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10 People Who Survived Against Nature

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The day is beautiful and the sun is shining. You decide to go on a short hike to more fully enjoy this warm day. You know a great spot that many people don’t know about. You pack lightly as you don’t plan to be out for too long. A few bottles of water, snacks, cell phone, and MP3 player is with you as you arrive at your desolate location.

Time passes by quickly as you are enjoying your time and it is almost dark. You decide it’s time to leave but on the way, you trip and fall down a 50 foot cliff, resulting in a broken leg and immobility.

You try to call for help with your cell phone but it is not getting a signal. Your water and food is almost out and you won’t survive long out here. What do you do? How badly do you want to live?

10

Yossi Ghinsberg

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“The toughest moment was after a few days, when I realized that I was completely alone.”

Yossi Ghinsberg and three other men went to the Amazon jungle. They ventured out to find a hidden tribe. The environment was harsh and tensions built up between the group. The group eventually broke up. Ghinsberg remained with Kevin, while the other two, Marcus and Karl, stuck together. Ghinsberg and Kevin took a raft but lost control of it as it came towards a mighty waterfall. Kevin made it to shore but Ghinsberg floated downstream and over the waterfall, narrowly escaping a watery death.

The following 19 days were full of challenges for Ghinsberg. He survived a late night encounter with a jaguar by setting fire to an insect repellent spray – spewing fire like a flamethrower. Swarms of termites feasted on patches of his skin and clothes when he urinated on himself out of exhaustion. He ate fruit and raw eggs from chicken nests in the jungle. He almost drowned by a flood and almost sank in a bog.

He was finally found by Kevin, who had formed a search party with the locals. Marcus and Karl were never found.

9

Steven Callahan

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“At sea I am reminded of my insignificance – of all men’s insignificance. It is a wonderful feeling to be so humbled.”

Steven Callahan sailed out from the Canary Islands on a small slope he built himself. Six days later on his trip, the boat sank due to damage from a collision with an unknown object at night. He later said that he suspected the object was a whale. He escaped from the boat and onto a life raft that measured about six feet across.

He managed to survive until his rescue, 76 days later. He was faced with sharks, sunburn, raft punctures, physical deterioration and mental agony. For food, he speared fish and captured birds and barnacles. He lost a third of his weight during this time. When his raft formed a leak, he managed to keep it afloat for 33 days until his rescue.


8

Colby Coombs

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“I just had to keep my eyes open and ignore the pain.”

In June 1992, Colby Coombs and two of his friends were climbing Alaska’s 17,240-foot Mt. Foraker. An avalanche happened and the three were caught inside. Coombs and his friends were forced down 800 feet on the side of the mountain and they crashed into a river of snow. Coombs’ friends did not survive the ordeal.

Coombs suffered a concussion, a fractured ankle, two fractured vertebrae in his neck, and a broken shoulder blade. The next six days were difficult. He descended from his location followed by a five mile walk across a glacier until he finally reached a camp. He continues to climb today.

7

Eric Le Marque

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“I remember falling back into the snow, looking at my feet and going, ‘You’re going to lose your feet.'”

Eric Le Marque, a member of France’s Olympic hockey team, was lost for seven days in the Sierra Nevada wilderness. Being an avid snowboarder, he was boarding at California’s Mammoth Mountain until a blizzard threw him off course. He failed to find his way back before dark. He spent the night in the woods and attempted to hike back the next day. However, he ended up venturing deeper into the woods.

He had few supplies with him, having only a MP3 player, his snowboard, and his clothes. For food he had pine nuts and bark. For water he drank melted snow and river water. He used his snowboard to dig igloos. He became hypothermic and his frostbitten feet were black and purple. After falling into rushing water, he almost fell down an 80-foot waterfall. Amazingly, Le Marque used his MP3 player to find a radio signal which he used like a compass. Due to the tissue damage to his lower body, most parts of his legs had to be amputated.

6

Tami Oldham Ashcraft

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“When the wind’s howling that hard, it’s picking up spray right off the top of the water. There’s so much spray, you can hardly see anything. It’s like being in a blizzard.”

