Fantastic and impossible legends are born because people like to augment amazing stories so that they can be even more amazing. While so many of these incredible tales are complete fabrications built upon regular occurrences, every so often there are stories that are unbelievable all on their own. We all know that no person is immune from death, but there are always those fact-is-stranger-than-fiction stories of people who seem to defy death that ceaselessly capture everyones interests.
The first U.S. president was a legendary military commander who, after a handful of extraordinary circumstances, appeared to by impervious to bullets. During both the French and Indian War and Revolutionary War, eye witnesses gave accounts of Washington being shot but unwounded and standing in the thick of gunfire and coming away unscathed.
When Larcena Pennington Page was kidnapped by Apaches, she was still recovering from Malaria and was quite weak. After being hiked 15 miles she couldnt keep up any longer, so her captors took her clothes then beat, stabbed, and stoned her. She crawled all the way back to her camp through scrub bushes, eating seeds and drinking snow to survive.
During Tsar Nicholas IIs rule of modern Russia during the early 20th century, the notorious mystic Rasputin lived with the royal family. When the Russian aristocracy began to believe that Tsarina Aleksandra was being puppeteered by Rasputin, they went after his life. He was stabbed, poisoned, shot four times, clubbed, then tied up in a blanket and thrown into a freezing river where he finally died of hypothermia… but not before he almost freed himself from the blanket.
John Capes was a British submariner during World War II who survived his submarine striking a mine that split it in two. He got as many of the other surviving crew members into rescue gear, broke open the hatch, and made it 170 feet to the ocean surface. The Royal Navy never believed the validity of his story until they explored the submarine wreckage 12 years after Capess death.