35 Times This Instagram Page Shared Fascinating Real-Life Stories

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In the age of social media and information overload, finding truly fascinating content can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are curated platforms that sift through the noise to bring you the most captivating and thought-provoking content on the internet. One such platform is ‘All Things Fascinating.’ This X page is a treasure trove of captivating content that spans the realms of science, art, nature, and human ingenuity.

Check out some of the most intriguing and engaging real-life stories shared in this diverse online community.

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#1 In 1993, A Man Named James Scott Purposely Damaged A Levee And Caused A Massive Flood Of The Mississippi River Only To Stall His Wife From Coming Home So That He Could Party

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His actions flooded 14,000 acres of farmland, destroyed buildings, and closed a bridge. He was convicted of “intentionally causing a catastrophe” and is still in prison serving a life sentence.

#2 Richard Batista Gave His Wife A Kidney. Four Years Later, She Filed For A Divorce. During Court, Richard Demanded She Return His Kidney Or Pay $1.5 Million

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In 2001, Dawnell Batista was suffering from kidney disease and was in need of a transplant.

Richard, her husband at the time, offered to donate one of his kidneys. The transplant was a success, and Dawnell’s health improved significantly.

However, the couple’s marriage began to deteriorate, and they eventually divorced in 2005.

During the divorce proceedings, Richard made the surprising demand that Dawnell return the kidney he had donated to her or pay $1.5M in compensation, arguing that it was a gift given in the expectation of love and companionship, which had not been fulfilled.

It was ruled that organs in the United States may not be bought or sold, and donating one is considered a gift.

Richard did not get his kidney back or any compensation.

#3 This Wild Orangutan Tried To Save A Man From A Snake Infested Pond Believing That He Was In Danger. The Man Was Actually There To Remove Snakes From The Pond To Keep The Apes Safe. This Ape Made Repeated Attempts To Help The Man, By Reaching Out His Hand

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#4 In 1994, A 73-Year-Old Man Who Was ‘Too Blind’ To Get A Driver’s License Drove 240 Miles From Northwestern Iowa To Southwestern Wisconsin, On A 1966 John Deere Lawnmower To Visit His Brother, Who Recently Had A Stroke

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On good days he averaged about five miles an hour along U.S. 18. But about four days into the trip, the engine failed on his mower in West Bend, 21 miles from where he had started in Laurens, Iowa.

Straight spent $250 replacing points, the condenser, plugs, the generator and the starter.

He made it to Charles City, 90 miles from West Bend, when he ran out of money in mid-July, and had to camp out until his next Social Security check arrived.

By Aug. 15, he had made it to within two miles of his brother’s house near Blue River, but then his mower broke down again. A farmer helped him push it the rest of the way.

In total, the journey took six weeks, and he inspired the 1999 film ‘The Straight Story.’

#5 In 1724, Margaret Dickson Was Hanged But Later Found Still Alive. She Then Was Allowed To Go Free Because Under Scots Law. Her Punishment Had Been Carried Out, She Could Not Be Executed For A 2nd Time For The Same Crime

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#6 This Is Francesco Lentini, The 3 Legged Man. The Italian-American Circus Performer Was Born With 3 Legs, 4 Feet And 2 Sets Of Functioning Genitals. He Spent His Years Working For The Circus And Lived Until The Age Of 77

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#7 In 2001, Kenny Waters, A Man Wrongfully Imprisoned For 18 Years, Was Finally Released After His High School Drop Out Sister Went To Law School, So That She Could Prove His Innocence

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#8 In 1836, The Directors Of The Bank Of England Received An Anonymous Letter, In Which The Author Claimed To Have Direct Access To The Gold In The Bank

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The directors assumed this to be a joke and simply ignored it.

However, sometime later, they received another letter, in which the enigmatic author offered to meet them at an hour of their choosing inside the main gold vault.

According to the bank’s website, the directors were intrigued but considered it impossible for someone to break into the vault without their knowledge.

Nevertheless, they agreed to the meeting and gathered together one evening, inside the vault as agreed.

To their great surprise, at the appointed time, a noise was heard beneath the floorboards, and a man popped up underneath their feet.

He was a sewer worker who had been working on repairs close to the Bank of England site at Threadneedle Street.

During his routine inspection, he had discovered an old drain that led directly underneath the gold vault inside the bank itself.

After a quick stock take, they realized that the sewer worker had not taken anything from the vault, despite having multiple opportunities to do so.

