Buckets of rocks placed in Pennsylvanian schools to thwart mass shootings

A Pennsylvania school district has placed buckets of rocks in all 200 of its classrooms to be used in the event of a mass shooting.

The Blue Mountain School District in Orwigsburg has also installed security cameras, secured building entrances and fortified classroom doors in an attempt to thwart future attacks.

Superintendent David Helsel said: “We didn’t want our students to be helpless victims.

“River stones were my idea. I thought they would be more effective than throwing books or book bags or staplers.”

February’s massacre of 17 pupils and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, sparked fresh debate in the US about how to prevent school shootings.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans joined rallies in Washington and around the world on Saturday calling for tighter gun laws in March For Our Lives protests organised by survivors of the Valentine’s Day attack.

Image:The Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre sparked debate on how to prevent school shootings

Superintendent Helsel said the idea of equipping classrooms came from his reading of the active-shooter defence programme known as ALICE – Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate.

He said his school board approved the rock buckets before they were put in the classrooms at the district’s five schools.

Parents in Orwigsburg, about 92 miles northwest of Philadelphia, have been mostly supportive, he said.

Robert Conroy, director of organising with gun control group CeaseFirePA, said: “We should be talking about real reform of gun laws.

“It is so unbelievably tragic that our society has come to a point where schools have to arm themselves with buckets of rocks to defend them against active shooters.”


Source news.sky.com

24 Apparently X-Rated Photos That Are Actually Really Innocent

Have you ever taken a picture and double taken because it looks much ruder than you had intended? Well, it turns out that it’s a pretty common occurrence. All over the world, slight changes in camera angles and lighting are turning innocent snaps into some seriously inappropriate viewing.

It’s not just people who’ve got dirty minds who misinterpret these pictures, either. They look so far from reality that, to the unsuspecting viewer, they’re as X-rated as they appear to be. It’s only with a considerable amount of staring that the innocent truth becomes apparent.

Here are 24 snaps that look rude, but are actually perfectly innocent…

1. Look at the girth on that, um, sausage?!

Okay, admittedly the packaging of this giant sausage is a giveaway, but who knows? Maybe some poor animal lost its manhood in the most humiliating way possible, and now it’s mistakenly being sold as a German sausage. It’s enough to put me off Oktoberfest.

2. I wonder if this was advertised as a full body massage

Massages have long been associated with “happy endings”, and this ad is doing nothing to dispel this stereotype. Thankfully, however, it’s biologically impossible for a person to have a vagina on their neck, even if this “lady box” looks pretty convincing.

3. What a lovely pair of… knees!

We live in a world where female nipples are constantly censored, so it’s no wonder that this picture looks like full frontal nudity on a first glance.

4. Surely not?!

Female pubic hair is a contentious issue and many people opt for a “landing strip” instead of a full Brazilian, but this is just a close up of an eye!

Unintentionally sexual optical illusions frequently go viral on the internet. Whilst memes are all well and good, they’re created to make people chuckle, but these accidental NSFW pictures are a lot better because they’re so accidental.


5. Hanging low!!

From a distance, this picture really is as dirty as it appears to be. It looks like this guy’s manhood has slipped through his pants!

6. He’s been trolled by the weather

Whilst phallic optical illusions must be embarrassing for the people involved, at least this weatherman looks like he’s got a massive dong!

7. This is the worst one yet…

Whoever designed this slide has got a sin to answer for, especially as they knew that it was going to be used by children. Those flaps look too much like a vagina for it to have been accidental! Oh well, I guess we can just say that it’s the circle of life in action.

8. Someone’s getting fired

People don’t like to kiss and tell. We might occasionally talk about our sex lives after one too many glasses of vino, but no one wants their latest conquest to get aired on the news. You’d have thought they’d have been more subtle with their word choice!

A fun fact about optical illusions is that they’re created by our minds. When we’re presented with an image, we rack our brains in search of the easiest interpretation of it, so if something happens to look more like a penis than a shoe, that’s exactly what we’ll see.

9. Your guess is as good as mine…

Unless this was a still from an X-rated movie, it’s highly unlikely that two women would take a selfie in front of a penis. Plus, any man with a penis larger than a woman’s head should probably seek medical help immediately.

