12 Of The Most Accident-Prone People in History

One man survived both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear blasts.
12 Of The Most Accident-Prone People in History

Ah, the tales of the brave and the resilient. Tales of people who have faced death and come out the other side unscathed, or even better, with a story to tell. This list is a testament to the strength of the human spirit, and the incredible will to survive. Here are 12 people who have somehow managed to survive an appallingly high number of serious accidents, and the stories of their miraculous escapes from death's clutches. From Roy C. Sullivan, who has been hit by lightning seven times, to Ernest Hemingway, who survived two plane crashes and a ruptured spleen, to Adrian Carton de Wiart, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery in World War I, these are stories of courage and resilience that will stay with us for generations. 

So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and get ready to be amazed as you read about these twelve incredible people who have cheated death and lived to tell the tale.

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Miraculous saxophone inventor survives death's many attempts.

CRACKED THE INVENTOR OF THE SAXOPHONE ALMOST DIED IN THE WEIRDEST WAYS Adolphe Sax had many close calls with death - falling on his head, swallowing a sharp pin, falling into a fire, drinking toxic chemicals, being knocked out and thrown into a river, an explosion, and even a cancerous tumor.

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Roy C. Sullivan: Lightning magnet.

CRACKED STRUCK BY LIGHTNING SEVEN TIMES One Roy C. Sullivan, from the U.S., has been hit by lightning seven times in his life - which is the most of anyone in the world, according to the Guinness World Records.


Survived it all: Hemingway, a true survivor.

CRACKED HEMINGWAY'S BAD LUCK WITH AIR TRAVEL Ernest Hemingway survived two plane crashes, a ruptured spleen, a crushed vertebra, a fractured skull, and many other injuries. Despite all of this, Hemingway was able to write some of the most iconic works of literature of the 20th century. UNDE SWOES

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Titanic survivor, Grand Slam champion, Olympic gold medalist.

CRACKED BECOMING A TENNIS CHAMPION AFTER NEARLY LOSING BOTH LEGS R. Norris Williams made it through the Titanic sinking, but his legs got so heavily frostbitten that doctors wanted to amputate them. Не said no, and went on to have a successful career in tennis, even winning an Olympic gold medal in mixed doubles.

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"Heroic" Finnish soldier steals meth, survives.

CRACKED TAKING ENOUGH METH TO KILL A HERD OF ELEPHANTS Aimo Koivunen, a WWII Finnish soldier, grabbed all the meth that was meant for the whole group (to keep them awake) while skiing away from the Russians and amazingly stayed alive, even though he took thirty times the normal amount.

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Tsutomu Yamaguchi: Twice the survivor.

CRACKED BACK-TO-BACK NUCLEAR BOMBS Tsutomu Yamaguchi is the only person in the world who was officially recognized by the Japanese government for surviving both the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


"Rasputin of The Bronx" survives 20 attempts on his life.

CRACKED 20 ASSASSINATION ATTEMPTS Michael Malloy, a man from Donegal, Ireland, was known to some as The Rasputin of The Bronx. Не amazingly survived 20 attempts on his life in New York City, by five different people, who were all trying to get money from a life insurance policy.

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A true war hero: six decades, three wars.

CRACKED EVERYTHING WAR CAN THROW AT YOU Adrian Carton de Wiart lost an eye and a hand in battle, but still managed to fight in three wars over the course of six decades. Не was even able to survive plane crashes and being held as a prisoner of war.


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