There may not be an established mathematical formula to explain ‘luck’. But many of us believe that it exists. Luck could favor us in innumerable ways such as winning a lottery, finding someone special, clearing an exam, getting our dream job, surviving disasters, etc. On the other end of the spectrum, we have the phenomenon called ‘being unlucky’. This too can strike us in various ways.
Most of us have usually experienced being unlucky at some point of our lives. However, there are people who have taken this experience of being unlucky to its extreme. It’s like these people have arrived on planet earth as test pilots to experiment with the phenomenon of being unlucky. To get a better perspective of how bad things can get, here’s a quick look at some of the unluckiest folks in the world.
Roy Sullivan – You may see lightning every year, but how many times have you been hit by it? Probably none because such incidents are usually fatal. But you will be surprised to know that park ranger Roy has been hit by lightning a staggering seven times. As such, he has also got the nickname of ‘human lightning rod’.
Melanie Martinez – Referred to as the unluckiest woman in America, Melanie has lost five houses during hurricanes. These events occurred over a period of 50 years. The last one was in 2012.
Jason & Jenny Cairns-Lawrence – England residents Jason & Jenny Cairns-Lawrence have been witness to three extreme terror events. They were there in New York at the time of 9/11 World Trade Center attack. In 2005 when they were in London, the city was hit by a series of suicide bombings. Three years later, they were in Mumbai when the city was hit by Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists.
Violet Jessop – A stewardess and nurse of Irish-Argentine origin, Violet was onboard both RMS Titanic and HMHS Britannic, when these ships sank. Both these ships were considered as the safest in the world. Moreover, Violet was also onboard RMS Olympic when the ship collided in an at-sea accident.
Ann Hodges – Meteorites from space fall on earth every day. But the probability of a person getting hit by it is pretty remote. However, Ann Hodges seems to be the unlucky one. She is considered as the only person to have been hit by a meteorite from outer space. The piece of rock came through the ceiling, got deflected from the radio and hit her thigh. There have been other stories of people getting hit my meteorites, but those remain unverified.
Tsutomu Yamaguchi – The world’s unluckiest person is Tsutomu Yamaguchi, who was hit by both nuclear bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Till date, nuclear bombs have been used on humanity only twice. And this man is the only one known to have experienced both. In Hiroshima bombing, Tsutomu experienced upper body burns and a perforated eardrum. He then moved to his hometown Nagasaki, where he was again hit by the second nuclear blast.
As is evident from these cases, some of these people can also be called extremely lucky. It’s because they survived extreme conditions. It’s just how you choose to look at it. Something similar to the glass half empty and glass half full concept.