On March 27, 1977, Robina van Lanschot decided not to reboard her flight, staying at her layover destination, despite this being against the rules. She was the sole surviving passenger of KLM Flight 4805, which crashed into Pan Am Flight 1736 on takeoff, killing 583. source 1, 2
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A Swedish man survived for two months snowed in his car by eating snow and maintaining his body temperature thanks to the “igloo effect.” The snow insulating his vehicle retained the warmth, and two months is the upper limit for the amount of time the human body can survive without food.
The final science exam for 8th-grade students in Ketchikan Alaska is a 2-night survival trip on an uninhabited island.
Although it sounds incredible that people have survived falls from aircraft as high as 20 000 feet, the extreme height makes little difference as anything above 10 or 12 stories and you’ve reached terminal velocity. So a fall from 20,000 is no different from a 500-foot fall.
There was a research paper which claimed that people who jump out of an airplane with an empty backpack have the same chances of surviving as those who jump with a parachute. It only stated that the plane was grounded in the second part of the paper.
The whole purpose was to point out the flaws in randomized controlled trials and to set an example for journalists who rush to report sensational news without a thorough research.
In 2017, a dog named Odin refused to leave his flock of goats behind during the California Tubbs Fire as his owners fled to safety. Days later, the owners came back to their property to find Odin survived and managed to keep all the goats alive.
Ludger Sylbaris, a man thrown into solitary confinement after a bar brawl, survived one of the biggest volcanic eruption of the 20th century because his cell was bombproof and poorly ventilated. He became one of only three known survivors of the event, and his prison cell still stands today.
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There was an Australian scientist named Douglas Mawson who explored the Antarctica. He’s lesser known because he focused on scientific discoveries. On a three-man expedition in 1912, his two friends died and he barely made it back, starving and with his skin falling off from frostbite.
The second officer on the Titanic stayed on-board until the end and was trapped underwater until a boiler explosion blew him free. He survived by clinging to a capsized raft. Later, he volunteered in WWII and helped evacuate over 120 men from Dunkirk.
Flamingos can sleep in ponds that freeze around their legs at night, drink boiling water, and survive conditions that expose them to arsenic and poisonous gases.