10. Put some pants on!

If you didn’t know better, you’d think that this girl’s privacy had been invaded. Thankfully, it’s just her friend’s awkwardly-placed arm.

11. She’s confident! Oh, wait a minute…

People who slut-shame tell women to close their legs. This woman’s legs appear to be opened up so wide that it looks like she’s about to give birth!

12. That’s a position I’ve not seen before

Talk about taking a picture at exactly the right angle. But what’s even more shocking is the fact that this guy never whacked his head off her butt!

It is only after staring at an optical illusion for a few seconds that our brains realize that something doesn’t quite add up – when what we think we are seeing doesn’t make sense in the context it was taken. After all, it’s physically impossible for someone’s head to fit in an anus…


13. The kinkiest of palm trees

If they ever make an X-rated version of SpongeBob SquarePants, maybe he should live inside a phallus-shaped palm tree instead of a pineapple!

14. Who knew the English were so filthy?!

Big Ben isn’t the only dong on Westminster Bridge. I wonder if the makers of the bridge had any idea how the light could affect their design?

15. Get your mind out of the gutter!

This is definitely not a photo you’d want to catch a glimpse of a colleague looking at in work. You’d be the talk of the lunchroom for weeks. (Look closer, it’s just a family of pigs!)

16. He’s going to kill his best man when he sees this

The groom’s supposed to contain his excitement until his wedding night, but thanks to this goom’s best man, he appears to have gotten randy at the ceremony itself. Oh well, I guess it’s a good story for the grandkids when they’re older.

The internet’s full of pornography. In fact, it’s been estimated that 37% of online content is porn. However, it’s one thing to deliberately seek out adult material, it’s another to stumble across accidental porn otherwise innocent websites like Facebook – as these pictures prove.

17. How to accidentally ruin a cute couple photo…

Some of the funniest fails happen when perfectly innocent things look dirty. If you thought this man’s hand looked like something he probably wouldn’t be showing off in a picture, then it’s safe to say that you’ve not just got a vivid imagination, but a dirty mind too!

18. It’s just a baby’s feet

Talk about a sweet photo suddenly becoming disturbing! But hey, I’m sure this baby and their mom will be able to laugh about it in years to come. If they’re bold enough, it could even make for a hilarious profile picture on social media.

19. Surely that’s not a glass dildo?

Ah, it’s a trophy! But hey, it could have more than one use…

20. That’s one huge…

If I saw this sausage at the store, I think I’d pass. Who knows what I’d be eating?!

No one wants to get caught viewing NSFW content in work. It can lead to a lot of awkward questions and, potentially, trouble. How would you feel if you saw a colleague looking at these pictures on their company laptop? You’d probably jump to a lot of conclusions.

21. The most brazen Royal couple in history

I bet whoever captured this picture was proud of themselves for snapping the dirtiest ever Royal wedding photograph. Poor William and Kate!


22. It’s not going to suck itself…

Whilst I’d like to think that this poor cat is oblivious to how filthy it’s being, its expression says otherwise!

23. This guy was very excited to be at the beach

I’m not a man, but if I was, I imagine that one of my worst nightmares would be accidentally getting a hard-on whilst wearing swimming trunks (and God forbid speedos), especially if there ended up being photographic evidence of it afterward.

24. That poor doggo

The worst thing about this picture is that this dog’s probably adorable, but it looks like a giant d*ng here.

This list is proof that even our most innocuous photographs can become kinky with the right angle and timing. So the next time a picture makes you look twice, just remember that it’s your brain being lazy. With enough staring, you’ll see what’s really going on.


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The daredevils feeding a dangerous Russian craze

A number of young Russians are making names for themselves by posting videos of life-threatening stunts online. What drives these extreme selfie daredevils?

He’s got a camera strapped to his head and he teeters on the edge of the roof in a nine-storey apartment block in Siberia.

“Are you filming?” he asks, as a friend hands him a flaming torch. Orange flames engulf his legs and suddenly he jumps, somersaulting in the air like a stricken warplane before landing with a thud into a deep pile of snow.

