guy might have had narcolepsy.
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