Do you believe in luck? Are you an unlucky person? Do you panic anytime someone mentions Friday the 13th because you just know something bad is going to happen to you? Imagine being one of the seven people you’re about to read about, because they’ve been through it all.
Whether it was getting struck by lightning more than once, surviving the deadliest attacks of all time, or just being in the wrong place at the wrong time…three times in a row, this list is about the people that you are luckier than! But hopefully after reading this, the luck of these ill fated few won’t rub off on you.
7) The unlucky airline passenger who accidentally boarded a plane with a bomb in his bag
In 2010, an unnamed passenger was randomly selected in the worst possible way. He was minding his own business, trying to catch a flight from Slovakia to Dublin, when security officers decided to train their dogs to detect bombs. An explosive device was placed in the innocent passenger’s bag, without him knowing, and the sniffer dog’s job was to detect if there were any explosives in any bags.
As it turns out, the dog rightfully detected the explosive, but one of the officers forgot to actually remove the bomb from the passenger’s bag. The passenger unknowingly took his bag onto the plane, and when he landed, he brought it home with him.
On January 5, 2010, three days after the dog was being trained to remove bombs, the man’s apartment, and the surrounding area, was sealed off and evacuated. The bomb squad had to defuse the bomb, and the man was taken into custody, but quickly released without charge.
So much for the luck o’ the Irish.
Slovak officials say they told the pilot of the bomb carrying aircraft of their mistake, who then said he had informed Irish officials. Despite this claim, Irish authorities say they weren’t made aware of the situation until January 5.
6) Everyone in an entire town won a £600m lottery jackpot, well, everyone except for Costis Mitsotakis
Poor guy. Costis Mitsotakis was another working class man, from the tiny village of Sodeto in Spain. The town, of around 70 houses, consists mainly of farmers and unemployed construction workers. By no means, is Sodeto a glamorous place to live. Well, at least it wasn’t.
In 2012, ticket sellers went door to door, asking anyone and everyone if they wanted to take part in the lottery. Everyone in the town played the same lottery numbers, which lead them to winning around $950,000,000 USD.
There were 1,800 winning tickets for the lottery named El Gordo aka “The Fat One.” The minumum payout for each ticket was $130,000. The more tickets you had, the more money you won. So why didn’t Costis Mitsotakis buy a lottery ticket?
Sadly, the ticket sellers never went to his door. They thought they had approached it, but were were mistaken, and just sort of skipped his house. If the ticket sellers didn’t skip his house accidentally, he would have been at the very least $130,000 richer. Bummer.
5) Tsutomu Yamaguchi was a victim of 2 nuclear blasts
Wrong place, wrong time. What started off as a normal business trip to Hiroshima turned into a nightmare. On August 6, as Tsutomu was walking towards the docks with his colleagues, he realized he forgot his hanko, which is a stamp that allowed him to travel. He walked back to his temporary workplace to grab it, when at 8:15, Little Boy was dropped over the Japanese city.
Tsutomu distinctly remembers what happened that day, saying that he saw “a great flash in the sky” and that he was then blown over. The explosion ruptured his ear drums, and left him with burns over the left side of his body.
Injured, he returned for treatment in his home town, Nagasaki. Although heavily bandaged, he went to work like the tough guy he was. He survived one nuclear blast, there wasn’t anything else that the world could throw his way that would effect him.
As he was telling his boss about what happened in Hiroshima, Fat Boy was dropped above Nagasaki. He was unhurt by the explosion, despite being 3km from ground zero, but he almost died because nobody was able to change his bandages, leaving him prone to infection. Tsutomu is the only person officially recognized by the government in Japan as surviving the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. However, he wasn’t recognized as a survivor of both bombings until March 24, 2009.
4) Major Summerford was struck by lightning 3 times
Major Summerford was first struck by lightning in February 1918, while fighting in the fields of Flanders. He was knocked off of his horse by the lightning, and he suffered so much nerve damage that he was paralysed from the waist down.
