The unluckiest people in the world

All are said to be true stories.

We thought it might be interesting to take a quick look at some of the people who have come to be regarded as among the unluckiest in the world.

Ivan McGuire - in 1988 the skydiver decided to film his 3,000m jump above North Carolina. He remembered his camera, but forgot his parachute!

Then there's the case of the Belgian air force, which killed three unlucky men in Sudan when they dropped a crate of food on top of them. The pilots were taking part in a humanitarian relief effort.

German zookeeper Friedrich Riesfeldt fed his constipated elephant 22 doses of animal laxative and more than a bushel of berries, figs and prunes. The plugged-up pachyderm finally let fly. Standing next to his elephant, Riesfeldt suffocated under 200 pounds of elephant shit. Investigators say Riesfeldt, 46, was attempting to give the ailing elephant an enema when the beast unloaded on him.

Tsutomu Yamaguchi - was in the only two cities that have ever been hit by an atomic bomb.

Ann Hodges - the only person (on record) to have been hit by a Meteorite.

Jason and Jenny Cairns-Lawrence - caught up in three separate terrorist attacks during various vacations.

Roy Sullivan -  struck by lightning seven times.

Frane Selak - this Croatian music teacher was involved in a number of most deathly accidents. First the train he took to travel broke off the trail and plunged into the icy river beneath killing many others except Selak. The door of the plane he was flying on blew off and he was blown off the plane to land safely in a stack of hay. The bus he took crashed leaving many dead and Selak with minor injuries. His car caught fire twice and blew up. He drove off a cliff to avoid crashing into a truck and landed on a tree to watch his car explode beneath him. (Ed's note - this guy is either very lucky, or very unlucky, depending on which way you look at it).

William Bullock -  the man responsible for the 1863 invention of the web rotary printing press. In 1867, though, the machine turned against him. He was adjusting a new press that had been installed for the Philadelphia Public Ledger newspaper and tried to kick a driving belt onto a pulley. His leg got caught into the machine and was completely crushed. He died a little more than a week later during an operation to amputate the leg.

And what about the circus act in Romania which ended in tragedy when fire-eater Vlad Cazacu, 43, belched in mid-performance and was blown to bits. Incredibly no one came to his rescue as stunned onlookers assumed this was part of an amazing illusion. Consequently this unlucky man, who might have been saved, was allowed to just lie there and die.

And finally, Frenchman Jacques LeFevrier left nothing to chance when he decided to commit suicide. He stood at the top of a tall cliff and tied a noose around his neck. He tied the other end of the rope to a large rock. He drank some poison and set fire to his clothes. He even tried to shoot himself at the last moment. He jumped and fired the pistol. The bullet missed him completely, but cut through the hanging rope instead. Freed of the threat of hanging, LeFevrier plunged into the sea. The sudden plunge into the freezing waters extinguished the flames and apparently made him vomit the poison as well. He was dragged out of the water by witnesses on the beach below the cliff and was taken to a hospital. Fate, it seemed, had determined that he would live, and his lust for life was restored. Unfortunately, he never left the hospital, dying there of hypothermia.

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