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When I was 10, running from a neighbor's house back home during a really bad thunderstorm. Lightning struck about 10 feet away from me. Something made me jump in the air at the time (call it a guardian angel, etc) Might have saved me from getting electrocuted. Yeah, I might have survived on the ground too, had sneakers on, but that was as close a call as I've gotten. I tell everyone that computers behave around me because I have an electrical charge from the incident. (I work in IT and people are baffled that their problems go away just by me being present ;) 



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Appendicitis, car wreck, and many more.  Technically I probably should be dead right now.



I can think of...3 times were I was either close to dying, or though I was going to die.

 

1. When I was a baby (less than 6 months old) I got really sick. I had a high feever for like 2 solid weeks. The doctors couldn't figure out why, and actually thought I might have cancer. No medice or anything was working and I just kept getting sicker. Weirdly enough, I just...got better one day. I went from being dangerously sick, to totally fine in a day. No idea why.

2. When I was in highschool, me and a couple of my friends were dicking around in a quarry. I was climbing up a rock wall (you know, like an idiot) and about 3/4 of the way up the rock I was on started to come out of the wall. I managed to scramble to safety before it fell, but I was probably 3-4 seconds from falling 50 feet onto a pile of rocks.

3. A few years ago, I was going out with some friends and decided to take five 200 mg caffeine pills (also like an idiot). For some context, a gram of caffeine is nearly 10 redbulls worth. I had a splitting headache, a stomachache, and my heart was pounding in my chest for a solid 24 hours. I was starving but couldn't eat, and exhausted but couldn't sleep. I honestly probably should have gone to the hosipital.

 

Edit: I've also been hit by a car, fell into a pile of old barbed wire, fallen out of a tree, nearly been swept away by the tide (which is actually a pretty good story, though I never thought I was going to die), and have been threatend with a knife. I've led a pretty rough and tumble life, and have about a dozen scars to show for it.



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veritaz said:
I got hit by a car going over 80 miles an hour on a road that was under construction so his tires blew out and he ran me over on the side walk. I luckily pushed my cousin out the way in time so it just hit me.
I also fell of a tree high up in the air when I was in 2nd grade that ended up ripping off all the skin on my face. 
I got stabbed by a sharp stick through my nose because of some kids playing star wars.
I broke my neck playing american football at a young age.
All those times I felt like I was going to die.

My goodness man! Get yourself a plastic bubble. You got pics of the gnarly scars?

Raze said:

When I was 10, running from a neighbor's house back home during a really bad thunderstorm. Lightning struck about 10 feet away from me. Something made me jump in the air at the time (call it a guardian angel, etc) Might have saved me from getting electrocuted. Yeah, I might have survived on the ground too, had sneakers on, but that was as close a call as I've gotten. I tell everyone that computers behave around me because I have an electrical charge from the incident. (I work in IT and people are baffled that their problems go away just by me being present ;) 

Although I have not been struck or near lightning afaik, I have the same gift. I do IT as well and have the same effect - things typically just work when I come by. Always baffles people.



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I had a piece of re-barb get caught by a saw at work and it flung right past my head at deadly speed. Also when I was in that cave in Afghanistan



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I don't know if it really happened, but back in the old days when I was 9 years old we had swimming lessons at school. We were kinda fooling around near the end of the lesson and I was at the corner doing some diving when some other kid jumped into the water and hit me. The next thing I remember is that I was lying outside the water while the teacher was beside me checking on me and some other kids standing around us. When it seemed I was OK they left and I was kinda alone. I went slowly back into the water asking myself what this was all about...No one mentioned that something like that ever happened to me, so I am not sure myself. Must be a fake memory.



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Robert_Downey_Jr. said:
I had a piece of re-barb get caught by a saw at work and it flung right past my head at deadly speed. Also when I was in that cave in Afghanistan

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My grandfather lost his grip on my inner tube in the ocean when I was like 2. Luckily someone who was out much further than most people would go was able to grab me before drifting further out to sea.

There are other instances as well I suppose, but those were within my control.



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