In 1983, Tami Oldham Ashcraft and her boyfriend, Richard Sharp, were on a 44-foot sailboat. They were en route to San Diego from Tahiti when disaster struck. They were battered by a category four hurricane. Waves were as high as 50 feet and winds were fierce, blowing at more than 160 miles per hour. The boat was capsized and Ashcraft was knocked out below deck. She regained consciousness 27 hours later and discovered Sharp was missing.

Alone at sea and mourning her boyfriend, things seemed hopeless. However, Ashcraft fought to survive. She used celestial navigation to plot a way to Hawaii which was 1,500 miles away. She rationed food and cobbled together a mast and sail. She finally reached Hilo Harbor 41 days later.

5

Ricky Megee

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“If you have to [drink urine], I suggest you let it cool down first. It doesn’t taste very nice.”

Ricky Megee stopped to help a couple whose car had broken down. Next, he was waking up with rocks and dirt covering him. The pit was meant to be his final resting place. He claimed to have been drugged and robbed by the couple. Megee suffered from exposure and malnutrition for the next two months. His diet consisted of leeches, lizards, insects, frogs, and snakes. He was forced to drink his urine when he couldn’t find rain puddles to drink from. He weighed 230 pounds before he got lost and weighed 105 pounds at his rescue. The man who found and rescued him described him as a walking skeleton.


4

Aron Ralston

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“Judging by my degradation in the last 24 hours, I’ll be surprised if I make it to Tuesday.”

Could you amputate your arm with a dull knife to survive? Aron Ralston could, and did. On May 1, 2003, an 800 pound boulder fell onto his arm and trapped him in a Utah canyon wall.

After being stuck in the same spot for five days with food and water supplies almost gone, Ralston took desperate steps to ensure his survival. He used the boulder to snap his bones. He then used his two inch dull pocket knife to agonizingly cut the tendons and muscles of his trapped arm. The cutting process took about an hour. He was finally free from the boulder. He rappelled down a 65-foot wall one handed and walked in the hot midday sun back to his car. On the way he was found by a family and given water while rescuers were on the way.

A film was made about this story called “127 Hours” and I recommend you see it.

3

Bethany Hamilton

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“Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice.”

On a morning in November 2003, Bethany Hamilton went to Makau Beach in Hawaii to surf. At the time she was a 13 year old competitive surfer. She was lying on her surf board with her arms dangling in the water when a 12-15 foot tiger shark attacked her. Hamilton’s left arm was ripped off just below the shoulder.

Instead of panicking and possibly drowning, Hamilton paddled over to her friends using her intact arm. She even made sure to warn others in the water, shouting that there was a shark. Her friends helped her paddle to shore and she was taken to the hospital. Despite this event, Hamilton was surfing again the next month.


2

James Morrow

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“I think my head was so far down his throat that I touched his taste buds.”

45 year old James Morrow has been where few want to be: inside the jaws of a hungry alligator. Morrow was snorkeling in Florida’s Juniper Run. He was adjusting his snorkel when an alligator seized him by the throat and violently shook him for 10-20 seconds before releasing him. He was eventually helped onto a boat by his friends.

The force of the alligator’s jaws punctured his chest and collapsed one of his lungs. Dents are still visible on his head and bite marks are still visible on his neck. All he was able to do during the attack was to punch the alligator on the throat. The snorkeling mask still on his face saved him from obtaining any more serious damage, such as a punctured eye.

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Kootoo Shaw

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“I thought I was going to die. I thought I was going to be gone.”

Working as a hunting guide, Kootoo Shaw was helping a group of hunters from Wisconsin. They were three days into a hunt. While Shaw was sleeping in a tent, a polar bear targeted him at about four o’clock in the morning.

“He had his claws under my neck for a while, I could hear his breathing, then he let his claws off and he was still jumping on top of me, up and down four times,” he recalled. Another hunter shot and killed the bear. Shaw suffered horrific injuries. He suffered numerous slashes and bites. He required nearly 300 stitches to reattach his scalp.



  • McGangster

    DAAAAAAM NATURE YOU SCARY!

    • djC

      Yup

    • WOW Kootoo Shaw. Unbelievable to survive a polar bear attack.

    • Randomness

      Wonderful list.. But how can you not include the story of Juliane Koepcke?? It’s one of the most amazing survival stories I’ve read. She survived a plane crash and then the Amazon jungle for 10 days..
      http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/outdoor-skills/survival/Plane-Crash.html

      • Juliane was written about in an earlier list.

