Strange Unlucky People - Losers!
THE UNLUCKIEST PEOPLE
-It wasn't just New Yorkers who were traumatized by the September 11th attacks. Tourists from all over the world were in the city at the time. Tourists like the English couple Jason and Jenny Cairns-Lawrence, whose relaxing vacation was interrupted by the worst terrorist attack in history, experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime horror. Except it wasn't once in a lifetime at all because four years later in 2005 they were in London during the worst terror attack in their history. A series of bombs exploded across the city's transit system, killing 52 people. But it wasn't over. Three years later, they took another vacation. This time, to the exotic Indian city of Mumbai where they saw the worst terror attack in that country's history, as shooting and bombing attacks killed and wounded hundreds.
-Pete Best was the original drummer for The Beatles. He was the most popular and arguably the best-looking member of the band. He was to be replaced by Richard Starky (Ringo Starr) only for studio recordings but to remain on for live performances. Signals got crossed and the message was delivered that Pete was out of The Beatles completely. And that was that.
-Every Christmas in Spain, there's a lottery draw called El Gordo, which translates as "the fat one". And the tiny village of Sodeto had some serious cause for celebration after all of the 70 households -except for one- purchased tickets. These lucky locals' number came up, resulting in them getting a share of the monster $950 million first-place prize. Sure enough, the residents, mainly farmers and unemployed construction workers, walked away with millions... except one. It seems that the good folk who went door to door selling the tickets had simply neglected to knock on his door.
-In 1991, a 57-year-old Thai woman named Yooket Paen was walking on her farm when she slipped on some mud, grabbed a naked live wire, and was electrocuted to death. Soon after, her sister was showing some people how it had happened when she also slipped, grabbed the very same wire, and died.
-Wilmer McLean just wanted everyone to leave him the fuck alone. In 1861, the Battle of Bull Run, the Civil War's first major skirmish, started near his farm. McLean's house was used as a Confederate headquarters. A year later, soldiers traipsed back onto McLean's property, sparking the Second Battle of Bull Run. Combined, the battles resulted in more than 20,000 casualties. By 1863, McLean was tired of having strangers die in his yard and moved to southern Virginia. But the war followed him. In 1865, the armies sparred one last time-near McLean's new property. General Lee would sign the truce, of all places, in McLean's house.
-Roy Raymond founded of Victoria's Secret in 1977. He sold the company for $5 Million in 1982. Started another company, went bankrupt, got Divorced in 1993 then committed suicide by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Meanwhile Victoria's Secret in 1995 had become a company worth $2 Billion with more than 700 stores.
-Henry Zeigland thought he'd dodged fate. It all started in 1883, when he broke off a relationship with his girlfriend, who then killed herself from the distress. Her brother went so crazy that he vowed to kill Ziegland. He hunted him down and shot him. Believing him dead, the brother then turned the gun on himself and ended his own life. But Ziegland wasn't dead. The bullet had only grazed his face and then lodged in a large tree behind him. He thought himself an incredibly lucky man. Years later, Ziegland decided to cut down the tree, which still had the bullet lodged in it. The task seemed so tough that he decided to blow it up with a few sticks of dynamite. The explosion sent the bullet out straight into Ziegland's head, killing him instantly.
-In 1985, New Orleans lifeguards decided to throw a pool party celebrating their first drowning free season ever. Ironically, after a party filled with hundreds of lifeguards, one of the party goers was found dead at the bottom of the pool.
-Seven is a lucky number to some, but Roy Sullivan would disagree - he's been struck by lightning seven times. A Virginia park ranger, he had such bad luck that, on one occasion, a bolt struck him inside a ranger station, setting his hair on fire. After that, he carried a can of water wherever he went. But Sullivan's seventh strike was possibly his strangest. Sullivan was trout fishing, and after Mother Nature lit him up, a bear stole a fish hooked on his line. When Sullivan recovered, he hit the bear with a stick, got into his car, and drove off in a daze-perhaps feeling lucky that the bear didn't see him as a main course.
