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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The Little Boat 
That Sailed 
Through Time

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

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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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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 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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“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… >>

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My Love Story, Before Social Networks

The tale of a man who traveled across two countries and an ocean to follow the love of his life. >>

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6 Moments When Our Flag Was Larger Than Life

Members of the Armed Forces honor Old Glory in these inspiring pictures. >>

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A Heartwarming Salute to Soldiers and Their Hero Dogs

On battlefields across the globe, servicemen and women rely on their dogs for safety, comfort, and… >>

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The Stranger Who Changed My Life: The Boy Who Saved the Senator

Just when his condition threatened to devastate him completely, he received a letter from an… >>

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The “Lost Boy” Who Built a Family

One of the lost boys of Sudan, Peter Ter came to America with nothing—except a remarkable gift… >>

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How Bunker Roy and the Barefoot College Plan to Light Up the World

A social activist taps one of our planet’s greatest power sources: grandmothers. >>

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The True Story Behind The Vow

Fall in love with the Reader's Digest original story that inspired the romantic movie starring… >>

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Christmas Stories: The Gold and Ivory Tablecloth

A pastor’s impulsive purchase leads to an incredible reunion. Coincidence—or divine guidance?… >>

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The Unsinkable Titanic

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912, we dug into… >>

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Janitor Rescues 19 Seniors From Abandoned Center

“I’d never want to see my parents or grandparents go through anything like that.” >>

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Brave Strangers Rescue Teen from Fiery Car Crash

It looked like the mangled wreck would be engulfed in flames at any minute. >>

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6 Ways That Teen Scientists Are Changing Our World

Considering the research presented by whip-smart high school seniors at the 2014 Intel Science… >>

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“We Were Buried in a Mudslide!”

Michelle Grainger, Steve Le Goff, and their neighbors survived two days of raging floodwaters. It… >>