In 1945, a B-25 bomber pilot crashed into the Empire State Building’s elevator shaft, snapping the cable. By the time the carriage reached the bottom, a thousand feet of cable had piled up beneath it acting like a spring, which allowed the lone occupant in the car to escape injured but alive.
There was a woman who survived a gas chamber, three Nazi concentration camps, testing by the infamous Nazi Doctor Josef Mengele, a death march, and shared a barracks with the dying Dutch teenager Anne Frank.
In this insane Russian dashcam video, an unidentified pedestrian demonstrated incredible survival instinct while avoiding being hit by a car.
Poon Kim holds the record for surviving adrift in a life raft at 133 days in 1942-43. When told no one had ever survived longer on a raft at sea, he replied, “I hope no one will ever have to break that record.”
There was a Japanese man who survived 24 days of cold weather by inadvertently falling into a state of hibernation. When he was found, his temperature had dropped to 71°F.
When an elderly hiker was pounced on by a mountain lion that began to tear at his arm, a nearby bear rushed over and attacked the lion, driving it away and saving his life.
When skydiver Joan Murray’s parachute failed, she approached the ground at 80 miles (128km) per hour, landing on a mound of fire ants. The shock from being stung over 200 times by the ants released a surge of adrenaline which kept her heart beating, and allowed her to survive.
In 1982 a 15 year old runaway lived in an elevator shaft for 2 months. He rewired the elevator to work as he wanted, and was caught when residents smelled cooking hot dogs.
Arctic explorer Peter Freuchen formed a chisel out of his own frozen feces to free himself from an avalanche. He then amputated his own frozen toes with a hammer… without anesthesia.
Bahia Bakari, a 12 year old French girl, was the sole survivor of an Airbus A310 crash near Comoros that killed 152 people. She could barely swim and had no life vest, but clung to a piece of aircraft wreckage for over 9 hours before being rescued.