        Maybe the writer wanted fresh material.

    • Zach

      This is why I stay inside.

    • Dave

      I think another one worth including is Vesna Vulovic. She was a Serbian flight attendant who fell 10,000 feet out of an airplane and survived. She was paralyzed after the fall but later regained her ability to walk. An extraordinary survivor. I haven’t had the chance to profile her yet on my funny names blog, but her story is absolutely inspirational and worth including. Although perhaps she didn’t “survive against nature”, but rather survived against incredible physical obstacles.

      The James Morrow story is fairly crazy too – as are the rest of these. Another great list, as usual!

  • amateurs

    • oops did not turn out right

  • #7: Why does the book cover say he lost his legs to crystal-meth instead of frostbite?

    #6: Richard Sharp went missing… or murdered… ??

    • About #7, I was wondering the same thing!

      Great list, Joe Kim! I have always enjoyed reading stories of survival. One of my favorite books as a child was Island of the Blue Dolphins, it was a tragic and beautiful tale of one girl’s survival for many years after her tribe was relocated to the city. I recently read it again and it moved me just as much as it had as a child.

      More like this, please!

    • Angie

      about #6… If it was a murder, it would have to be an amazing coincidence that their boat just so happened to be caught in a category 4 hurricane… Her thoughts- “man I wish I could kill this bastard… Oh here comes a 50 ft wave!!! Yessss! Perfect!”
      highly doubtful lol

      • Her thoughts- “man I wish I could kill this bastard… Oh here comes a 50 ft wave!!! Yessss! Perfect!”

        *laffn* :lol:

      • Kenneth McAbee

        Obviously, Angie meant that he survived the hurricane and was killed later by Ashcroft…….

  • Mon

    Every typhoon that ever fall in Asia has to pass through my country, the Philippines. So if you heard of flooding in China, you can imagine that the strong typhoon that caused it first hit the Philippines. That’s how huge the typhoons we experience here in my country.

    My uncle, who is fisherman, went out to the sea last 2009. There was a very strong typhoon and their boat was destroyed and sank. He and his crew held onto their styrophore-cooler to float for more than 10 days eating the fishes that they caught ( and stored in the cooler) and drinking rain water. He said multiple ships passed them by but non stopped to take them until a Chinese tanker took them in. While they were climbing the ladder to the ship. Out of exhaustion, one of his crew fell and grabbed to another member of his crew and fell, they were never found again. This was actually the third time his boat was capsized and got lost in South China Sea.

    • Mon

      They were brought to China and were sent to the Philippine embassy in Beijing and stayed there for 6 days. :)

      • Cfolsom1

        i think that’s in listverse somewhere. It’s quite amazing what the human will can achieve when faced with such odds. Even a simple hiking trip can turn bad. I live in Kansas and although there isn’t bears or typhoons. There is still real danger from poisonous snakes and falls. And tornados this time of year aren’t fun either

  • Maybe Yossi Ghinsberg should have let the hidden tribe stay hidden?

  • odaltyr

    I don’t get number 7. The picture which is apparently his book says “The inspiring story of how an Olympic athlete lost his legs due to crystal meth and found a better life”.

    Yet you say he lost his legs due to frostbite?

    Am I missing something? English isn’t my first language so sorry if I’m just being retarded :p

    • plainbeliedsneetch

      You’re not missing anything. I was wondering too and did a little searching.
      All I can really find (without reading the book) is that Le Marque was abusing meth and it was causing him to make rash decisions. He took a final run down the mountain after being advised not to. Nothing I found says he was on meth when he got lost. At least one interview specifically says after getting lost he dumped out his pills.
      I assume the reasoning is if he hadn’t been using meth long-term he wouldn’t have used bad judgement and wouldn’t have been on the mountain to get lost.

  • I love stories of survival like this.. thanks, Joe!

    Hmmm.. I understand that there’s limited space and all, but I still think that each entry could have been double the size of what they are. Some of them really are far too sparse on info.

