What is the stupidest way you almost died?
By - goosearms
I was at a Pink Floyd concert at the old Tampa Stadium, was going to get a beer. I got crushed against a wall,at the bottom of a stairway, when a rush of people came up the breezeway. I couldn't move,or breathe,probably 100 or more people in a log jam. I'm not a big person,started to panic, looked up and a guy looked over the rail above me. He started yelling to me to reach for his hand,he leaned way over and grabbed my hand and pulled me up.Like 8 or 9 feet,and over the rail. Took a few minutes to get a breath he had the security guy get the medic to check me over. Freaky close to a very bad ending.
One of my mom's friend's daughter died like that in a concert... My mom wouldn't let me attend one before I was 18. I still went to a couple, but that accident was always in the back of my mind. Crazy
I went to a concert one time and I'm a small person. I was too close to the front of the crowd and was being squished between people and couldn't breathe properly and it was extremely hot. I started to panic and a guy saw me freaking out and struggling to get out so he shoved his way in and grabbed me and pulled me out into the more spaced out crowd. He got me a water and stayed with me the rest of the night. Some people were hospitalized from being crushed in the crowd and the crowd even broke through the heavy metal barriers at one point and the band threatened to stop playing. Him and I stayed in touch after that night. I called him my knight in shining armour.
Wasnt close to death but I dont know what would have happened if I did faint or something and wasnt pulled out.
This kind of shit right here is a huge reason why crowds scare me to absolute death. I do not want to be crushed until I die, thank you very much.
Jumping into piles of leaves as a child then when I was 28 I was visiting my mum and she had a pile of leaves in the yard so for shits and giggles I jumped into the pile of leaves to which I discovered was hiding a bear trap which my elderly mother had placed that morning to try and catch a skunk. 79 stitches and a broken arm that was almost amputated because of how bad the break was, this doubles as a PSA to only jump in leaf piles you have made yourself
It also doubles as a PSA to set warning signs if you set up traps...
My homies autistic brother was in the deep end of a wave pool (he can't swim) without floaties. So he called for help and I jumped in. As I was trying to swim with one hand and carry him with the other, I heard the siren for the big wave that happens every few minutes. So I tried to quickly swim away but it caught up and pushed us under. I accidentally tried to breathe and that put quite bit of water in me. Just then I felt someone grab me and pull me out of the water. It was my homie. And he also grabbed his brother. So after I threw up a bunch of water and rested a bit, I realized that I almost died in a wave pool.
Where was the lifeguard?! As a lifeguard this is like my worst nightmare
Sitting in his chair vibing.
Ofc he was, someone at my work fell asleep in the chair smh
We had a guard who fell asleep on stand, was caught texting on stand, and was caught eating a sandwich on stand. Constantly 15-30 minutes late to his shifts. One guard had to save a kid literally infront of this dudes stand. Did any of that get him fired? Nah. He only got fired because he called a headguard a bitch and was storming around making a scene, literally on the last day of the summer. Being short staffed sucks lmao.
I almost drowned in the sea as a kid. A current pushed me away from the shore. Lifeguards saved me and were slapping my face. I thought it was a punishment but they were resuscitating me.
I'm sorry, you just made me giggle at the idea of lifeguards slapping people for stupid mistakes.
I just watched a video of a guy who nearly gets hit by a train because he was being an idiot and a conductor or whatever helped pull him up onto the platform and then immediate slapped him for nearly getting himself killed, so it does happen apparently
Edit: [Link](https://www.reddit.com/r/IdiotsNearlyDying/comments/pt8g6k/man_was_begging_for_it/) if y'all want to see it
I know of a train conductor who has PTSD because of two people who jumped on the tracks and got hit by his train. It sucks big time and I can understand the slapping.
Almost got my head squashed by a car due to a small pebble making me fall on the main road
Oh man this reminds me. A dealership I worked at had two man teams for the lube rack. Well I was a lube tech at the time. I was setting the lift on a full sized pickup when my team mate started raising the lift. My head got caught between the lift and the frame. Thankfully someone saw me and screamed at him to stop. I was seconds from getting my head popped like a tomato.
