The man who wrote what is considered the first significant self help book in 1859, Samuel Smiles, is the great-great-grandfather of Bear Grylls.
The farther back you sit on an airplane, the better your odds of survival in the event of a crash. Passengers near the tail of a plane are about 40 percent more likely to survive a crash than those in the first few rows up front.
Christopher McCandless (Into the Wild) could have saved his own life if he had known about the hand-operated tram that crossed the otherwise impassable river.
10 years ago an eight-year-old boy had his arm bitten off by a shark. His uncle got mad and grabbed the 7-foot-long shark and dragged it to shore. The shark was killed, the arm removed from it’s stomach, and reattached to the boy.
In 1761, 60 slaves were left for dead by the French on a tiny coral reef in the Pacific Ocean only to be rescued 15 years later. 53 died before rescue arrived.
The record holder for most survived lightning strikes, at 7, was struck while operating a truck, inside a ranger station, on two separate occasions after running/driving away from the storm, and immediately after the seventh strike he had to fight off a trout-stealing bear with a tree branch.
Frano Selak survived a train derailing into a river, a bus crashing and falling into another river, falling off a plane whose doors had blown off and living by landing on a hay stack, got hit by a bus, and survived a car explosion twice, and was then lucky enough to win the lottery in 2004.
Bertrand Russell survived a plane crash at the age of 76, in which 19 of the 43 passengers died. Russell survived because he was seated in the smoking section, claiming before the flight that “If I cannot smoke, I shall die.”
A twelve year old girl was the sole survivor of a plane crash that killed all 152 other passengers, including her mother. She floated in the ocean for nine hours before being rescued.
An estimated 165 people rode trains from Hiroshima to Nagasaki and survived both atomic bomb blasts.