Accidents & Natural Disasters

This Man is Using a Simple Visual Trick to Cure Phantom Limb Pain
This Man is Using a Simple Visual Trick to Cure Phantom Limb Pain

Amputees are often tortured by phantom pain from missing limbs. While scientists puzzle over the… >>

This Surfer Punched a Shark to Save His Friend
This Surfer Punched a Shark to Save His Friend

A tiger shark out for blood is no match for cowboy surfer Brian Wargo. >>

These 13 Truths About Shark Attacks May Surprise You
These 13 Truths About Shark Attacks May Surprise You

Women are safer from sharks than men, punching a shark isn't the best defense, and most shark… >>

33 Miners, Buried Alive for 69 Days: This Is Their Remarkable Survival Story
33 Miners, Buried Alive for 69 Days: This Is Their Remarkable Survival Story

Almost half a mile underground for 69 grueling days, a group of Chilean miners hangs on to hope… >>

8 Crucial Water Safety Tips Lifeguards Wish Parents Knew
8 Crucial Water Safety Tips Lifeguards Wish Parents Knew

Top water safety experts weigh in on what parents miss when it comes to pool and beach safety. >>

9 of the Most Inspiring, Powerful Quotes from Pope Francis on Climate Change
9 of the Most Inspiring, Powerful Quotes from Pope Francis on Climate Change

On June 18, 2015, Pope Francis releases a 184-page encyclical addressing the threat that global… >>

8 Quiet Signs of Someone Drowning
8 Quiet Signs of Someone Drowning

Drowning doesn't mean flailing arms and calling for help. Knowing these silent signs of drowning… >>

This Chicago Woman Selflessly Saved a Bus of 38 Passengers From Crashing
This Chicago Woman Selflessly Saved a Bus of 38 Passengers From Crashing

When Jill Bien found the driver of her bus unconscious, she leaped into the driver's seat and took… >>

From Global Warming to Cancer, 5 Brilliant Ways Animals Help Scientists Solve Big Mysteries
From Global Warming to Cancer, 5 Brilliant Ways Animals Help Scientists Solve Big Mysteries

They may not wear lab coats, but creatures big and small can help scientists study global warming… >>

7 First Aid Mistakes That Are More Dangerous Than You Think
7 First Aid Mistakes That Are More Dangerous Than You Think

Treating an injury promptly and properly can have a huge effect on recovery. Still, many patients… >>

—And Sudden Death: The Reader's Digest Classic
—And Sudden Death: The Reader’s Digest Classic

If you have the nerve to drive fast and take chances, you ought to read this classic article from… >>

6 Proven Skills for Any Emergency, From a Reader's Digest Staffer Who's Edited 30+ Survival Dramas
6 Proven Skills for Any Emergency, From a Reader’s Digest Staffer Who’s Edited 30+ Survival Dramas

As the editor of many of Reader's Digest's survival stories, I've learned a lot about how to stay… >>

An Ohio Couple Was Trapped in a Flooding Basement. Their Dramatic Rescue Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity.
An Ohio Couple Was Trapped in a Flooding Basement. Their Dramatic Rescue Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity.

The Hammondses were trapped in their flooded basement, with the water line rapidly rising above 8… >>

7 Catchy Mnemonic Devices That Could Save Your Life
7 Catchy Mnemonic Devices That Could Save Your Life

If only all of life's emergencies came with a mnemonic device. Fortunately, these—from heart… >>

14 Ways Every Homeowner Should Prepare for a Power Outage
14 Ways Every Homeowner Should Prepare for a Power Outage

Due to an aging power grid, power outages are more common than they used to be. And things won’t… >>

13 Things Your TV Weather Forecaster Won't Tell You
13 Things Your TV Weather Forecaster Won’t Tell You

Here's a prediction: You'll get more accurate insight from your five-day forecast with these… >>

3 Little Survival Tools You Can Make With Random Things Around Your House
3 Little Survival Tools You Can Make With Random Things Around Your House

How bizarre survival tools (like a tuna can, old bra, and lip balm) can help you survive power… >>

6 Weird Facts About Lightning Strikes
6 Weird Facts About Lightning Strikes

From strange lightning strike rashes to exploding trees, these facts about lightning will, well… >>

The Gift and the Guilt of the Sole Survivor
The Gift and the Guilt of the Sole Survivor

The odds of surviving even the most serious plane crash are 76 percent. The odds of being the only… >>

Drama at Sea: The Final Hours on the HMS Bounty
Drama at Sea: The Final Hours on the HMS Bounty

A cowboy captain sails an iconic tall ship into a hurricane—with deadly results. >>