Damn bro. Lift safety is real. Had a teammate die in my company last year when a truck fell on him. I still get worried under anything heavy but I couldn't imagine working under a lifted bus
I was at a Waterpark in Texas with one of those super tall, straight down slides. They had multiple signs saying things like "DO NOT PUSH OFF BEFORE SLIDING DOWN!" me being an 18 year old idiot and wanting to race my friend, I decided to push off. That extra push started my slow-motion, airborne flight over the slide. I was then staring 100ft down at concrete and my other friend who had his jaw open. What felt like minutes later, I smacked back down onto the slide and made my way down to the bottom. Thank God for the engineers that planned for suicidal idiots like myself.
Isn't this the exact reason some really tall slides start out as a solid tube before opening into a half tube after 15 or so feet?
Bro they don't pay engineers to design waterslides in Texas. They just do whatever until someone dies.
Didn't a young boy die on a Schlitterbahn slide there a few years ago? I remember hearing gruesome things.
ETA: It was Kansas City as many people have told me lol. Knew Schlitterbahn was Texas-based and just assumed it was in TX
That place almost killed me. The Wave pool/river was on break and started up right as I was passing the big machine. Started to suck me in along with the water and I held onto the concrete for dear life. Lifeguard saw me and did an emergency shut off.
I swam away like nothing happened
Nothing that 10 years of therapy for deep-rooted psychological trauma won't fix!
The poor little boy got decapitated on that ride, actually. Super tragic
There was a guy who got decapitated at the six flags in my state. He hopped a fence to grab his hat he dropped while on The Batman and one of the carts was dipping down right where he was standing and since it was an inverted roller coaster everyone’s feet were hanging down. Some lady accidentally punted his head like 100ft and she shattered her leg from her toes all the way up to her hip
What in the Final Destination fck is this
I was standing under the hulk ride at universal studios Florida one time and I had my hand on the railing next to the retention pond underneath the ride. I hear a loud clang and a ricochet and feel a huge reverberation up my arm and look to my right and see there is a massive dent in the railing right next to my hand. Somebody’s cell phone or something of equal density and size flew off that rollercoaster and almost ended me 100%
Texas monthly writer Skip Hollandsworth wrote an amazing story about it and it’s completely insane and horribly tragic. It’s a really good piece I would recommend reading if you’re interested in hearing the full story.
Cut my inner ankle on a glass cup. For those who don’t know, an artery is there and I literally sliced through it. Almost bled out. Thankfully didn’t though!
My horse cut that same artery while he was being shod. He had a nail sticking out of the side of his hoof (the farrier hadn't crimped it down) and he took one step sideways and cut the artery on the opposite leg. He almost bled out before I got it stopped about 10 minutes later. Huge amounts of blood gushing everywhere, and I'm holding onto the foot of a 1000 pound animal that's getting wobbly (and that I love dearly). It was really terrifying.
Going down the wooden stairs at my parents house wearing socks
Slipped on the last step and banged my head on the wall
Woke up ~3 hours later with doggo by my side desperately licking my ear
Never told my parents
That’s a TBI. Tell your neurologist about it if you ever see one.
Yeah nausea, vomiting, memory loss, loss of depth perception, blurry vision the list goes on. Had a severe concussion in highschool and took nearly five years for chronic headaches to stop. Can't even remember my last one now.
I was at Lake Bled in Slovenia and thought I could easily swim the distance between the shore and the island in the middle with the church on it. Boy was I wrong... about halfway I started getting exhausted and had trouble staying afloat. Then my body kicked into survival mode, the adrenaline started pumping, and I Michael Phelps'd the rest of the way to the island. I ended up paying 5 Euros to have a boat take me back to shore after that harrowing experience.
Holy fuck! Same thing happened to me! I got a cramp halfway and honestly thought this was my way out. Luckily I saw some people from my hostel in those boats and I jumped in. Fuck just awoken a suppressed memory.
"This is how I did it, Anton: I never saved anything for the swim back..."
While drunk, I sat down outside...to rest for a moment...on a freezing cold Winter's night. Fortunately, a passerby noticed me and encouraged me to get inside. I figure I was probably there dozing for several minutes.