Remarkably, he’s unhurt – if a little winded. Police tell a gaggle of onlookers to stop filming, but within hours, footage of this potentially deadly jump goes viral – various videos of the stunt filmed from different angles were watched millions of times on YouTube.

Many people were incredulous, even angry. “Is this the stupidest stunt ever?” screamed one headline.

The young man’s appetite for risk is unusual but not unique. In fact a growing number of deaths and injuries, suffered by Russians who among other things have fallen from buildings and moving trains whilst taking pictures, have prompted the Russian Interior Ministry to launch a “safe selfie” campaign.

The Russian Ministry’s safe selfie campaign urges people to, for instance, avoid train tracks and roofs, and be cautious around staircases, wild animals and guns

Despite the deadly peril, some of the risk takers are attracted by fame and the possibility of becoming social media stars. In many places in Russia, tall buildings are accessible and fines for trespassing are low, if they exist at all. And one enthusiastic participant says extreme stunts can alleviate the boredom and pent up energy of many Russian men.

But what really drives some of the most notable Russian selfie daredevils?

Alexander Chernikov

Alexander Chernikov lit his trousers on fire before jumping into a snowbank. Video of the dangerous stunt went viral online

The man jumping off of that Siberian apartment block, 23-year-old Alexander Chernikov, lives on the outskirts of Barnaul – 4,000km east of Moscow.

Even though it’s -18C and thick ice cakes the pavements, he’s dressed in a shiny burgundy bomber jacket, jeans and cowboy boots. The place where he made his infamous jump is a dreary, Soviet-era building with rusty balconies covered in satellite dishes.

“Up there you feel that you’re standing on the line between life and death – your life is hanging by a thread – that if something goes wrong you may die,” he says.

Alexander claims he is not afraid of death. “What’s the point of being scared? It’s inescapable. It comes to us all,” he says.

But would he go to such lengths if there were no cameras? “Probably not,” he admits. “I would find a different way to get on in life.”

Alexander sometimes gets temporary work as a labourer on building sites – there are also local jobs in factories or unloading cargo trains. But he dreams of a career as a stunt man or even a film star. He’s desperate to get out of the sleepy village where he still lives with his parents.

Soon after Alexander’s notorious jump, which has been viewed more than 10 million times online, he was invited onto a TV show in Moscow where a film director promised him a screen test. But on the show, he and his family were treated like country bumpkins.

“What if he jumps again and gets injured?” asked the show’s host. “I don’t want him being treated in hospital on my taxes – I don’t want to pay for this idiot!”

He’s still waiting for the screen test.

Alexander Chernikov is still looking for his big break

Vladimir Lapik and Sasha Bitkov

In a non-descript office block north of St Petersburg, two young men are teaching children and teenagers in a hall covered with red and black images of Asian warriors. It is a club devoted to parkour – a form of acrobatics in which people run, climb and somersault over a city’s ready-made urban assault course of walls, stairs, and rooftops.

Vladimir Lapik and Sasha Bitkov were friends of Pavel Kashin, one of the best known parkour artists in the city who died while filming a stunt on a rooftop. Standing on a metre-wide ledge at the top of an apartment block, Pavel attempted a back-flip – but lost his footing on the landing, and fell sixteen floors to his death.

It was a standard manoeuvre, according to his friends, and one that he had performed dozens of times before. “We don’t know what happened,” says Vladimir, “maybe he was distracted for some reason.”

He adds that he knows five people who have died falling from buildings or getting crushed on railways while performing stunts, but this has failed to put him off parkour.

“We are famous online because we have a lot of committed people here, who practice hard to be the best,” he says.

Pavel Kashin’s grave in St Petersburg

Kirill Vselensky

24-year-old Kirill Vselensky is one of Moscow’s most famous “roofers” or high-rise adventurers and he has climbed almost every tall building in the city – except, perhaps understandably, the Kremlin and the Foreign Ministry.

He acknowledges that aside from the obvious danger of death or serious injury, roofers are also breaking the law – but the punishments are mild. The fines are small, although they have recently increased for people caught climbing on top of trains.

“In America, Canada and Europe the guys have to wear masks or climb at night because the property and trespassing laws are so strict,” he says. Once, while climbing the Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, he was nearly lynched and had to empty his wallet to escape.

