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A Brutal Storm Turned This Regatta into a Sailing Disaster
"The pair watched as one of their sails ripped in slow motion, as if by some invisible hands."
These Killer Snakes Are Terrorizing Southern Florida—and I Caught One of Them
This Is How a Water Bottle Could Save Your Life in a Hurricane
This Teacher Saved a Cafeteria of Students from an Active Shooter
I Survived 9/11—These Are the 15 Questions Young People Ask Me the Most
These Two Cave Divers Were Trapped Underwater—with Only Enough Oxygen for One
Twists of Fate That Saved These People’s Lives on 9/11
On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people lost their lives—and these seven people could have been among...
13 Powerful Things Surviving a Terrorist Attack Taught Me About Life
Here's how I learned to see the good in a world that can seem, at times, to be horrifically evil.
Doctors Reveal the Most Miraculous Recovery They’ve Ever Seen in a Patient
From premature babies to tough octogenarians, these people and their incredible stories baffled even medical...
After a Horrible Car Crash, Her Odds of Survival Were Just 100 to One
A car crash left Molei Wright functionally decapitated. Even if her body survived, her mind...
How Playing Football Almost Caused This Boy to Become Paralyzed
This 11-year-old’s brain injury completely rattled one devout gridiron family.
34 Inspiring Cancer Quotes from Survivors
Cancer survivors have been through a lot—and they've learned a lot. This wisdom, drawn...
This Man Was Almost Swept Away in a Flood—Then a Stranger Stepped In
Unexpectedly, rushing waters grabbed hold of his vehicle and swept him away. He thought he...
The Bravest Dogs in History
From rescuing swimmers to flying into space to saving countless soldiers' lives, these dogs have...
12 Most Dangerous Animal Bites You Can Get
Keep every part of you away from the mouths of these creatures or you could...
11 Psychology Experiments That Went Horribly Wrong
Science has given us amazing breakthroughs, but some researchers have been responsible for horrifying studies—...
This Climber Was Stuck in a Crevice for 22 Hours—Here’s How He Survived
Seth Rowe had descended into impossibly small crevices countless times without a problem. This time,...
5 Things You Should Never, Ever Do in an Emergency
Survival is often less about heroic actions than avoiding mindless mistakes. Here's what not to...
3 Things You Must Do During a Tornado
When a tornado warning is issued by the National Weather Service office you could have...
10 People Who Literally Came Back to Life
Thanks to state of the art medical technology—like defibrillators in nearly every place of...
Here’s How I Survived a Shark Attack
Mike Coots was surfing with his buddies near his home in Kauai when he was...
This Fisherman Was Attacked By a Shark and Lived to Tell the Tale
Cue the "Jaws" theme. This article, which appeared in the August 1965 edition of Reader's Digest,...
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A Former Alcatraz Inmate Reveals What the Prison Was Really Like
Originally published in 1938, this is the account of one of the prisoners at the infamous...
I Didn’t Understand the Power of Forgiveness—Until I Caused a Devastating Car Crash
The car accident marred one teenager’s face, but it left no scratch on a friendship.
Six Men Adventure Into a Very Dangerous Cave. Only Four Come Out.
With its narrow passages, flowing streams, and chambers studded with stalagmites and stalactites, Cascade is...
I’m a Navy Seal—Here’s How Single-Mindedness Saved My Life
In free fall, Commander Mark Divine didn't rack his brain for a solution. Instead, he...