As a reward for his honesty, the directors gifted him £800, a sum that equates to £80,000 in today’s money.

#9 On April 19th 1995, A Man Named Mcarthur Wheeler Robbed A Bank With Lemon Juice On His Face As A Disguise

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Since he knew lemon juice could be used as invisible ink, he was sure it would make his face invisible on the CCTV. He smiled at each camera he saw.

Later that night, the police arrested him.

When they showed him the CCTV footage, Wheeler stared in disbelief. He said to the officers “but I wore the juice.”

#10 In 2016, Michael Orchard Broke Into His Neighbour’s Burning House And Rescued Their Dog. However, It Turned Out That The Dog Didn’t Need Saving Because The House Was Not On Fire

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The “fire” was part of a hallucination he was experiencing after taking mistakenly mixing his cough medicine with LSD.

#11 There Was A Fad In The 1950’s Called Booth Stuffing Where Teens Would Try To Stuff Themselves In Phone Booths

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#12 Daniel Kish Is A Blind Man Had To Have His Eyes Removed Before He Was 13 Months Old Because Of Eye Cancer

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He’s mastered the ability of echolocation by clicking his tongue and listening to the echoes.

He can ride his bike in traffic, recognize a building from as far away as 1000ft, differentiate specific kinds of cars. He is able to live a relatively normal life.

Kish and his organization have also taught a form of echolocation to at least 500 blind children around the world.

#13 Barry Marshall Was Convinced That The Helicobacter Pylori Bacteria Caused Stomach Ulcers, But No One Believed Him

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Since it was illegal to test his theory on humans, he drank the bacteria himself and developed ulcers within days.

He treated them with antibiotics and we on to win a Nobel prize in 2005.

#14 In 2001, Actor Mark Ruffalo Had A Realistic Dream That He Had A Brain Tumour

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Despite no previous signs, he went to see a doctor due to the vividness of his dream.

The doctor booked him in for a CAT scan & discovered that Ruffalo did indeed have a brain tumor behind his ear, which was subsequently removed.

Ruffalo addressed the issue in 2011 with W magazine stating: “You just deal with it. You go on. I’m fine now, I only lost my hearing in one ear. I see it as kind of a gift in a weird way. Your priorities become very clear. My relationship to acting became very clear.”

#15 On April 28, 1988, The Roof Of An Aloha Airlines Jet Ripped Off At 24,000 Feet, But The Plane Still Managed To Land. There Was One Fatality

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#16 When Steve Fugate Lost His Two Children, He Hiked Across The United States For Over 12 Years With A Sign That Said “Love Life” To Remind People That They Can Always Overcome Life’s Hardships, With The Right Mindset And To Never Give Up

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Fugate said it takes him approximately 6 to 8 months to walk across the U.S. averaging anywhere between 7 to 14 miles a day and resting for about two days at a time. Fugate’s first walk was back in 2001.

#17 In 2018, A Heroic Dad, Brad Lewis, Saved His Youngest Son From A Fatal Fall From A Balcony By Jumping After Him And Cradling Him To His Chest, Taking The Brunt Of The Impact

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He suffered a fractured skull among other injuries.

The incident happened when his son fired a toy Nerf gun and chased after the bullet onto the balcony – only for him to slip and lose his footing.

Both Brad and his son made a full recovery.

#18 In Cluj, Romania, You Can Pay For Your Bus Ticket By Doing 20 Squats. Disabled And Elderly People Get To Ride For Free

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#19 4000 Years Old Ancient Babylonian Clay Tablet Which Is A Customer’s Letter Complaining About Sub-Standard Copper And Wanting A Refund. It Is Considered To Be The Oldest Known Written Complaint

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#20 A Man Who Thought He Was Suffering From Lung Cancer Underwent Urgent Surgery To Remove A Cancerous Growth In His Lungs. The Surgeons Discovered The Man Did Not Have Lung Cancer, The ‘Growth’ Was Actually Just A Toy Traffic Cone He Inhaled 40 Years Ago

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#21 In 2017, German Police In Frankfurt Found A Car Belonging To A 76-Year- Old Man Who Had Forgotten Where He Parked It, 20 Years Earlier

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#22 Chen Si Is A Man Who Spends His Weekends Visiting The Largest Bridge In China To Prevent People From Jumping. He Has Saved Over 300 People

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#23 Earlier This Year, A Portuguese Dog Named Bobi, Set The Record For The Worlds Oldest Dog. He’s 30 Years Old