-Bobby Leach was one of the greatest dare devils to ever live. He would regularly perform death defying stunts and was only the second person in history to go over the side of the Niagara Falls in a barrel. One day, however, while walking down a quiet street in New Zealand, Leach slipped on an orange peel, broke his leg, and died due to complications that he developed afterwards.
-After losing four houses to four hurricanes, Melanie Martinez was arguably America's unluckiest woman. There was Betsy in 1965, Juan in 1985, George in 1998 and Katrina in 2005. Such was the peril of living on a flood plain in Louisiana. But then the school bus driver's luck changed. A reality TV show selected her ramshackle house in Braithwaite, south of New Orleans, for a makeover. The team spent a week and $20,000 transforming the Martinez home with a new kitchen, new cupboards, and new appliances - including a 50 inch TV. But in 2012 a category 1 hurricane tore in from the Gulf and hit her again. Martinez and her family were rescued by boat along with their five kittens and three dogs. Everything else was lost.
-Briton Paul Marshallsea headed for Australia for a holiday whilst on medical leave from his job. Relaxing on a sunny beach, he became a hero after wading in to the surf and grabbing a 6 ft shark by the tail before it could attack children paddling nearby. Of course, someone filmed the encounter, it went viral and his bosses back in dreary England saw the footage. He arrived home a week later to a letter notifying him he'd been fired.
-Michael Anderson was convicted of murder but managed to convince the jury that he was innocent. While the jury was convinced, karma sure wasn't. Later, Anderson was trying to fix his earphones which were connected to his television set. Unluckily for him he decided to do this while seated on a steel toilet seat, resulting in his electrocution.
-John Lyne is Britain's unluckiest man, suffering 16 major accidents in his life, including lightning strikes, a rock fall in a mine and three car crashes. Then there was the time a stone, propelled by a catapult, hit him in the mouth smashing eight teeth. When he was born, one of five children to a farming family, it was uncertain whether he would survive. He had underdeveloped lungs and needed steroids and special care. Then when he toddled aged 18 months into his grandmother's bathroom and took a swig from a disinfectant bottle, he was rushed to hospital to have his stomach pumped. His most famous incident occurred when he was a teen. He was rushed to hospital after breaking his arm falling from a tree. On the way home from the hospital, the bus he was traveling on crashed - so he broke the same arm again in a different place. Then in 2006, his story hit the newspapers because he was laid up again after falling down a manhole at work.
-In 1982, 27-year-old David Grundman and his roommate went out into the desert to shoot cacti. Unfortunately for David, his last victim was a 26-foot-tall Saguaro cactus that subsequently fell and crushed him to death.
-Yu Zhenhuan is the hairiest man in the world. Ninety six per cent of Yu's body is covered with hair, the result of a rare condition. In fact, Yu had to undergo surgery to remove hair from his ears as it was affecting his hearing. Bitches hate Yu.
-Ronald Wayne co-founded Apple Inc. along with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. But sold his share for $800. According to estimates if he had retained his 10% stock shares of the company, it would be worth $35 billion today.
-Harry Jenkins and his two buddies go ice fishing one day at Ten Mile Lake in Minnesota. The lake is completely iced over. In an attempt to quickly create a large hole for fishing, Mr. Jenkins tosses a stick of illegally obtained dynamite across the ice. To his horror, his pet dog Jerry, a Labrador retriever races across the ice in an attempt to retrieve the dynamite - thinking that his master is throwing a stick for him. The dog picks up the dynamite then starts to run back towards them with a wagging tail. The men begin to run for their lives in the opposite direction, with the dog chasing them. They manage to escape the explosion but of course the dog didn't... and the ice near their truck was cracked which caused it to sink to the bottom of the lake. In addition to losing his dog, poor Harry then got stuck with the bill when his insurance company refused to pay his claim.
-Joe Green is the former college roommate of Mr Zuckerberg who, unlike his famous friend, decided to stay enrolled in Harvard instead of dropping out to make Facebook. That decision is called his $400 million mistake.