In Russia, he says, authorities are prepared to look the other way, as long as roofers keep out of politics. Some opposition activists have asked Kirill to hang banners for them across high rise buildings but he always refuses.

In the summer of 2014, a Ukrainian friend of his climbed a landmark building and poured blue paint on the yellow star on top – creating the colours of his country’s flag. But while the friend hightailed it back to Kiev, police raided Kirill’s flat instead and the young Muscovite wound up in prison for 17 months.

But that didn’t dissuade Kirill from further urban exploration. At the top of a Stalin era skyscraper near the American Embassy, Kirill came across a secret floor.

“The lift doesn’t go up there but there’s a boiler room with a cage and a table and a lamp to carry out interrogations – it’s all derelict now,” he says. “But it was incredibly interesting because in the most scary films about the Soviet KGB they have that same boiler room, cage, table, and lamp for interrogations.”


Angela Nikolau


The daughter of a trapeze artist from Moscow’s best known circus, Angela has more than 400,000 followers on her Instagram account. Travel firms, fashion brands and camera companies sponsor her dangerous adventures in Russia and beyond.

Like Alexander Chernikov, the 24-year-old art student was invited onto a TV show to talk about her stunts. But unlike him, she was applauded and received a bouquet of pink roses from the presenter.

In one of her most extreme videos, Angela and her boyfriend climb what is said to be the world’s tallest crane in Tianjin, China.

She also climbs high buildings to perform eye-popping feats like a yoga backbend on a narrow ledge, or a ballerina’s arabesque on a turret. Sometimes she is pictured smiling casually under a selfie-stick with the ground hundreds of metres below her.



Angela says her grandmother was so upset when she first saw her photos, that she pretended they were Photoshopped.

For her, the presence of the camera is a key part of what she calls her art – although few artistic pursuits are as clearly dangerous.


“Sometimes I just climb up a building without a camera just to see a colourful sunrise or sunset,” she says. “But if you are asking why I film myself, imagine an artist painting all alone in his studio – painting, painting, painting for five years until he is practically drowning in his own work. And he thinks who am I doing this for – is there any point in my work? We need an audience – that is just part of the human 


Source www.bbc.com

House With 25ft Shark Inside The Roof To Be Made National Treasure

A house with a large shark within the roof is ready to be made a country wide treasure (by the identical council that wanted it demolished).

The ‘shark house’ in New high avenue, Oxford, became first created in August 1986 – when owner, neighborhood journalist and broadcaster bill Heine, decided to put the 25ft parent in his roof.

The terraced property speedy became Oxford’s quirkiest vacationer appeal.
but, city councillors hated it and refused retrospective making plans permission in 1990, but invoice appealed to the then secretary of state for the surroundings Michael Heseltine, who got here out in favour of the shark in 1992.

Now Oxford council is planning on making the belongings an officially listed building so it’s preserved for destiny generations to gape at.

The fibre glass shark, ‘diving’ into the rooftop with its head hidden and tail sticking towards the sky, was created by using sculptor John Buckley as a protest in opposition to the yank bombing of Libya.

Headington councillor Ruth Wilkinson said: ‘i used to be bowled over to discover that the shark had no longer been listed to defend it.

‘in just 10 mins on a Sunday morning I saw seven one-of-a-kind humans taking pictures of it and posing for selfies. It even has its personal Wikipedia access.

‘point out Headington here or abroad and the one issue humans have heard of is the shark.’

An software for it to be listed at the Oxford heritage Asset sign in will now go to the city council, with a thumbs up decision predicted by means of council historical past officers within the summer season.

Ms Wilkinson stated: ‘this could show exciting as the shark first of all sparked controversy in the council chamber.’
If authorized, a bid would then be made to have it nationally listed with English background.

The Chairman of Headington Neighbourhood forum, Mike Ratcliffe, stated: ‘one of the subject matters of the Headington neighbourhood plan is to hold and expand the identification of Headington.

‘The shark, embedded in its rooftop, keeps to intrude, to marvel and to fascinate.
‘human beings stop to look, it has a presence on trip consultant and has an worldwide popularity.

