In 1884, following a shipwreck, four men were in a flimsy 13-foot lifeboat for 20 days when they decided to kill the comatose cabin boy so they might survive on his flesh. When they returned home to England, they were tried, convicted of murder and sentenced to death.
The only Japanese who survived the Titanic lost his job because he was known as a coward in Japan for not dying with the other passengers.
In 1955 a six year old boy incredibly fought off a starving cougar while his friend ran for help taking 45 minutes before finally finding an adult who believed him.
A man jumped from a burning plane at 18,000ft without a parachute and survived with a sprained leg. His crew-mates all chanced a crash landing and died.
A man fell on a high pressure air valve. It lodged into his butt and inflated him to twice his size nearly killing him. He survived but it took three days to fart and burp out the excess air.
Shipwrecked man survived 16 months adrift at sea, eating turtles, birds and fish and drinking turtle blood, having floated over 8,000 miles from Mexico to a remote Pacific atoll.
There was a Jewish boxer named Salamo Arouch imprisoned at Auschwitz. While there, he was forced to fight bouts against other prisoners, the losers of which were sent to the gas chambers or shot. He survived over 2 years and 200 bouts, eventually being released when the camp was liberated.
A window washer in New York survived a 47-floor fall by hanging onto the aluminum platform, which rode the air like a surfboard creating wind resistance that slowed his descent. He now walks 1-2 miles every day and has finished a 5k charity event.
The longest anyone has ever survived in a shipwrecked raft was 133 days by a Chinese man named Poon Lim. He survived the ordeal by fishing, drinking bird blood, and killing a shark with a jug of water. He died exactly 23 years ago at the age of 72.