The 4 luckiest survivors of catastrophes
Take a minute to think about all the things that worry you. Good. Now stop worrying because unless it's your health or a life or death situation, let it go. There's a lot worse that could happen. The following people have faced the worst hardship possible, survived and in some cases thrived.
1. Tsutomu Yamaguchi - Survived BOTH atomic bombs
Mr. Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima for business on August 6, 1945. The first atomic bomb was launched on that day, killing over 70,000 people or about 30% of the city’s population.
After spending a night at the hospital, Mr. Yamaguchi survived the blast, and immediately left back to his home town of… Nagasaki. On August 9, the second atomic bomb was launched, killing over 50,000 people in Nagasaki.
Mr. Yamaguchi survived both bombings and eventually was officially recognized by the Japanese government as the only person to do so. In his later life, he became a vocal proponent nuclear disarmament.
Mr. Yamaguchi passed away in 2010, at the age of 93.
2. Violet Jessup - Survived 3 shipwrecks including the Titanic
Violet Jessup boarded the luxurious passenger ship RMS Titanic as a young wealthy woman, with her mother and fiancé. She was trapped in a loveless relationship until she met a charming young man who was a poor artist in the third class that would change her life forever… Wait. That was a movie.
In real life, Violet was actually a stewardess aboard the real RMS Titanic, which famously sank after crashing into an iceberg. She had previously worked on another luxury ship, the RMS Olympic that collided with another ship, flooded, but did not sink. However, while working aboard the Hospital Ship Britannic during World War I, the ship struck a mine and quickly sank.
Violet survived all three accidents. Hopefully, she decided to stay away from the ocean.
3. Roy Sullivan - Struck by lightning 7 times
Mr. Sullivan was a U.S. Park Ranger from 1942 to 1977. He is part of the Guinness Book of World Records, not for some random achievement in his park ranger duties (like ‘Most Picnic Baskets Saved from a Talking Bear’—Yogi anyone?) or a particular talent, but for being the ‘human lightning-rod’.
Mr. Sullivan was hit by lightning on 7 separate occasions and survived all of them. The official odds of getting struck by lightning in the U.S. in any one year are 1 in 700,000.
Interesting fact: Sullivan's wife was also struck once, when a storm suddenly arrived as she was out hanging clothes in their back yard. Her husband was helping her at the time, but escaped unharmed.
4. Ann Hodges - Survived being hit by a meteor
Ann Hodges is the only confirmed person in history to have been hit by a meteorite.
It happened in a small town in Alabama in 1954, where Ann was just hanging out in her living room, taking a nap on her couch, when a METEOR broke through her ceiling and smacked her thigh. Luckily she was only hurt, but I assume very confused while looking at the huge holes on her ceiling and floor.
As astronomer Michael Reynolds put it, "You have a better chance of getting hit by a tornado and a bolt of lightning and a hurricane all at the same time."
The "Hodges Meteorite", named after Ann Hodges, is now on display at the Alabama Museum of Natural History!
Looking for more tales of survival and luck?
Checkout The Family Next Door, a thrilling new drama where the luck of two families drastically change into misfortune.