'He Survived TWO Atomic Bombs.' Stories Of The Luckiest People On Earth.

When you stop to think about it, we're all lucky just to be here; just to be born, just to survive. But there are some people so lucky it makes you question the laws of nature and probability.

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1/9. Channing Moss is surely one of the luckiest men alive. He is a former soldier in the U.S. Army. At the age of 23, he was sent to Afghanistan to fight against the Taliban.

Moss was on patrol in Paktika Province in Eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, March 16, 2006, when his unit was attacked by Taliban insurgents.

The Taliban attacked the convoy of 5 Humvees with rockets. An RPG rocket is powerful enough to penetrate 11 inches of armor plating from 1300 feet away, and the warhead is powerful enough to kill everyone within a 30 feet radius.

A rocket was fired at the vehicle and Channing Moss, and he was thrown against the wall. Moss felt the smell of burning flesh and to everyones horror, he found that the rocket had actually pierced his body.

The rocket had pierced his body through his abdomen, and was coming out the other side of his body. The most shocking part is, the warhead was still live and could have exploded at any time!

The soldiers chose to help Moss rather than allow him to die; risking the lives of every soldier and those who aided him. They called for medical evacuation via helicopter.

The soldiers did not tell the helicopter crew that Moss had a live warhead lodged in his body for fear that the crew would not want to transport him, because as per protocol, its illegal to use a transport helicopter when there is a risk of a live weapon going off during flight, risking everyones life.

Not only did they manage to get Moss to medical attention in time to save his life, years of painstaking physiotherapy have even allowed him to walk again.

-Manas Saha

2/9. In 1983 a 19-year old boy named George suffered from extreme Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). His case was so very severe that he had to quit school and his job.

Depressed and frustrated by his mental illness, George tried to take his own life by shooting himself in the head. But instead, something remarkable happened. (continued...)


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George tried to shoot himself in the head to end his suffering, but he missed! His shot actually hit the part that of his brain that controlled his obsessive behavior: the left frontal lobe.

Without causing any damage to other regions, the bullet destroyed the source of his illness. So after this "failed" suicide attempt he was cured from his OCD.

-Mohamed Saleh

3/9. Anders Helstrup cheated death by a few feet when a meteorite hurtled past him at 300mph while he was skydiving.

-Cody McLain

4/9. A Dutch cyclist named Marteen de Jonge cheated death twice in 4 months.

He was scheduled to fly aboard MH370 in march 2014, which he cancelled at the very last moment.

He also booked ticked in MH17 flight, which he rescheduled at last moment and did not board the flight.

Id say you have to be pretty lucky to narrowly miss two of the most famously ill-fated flights in history.

-Lokesh Bhaskar

5/9. I would say late Cuban President Fidel Castro was actually among the luckiest people on Earth. Why, you ask?

Castro survived an estimated 638 assassination attempts (estimated by Cubas counter intelligence agency). Over the course of his 90-year life, that's an average of more than 7 per year!

A number of these were planned by the CIA, but they werent alone. Numerous mafia members, and his own mistress were also among the many, many others who attempted to kill the dictator.

Here are just a few of the incredibly intricate death traps Castro managed to escape from. (continued...)


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Femme fatale. Marita Lorenz, just one of many women Castro counted as a mistress, allegedly accepted a deal from the CIA in which she would feed him capsules filled with poison.

Poisoned wetsuit. While theres plenty suspicious about receiving random diving gear from your enemy right in the middle of the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the CIA gave it a shot.

In 1975, the Senate Intelligence Committee claimed it had "concrete evidence" of a plan to offer Castro a wetsuit lined with spores and bacteria that would give him a skin disease (and maybe worse). The plan supposedly involved American lawyer James B. Donovan, who would present Castro with the suit when he went to negotiate the release of the Bay of Pigs prisoners.

Ballpoint hypodermic syringe. An ordinary-looking pen would be rigged with a hypodermic needle so fine that Castro wouldnt notice when someone bumped into him with the pen and injected him with an extremely potent poison.

Exploding cigar. But this was no parlor trick this cigar would have been packed with enough real explosives to take Fidels head off.

Contaminated cigar. They may have given up on the TNT stogie, but the idea of spiking his smokes was still being floated around. The CIA even went as far as to recruit a double agent who would slip Castro a cigar filled with botulin, a toxin that would kill the leader in short order.

Exploding conch shell. Knowing that Castro liked to scuba dive, the CIA made plans to plant an explosive device in a conch shell at his favorite spot. They plotted to make the shell brightly colored and unusual looking so it would be sure to attract Castros attention, drawing him close enough to kill him when the bomb inside went off.