My bosses friend died that way last winter. Passed out in the alley behind the bar. Froze to death
Reading this comment section, freezing to death seems the most common stupid way to die.
shit I would've died like this years ago if I lived somewhere cold
y'all are making me remember times i almost died that i shouldn't have forgot
I walked into a back room freezer of a grocery store. The huge door was designed to close automatically. I knew this and went in and did what I was there to do. After 30 seconds, I couldn’t catch my breath. I thought maybe I was just working to hard so I stopped and took several huge breaths, nothing. I felt like I was drowning out of water. I had to move as quickly as I could back outside of the freezer and feel to my knees gasping when I got out. It was only afterwards I realized for some dumb reason someone kept open dry ice in a cart inside of the freezer.
Dry ice removes oxygen out of the air in enclosed spaces. I almost died from lack of oxygen and would have been an icicle when they found me.
Don’t fuck with dry ice.
>It was only afterwards I realized for some dumb reason someone kept open dry ice in a cart inside of the freezer.
Who was the severely irresponsible dipshit that left open a case of dry ice in an enclosed area? Did someone get fired for that, because that sounds like something you get fired over.
Someone in Russia put some dry ice in a pool for the cool smoke effect. Everyone jumped in, some made it out [dry ice pool party](https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51680049)
wow, what a tragedy
Although it was entirely avoidable, you don't expect partygoers to think about the properties of dry ice (solid CO2). Maybe their supplier could've told them, i.e., asked them why they were buying it
always got to know which particles you wanna fuck with before filling up a swimming pool's worth and diving right in lol
Very different situation but store freezers are terrifying. I work at Walmart and stepped into the small bakery freezer one day and the door closed behind me. Turned around to get out and the latch wasn’t working. I quickly started panicking. Someone would have found me but I was so cold. I tried calling my boss but due to the fact that I was in a metal box I didn’t have any reception. I started pounding on the latch and it opened. Apparently this isn’t the first time it’s happened. Time to call osha ig.
Dislocated my C1-C2 vertebrae and spent 6 months in a body halo.
Idk how close to death that counts, but be careful when you cough.
EDIT: Y'all are fucking funny. And yes, I stopped farting after this incident.
I coughed and got a spinal CSF leak! Spent about a year in constant, unrelenting pain before I found a specialist who fixed me.
Came very close (about two inches) to backing into a warehouse rack full of two ton coils of sheet metal when I didn't realise that my forklift was in reverse.
aye, that'd do it
Unplugging the washing machine with wet hands. My hand slipped onto the prongs while they were still partially in the outlet, and I think my heart stopped for a second before I yanked the plug free. Definitely do not recommend.
Same thing happened to me burns like hell.
I remember plugging in a phone charger in the car once, the outlet was in the backseat so I couldn’t see what I was doing, hand slipped off the brick onto the prong and my phone (in my other hand) got yeeted into the dash from the shock.
This happened to me when i was a kid and now im an electrician
This is like an origin story for a super hero.
Or a masochist lol
I was in 2nd or 3rd grade, I was getting off the school bus and was walking around to the other side to my driveway. Suddenly the bus driver hits the horn, scared the hell out of me and I stopped at the edge of the front of a bus and a dump truck good speeding around. I dunno if the dump truck driver didn't see the lights of the bus or whatever but that driver made a dumb mistake that could have cost me my life. Thinking about it my older sister was up at our driveway waiting for me, probably would have messed her up for life
After that the school district changed bus routes to avoid students having to cross the road to get on or off the bus
The amount of people I see speed by stopped school busses astounds me. Just watched it happen the other day, too. Disappointing and baffling.
My husband did it once and I lost my mind. He spent all of his life in a large city and never learned school bus rules in drivers ed because they only had city busses. We moved to the country and he had no idea you were supposed to stop, thought the flashing red lights were just like hazard lights on a car and it meant to use caution. Now he knows, but ffs you’d think all drivers tests would require you to know those rules.
Edit- Drivers Ed was in 1970s Chicago. The incident occurred on a narrow, winding country rd and we were passing in the opposite direction. He thought the stop sign was for people trying to pass from behind the bus.
In no way was his mistake malicious. This is a guy that gets depressed when he has to mow the lawn because it “kills so many grasshoppers.” He doesn’t have a malicious bone in his body.
I’m British but married an American, was driving over there one day with my wife and some friends and just cautiously passed a stopped bus same as I would here in the U.K. All hell broke loose in the car as if I’d run a red and you’d think I’d just murdered someone. That’s the day I learnt about the bus rule.
