ntroducing 25 luckiest people in the world! This list includes lottery ticket winners, people who cheated death, and even treasure hunters who made incredible discoveries! Of course, you can’t be lucky all the time, but it seems some people were just born under the right stars. It’s not fair, of course, but it is what it is. Call it kismet, call it fate, but some people just find a way to beat incredible odds. Some of these stories are so incredible, you likely won’t believe them. Check out these extreme examples of what’s possible when lady luck smiles upon you.
#25 Adolphe Sax
Born in 1814, Sax survived more close calls with death than seems possible. Throughout his childhood, he fell from three stories up and hit his head on a rock, he drank a bowl of sulfuric acid, he swallowed a needle, was burned by exploding gunpowder, fell onto a red-hot skillet, nearly drowned in a river, was struck in the head by a falling cobblestone, and several times went to bed surrounded by newly varnished furniture (the suffocating fumes of the fresh varnish could have easily done him in).
It was so exacerbating that his mother reportedly felt that “He’s a child condemned to misfortune; he won’t live.” But live, he did. Adolphe Sax is the creator of the saxophone and his persistent, or lucky, survival forever changed the world of music.
#24 Yorgos Kentrotas and Oliver Voutier
This is a case of being in just the right place, at just the right time. Kentrotas was a meager farmer on the island of Milos where French officer Voutier had stopped. Voutier noticed that while Kentrotas was gathering stones for his farm, he stopped suddenly. What Kentrotas unearthed was a sculpture of beauty, the famed Venus Milo statue of ancient Greece.
Though they don’t seem to have fallen into riches as a result, of all the “stones” to find, Kentrotas picked a great one!
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