    Like No. 5 Ricky Megee.. it doesn’t even say where it happened or where he’s from. (lol *cheeky grin* before I go look him up, I’ll just presume that it’s American, like most all the other entries :lol: )

    And I’m a bit lost with No. 7 Eric Le Marque.. the adjoining book cover says that he “lost his legs due to crystal meth,” but no other mention was made of drugs. Was he high when he went snowboarding that day or something?

    Anyways, an interesting (albeit short) read with plenty to look into further (and find out just what the fook actually went on there).. again, thanks. :)

    • You made a pretty big leap here too (by way if omission), Joe…

      Entry No. 1
      Working as a hunting guide, Kootoo Shaw was helping a group of hunters from Wisconsin. They were three days into a hunt. While Shaw was sleeping in a tent, a polar bear targeted him at about four o’clock in the morning.

      Lol if I didn’t know better (and had a geography/fauna failz), you woulda had me thinkin’ that there’s polar bears running around the state of Wisconsin. :D

      • Lol as a side note: Kootoo’s back doesn’t look remarkably dissimilar to any man that departs my boudoir. *purrs* :lol:

        • mom424

          As a side note – I’m so happy to see you breathing. One of the trolls had you dead of lupus a few lists back. I cannot believe the resources these folks put to muck raking. Same effort, to maybe say a job, and they’d be rich as Bill.

          • Thanks, Mom ;) I’m so happy I’m still breathing too!

            Yeah, I saw that troll write up my obituary. Very strange indeed. Lol I kinda felt like Lazarus, or whoever it was, who resurrected themself from the dead. The way the trolls have given me a cult following, I think I maybe am their fkn Messiah. :lol:

          • GrammerNazi

            I haven’t seen any trolls following you, don’t flatter yourself :) I think they moved on in life.

  • Raven

    Ricky Megee is Australian. It happened in the Northern Territory.

  • Nice one. Here is the list of some books related to this list for anyone who is interested for further reading:

    Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea by Steven Callahan

    Red Sky In Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea by Tami Oldham Ashcraft, Susea McGearhart

    Left for Dead: How I Survived 71 Days in the Outback by Ricky Megee, Greg McLean

    Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston (as the list author said, if you have not seen 127 hours yet, do it.)

    Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board by Bethany Hamilton, Sheryl Berk, Rick Bundschuh

    • Cool, ‘Mega.. thanks, I’ll be checking some of them out.

      That Ricky Megee incident seems a bit dodgy though. Lol maybe(?) that’s why it didn’t stick in my memory for too long – it was written-off as a bit scammy and just not worthy.

      This is a link to a Sydney Morning Herald article on it, with quotes from the fella in question, around a week after he was found…

      http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/outback-survivors-leech-and-frog-diet/2006/04/13/1144521443856.html

      It seems ol’ Ricky embellished and added to alot to the story later on (to make a book outta it). For example, there was no mention of a couple he helped or of getting abducted.

      A few points from the article…

      However, there may be some doubts over aspects of his story. […]

      It is unclear how Mr Megee became lost.
      He said the last thing he remembers is driving down the Buntine Highway, on his way to Port Hedland in Western Australia.

      “The last thing I remember is driving up the road getting a bit dazed and confused…” […]

      But the police investigation has not uncovered any evidence “to suggest any criminal offences have been committed”, it said. […]

      Mr Megee has reportedly sought $5,000 from a commercial television station for his story.

      “If he’s pulling some sort of stunt, he (has done) himself some damage.”

      Lol why would he ask for 5k? That’s chump change. And normally stations will approach the individual if theres anything to the story.. why did he have to go chasing them up O_o

      I’m inclined to think Mr. Megee is maybe crooked as a dog’s hind leg. There’s easier ways to make a buck than spinning that kinda yarn.

      • Yup moxie, sometimes these real survival incidents/ memoirs/ escape stories are exaggerated when published in book form. And sometimes, some are found to be total BS (A Million Little Pieces). I enjoyed reading Papillon by Henri Charrière even though some of his fellow inmates called foul on his experiences; it is still one of my favorites (Listverse had a very good list on such memoirs some while back).

        And some exaggerations are even made in Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand which is otherwise an excellent book. For eg., at one point Louis Zamperini states that he endured over 220 punches in the face during one camp thrashing and moved 20 – 30 tons of material at a rail yard in a day.