Being sleepy on the road. Don't. Find a spot and sleep a bit.
Edit: Thanks people for the awards! Seriously, it happened to me twice. You think you won't fall asleep, but you will.
This is absolutely the most terrifying thing to happen, I've dosed off a few times and woke up just before flying off-road, now I make sure if I'm too tired to drive, I immediately pull over on the side of the road, and give myself a few minutes to rest, or call a friend and ask them to stay on the phone with you to keep you awake.
I waited over a week with stomach pains in college, thinking it was gas or something. Got so bad I couldn't sleep, but still waited all night to go to Urgent Care when they opened the next morning, instead of going to the ER. They told me it was my appendix and asked if I wanted an ambulance. I didn't want to cause a scene and elected to drive to the ER. Got to the ER and vomited in their trash can. Was in surgery within 20 minutes. Was in the hospital for 2 weeks with an NG tube and Catheter. Everyone said I almost died.
I snorkelled too far out into the ocean, and it wasn't because it was a riptide, I just got distracted by pretty fish
Oh wow, this just reminded me of the one time I actually was afraid of imminent death. I was snorkeling with sea turtles in Taiwan and didn't notice I was getting too close to the coral shelf that made up the shore (there was one sandy inlet which you needed to use to get in and out). A big wave came and threw me on top of the sharp coral. I was entirely disoriented and wave after wave was just smashing on me and jostling me which could potentially get me stuck and drowned in any number of little crevices. After what was probably 30 seconds but felt like 5 minutes I managed to compose myself enough to start crawling away. I walked away with some scratches and a missing bootie.
I also accidentally left my passport in the bathroom of the visitor center immediately after. Imma blame the trauma.
Went to go visit a friend in Gloucester Mass in winter back in high school far from my home. I was planning on staying overnight at their house but their mother who I now know has mental health problems wouldn’t even let me in the house because the father”wasn’t home” working a night shift. Friend said sorry bro and closed the door. Almost froze to death waiting outside in 10 degree F at night. A cab driver saw me slumped on a bench and woke me up. Let me get warm and drive around in the passenger seat while he picked up drunk people out on the town all night. When he finished his shift he dropped me off at the train station and handed me 7 bucks for the fare. Dude probably saved my life and I can’t even remember his name.
Every couple of years I hospitalize a college bro dude who is hypothermic, drunk, and left for dead in a snowbank. Usually by his fellow bros. A very specific and recurrent scenario.
This is how my cousins died. Brother and sister were super close. Got into meth and decided to walk home (the cops assume) high at night. They were found frozen to death in the morning. Feel so bad for their mom as she was a single mom trying to stay clean and lost them both in one night. Haven't heard from her since.
That's too many compounding tragedies to handle at once. Terrible.
My father went to grad school in London, Ontario. He once told me about a night when he'd been at the bar with friends; as they walked home, one of them decided to take a shortcut across a field to get back to his house, while my father and the others continued along the road to their houses. The friend never made it to the other side of the field. Cold & drink are a terrible combo.
did a student exchange in London (over Winter, I'm from Australia). Walking home totally belted one night after a party I tripped and landed in the snow. I was so tired I just laid down for a moment enjoying the break, til I remembered falling asleep there probably means freezing to death, and I definitely didn't want to die in London Ontario...
We had a foreign exchange student from Amsterdam come to a NYE party up in Peterborough, Ontario. She disappeared in the middle of the night and we found her outside STANDING ON THE ICE OF THE LAKE. We brought her in and explained why we started screaming and freaking out.
How do you know if the ice is too thin? IT'S ALWAYS TOO THIN.
Dude that kinda makes it sounds like you beat them up
Okay, that was good for a laugh. No, I work in a hospital. College town, long winters.
Nice try bro we all know now that you secretly beat the shit out of half dead college kids.
A guy matching that description died in -20 degree weather on my friends apartment building doorstep many years ago. Pointlessly tragic.
I knew a guy in college who died in a field like that. Drunk kids wandering around in freezing temperatures is not a good combination.
Jesus Christ. I would be so furious at my friend if they left me hanging in the cold without at least calling a taxi to pick me up.
