In 1956, for a bet, while drunk, Thomas Fitzpatrick stole a small plane…

Thomas-Fitzpatrick-croppedIn 1956, for a bet, while drunk, Thomas Fitzpatrick stole a small plane from New Jersey and then landed it perfectly on a narrow Manhattan street in front of the bar he had been drinking at. Then, two years later, he did it again after a man didn’t believe he had done it the first time.

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In 1945 a man survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima…

Tsutomu-Yamaguchi-croppedIn 1945 a man survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima, dragged himself to an air-raid shelter, spent the night, caught the morning train so he could arrive at his job on time – in Nagasaki – where he survived another atomic blast.

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15-year-old Jonathan Lebed was making up …

Jonathan-Lebed-small15-year-old Jonathan Lebed was making up to $74,000 a day in the stock market by using internet message boards to manipulate prices. The Government eventually went after him, but he was able to keep half a million dollars of his gains.

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Johnny Weissmuller, famous for his role…

Johnny_WeissmullerJohnny Weissmuller, famous for his role as Tarzan, was playing golf in Cuba during the Revolution when he was surrounded by a group of rebels. He immediately gave his trademark Tarzan yell. The soldiers recognized it and were so delighted to meet… Tarzan that they escorted him to a safe area.

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Oskar Schindler became virtually destitute…

Oskar_SchindlerOskar Schindler became virtually destitute after the war and became bankrupt after trying to raise chickens in Argentina. For the rest of his life, he survived off gifts and donations from the Jews he had saved during the war.

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The world record for alcohol consumption is by…

AndretheGiantThe world record for alcohol consumption is by Andre the Giant, who drank 156 beers in one sitting (over 73 litres/16 gallons).

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Alexander Selkirk a Scottish sailor was left stranded…

castawayAlexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor, was left stranded on a deserted island, but survived for over 4 years, partly by using feral cats to protect him from ravenous rats that attacked during the night.

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