‘I think it’s an eminently appropriate candidate for the Oxford background sign in. Having gained repute via its struggles via the making plans system, how appropriate to now find approaches of shielding it via the planning machine.’

bill Heine, 72, who now lives in Waterstock and is having remedy for terminal leukaemia, has welcomed the campaign to get the shark house listed.


Source metro.co.uk

What is going on in our skies?

A quality inspector for Boeing who has worked before on or near fighter jets since 1980 received an image from his friend showing a strange phenomenon in the sky during sunset on November 20, 2017. The image was so intriguing he felt compelled to post it to MUFON case 88249 to see if anyone else witnessed the objects.

His friend and another guy were making their way back to the boat ramp after a day of deer hunting along the Missouri River; the sun had set approximately 15 minutes earlier, when they noticed a strange group of lights above the clouds and beams of light reflecting off the river.

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Although the event only lasted seconds and was gone, his friend managed to take a picture of the phenomenon.

Quality inspector: “This may be just a very cool sun dog-type reflection, but I was having a hard time explaining the chevron shaped group of lights above the cloud, and the ‘way too evenly spaced’ beams of light coming off what appears to be the sun shining down from the cloud.”

“Looking at the bottom of the clouds in the picture you can tell that the sun is reflecting off the bottom of the cloud and the beams are apparently reflecting off the river.”

Guy Makes Shock Discovery About Woman Who’s Had 50 Surgeries To Look Like Angelina Jolie

A Reddit user has made a shocking discovery about an Iranian teenager who claims to have undergone around 50 different surgeries in an attempt to look like Angelina Jolie.

19-year-old Sahar Tabar, from Tehran, went viral earlier today as the internet were shocked by her new look.

Sahar regularly uploads selfies and photos to her popular Instagram account which currently has 341,000 followers.

Admitting that she would do anything to look just like her idol, 42-year-old Hollywood actress Jolie, Sahar has apparently undergone an extreme transformation undergoing 50 different surgeries in the space of only a few months.

The exact nature of her surgeries are unconfirmed.

According to Belgian website Sud Info, Sahar also went on an extreme diet to maintain her 40kg weight which would classify her as being dangerously underweight in medical terms in the UK.

From her Instagram pictures, you can see that the superfan wears special contact lenses that are an electric blue in an attempt to achieve Jolie’s blue eyes.


Sahar has also dyed her hair numerous times changing colour from purple, to blonde and now black.

However, not everyone on the internet is a fan of her transformation often commenting negatively calling Sahar ‘a zombie’ and ‘a corpse’.

One person wrote:

Her: Doc make me look like an 8 month old corpse.

Doc: Say no more.

It turns out though that the shocking pictures are likely to be faked, as revealed by Reddit user known as Zaza9000.

Posting on the popular site, the user wrote:

I do believe she got plastic surgery, but it’s more or less makeup and extremely exaggerating her features that she got done.

I’ve yet to figure out why other than just internet attention and fame. I kinda took it for face value, something you should never do and I ran with it.

They also shared a photo Sahar shared pointing to strange distortions and blurs that indicate that the picture has indeed been Photoshopped.

These indicators of doctoring – of the other sense – can be seen on pretty much every extreme photo Sahar shares, meaning we have probably been fooled.

Also if you look at a short video the teenager shared three days ago, she looks perfectly healthy and nothing like she does in the photos she normally shares.

Fake or not the photos are receiving a lot of attention online and so if it was internet fame Sahar was after, well, she got it.

Regularly posting selfies undeterred by the negative comments she receives, many of Sahar’s photos receive over 10,000 likes.

It is clear that people across the world enjoy what Sahar posts Photoshopped or not, so you keep on doing what you are doing girl as it is clearly working for you.


Source www.unilad.co.uk

Man Opens Portal In His Bedroom With Sound Frequency

A video has been going around online, and it happens to be one of the most profound videos that have involved portals and frequency. The video offers numerous types of confirmation about frequencies of a city along with the fact that it is possible to open up a portal using sound frequencies.

There are skeptics who have said that the video is nothing more than a hoax but the evidence and synchronicity presented has many others believing that it is true. The person talking about the video said that they had booked a trip and was Sedona a couple of days ago so that they could be there on 11-11 this year. Secondly, they pointed out that they did have confirmation from a friend of theirs that this is just is looks like when a portal has been opened as that person did it.

