True Stories

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Man Overboard: The Lobsterman Who Mysteriously Vanished

No one could figure out when or where John Aldridge dropped into the ocean, with only his rubber… >>

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8 Emotional Moments Perfectly Captured by a Soldier’s Salute

Service members from all branches of the U.S. military present the ultimate sign of deference and… >>

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Everyday Heroes: “I Carried Him Down the Mountain”

How hiker Andi Davis saved the life 
of a 50-pound pit bull. >>

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“I Gave Two Kidneys”

Both her husband and father needed a kidney transplant. Julie Stitt had only one to give. Or did… >>

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The Little Boat 
That Sailed 
Through Time

A simple hand-carved ship binds five generations of family together. >>

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Your 100-Word True Stories: Contest Winners

More than 7,000 people entered our contest and gave us the Reader's Digest version of their lives… >>

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“I Was Buried Alive in a Grain Bin”

For hours, no one knew that Arick Baker had fallen into a 137-degree grain bin and was slowly being… >>

Carmen Tarleton
The Woman Who Had a Face Transplant

Carmen Tarleton survived a brutal attack from her estranged husband, but her painful journey was… >>

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Drama at Sea: The Final Hours on the HMS Bounty

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

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The Reunion That Took 77 Years to Happen

A teenaged Minka Disbrow was forced to give her newborn daughter Betty Jane up for adoption in… >>