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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