VIDEO TALKS THROUGH HOW TO OPEN UP THE PORTAL There are some factors that might not be entirely clear when watching the video and one of these is the significance that 525 Hz has and what two tones had been used, along with the question of whether there was a crystal in the speaker box that light was going through. There were plenty of questions asked, including whether the person would be able to do it on a live stream on Facebook or whether or not they had tried to stick anything through the portal and if so what and what happened? Of course, when watching the video doubt does come to mind as of course, this is something extraordinary that the human mind is not used to seeing.

Bear in mind though, that if anything, the video does seem to reveal just what it would be like to open up a portal. The video is entitled Gateway to Sedona, and it starts off with the person explaining that they have opened up a sound tone generator on a webpage and that the tone is set to 528 Hz. The video then pans around to the bed where there is a speaker/light on the bed.

He explains that he has another sound generator opened in the browser and this is set to 525Hz. The man then goes on to start the sound generator and then turns to look at the speaker in the middle of the bed and says that there is some fluctuation. There then seems to be a small thin sliver of light appears above the light on the bed and this gradually glows and opens up into the portal.


Looking through the portal, there is houses and fields along with trees and the man says that it is Sedona, which is a well-known vortex phenomenon and there are several of them. The man says that viewers are looking at a gateway or wormhole to Sedona using a mixture of two sound generators. Some people have been excited by the video and were impressed but others not so much so. But do you believe that the man managed to open up a portal in his bedroom using sound frequency or is it just another hoax?

Dad’s Hilarious Photoshops Of His Baby Son Are Going Viral

Today’s internet just wouldn’t be the same without the advent of Photoshop. Not only does this handy program let us edit and exaggerate photos , but it can also turn something mundane into something absolutely hilarious.

What this father from Norway, Andreas Miezans, does with Photoshop, however, takes it to a whole new level. While Andreas spends his days taking care of his son, Oscar, he decided to have a little fun with their daily adventures together…by Photoshopping his son in ways we’ve never seen before!

Andreas loves spending time with his son, Oscar, but the photos of their adventures together are a bit…exaggerated.

Andreas, who hails from Sweden, now lives in Norway with his new family. His Photoshopped adventures are a delight for his family back home.


According to Andreas, “It just started out as a way of bonding with my son and it’s gone absolutely crazy.”


Judging by these photos, Andreas appears to be a master photographer and photo editor.


“I actually had the idea in my head before Oscar was even born,” said Andreas. “I love taking pictures and I wanted to make something we could look back on and laugh.”


“It started as something fun to show my family and friends on social media.”

“About twice a week, I’ll take my camera out and just try to make the best of whatever situation we are in.”


Oscar seems to be a good sport about the pictures.


Andreas went out of his way to make sure he wasn’t sending his family just another baby picture. “I wanted to try something different to put a smile on Oscar’s face when he looks back at them,” he said.



How does Andreas feel about being around Oscar so much? “We get 10 weeks of parental leave in Norway, and I have booked another four weeks of vacation,” he said. “It’s great to spend so much time with him.”


Kristine Wåle, Andreas’ girlfriend, loves the photos of these two goofballs.


“She can see it’s good for my relationship with Oscar,” Andreas said about his girlfriend.


Andreas and Kristine have a one-year-old-son named Isaac. Maybe he’ll end up in these pictures, too!


Oscar may be too young to appreciate how hilarious these pictures are, but that won’t stop him from loving them when he’s older! What a cutie!

Share these funny photos with your friends below!


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Depending on how you look at it, Frane Selak, a now 85 year old retired music teacher from Croatia, is either the luckiest, or unluckiest man in the world, having lived a life that resembles the plot to Final Destination; except after cheating death seven times, rather than be killed by a falling sign, he won £600,000 in the lotto in 2005.

His first brush with death was while traveling from Sarajevo to Dubrovnik in 1962 on a train. During the trip, the train jumped the tracks and ended up in the river, which at the time was icy cold.

