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10 People Who Literally Came Back to Life
Thanks to state of the art medical technology—like defibrillators in nearly every place of...
The Next Mass Shooters: Who They Are, and How We Will Stop Them
An eye-opening look into the minds of mass shooters, from the FBI unit devoted to...
A Widow Set out to Scatter Her Husband’s Ashes in the Woods—Soon She Was Lost
Would she make it out alive?
12 Real Life Exorcisms That Actually Happened
The belief that evil spirits can possess humans has been terrifying people throughout history. That's...
8 People Who Fell from Incredible Heights and Survived
We've all had nightmares where we're falling, but for the people profiled here, it was...
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
Pythons are wreaking havoc on Florida wildlife. One reporter learns firsthand what’s being done...
This Teacher Saved a Cafeteria of Students from an Active Shooter
Her students now compare her to Chuck Norris.
This Is How a Water Bottle Could Save Your Life in a Hurricane
No, it’s not just for drinking.
These Two Cave Divers Were Trapped Underwater—with Only Enough Oxygen for One
They were the first ones to see the underwater caves. But when it was time...
I Survived 9/11—These Are the 15 Questions Young People Ask Me the Most
Twelve-years-old at the time of the attack, the author survived, and so did her family....
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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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,...
3 Things You Must Do During a Tornado
When a tornado warning is issued by the National Weather Service office you could have...
34 Inspiring Cancer Quotes from Survivors
Cancer survivors have been through a lot—and they've learned a lot. This wisdom, drawn...
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,...
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...
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...
42 Everyday Fixes to Survive Basically Anything
Stay calm. Gather your wits. We’re going to get through this together. Here, our...
Say This One Thing and You Might Talk Someone Out of Suicide
17-year-old Desmond quickly realized the man sitting on the edge of the bridge was planning...
The Computer on This Plane Malfunctioned, Putting 315 in a Life-or-Death Situation
When a “psycho” computer on a jumbo airliner goes rogue and grabs control from the...
13 Things You Didn’t Know About Shark Attacks
Women are safer from sharks than men, punching a shark isn't the best defense, and...