I work in a level 1 trauma center hospital in a big city. I remember one day in December we had a burn case come in with 3rd degree burns over 80% of his body. He was a frat boy who blacked out outside in 10 degree weather, and when his friends found him (who were also VERY drunk) had the bright idea to try to warm him up quickly. Which by the way, is NOT what you're supposed to do in a hypothermia case, but anyways, they proceeded to go upstairs, and rummage through one of their bags. There, they found an industrial strength heat gun. Yes, they tried warming him up with a super powered hair drier that causes sever burns in a matter of seconds.
One of the more special cases I've seen.
Wait, so these geniuses waved this magic burn-wand over 80% of his body, not noticing they were hurting him? Holy shit what were they drinking!?
Some good shit that's for sure, but burns can sometimes take quite a while to actually appear. By the time they saw the damage they did, they were likely way too late.
seriously. they were high school students but still damn man that was an idiotic move that could've killed your friend.
Some "friend" though. Just curious, are you still even in contact with them?
Taking apart a dryer completely to clean it out and get it running smoothly again, dropped a screwdriver onto an exposed wire… huge arc and zap sound. I had left it plugged in (up until I realized the incredibly smooth-brained move I had pulled)
In a similar vein, I was helping my aunt with her drier because the motor wouldn't start. I had the access panel pulled from the base of the machine and I'm flat on my stomach on the damp concrete basement floor.
Before I reach in to unhook some terminals I ask my aunt "is it unplugged?"
60hz muscle spasms carry me a few inches across the floor while flashes of light in my vision accompany a ringing in my ears I'll never forget.
When I regain my senses and my composure, I ask her "are you SURE it's unplugged??!"
Never again will I trust someone else's lock out.
Rule #1 of appliance maintenance (and ANYTHING remotely related to electricity) is that you assume it's still plugged in unless you have been the one to unplug it/check
My Dad's a sparky and this was the first lesson he taught me as a kid.
We were rewiring some lights in a shop last year during lockdown (he does it as a favour to the owners and he's a little less mobile now so I go with him and get up the ladders, do what he says etc.) and I'm about to start unscrewing the fixture, so I asked him:
"Have you turned everything off at the fusebox?"
He just shrugs at me and says "I don't know. _You're_ the one who's about to start playing with wires. Maybe _you_ should check whether or not I've done that."
He had not. No way he would have let me touch anything without telling me, but even still, he just _had_ to get that little reminder in there.
So yeah. If _you're_ doing the work, _you_ need to check whether it's safe.
I'm Italian but have been living in the UK for two years
Guess who looked at the wrong side of the road while a Bus was coming trough?
Everytime I went back to Italy I risked my life for the same reason by getting used to drive to the left and viceversa
In my early teens a bunch of us kids would get super stoned and boogie board down the local river. The river was probably a class 3 at its gnarliest and an easy class 2 for the majority of the float. Well anyways the first time we went down the river a massive maple (a strainer) had uprooted and fallen directly perpendicular into the river. It looked super cool so my plan was to paddle over to the crown of it and climb atop it when I got close. Well anyways I missed my mark and headed towards the trunk instead. The water was much to deep to do any jumping and the speed had picked up around the tree. I crashed into the trunk and my body was pinned directly under the trunk. I remember being able to reach my hands out of water and could see the water line but physically could not unpin my body. Luckily my friend was a ways back and saw everything. He successfully jumped atop the crown, ran down the trunk to where my arms were flailing out of the water and pulled my body up and over. We both crashed into the water on the other side and he paddled us to shore.
I didn't look before I crossed the street. Walked backwards while talking to my friend got hit by a van.
I wasnt wearing my medic alert bracelet to warn the paramedics and hospital that I'm allergic to demorol, because "it looks dumb and gets caught on my backpack, besides what are the chances I'd ever be given that?"
The chances, it turns out, are pretty good if you get hit by a van going full speed hard enough to nearly rip your foot off at the ankle.
I survived. 7 surgeries to patch me back up. Was comatose for a little bit. Had some blood transfusions. Massive amounts of physiotherapy.
Look both ways and wear your medic alerts folks!
I'm also deathly allergic to demerol (immediate anaphylaxis) and it never even occurred to me to own a medical alert bracelet!