After the war, he settled down in Vancouver, Canada. He was sitting under a tree, minding his own business, doing some fishing, when another lightning bolt struck him, this time paralysing the right side of his body. Two years later, Major Summerford had almost completely recovered from both lightning strikes.
In 1930, he was walking in a park, enjoying the scenery, when he was struck by lightning for a third time. This time, it permanently paralysed him. He died a few years after.
Four years after his death, another storm was brewing. While he lay below the surface of the Earth, as if Mother Nature wanted to torment him one last time, lightning struck his tombstone. He must have had an electric personality. Heh.
3) Violet Jessop survived the sinking of the Titanic, Britannic, and was on another ship during a disaster
If you have a fear of sailing, you should probably stop reading. You’ll feel bad about your irrational fear after you hear what Violet Jessop went through in the span of 5 years. In 1911, Violet Jessop had begun her exciting career as an ocean line stewardess. She was going to get to travel the world! How fantastic! Except that year, she was on board the RMS Olympic, a luxury ship and largest civilian ship at the time. While she was on board, the RMS Olympic collided with the HMS Hawke, severely damaging both ships.
One year later, on April 10, 1912, Violet boarded the RMS Titanic to, once more, begin her career as an ocean line stewardess. Four days later, the boat hit an ice berg and began to sink. Violet was ordered to the deck of the boat, and, because of her Argentinian ancestry, was ordered to show the non-English speakers how they should be behaving. She was put on a life boat, and a passenger, who was unable to get on a lifeboat, handed her a baby to look after.
As if all of this wasn’t bad enough, four years after the sinking of the Titanic, Violet was on the HMHS Britannic when it sank on November 21, 1916. The boat hit a sea mine and sank rapidly. Violet jumped off of her lifeboat to avoid being sucked into the Britannic’s propellers, but she was sucked under despite her best efforts. She struck her head, surfaced, and was rescued by another lifeboat. Before she evacuated from the HMHS Britannic, she gabbed her toothbrush, because she claimed that it was the something she wished she had done during the sinking of the Titanic.
2) Jeanne Rogers, an unfortunate woman who brought bad fortune everywhere she went
You think you’ve seen misfortune? Try living a day as Jeanne Rogers. Her misfortune started in 1967, while on a cruise ship. Jeanne went onto the wet deck and began taking pictures. She slipped, and fell off of the cruise ship. When her friend saw what had happened, they tried to run and get help but slipped, and knocked themselves unconscious. An hour later, the captain was informed (after Jeanne’s friend came to) that a passenger had fallen overboard, and they turned around to find her.
In 1971, she escaped death once more after she was struck by a bolt of lightning. Her pantyhose melted into her legs, and the nerve damage inflicted on her was so severe she could never wear shoes again. Two years later, she was struck by lightning again.
To make matters worse, at some point in her life, she was swimming at the YMCA in Hartford Connecticut. She heard that there was a phone call for ‘Rogers’ at the front desk, so she tried to leave the pool to answer the phone. While leaving the pool, she accidentally pants’d a man who was also trying to get out of the pool. That man, was none other than Fred Rogers, host of Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood who was getting out of the pool thinking the phone call was for him.
1) Henry Ziegland was killed by a bullet that was lodged in a tree
Have you ever had a break up that took a turn for the worse? Henry Ziegland dumped a woman, who was so distraught by it, that she took her own life. The girl’s brother heard about his sister’s death, and went to Henry’s house to kill him.
The brother shot Henry, however the bullet only grazed him and became wedged inside of a nearby tree. Henry, like the cunning man he was, pretended to be dead so that the his ex-girlfriend’s brother would leave. However, the brother was so distraught over what had just happened, that he killed himself.
Years later, Henry, still alive, decides that he needs to get rid of a tree on his property. Instead of chopping down the tree, he decides the best thing he can do is blow up the tree with a little bit of dynamite. It was supposed to be harmless. However, Henry forgot that the tree he tried to blow up was the tree that had a bullet lodged into it. Once Henry blew up the tree, the bullet was no longer lodged into the wood, flew out, and hit Henry killing him almost instantly. What are the odds that would happen?