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#24 This Is A Real Picture Taken By Photographer Keinichi Ohno. It’s A Single Photo Of A Bird Standing At The Edge Of Some Water With A Wall And Its Reflection Creating A Fascinating Optical Illusion

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#25 Harrison Okene Spent 60 Hours Underwater In Darkness After His Boat Capsized 20 Miles Off The Coast Of Nigeria And Sank To The Bottom Of The Ocean. He Was Discovered Alive By Divers Who Were Sent To Recover Dead Bodies

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#26 The Inventor Of Vaseline, Robert Chesebrough, Was Such A Firm Believer In Its Medicinal Properties That He Claimed To Have Eaten A Spoonful Of It A Day

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During a bout of pleurisy in his 50s, he ordered his nurse to cover him from head to toe in the substance, and soon recovered.

He lived to be 96 and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York City.

#27 In 2009, Sgt. Dakota Meyer Disobeyed A Direct Order To Pull Back From His Position And Instead Rescued Wounded Soldiers From A Firefight Nearby

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He went back five times, saving the lives of 36 soldiers. When asked why he did what he did, he said: That’s what you do for a brother.

#28 In 2012, A German Kindergarten Teacher Named Ina Koenig Jumped Down A 75-Foot Mine Shaft When A 3-Year-Old Student Of Hers Fell Into It

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The shaft was filled with cold water, but Koenig managed to keep the child’s head above the surface for over 2 hours, saving his life.

#29 In 2015, Aitabdel Salem, A 41-Year-Old From Queens, Spent 5 Months In Jail At Rikers Island, One Of The Country’s Most Notorious Prisons, Not Knowing That His Bail Was Just $2

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Salem was initially jailed on a $25,000 bail for allegedly attacking a police officer who was arresting him on charges of shoplifting on November 21, 2014.

Prosecutors for the case, however, failed to land an indictment, and a judge ordered Salem’s release on November 28, 2014, just one week after his arrest.

Salem, however, still had to pay two $1 bail charges for two unrelated tampering and mischief charges.

The only problem: Salem didn’t know just $2 could set him free. He remained in the overcrowded prison until May 2015.

#30 This Is Sergio Gutiérrez Benítez, Better Known As Fray Tormenta, Priest Who Wrestled To Feed Orphaned Children. Inspiration For Nacho Libre Movie

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#31 In 1996, A Mother Cat Named Scarlett Rescued All 5 Of Her Kittens From A Building Burning In NYC. She Walked Through Flames 5 Times To Rescue Each One

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Scarlett had been severely burned in the process of pulling her kittens from the fire. Her eyes were blistered shut, her ears and paws burned, and her coat highly singed.

The majority of her facial hair had been burnt away. After saving the kittens she was seen to touch each of her kittens with her nose to ensure they were all there, as the blisters on her eyes kept her from being able to see them, and then she collapsed unconscious.

Scarlett and her kittens were then taken to a vet and were treated for injuries.

The weakest of the kittens, a white-coated, died of a virus a month after the fire. However, after three months of treatment and recovery, Scarlett and her surviving kittens were well enough to be adopted.

Scarlett died on October 11, 2008, while with her adoptive family in Brooklyn.

#32 On April 1, 2001, Hooters Offered Employees The Chance To Win A Toyota As Part Of A Beer Sales Contest

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One employee called Jodee Beery knocked it out of the park with sales and ended up winning the contest.

But instead of a car, she got a small package with a toy Yoda inside and
Hooters claimed the entire contest was only an April Fools’ joke.

A year later Berry and Gulf Coast Wings, Inc., the corporate owner of the restaurant, ended up with a settlement at court.

Berry cited breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation and walked out with an undisclosed sum of money in her pockets.

David Noll, her attorney, was quoted on saying that the amount of money the woman received would allow Jodee to “pick out whatever type of Toyota she wants.”

#33 A Long Exposure Of A Plane Taking Off

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#34 This Is A Dog With A Myostatin Deficiency, Which Allows For Unrestricted Muscle Growth

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#35 A Colombian Woman Named Marina Chapman Was Raised By Capuchin Monkeys For 5 Years After Being Abandoned In The Jungle

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She learned to scale trees, catch birds and rabbits with her bare hands, and lived as one of them until she was discovered by hunters.

Saumya Ratan

Saumya is an explorer of all things beautiful, quirky, and heartwarming. With her knack for art, design, photography, fun trivia, and internet humor, she takes you on a journey through the lighter side of pop culture.

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