In 1925, Nome, Alaska was hit by a diphtheria epidemic and all the available antitoxin had been exhausted. Since land, air, and sea routes were not feasible, 20 mushers and 150 sled dogs bravely carried the serum over a distance of 674 miles in just 5 and a half days despite harsh subzero temperatures, near-blizzard conditions, and winds reaching hurricane force.
Iceland is the safest country in the world in case of a nuclear war, because it is isolated from the rest of the world, doesn’t have a standing army to target and generates all of its electricity from geothermal sources.
In 1993 a French man driving a Citroen car in a remote area of the Moroccan desert had a breakdown and became stranded. To survive he tore down the car, built a motorcycle from the parts, and rode it back to civilization. When he arrived he was ticketed for operating an illegal vehicle.
In 1969, 17 year old Cuban, Armando Socarras Ramirez survived hiding in the right wheel well of a Douglas DC-8 on an eight-hour flight from Havana to Madrid. Upon landing he was found on the ground covered in ice and not breathing, Dubbed ”the popsicle” by Spanish doctors, he recovered fully.
In 2006 an Australian man named Ricky Megee became stranded in the outback and survived 71 days on a diet of leeches, frogs, insects, snakes, ants, lizards and edible plants.
In 2016 a British reality show about surviving the wilderness of the Scottish highlands, but was cancelled after 4 episodes. The producers decided not to tell contestants that the show had been cancelled and allowed them to continue living in the wilderness for over a year to no end.
In 1954, Ernest Hemingway survived two plane crashes in two days.
After the second crash, the writer was presumed dead, but walked out of the jungle the next day, still holding a bottle of gin.
There is a man called José Salvador Alvarenga who holds the Guinness World Record for longest time being lost at sea. He was lost for 438 days in a boat that was about 7 meters long and almost one meter wide. He survived by eating raw fish, turtles and birds and by drinking rain water.
In 2005 a woman in Arkansas survived hitting parking lot asphalt face-first during her first solo jump after her main chute failed and reserve malfunctioned, only to learn during surgery that she was pregnant. The baby also survived.
Marshall Mabey was a $1 a day NYC tunnel worker called “Sandmen”. On Feb 19 1916, he was working under the East River where the tunnel was pressurized to prevent cave ins. A crack in the ceiling vented Mabey up through the mud, the East River and 25 feet into the air. He lived and was uninjured.