        • Lol exactly, ‘Mega. People often like to stretch the truth.. or even make it up completely.. to sell a good story.

          Back in the ’90’s there was an Australian woman, Helen Dale/ Helen Darville / Helen D(some long Yugoslavian-type name that I can’t remember), wrote an autobiagraphical memoir about her (when she was a child) and her family’s experience during the holocaust. She won a buch of awards for it.. and then, after a few years, lo and behold, it all turned out to be a bunch of baloney. That’s not to say that it wasn’t a very well written story – it was. It’s just that she went and sold it all wrong, as if from a personal perspective.

          If I recall correctly, one of Nietzsche’s autobiography-angled books was also found to be bogus (the one involving his life with his sister). Not bogus as in he himself made stuff up, but more that it wasn’t even actually written by him. Someone somewhere deciding to cash-in on his name.

  • Interesting list.

    Though it does not quite fall into the scope of this list, a really interesting book, An Evil Cradling by Brian Keenan, recounts his 4 years kept as a hostage in Lebanon.

    It is quite amazing what the human body can endure, both physically and mentally.

  • Milda

    Survived nature… Better drink my pee

  • Bobert

    The last three don’t really seem to fit with the rest of the list. I know animal attacks are part of nature but they just seemed out of place when the other entries were survival stories.

  • Zair

    Interesting list :) however I am also a bit confused with 7 how did he lose his legs to meth??

  • Fascinating list but oddly incomplete… like Ricky Megee (#5) doesn’t even list WHERE he struggled against nature… or even whether he was in a forest or desert or jungle… some are missing dates… odd…

  • oouchan

    Scary stuff. Even when you know what to do, nature can still kick your a$$. I have a healthy respect for nature and try not to be out in it for long. :)
    And number 5 is why I have trust issues…..I would rather use my cell to call for help then try to assist someone as you don’t know if that person is nice or wants to serve you for dinner.

    Nice list.

  • Kiwimate

    Bethany Hamiltons story is full of mistakes.
    It was October 31st (Halloween morning)
    She had 1 arm in the water, the other was on the nose of her board.
    It was Tunnels Beach on Kauai.
    She didn’t scream to warn others, she was with her best friend, her best friends father and brother. They got her to shore after her best friend Allana Blanchard screamed to her father that the shark attacked Bethany.
    She layed on the beach for over 30 minutes being treated by a visiting paramedic nearby. And took an additional 45 minutes to get to the hospital. In that time she lost over 60% of her blood volume.

    This info comes straight from Bethany herself.

  • Neil

    What ever happened to Wilson??? :D

  • Neil

    not in proper order -.-

  • InchHigh

    Hi everyone, in relation to Eric Le Marque, he was struggling with an addiction to crystal meth at the time of incident. He made some bad decisions during his time in the wilderness and he blames these bad decisions on crystal meth for damaging his mind and I also assume he had to combat withdrawal effects while also struggling to survive.

  • just wow

    this reminds of a climber and climb some mt with his friend, they got stuck in a blizzard in sub zero temps, he WATCHED his friend freeze to death, finally was rescued, got ALL his limbs amputated cuz they were frozen-dead, fitted prothetics, and was still climbing. Crazy pple.

  • realist

    Don’t understand why animal attacks are on here , sure it’s nature but people survive animal attacks on a daily basis , yesterday a female tour guide was attacked by a salt water crocodile here in Western Australia , and survived , shit i was stung by a bee last week and am allergic , heroic enough to make said list ? A few years back an Abalone diver survived a 5 meter Great White attack , yet 2 days ago in Busselton a man was killed by a 4 meter Great White . My point is surviving animal attacks is common , surviving nature’s elements for days , weeks , months is uncommon and remarkable .

  • Jakeryder

    Do you really survive Against nature? Does “nature” really have it in for you? Personally I don’t think nature gives a rats ass about us either way. I think we survive our own stupidity, bad decisions and poor planning.

    • Trek Girl

      Nature doesn’t have to be sentient or have to “have it in for you” for someone to survive against it. I see what your saying – the word “against” caught my eye as well – but the title still makes sense, and the word “against” makes sense in it.