I’d also recommend keeping a card in your wallet next to your ID (in case you’re unconscious they’ll look for your ID and see it). If you’re deathly allergic to anything you should have that info in at least one location on your person in case of an emergency. (I’m an EMT)
My friend got taken to hospital once and didn't have ID with him. The EMT went through his phone to contact his parents.
So I suppose you could also put critical medical info on your phone's lock screen too.
Yes! Make sure your emergency contact is set up on your phone and you include any important health info (I know on the iPhone it can be accessed from the lock screen in case of emergency)
I was riding my bike to either the school or the supermarket, I can't remember. I was maybe like 12/13 years old. In my town you can't really ride a bike on the Street, so I had to use the sidewalk.
On my way I had to ride across a busstop with a ton of people just blocking the way for me and my bike. So I decided to hop onto the street, and up onto the sidewalk again later. Those people where blocking my view, so I didn't see a bus coming my way. I just barley hopped onto the sidewalk and the bus missed me by a few centimeters. after that, I didn't really understand what happend.
a few hours later it hit me that this could have ended rather bad for me
>a few hours later it hit me
Thought this story had a very different ending for a second there.
How very Final Destination
Drove on an interstate during a hurricane and watched all the cars around me get submerged
That must have been terrifying
The scariest moments of my life! I remember thinking of trying to do a U turn across the median but realizing the guard rail was there and there was no getting out.
How were you not submerged too?
There was this huge 18 wheeler in front of me and I got really close behind it and drove through the path it was clearing - it was spraying water on both sides so I was able to do that until I got to the next exit and was able to get off and get to a little higher ground. I was living on a prayer!
Damn I did this driving up the coast towards myrtle beach one year! An 18 wheeler got me through a mostly flooded section post hurricane
OK. So, if there's a hurricane, drive behind an 18 wheeler...got it!
if there's a hurricane and you see water covering the road, just don't drive through it my friend.
If it is flooded, forget it. Don't drive through any floodwater, because you have no idea what the road condition is like underwater.
Bad for mammals. Not enough oxygen.
Did this through a snowstorm in Pennsylvania, every time he took a break on the side of the road I was with him. My little oldsmobile cutlass didn't stand a chance without him.
Grown adult and choked on mozzarella cheese. Was only alone for 20 minutes. Can't imagine the obituary
When I was 15, I was so worried about choking to death that I'd cry if I had to be home alone.
You just didnt want to go with not eating anything until someone came home?
Swam under a shipyard pier at night (solid concrete above me) and lost my sense of direction. Got lucky and found my way out.
Edit: Thanks for all the upvotes, awards, and words of encouragement. To add more detail - A friend and I were "assault swimmers" attacking a ship for a training exercise at night. We would swim from pier pylon to pylon underwater. Take a breath, go under, push off, and swim ~20' to the next pylon, surface and repeat. My mask broke and I was doing it with my eyes closed due to having contacts at the time. One time I just kept swimming and felt like I missed the pylon. When I went to slowly broach the surface I found myself under the concrete above. I had no idea the pier was even built like that. Put my hands up and oriented myself. It looked dark in all directions but my gut told me to the right is where I came from. After that, I stayed on the surface! Cheers!
Oh god this is my nightmare
Fortunately you can avoid this by not swimming under a shipyard pier at night
Well, there's a new nightmare to add to my brain's encyclopedia of hell.
Fuuuuuck this. I would’ve just sat down and waited to die.
Sitting down to wait for daylight and sobriety would probably have been the best thing to do...
“I get extremely drunk and go for runs at 1am around a farm.”
This happened to me swimming under a dock. I misjudged the gap between the water and the bottom of the dock, thought I could come up to get air and found out I was 2 or 3 inches short of getting my nose above water.
Swimming out from under there was insanely scary
My dad used to work replacing the foam on the underside of docks. So they'd jack the dock up and he's swim under and switch out the foam. The jack failed one time and the dock fell pinning him underwater. He barely made it out.
The job must have paid really well (this was when I was a baby). My dad was always pretty cautious around water, I can't imagine him doing that job. As a kid he had drowned to the point of having to be resuscitated so he didn't mess around.
