Luck’s an interesting concept. Some people believe that when it’s your time, it’s your time, but every now and then someone comes along, briefly misses their cue to shuffle off this mortal coil and continues on regardless. Whether you carry a rabbit’s foot with you, have a tendency to cross your fingers, or simply like to wear your lucky socks in an online casino, luck takes part in all of our lives. We take a look at some of the times people have been granted the kiss of lady luck. From near misses, to great fortunes and everything in between.
Comic Book Luck
David Gonzalez was restoring a house in Hoffman, Minnesota that he’d picked up for $10,100 due to roof damage when he discovered a copy of Action Comics issue #1, one of the most valuable comics in the world due to it debuting Superman. After initially getting into a heated argument with a family due to its value, he managed to sell it for an eye watering $175,000, well over 10x the price of the house!
Maarten de Jonge is probably counting his lucky stars, after changing his flights to avoid not one, but two separate flights that were both sadly doomed In March 2014, the cyclist who competes for Malaysia’s Terengganu cycling team was meant to be on the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which vanished without trace, but he decided to exchange his tickets when he discovered a separate flight would work out cheaper. He was then due to fly on the MH17 flight that was shot down over Ukraine but again, switched flights last minute.
In 1999, 37 year old Bill Morgan was a truck driver living in a travel trailer in Australia. Disaster struck while he was working, and he got into an accident that he thankfully survived. However, the medication he was given during his recovery resulted in him having an extreme allergic reaction that ultimately caused his heart to stop. A year after recovering without issue, he proposed to his girlfriend who said yes. To celebrate, he bought himself a scratch card and won a car worth $17,000! A news agency decided to run a story on his seemingly never ending luck, only for him to win an incredible $250,000 whilst recreating his lottery win for the show!
Lightning Strikes Twice
On April 11th, a jogger was seen on CCTV being struck by a bolt of lightning twice in a matter of minutes. The jogger falls to the floor after being struck the first time, eventually coming round seemingly dazed. After gathering himself and trying to walk away, he is struck a second time only metres away from the first strike. Thankfully, the man managed to leave the scene and lived to tell the tale.
Tsutomu Yamaguchi was a resident of Nagasaki and had travelled to Hiroshima on business when the city was bombed on August 6, 1945. He was badly injured, and temporarily blinded, but returned to Nagasaki the following day despite his wounds and returned to work on August 9, the day of the second atomic bombing. He was unharmed by the second explosion and survived until 93 years old, eventually passing away in 2010. He is the only person recognized by the Japanese government to have survived both attacks.
The Golden Voice
When Ted Williams woke up on that fateful January morning, there’s no way he could have known how dramatically his life was about to change. A viral video that spread like wildfire, showed a homeless Williams begging at an intersection in Columbus, Ohio, and was filmed by Doral Chenoweth of the Columbus Dispatch. Williams displayed his incredible talent for voice acting, and was subsequently fast tracked towards fame and success, with appearances in Kraft and Pepsi advertisements, plus a $375,000 book deal and numerous TV appearances including an interview with Jimmy Fallon less than a week after being discovered.
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