      I think that, in the list, the word “nature” isn’t referring just to weather, water, animals, insects and all of those other outside forces, but it is also referring to the nature of the human body under extreme and dangerous conditions, and because of that the word “against” is apt.

      While a lot of survival situations happen because people don’t plan as well as they should have, or venture into territory they shouldn’t go into at all, a lot of survival situations aren’t caused by people, their actions, or their failure to act; those situations come about because weather happens, the earth moves, water is very powerful, and humans are on this little thing that we call Earth and are subject to all the fascinating and sometimes terrifying things that happen in, on, and around it. Everything is not the fault of people.

  • Gemfyre

    About this time last year I went on a solo road trip from Perth to Broome and back.

    On day 2 I got bogged on a road that I discovered was technically closed. I had no phone reception and no-one was answering on the UHF radio. Not knowing how long it would be until another car came along, I checked my map, discovered there was a station about 12km away, hoped to God there was someone there and walked. It took me longer than I expected and I started to worry if I’d ever find the place or if I’d die out there (it was a hot day!) In the end all was well.

    Then, towards the end of my trip I was at Cape Range National Park, luckily not far from a carpark at a gorge when I slipped and fell and dislocated my knee. My knees are dodgy and I’m no stranger to dislocations, but this time I was alone. Again, I had no phone reception and no-one replying to radio call outs. I was in the full sun. So I started to work towards putting my knee back into place myself. I figured it wouldn’t be too long until someone pulled up in the carpark (at which point I’d scream my head off for help), but after 10 minutes or so of working my knee it popped back in. After a brief rest I was able to limp back to my car and spend the rest of the day sitting and feeling sorry for myself.

    I did have a personal locator beacon on me as well, and got close to using it but managed not to have to. I do take that thing with me whenever I go anywhere that’s vaguely wilderness though – it could be a lifesaver.

  • polar bears…pssshh…

    Chickens are what you need to look out for…them things are deadly!!

  • beyekind12

    This will explain how #7 Eric Le Marque both lost his leg to the storm and to Meth.
    http://miningjournal.net/page/content.detail/id/5

    • Y2

      Your link describes his ordeal with the waterfall as having “gone over”. This list says he “almost fell” down the waterfall…

  • jer187

    For #1, I had no idea there were polar bears in Wisconsin.

    Terrible job on this otherwise promising list.

    • Battman

      The entry says that the hunters were FROM Wisconsin. It didn’t read that the incident happened IN Wisconsin. Perhaps they were hunting in Northern Canada.

      Interesting list, albeit a bit short on details.

    • Jason

      It doesn’t say they were in Wisconsin, it says he was guiding a group of hunters FROM Wisconsin. It is a bit of an oversight to not say where they were, though.

  • mom424

    The next six days were difficult. ~ This line wins the Listverse award for understatement, hands down. Side of a mountain, broken vertebrae, broken ankle, freezing temperatures, 6 day walk. I guess it was difficult.

    Nice list, although as others have mentioned, there are a few out of place entries. Living through a bear attack can technically be called a win against nature but it is not on par with surviving for days or weeks or months in horrendous conditions. Still, good effort.

    • “I think my head was so far down his throat that I touched his taste buds.” – This line wins the Listverse ‘Huh? Wtf you talking about?’ Award, hands down.

      Taste buds are all over the tongue, including the very tip. Dude’s head wouldn’t have to even be in very far, let alone down his throat, to touch taste buds. Lol he shoulda said “lung”.. “I think my head was so far down his throat that I touched a lung.” :lol:

  • vanowensbody

    Good list

  • Y2

    The Smith’s survived the mid 80’s, forming in 1982 and breaking up in 1987.

    • Y2

      Smiths

  • Wow! This is shocking. Steven Callahan’s story reminds me of “The Life of Pi”. I definitely want to see 127 hours…

  • Sillyperson14

    Joe, you didn’t explain things very clearly in number 5. When I read it, I pictured Ricky Megee with his head poking out of a filled-in grave, catching lizards with his teeth. You also neglected to mention this took place in the Australian Outback, instead of say, Canada. Other than number 5, very good list, amazing stories of survival.

  • DanInIowa

    Not sure where or when it happened but I heard on the radio of a man who survived a mountain lion attack when a mother bear came charging out of the woods and fought off the mountain lion. Mother nature, you crazy!