Despite the situation, Selak suffered only a broken arm, and managed to swim to shore, though thanks to the cold, he also had hypothermia when emergency personnel showed up. But this was much better than what happened to the seventeen people who drowned in that incident.

In 1963, Selak took his first and only plane trip; no doubt not being a fan of trains at this point.  During the flight, a door in the plane burst open. Selak was thrown from the aircraft and found himself skydiving without a parachute.

Miraculously, he landed safely on a large haystack, though was unconscious when emergency personnel found him. He woke up in a hospital with only minor injuries. Other passengers were not so lucky. The open door caused the plane to crash, killing the other 19 aboard.

Three years later, a bus he was on went over an embankment into a river, drowning four.  Being no stranger to this sort of sudden plunge into a river while on some form of mass-transportation, once again, Selak was able to swim to safety, this time suffering only cuts and bruises.

Selak was now given a four year respite from Death messing with him, but all good things must come to an end. Despite obvious signs that he should barricade himself in his home and invent a line of bubblewrap clothing, having nearly died aboard a train, a plane, and a bus, Selak decided it would be a good idea to drive around in his car. Unfortunately, his car caught fire as he was driving. He jumped out and ran away from the car, getting away just shortly before the car was engulfed in flames, followed by the gas tank exploding.

Rather than switch to simply riding bikes, he got a different car and decided to risk automobile travel once again… mistake.  Fire once again claimed one of his cars three years later, when a defective fuel pump sprayed gasoline over the hot engine. The resulting flames that suddenly shot through the air vents burned off most of Selak’s hair and caused him a couple other burns, but that was the extent of his injuries.

Selak must have been lulled into a false sense of security because it was over twenty years before his next near-death experience happened. No doubt deciding walking was the best way to safely get around, Selak was doing just that in Zagreb when he was hit by a bus… He was knocked down and (say it with me) only walked away with minor injuries.

At this point, in 1996, Selak must have considered himself invincible, so he thought it would be safe to take a drive through the mountains… Mountains!  This is just a near death experience waiting to happen. And, indeed, that’s what occurred.

He came around a corner, only to see a large truck coming straight for him. With nowhere else to go to avoid a head-on collision, he crashed through a barrier to a 300 foot cliff. (Technically, I think this should count as two near death experiences, but that’s just me.)

Besides the extra lives, Selak apparently also has reflexes like a cat because, as his car was in the process of going over the cliff, he was able to leap clear and grab onto a tree overhanging the cliff, James Bond style. From there, he had a great view of his car smashing into the ground at the bottom of the cliff.

At this point, Death apparently having had his fun, apparently decided to throw Selak a bone. In 2003, Selak, who people had been telling for decades was “extremely lucky”, despite the fact that he felt the opposite (particularly having also been married five times in his life up to this point- with him saying of the first four, “I guess all the earlier marriages were disasters too”), purchased a lotto ticket.

Of course, he won- a jackpot of £600,000 (nearly $1 million).  Having been married four times before, he decided to try for lucky number 5, proposing to his girlfriend.  She accepted.

Five years later, at the age of 81, he started giving away what he hadn’t spent of the million dollars to family and friends, as well as selling his home on a private island, and moving back to his old home south of Zagreb in the Republic of Croatia, where he lived prior to winning the lottery. He said he had everything he needed to keep him happy and didn’t need the money anymore. He did, however, keep enough money to pay for a hip replacement surgery and to build a shrine to the Virgin Mary.

Also, let’s be honest, a private island for this guy isn’t probably the best idea.  Yes, the lack of mass transportation could be good for his safety, but you notice, besides bikes, what one major mode of transportation hasn’t yet resulted in a near death experience for him?  Boats.

While people nicknamed him “The Luckiest Man in the World,” for cheating death so many times and winning the lottery, Selak disagrees.

I never thought I was lucky to survive all my brushes with death. I thought I was unlucky to be in them in the first place but you can’t tell people what they don’t want to believe.