Similarly, as a kid swimming at my neighbor’s house, neighbor kid had the brilliant idea to throw a giant kiddie pool into the in-ground pool so we could float around in it like a boat. Got stuck underneath it and couldn’t find my way out of the water for a few minutes. My vision started to go dark and close in, and I felt like I was in a dream. Strangely, I was thinking about how mad my mom was going to be if I died, but as soon as I found an opening, I burst up out of the water, only for his little sister to collide with me as she was jumping into the pool and she pulled me back under before I could even steal a breath. I just remember throwing her off and pushing up to the surface with my last bit of strength.
Almost same thing happened to me except it was at summer camp in the pool and 6-8 guys were wrestling/fighting around a rubber innertube(a legit innertube from a tire with a valve stem and all). I was in the center of it and of course with that many people on it it was sinking below the surface. I remember being under the water and being so close to blacking about things were literally going black and fading. All I could do was thrash and punch at people's arms and faces until they let go. Needless to say i was a bit shaken and pissed off that no one even cared that I almost died.
Holy crap, that fade to black. You know something has to happen or it’s over. I can’t imagine the last ditch effort of the thrashing and kicking, when you have no air left, omg. And yeah, come to think of it, I don’t think anyone noticed what happened to me, either. We just kept playing in the pool for the rest of the afternoon…
When I was a kid, I dipped my toes into a flooded creek to "see how it felt". Proceeded to get sucked into said creek and nearly washed away. Thankfully, the creek had some overgrown areas, and I was able to cling to a tree in the middle of the floodwater and scream for help. This happened directly behind my house, so my dog heard me, alerted my dad, and my dad managed to rescue me.
What makes this extra stupid was that I was trying to prevent my friend at the time from doing the same thing. He wanted to "surf" down the creek on a snow-sled. I was following him, telling him it was a bad idea, and then like a dumbass, I ended up in the creek instead. He also gave me shit afterwards for ruining his "stunt". Kids are fucking stupid, I guess.
Oh wow what a good dog!!
When I was a teenager I developed a horrible, sharp pain in my lower abdomen that seemed to move from one area to another. I had no idea what it was, my parents didn't know. My mom, who is very anti doctor, anti medicine, etc. eventually decided it was probably just gas pains and it would eventually go away.
Nearly a week later I was still in pain and it was getting much worse. Pain killers did nothing to help. My mom kept saying it was probably nothing. My brother eventually screamed at her to take me to the ER to get it looked at. She took me to my old pediatrician instead (lol.) and he too didn't know what was wrong, but guessed at an ovarian cyst.
He spent a long time trying to convince my mom to take me to the ER, and finally she agreed and off we went.
I go in, get examined and xrayed and whatnot. Then, all of a sudden I was getting rushed into surgery to get my appendix removed.
My appendix had, long before then, developed a stone, and had gotten gangrenenous and slowly ruptured. I apparently didn't have the typical symptoms of appendicitis so no one had guessed it was that.
If my mom had waited much longer for my pain to magically vanish instead of getting over herself and just taking me to the hospital, I would have died.
Choked on a small potato at the Pizza Hut salad bar. Completely lodged in my throat. I raced to the loo and shoved my fingers down my throat, and it popped out. Walked back to my table and finished my salad.
EDIT: I was with my boyfriend. He did nothing. I grabbed the waitress’s arm. All she did was say “is she okay?” to my boyfriend. Hence running to the loo to deal with it myself!!
people running to the bathroom or an uninhabited area when they are choking is surprisingly common and increases your risk of dying extraordinary. you are very very lucky that you were able to get it out yourself.
yes. let us reiterate: DO NOT GO INTO A BATHROOM IF YOU ARE CHOKING. I don't give a fuck if it is embarrassing. FIND PEOPLE.
There’s a video lurking out somewhere of a man who ran to his neighbors’ house because he was choking and was home alone. That was quick thinking on that man’s part, and the neighbor was also quick to help.
One time my friend went outside while choking out of embarrassment. He was lunching during a first aid training seminar. Yes they got him. Yes everyone found it hilarious.
I used to have a jeep with a bad ignition switch, meaning the key wouldn’t start it when turned. I would have to turn the key to on, and crawl under the truck with a screwdriver to jump the starter. One night I was leaving a buddies place where we were all hanging out in the garage. Apparently I had left the jeep in drive without knowing, which caused it to start moving forward as soon as it started. The underside cut me up pretty bad, but the rear axle was what almost killed me. Thankfully a buddy heard me screaming and cane out to shut the jeep off just as the rear axle was pushing on the back of my head and folding me up. Also, I’m a mechanic. I should have just fixed the damn ignition switch.