    • I read about that too. It happened recently.. like, within the last week.. in California somewhere.

      As I read the article, I was thinking “WOW” and conjuring up all these images of a mountain lion attacking and a big angry bear wading into the mix. Then took in the picture.. of an arm with a tiny scratch on it. Lol talk about an anti-climax! It wasn’t even a particularly scuffed up arm, just a li’l scratch like you’d get from rough-housing with a kitty cat. :lol:

  • wilm210

    I was suprised I didn’t see Joe Simpson on this list, his survival story among mountaineers is the stuff of legends. I highly recommend anyone here who enjoys an amazing survival story check out his documentary “Touching the Void” .Still a great list though.

    • Battman

      I’ve seen Touching the Void. Harrowing and captivating. Definitely worth watching.

  • Battman

    We could also add the story of Rita Chretien from Penticton, BC. Unfortunately, her husband has never been found.

    http://www.idahostatejournal.com/news/local/article_74f7cb3a-7a9a-11e0-88d8-001cc4c03286.html

  • Ryon

    Beck Weathers!!!!

  • jbjr

    F¤*Kin crazy! Esp dude sawing his arm off. Never saw James Franco movie abt this. Did see Soul Surfer though. What the hell were those bums doing in the Amazon! No guides.

  • ETM

    This is stupid, there are no polar bears in Wisconsin! They live in the arctic and dont venture more than 100 miles from the ocean

  • Xerophobia

    Honorary mentions: Steve Irwin.

    See what I did there?

  • Why are humans separated from the Nature, may I ask? We are aliens, some artificial entities or what? Our civilization has built an artificial wall against the mother that gave us birth. Sad and ridiculous. The topic full of regular stupid human arrogance and hypocrisy. It’s just another proof that a human, civilized and urbanized life doesn’t have nothing with a real life our planet lives. No offenses. Just my thoughts.

  • rjay

    i would like to suggest a story about two boys named Raymund and Maynard who had been thrown out into the sea by ships crew happened here in the Philippines. they swam the sea for about 17(SEVENTEEN) HOURS ..they survived the ordeal and their story was been Featured in a drama show entitled MAALAALA MO KAYA MARCH 12,2012 epesode..i hope u can check it out http://www.pnoytv.com/2012/04/mmk-maalaala-mo-kaya-shorts-march-31.html

  • Paul Burney

    This list is incomplete without Carl Akeley. Any person that kills a Leopard in hand to hand combat by jamming his arm down the cat’s throat until it suffocates has my vote. Read about Carl at this NPR link:
    http://m.npr.org/story/131107085?url=/2010/12/04/131107085/wrestling-leopards-felling-apes-a-life-in-taxidermy

  • DanF

    Hmmm no Joe Simpson? now that’s a story

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Simpson_(mountai

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  • asim

    number and number five are just amazing really Humans have the ability of survival and 1 thing commons in all these inciedents is THE WILL .

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  • kazza

    i am dead .

  • Enya

    Aron Ralston should be number 1?

  • Xavier

    Same as all the others. Note that there is no gneuartae that you will be eligible for these anyway. If your credit is iffy or if you just don’t have much credit history, your credit union will be the best. My other advice is never pay an annual fee and always pay the bill in full.

  • Alex

    But not Val Plumwood? A woman who survived three deathrolls from a crocodile and then climbed up a slippery muddy slope and hiked quite some distance despite massive injuries to her thigh and crotch (it had bitten her twice) before collapsing and being rescued minutes before the rain would had flooded in and drowned her. Really, how do you leave her out in a list like this? It’s not like she wasn’t prominent. She was a philosopher. What ended up killing her many years later? A stroke.

  • Killarmy

    number 6 was in my opinion much less then 7 8 9 and 10

  • vanquiz

    The book for #7 says blah blah story of how an olympic athlete lost his legs due to crystal meth and found a better life? Where does the crystal meth come into account, from the information provided by you it shows that he just had an unfortunate accident that almost cost him his life, with no mention of crystal meth.

    Great list though, truly shows the determination and will power we as humans poses. Many may say our greed for money is our biggest motivator but I say it’s our will to survive.

  • arel

    my god their story rally scared me. it is what we called second life