LSD. In what was mostly an effort to discredit Fidel, not kill him, a radio station where Castro was giving a live broadcast would be bombarded with an aerosol spray containing a substance similar to LSD. When Fidel had the requisite freak out live on the air, Cubans would think he had lost his mind and stop trusting him.

Handkerchief teeming with deadly bacteria. The CIA was seemingly obsessed with covering Fidel in harmful bacteria and toxins, because they also considered giving him a germ-covered hankie that would make him very ill.

None of these attempts apparently came very close to getting the dictator. But one final plot did come within a hair of killing Castro. (continued...)


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The Poisoned milkshake. According to Escalante, the closest the CIA ever came to killing Castro was a deadly dessert drink in 1963.

The attempt went awry when the pill stuck to the freezer where the waiter-assassin at the Havana Hilton was supposed to retrieve it. When he tried to unstick it, the capsule ripped open and the attempt had to be aborted.

-Piyush Gupta

6/9. Tsutomu Yamaguchi: is the luckiest person ever for my money.

He was a survivor of both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings in 1945, the only person to have been officially recognized by the government of Japan as surviving both explosions.

A resident of Nagasaki, Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima on business for his employer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries when the city was bombed at 8:15 AM, on August 6, 1945.

He returned to Nagasaki the following day, and despite his wounds, he returned to work on August 9, the day of the second atomic bombing.

On March 24, 2009, the government of Japan officially recognized his presence in Hiroshima three days earlier.

He died of stomach cancer on January 4, 2010, at the age of 93.

-Charles Sam

7/9. Australian man Bill Morgan is the luckiest man alive. Why you ask?

Well heres the thing. He won the lottery, as any normal lucky person would, but that wasn't the end of the story. A local news station asked him to talk about his experience as a lottery winner. He agreed, and went on the air.

The news station asked him to reenact buying and scratching the card, which should have been pretty normal. (continued...)


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But instead when he scratched the new cardHE WON ANOTHER $250,000

Wow, just wow!

-Hugo Gasseau Dryer

8/9. Roy Sullivan, an American National Park Ranger, was struck by lightning an unbelievable seven times without dying. Whether that makes him the luckiest or unluckiest person Earth I'm not sure.

The first documented lightning strike of Sullivan occurred in April 1942. He was hiding from a thunderstorm in a fire lookout tower. It burned a half-inch strip all along his right leg, hit his toe, and left a hole in his shoe.

He was hit again in July 1969. Unusually, he was hit while in his truck, driving on a mountain roadthe metal body of a vehicle normally protects people in cases such as this by acting as a Faraday cage.

In 1970, Sullivan was struck while in his front yard. The lightning hit a nearby power transformer and from there jumped to his left shoulder, searing it.

In 1972, Sullivan was working inside a ranger station in Shenandoah National Park when another strike occurred, setting his hair on fire.

Although he had never been a fearful man despite all his misfortune, after the fourth strike he began to believe that some unknown force was trying to destroy him and he became deeply afraid of death.

On August 7, 1973, while he was out on patrol in the park, Sullivan saw a storm cloud forming and drove away quickly. But the cloud, he said later, seemed to be following him.

When he finally thought he had outrun it, he decided it was safe to leave his truck. That was a mistake. (continued)


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Soon after exiting the vehicle, he was struck by a lightning bolt. Sullivan stated that he actually saw the bolt that hit him. The lightning moved down his left arm and left leg and knocked off his shoe, although it did not untie the lace.

The next strike, on June 5, 1976, injured his ankle. It was reported that he saw a cloud, thought that it was following him, tried to run away, but was struck anyway.

On Saturday morning, June 25, 1977, Sullivan was struck while fishing in a freshwater pool. The lightning hit the top of his head, singed his hair, traveled down, and burnt his chest and stomach.

Sullivan turned to his car when something unexpected occurred a bear approached the pond and tried to steal trout from his fishing line. Sullivan had the strength and courage to strike the bear with a tree branch. He claimed that this was the twenty-second time he hit a bear with a stick in his lifetime.

All seven strikes were documented by the superintendent of Shenandoah National Park, R. Taylor Hoskins, and were verified by doctors.

-Anonymous

9/9. Timothy Ray Brown was diagnosed with HIV in 1995 while studying in Berlin, Germany. Hence his nickname: The Berlin Patient.

Timothy Ray Brown was cured of HIV in 2007 after living with the infection for 12 years.

Doctors conducted a bold experiment using a stem cell donor who was naturally resistant to HIV infection. The stem cells were transplanted into Brown and he was able to immediately stop all antiretroviral treatment the HIV virus has never returned.

-Jay Gajjar

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