The girl with the best bar story ever. She's not "famous," but you'll surely owe her a drink someday.
Rapper T.I. Is On Call To Thwart Attempted Suicides
In 2010, T.I. was listening to the radio, when he heard that a suicidal man was about to jump off a 22-story building. That's right: "heard on the radio." He wasn't just on the scene and leapt into action, he actually got the T.I. signal and sought out heroism. T.I. drove to the building and offered to help by recording a video message for the man, urging him to come down. A police negotiator showed the video to the would-be jumper, who agreed to come down off the ledge and meet with the rapper.
Then they went on that same radio show and talked about it, because near-death sells.
You might have guessed that this wasn't T.I.'s first time saving a life. He also rescued singer Scott Stapp, of Creed. In 2006, Stapp did a shitton of drugs and jumped off his hotel balcony, then laid around seriously injured for over two hours until T.I. -- who happened to be at the same hotel -- heard his moans of pain and rushed to the rescue. Even if your ears wish he hadn't.
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Note: We never said the other guest didn't heard him moaning in pain for two hours. Just that T.I. was the only one to do anything about it ...
Gene Roddenberry Pulled People From Burning Wreckage
Gene Roddenberry was probably obsessed with starships because planes hadn't been too kind to him -- he'd been in three goddamn plane crashes in his life, one of them as a plane crash investigator. A job he probably took to find out why planes hated his god damn face.
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Was that face too SEXY for you, planes?!
After the war ended, Roddenberry became a pilot for Pan Am. On June 18th, 1947, Roddenberry was flying as a passenger from Karachi, Pakistan to Istanbul, Turkey, when the plane decided to just up and fall apart midflight. The engines caught fire, a wing fell off, and the fuselage began to tear itself to pieces -- because one of Roddenberry's ancestors must have done something truly awful to gravity and it was now out for blood.
As the pilot prepared for crash-landing, Roddenberry went to the cabin and began reassuring the understandably terrified passengers that everything was going to be OK. A few moments later, the plane crashed in the Syrian desert, killing 15 people on board, including the pilot and co-pilot, which was less than "OK" -- but the man was always an optimist.
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This photo was taken minutes after the crash, probably.
Roddenberry himself survived, albeit with a few broken ribs, which didn't stop him from dragging all the surviving passengers out of the burning wreckage. The exact number of people he saved is a bit fuzzy, because it's not like some dude with a clipboard was standing there putting checkmarks in the "saved by the Star Trek guy" column -- but around 20 people survived the crash, and Roddenberry had a big hand in that. Then he gave us William Shatner. The man was practically a saint.
Zachary Frey is a sophomore at Cornell University. You can read his 10 most recent articles here.
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