Selak has apparently changed his lifestyle to avoid further mishaps. He was asked several years ago to star in an Australian TV commercial for Doritos. While he initially accepted the job, he quickly changed his mind. Turns out he didn’t want to test his luck by flying to Sydney to film the commercial.  Fool me once, shame on you, and all that. 😉

Bonus Facts:

  • Even if you thought Selak was lucky, you most definitely won’t think Roy Sullivan was.  Sullivan was born in 1912.  Before he killed himself in 1983, he had 7 doctor documented instances in which he was struck by lightning.  This doesn’t include what he claims was the first time when he was a boy, which wasn’t documented, so wasn’t included in the final tally by the Guinness World Records.
  • In addition to the 7 or 8 strikes, he was out helping his wife take hanging laundry down before a storm when she was struck by lightning.  Needless to say, late in life, he claims many people started avoiding him, particularly when there was a storm nearby.
  • The first documented time Sullivan was struck by lightning, the lightning was seemingly determined to get him.  There was a large lightning storm, so he took cover in a lookout tower.  Oddly enough, the tower had no lightning rod installed, and thus was a prime target up high on the mountain.  After the tower was struck “7 or 8 times”, Sullivan claims that fire was “jumping all over the place” and he had to get out.  Of course, pretty much as soon as he exited the tower, he was struck by lightning.
  • During his second documented strike, the lightning also seemed equally determined to get at him.  Despite the fact that he was in a truck at the time, which should have functioned as a nice Faraday cage, the lightning came through the window and hit him, among other things knocking him unconscious.  This almost killed him not because of the injuries from the lightning, but because his truck almost went over a cliff just after, gradually slowing to a stop just shy of the edge where he found himself when he woke up.
  • The fourth documented strike was equally improbable, occurring when he was indoors in a ranger station at Shenandoah National Park.  He stayed conscious after this one, though, with the main damage being all his hair on his head burning off.
  • The last time he was struck by lightning, directly after the strike, he also had the good fortune to encounter a bear who was trying to steal the fish Sullivan had just caught before being struck by lightning.  As an experienced Ranger who was no stranger to encounters with bears, he managed to drive the bear off by hitting it with a large tree branch.

Home is abandoned in 1939. 70 years later, they find lost art worth millions inside

In 1939, an apartment in Paris was abandoned. Seventy years later, an auctioneer opened the apartment and discovered artwork that was valued in the millions.


Twenty-three-year-old Madame de Florian abandoned her apartment in Paris, France, in 1939. It was the start of World War II, and it was likely that Madame de Florian received word that German soldiers were approaching Paris.

In an effort to stay out of harm’s way, she locked her apartment and fled with other Parisians.


Madame de Florian headed south to the free zone where safety and security awaited her.


She never managed to return to her apartment. However, she continued to pay rent for the rest of her life. In 2010, Madame de Florian passed away at the age of ninety-one.

It was after she had passed that relatives and heirs learned of her apartment in Paris. They hired an auctioneer named Olivier Choppin-Janvry to take an inventory of any notable belongings of value in the abandoned apartment.


Upon opening the door, the auctioneer and his entire team were speechless. The apartment was a perfect snapshot of the age before World War II.

More importantly, there were very valuable treasures hidden in the apartment. The dining area was completely stocked with dishes and glassware. Artwork had been removed from the walls as if they were to be transported, but the owner never managed to have enough time.


This vanity table looks as if it awaiting the return of its owner. There are brushes, makeup, and perfume bottles scattered across it.


In the corner of the room, you can find an original Micky Mouse and Porky Pig doll. They were reflective of the time before World War II.


Perhaps the most interesting discovery was the painting of a beautiful woman in a pink gown. Further examination would reveal that this woman was Marthe de Florian, Madame De Florian’s grandmother.


The artist was not known at first, but a later discovery helped researchers conclude that the painting was done by Giovanni Boldini, an Italian painter from the Belle Epoque period.


Marthe de Florian was a very well-known Parisian actress who lived a lavish and luxurious lifestyle. A collection of love letters could be found in the apartment, and they were from many famous suitors, including several Prime Ministers and Presidents of Rance.

While Marthe was a subject of Giovanni’s paintings, further evidence showed that the two were lovers. The portrait of Marthe was completed in 1888 when Marhte was twenty-four-years-old. In 2010, the painting sold for $3.4 million dollars after it was discovered in the abandoned apartment. It was the most valuable of any of Giovanni’s works.


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