-Jeanne Rogers' 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, after Jeanne's friend came to, the captain was informed 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 to 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. Years later she was swimming at the YMCA. She heard 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 pantsed a man who was also trying to get out of the pool. That man was TV god Mr Rogers who was getting out of the pool thinking the phone call was for him.
-According to legend, German zookeeper Friedrich Riesfeldt, was frustrated by a constipated elephant and decided to feed him laxatives to 'relieve' the backlog. Friedrich's remedies certainly worked because the elephant released around 200 pounds of faeces in one go. But as luck would have it, poor Friedrich found himself in the line of fire and suffocated under the elephant poop.
-In 1911, 23-year-old Violet Jessop was a stewardess on the RMS Olympic, a luxury ship that was the largest civilian liner at that time, until it collided with the old protected cruiser HMS Hawke off the Isle of Wight. A year later, Violet boarded the RMS Titanic, also as a stewardess, until it famously struck an iceberg, broke in two, and sank. She was later ordered into lifeboat 16 and was rescued by the RMS Carpathia. Finally, during the First World War, Violet served again as a stewardess on board His Majesty's Hospital Ship Britannic. However, that ship apparently struck a mine and, with all the portholes open for ventilation, quickly sank in the Aegean Sea off the Greek island of Kea with the loss of 30 lives. Violet jumped out of a lifeboat to avoid being sucked into the Britannic's propellers and was eventually rescued, once again. After the war, Violet continued to work a stewardess! Many years later, in 1971, she died of congestive heart failure.
-When Mariesa Weber was reported missing by her family no one thought she would be discovered 11 days later, upside down, behind a bookshelf in her room. Apparently her and her sister would try to adjust the TV plug by crawling up on top of the shelf. When she slipped and fell, however, she couldn't free herself and allegedly somehow suffocated with her family in the next room.
-Robert Todd Lincoln can certainly be called unlucky, especially for those around him. He was present at the scene of three separate assassinations: the one of his own father, President Abraham Lincoln, then President Garfield and President McKinley. Identifying his rotten luck, Lincoln decided to never attend presidential functions again.
-Erik Norrie is no stranger to unusual occurrences. After nearly dying in a shark attack, he told reporters that he has also been struck by lightning and has suffered a rattlesnake bite, as well. Norrie was spearfishing in the Bahamas on 2013 when a shark came up behind him and took a chunk out of the back of his leg. Norrie's father-in-law jumped in between him and the shark and helped him get to the shore where a doctor from happened to be vacationing. Norrie used large rubber bands from his spear to create a tourniquet to stop the blood from gushing from his fresh wound.
-A famous proponent of healthy eating and organic farming, Jerome Irving Rodale died of a heart attack while being interviewed on the Dick Cavett Show in 1971. Some of his last words were that he would live to 100, unless he was run down by a sugar-crazy taxi driver. Appearing fast asleep during the show, Dick Cavett joked "Are we boring you, Mr. Rodale?" before discovering that his 72-year-old guest had indeed died.
-Major Summerford was a British officer who was forced to retire from the Army after an accident left him partially paralyzed after being struck by lightning. His bad luck streak continued as he was struck by lightning again: once while fishing, once during a walk and once after his death. Yes, even his tombstone was struck by lightning.
-When Robert Williams tried to retrieve a faulty part at a Ford Motor's casting plant, the malfunctioning machine reactivated and its arm slammed into his head, killing him instantly. Robert is the first man in history to have been killed by a robot.
-In 2010, a 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 then took his bag onto the plane, and when he landed, he brought it home with him. 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.
-John Wade Agan made the news in 2011 for being taken to the hospital again, this time after he was struck by lightning while using a landline telephone in his Florida home. In the past, the 47-year-old was robbed at gunpoint while driving his taxi and got locked in the trunk. He also suffered injuries after being stabbed in the chest with a butcher's knife in 2008. In 2009, he claimed he was bitten by two snakes at the same time.
-In 1999, Betty Stobbs, 67, of Durham, England, took a bale of hay to feed her flock of sheep on the back of her motorcycle. Her hungry sheep, however, charged her bike and knocked her into a deep ravine. She survived the fall but was killed when her bike landed on top of her.