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IN History & Culture ON 03 Mar, 2016
Where there is will, there is a way. And they say that the will to live the strongest of them all, so it's only natural that humans would do everything in their power to stay alive, of course, some more striving than others. But the will to live that these people endure is humanly unmatched.
Let's take a look at the people who completely refuse to die.
You can even check out the unseen pictures of the celebrities right before they died.
Socialist dictator of Cuba from 1959 to 2008, Fidel Castro reported 638 failed attempts on his life. The failure of the attempts has been attributed to poor planning and effective Cuban security. So next time, don't get pissed if you can't kill a mosquito in a few attempts. Try, try, try till you succeed!
The explorer and hunter, Hugh Glass, was injured in an attack in 1823, when he was shot in the leg. After the accident, he was then viciously attacked by a bear. The attack was so hostile that he lost enough skin on his back, to force his companions to stitch over bear skin to cover his wounds. His companions were convinced he won't survive, post which he was left abandoned with no weapons, a broken leg, wounds exposing his bare ribs, reaching safety after crawling 100 miles over 2 months. Now that cold doesn't seem that big a deal, does it?!
In 1945, a US Air Force bomber plane crashed into the 79th floor of the empire state building, killing 14 people. The elevator attendant, Betty, was thrown in the air. She broke her pelvis, back, neck and miraculously survived. When put in the lift by first aiders, the elevator cables snapped a post which, Betty was sent plummeting 75 stories to the basement. How she survived is a mystery. Her fall is still the longest non-fatal elevator fall ever. I wish my phone screen were half as active as Betty!
Assassination of the 19th-century Ecuadorian president, Gabriel Garcia Moreno, was brutal beyond belief. In 1875, the assassin used a machete to cut deep into Moreno's skull, regardless of which, Moreno turned to fight his assassin, and continued to do so even when the assassin had cut off his left arm and right hand. He had to be shot six times before he finally collapsed. Now that's some serious dedication to living!
During the 1827 brawl in Louisiana, American prisoner Jim Bowie showed superhuman levels of resilience. During a fight between him and the former Sheriff along with the Sheriff's supporters, the fight looked all but lost for Bowie. He had been shot in the hip, struck in the face, stabbed twice in the chest, and then shot again, which apparently wasn't enough to kill him. Struggling to stay conscious, Bowie then used a large knife to kill the sheriff. He recovered from his wounds and lived for another nine years.
Russian 'mad monk' Rasputin, wasn't an easy prey to his haters. He recovered from an attack in 1914, when a woman stabbed him in the abdomen claiming he was the Antichrist. 2 years later, assassins laced his food with cyanide, and even this barely seemed to have affected him. They then beat him with clubs, stabbed him, shot him at close range, before warping him up and dumping him in the frozen river, Malaya Nevka. Historic rumors suggest that the monk was still able to sit up and fight his attackers as they tried to dispose of his body. Forensic evidence suggests this is highly unlikely as he was already dead from the bullet to his temple. And I thought my ex was clingy! *phew!*
Gorkha Lachiman Gurung was awarded the Victoria cross in 1945 for his extreme devotion during the WW2. When 200 Japanese soldiers started launching grenades, Gurung caught and returned 2 grenades. However the third exploded in his grasp, destroying his right arm, and severely wounding his face body and leg. Despite of all these, he single-handedly spent 4 hours killing 31 enemy soldiers, with his rifle. He died in 2010 at the age of 92. Now I agree to the saying, 'If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or he is a Gurkha!'
Leon Trotsky, a Marxist revolutionist, was a target of numerous assassination attempts. In 1940, 20 men stormed his house with machine guns and grenades, leaving him completely unharmed as he hid under the bed. He was killed on August 20th the same year, when the attacker plunged a mountaineer's ice pick into Trotsky's skull. Surprisingly, even this didn't stop him. Witnesses suggest that Trotsky was able to fight off and even spit on his attacker. Trotsky survived for more than day with his injuries, finally dying due to surgical complications.
In 1996, mountaineer Weathers condition was so dire that he was given up for dead, twice! During an ascent of Mt. Everest, a blizzard halted the expedition, so much so that the guides had to leave them the mountaineers and return to safety. By the time help arrived, Weathers had succumbed to the hypothermic coma. A doctor at the time said that his condition was beyond salvation. Again, he was left behind and his family was informed of his demise. After a night in a -30 C climate, weathers woke up and dragged himself for 300 yards to the base camp. Although he lost his nose and arm to frostbite, he was lucky enough to survive the disaster that claimed 12 lives.
Yamaguchi was the only person known to have survived both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings. He was visiting Hiroshima, on business, when it was bombed on August 6th, 1945. Temporarily blinded, severely burnt, and with ruptured eardrums, he returned to work in Nagasaki, just 3 days later, when the second bombing took place. Even though this time he was left uninjured, lack of availability of treatment for his earlier conditions gave him a severe, and nearly fatal fever for a month. He recovered from all the ailment and died in 2010 at the age of 93.
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