We use the expression lucky dog way too loosely nowadays.
We think getting a good deal online, a nice vacation, or a good-looking partner
is being lucky. We thought so too, before we came across this. Your definition
of luck will change altogether after reading this. These are, the luckiest
people to ever exist on Earth.
1. Joan R. Ginther - Fourth time's a charm.
Did you know that the chance of you winning a
lottery is 1 in 200 million? In fact, you are more likely to die getting struck
by an asteroid than win a lottery. How would you explain Joan R. Ginthers
situation then? She won a lottery not once, but an unimaginable 4 times! Her
life changed when she first won a cool $5.4 million, only to win $2 million more
10 years later. It doesnt end there. 2 years later she won $3 million, and a
staggering $10 million in 2008!
2. Tsutomu Yamaguchi The man who cheated death by a nuclear attack.
It was during World War II that Tsutomu
was an employee of the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. During one of his work
visits to Hiroshima was when the first nuclear bomb dropped in 1945. Blessed,
though injured by the blast, he somehow managed to survive. He quickly returned
to Nagasaki to his family and started work on the 9
of August, the
day the second nuclear attack happened. He miraculously survived this
Later in life, Yamaguchi became a vocal
proponent of nuclear disarmament. In an interview, Mr Yamaguchi said, The
reason that I hate the atomic bomb is because of what it does to the dignity of
human beings. During a telephone interview he said, I cant understand why the
world cannot understand the agony of the nuclear bombs. How can they keep
developing these weapons? He also wrote a book about his experiences in the
In March 2009, Japan officially recognised
Yamaguchi as a survivor of both blasts. He is now the only person
officially recognised as surviving two nuclear bomb explosions.
Mr. Yamaguchi lived to a ripe old age of 93
and died on January 4th, 2010, at his home in Nagasaki.
3. Bill Morgan Back from the dead.
Accidents can happen at any given point
of time. For Australian Bill Morgan, it was when he was tragically crushed when
his car met with a truck in an accident. Dead for more than 14 minutes, he
somehow managed to not only survive, but also came away from 12 days of coma,
even after his family removed the life support. Crazy? Thats not the end of it.
To celebrate the new life that was granted to him, he bought a Scratch It card
and won a $27,000 car! To document his incredible story, a local news channel
asked him to re-enact the winning moment by scratching another card, only for
him to win $250,000 again during the live reenactment! Nuts.
Frane Selak 7 times lucky, and then again.
Known as the luckiest man to ever live, Croatian Frane Selak cheated death
not once or twice, but an astonishing 7 TIMES! Selaks brushes with death
started in January 1962 when the train he was travelling in flipped off the
tracks, and crashed in a freezing canyon river. Bystanders pulled him to the
shore, while 17 other passengers drowned to their deaths. Selak just suffered a
broken arm and hypothermia.
A year later, during his first and only plane
ride, Frane was blown out of a malfunctioning plane door, and as luck would have
it, landed on a haystack. The plane crashed, killing 19 people.
Three years later, in 66, a bus he was
travelling in skid off the road, into a river, drowning four passengers. Selak,
however, swam safely to the shore with only a few cuts and bruises.
Two years after, Selak was trying to teach his
youngest son how to hold a gun. Selak hadnt realised that the safety trigger
was accidentally off and somehow managed to shoot himself in the testicles.
Selaks testicles had to be removed, but he luckily survived, again.
In 1970, and 1973 he got into accidents where
his car caught fire. Apart from singed hair, Selak managed to get out of the
situation absolutely unharmed, again.
Later, in 1995, Selak was struck by a bus in
Zagreb, but only sustained minor injuries.
A year later, he eluded a head-on collision
with a United Nations truck on a blind mountain curve by swerving into a
guardrail, which couldnt hold on its own and gave way under the impact force of
the car. He was not wearing a seat-belt at this point of time, and was ejected
from the car when the door flew open. Selak saw his death along with the car
plummet down about 300 ft into a gorge. Youd think cheating death an inhuman 7
times would be enough to be on this list, but theres more.
In 2003, two days after his 73rd birthday,
Frane Selak won a staggering $1.1 million in the Croatian National Lottery!
While he bought two houses and a boat with it, Frane also used the money to buy
a small chapel to thank the Lord for all of his fortune. After $1.1 million and
the 7 near-death experiences, he better be thankful.
Maarten de Jonge The man who cheated death twice in 4
It is known that your intuition can give you a
sense of whats going to happen in the near future. But how do you explain the
case of Dutch cyclist Maarten de Jonge? Maarten cheated death twice in 4 months!
He was scheduled to be on the MH370, the flight that went missing and was never
found, in March 2014. He had also booked a seat in the MH17 flight which later
crashed, only to reschedule it at the last moment.
6. Concetta Antico The artist tetrachromat.
The human eye is stacked with millions
of cone-shaped cells that help us recognise colours. For the normal kind like
us, there are three types of cones which allow vision for about one million
distinctive colours. Birds, insects, fishes and reptiles have a fourth type of
cone cell that extends their colour perception, making them see the UV range as
well. Although evolution has mostly scrubbed that fourth cone from the mammalian
lineage, there is evidence that a small group of humans may have a genetic
variant that allows for tetrachromacy.
So a tetrachromat will be able to see,
roughly 100 times more colours than an average human being.
Concetta Antico is a tetrachromat.
Its shocking how little colour people see in their lives. Says Antico. The
fact that shes the only one (one of the handful) in the entire world who sees
the world a lot more vividly than the others, makes her a really lucky person.
When she looks at a leaf, she sees much more than just green. Around the edge
Ill see orange or red or purple in the shadow; you might see dark green, but
Ill see violet, turquoise, blue, she said. Its like a mosaic of
Deciding to show how she sees the world,
Concetta decided to be a painter. She conjures masterpieces in one sitting. All
her paintings are insanely colorful, and feature shades you wouldn't generally
expect to see. Concetta, to me, is even luckier than Frane.
7. Fidel Castro - The man who cannot be killed.
When you are hated and loved equally by
millions across your country, an assassination attempt should shock you. But
Cubas counter intelligence agency has estimated that Fidel Castro has survived
over 630 assassination attempts! Six hundred and thirty. A number of these being
planned by the U.S CIA, numerous mafia members, and his own mistress among many,
Fidel has survived his cigar being poisoned,
exploding cigars, radio laced with LSD, hidden poisonous hypodermic needles
filled with lethal concoctions, among a lot more things.
Nichiren - The man who survived a beheading.
Nichiren was a prominent 12th century monk
who was sentenced to execution for having written a prophecy that the Japanese
authorities felt was subversive, and undermining their power. As pure luck would
have it, Nichiren managed to escape his own beheading when the executioner was
struck and killed by a lightening bolt when he raised his sword. He was later
released by the authorities due to the weird circumstances.
Would this be an opportune moment to wish