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Frano Selak: The World’s Luckiest Unlucky Man Who Defied Death Seven Times

Frano Selak: The World’s Luckiest Unlucky Man Who Defied Death Seven Times

“You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.”
― Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men

The 87-year-old retired music teacher from Croatia has proved he has almost as many lives as a cat after cheating death seven times.

It’s a true story. Selak cheated death seven times. He survived a train crashing into a frozen river, a plane crash by getting sucked out of the door, a bus crash, a car crashes and a few explosions.  He also won the lottery after all that too.

Born in 1929  Frane Selak’s terrifyingly unlucky but incredibly lucky timeline goes like this:

  • 1962 – train flips off the track and crashes into a river killing 17 people, Selak survives.
  • 1963 – plane crashes killing 19 people but Selak is sucked out of a malfunctioning door and lands in a haystack. He survives.
  • 1966 – bus skids off the road and kills 4 people, Selak survives
  • 1970 – car catches on fire but he manages to escape before it explodes. He survives.
  • 1973 – car catches on fire and shoots flames through the air vents. He survives.
  • 1995 – hit by a bus. He survives.
  • 1996 – misses head on collision in his car but falls off the road. He’s ejected from his seat and holds onto a tree as the car plummets 300 foot down. He survives.
  • 2003 -he won £600,000(US$1,110,000) in a lottery
  • 2010 – he purchased two houses and a boat with his winnings, and decided to give most of the remaining money away to relatives and friends after deciding to live a frugal lifestyle.


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