God I completely fucking forgot. When I was like 14 or 15 i found out about breathplay from some dumb adult comedy show we shouldn’t have been watching. I was curious and dumb so when I went to bed that night I stuck my head inside my pillow case (with the pillow over my face) and tied it on tightly with a bathrobe cord. Of course my dumb little fucking idiot self couldn’t get it untied again. I freaked out and was just going nuts pulling on any random bit of cord I could get my fingers into, trying to pull the pillow off, but all I was doing was compressing the knots down tighter. I remember feeling really dizzy and rapidly see-sawing between desperately sucking in hot wet breaths of carbon dioxide, and then just going completely still and feeling like I didn’t need to breathe anymore, like I could just lie there peacefully… then suddenly going back to gasping for air again. Somehow I eventually wiggled enough slack out of the cord to be able to get one of the loops up over my chin so I could pull the pillow away from my mouth, and all I could do for a few minutes was just lay there and breathe. I will never forget how cold and wonderful that first breath of proper air was. Fucking dumb little shit.
Somebody in my middle school died doing that. Everyone thought it was a suicide until the parents did some kind of awareness campaign.
Yes this is quite dumb! And yes, sounds like you almost died. Glad you didn’t!
When I was 16 I was in the back seat of my buddies car on the way home from the beach. We were goofing around listening to blink 182 and I decided I was going to turn my air guitar into a seatbelt guitar. I do the ol' guitar behind my back thing and suddenly I have created this wonderful loop around my neck. This happens right as my friend brakes hard and locks the seatbelt. Because I had stretched it to max length, the belt would not release from my neck and I slowly passed out as my friends panicked as to what to do. I eventually woke up, my friends bent my neck down and around the seatbelt leaving an enormous bruise around my neck.
Choked on a hamburger in 8th grade beside my old friend who was too busy flirting until someone else saved me
my bad, the girls can't keep there eyes off me
next time, I promise pals before gals
I stuck my head in a random beaker to sniff something in chem lab, I have been very good about wafting since
One time I was making ghost pepper hot sauce (my first time doing it), and after blending everything I stuck my whole face into the blender to get a good smell, and almost passed out from the pepper gas attack that destroyed my face and lungs.
omg my friends mom was making that stuff in their house (also their first time) and when I walked, my eyes started watering I can't imagine how bad a close sniff would have been
Had had experience snowboarding and went with some friends up a black diamond run. I was scared to fall so i would squat so i would have less distance to fall. The person reading this laughing so far knows this makes you go faster. So anywho, i took a tumble worse than Scarlet while going full speed and felt lightness except my hand caught what i thought was a branch. When the snow cleared my hand was wrapped up in a red safety net and i was hanging about 4 stories off the mountain. That was the most committed pullup of my life. Great times.
Skiing is no joke. Even on the blue square runs you can pick up a lot of speed. I’ve noticed both overconfidence and under confidence can cause your downfall.
To set the stage
Just finished watching all the death scenes from final destinations many of them involving rebar
In a plumbing class, i was under the “house” and trying to help the group figure out which hole we were dropping our waste line down. I shined a flashlight up the right hole and they acknowledged.
Before i could get out, someone dropped 5 ft of rebar down the hole as to mark it, it hit me right below the solar plexus and i laughed so hard when it bounced up
Choked on a life saver
EDIT: No the hole In the center is not for breathing. Life Savers have holes in them because the inventor, Clarence Crace wanted to create a unique candy. Back in 1912 (109 years ago)
I choked on a lifesaver too…my moms solution was to pour burning hot water down my throat to try to melt it…
I remember when I got super sick one vacation and my mom’s solution was to make me stand in a burning hot shower… I kept telling her it was too hot and she told me just suck it up. My vision faded to black and suddenly I was lying on the floor of the bathtub, then black, then I was in my mom’s arms wrapped in a towel (I think my dad was there too), then black, then I was lying on the bed and my mom was sobbing on top of me. She thought I was dead. Maybe you’ll think next time before cooking me like a fucking lobster, mom.
Whats the thinking here? With the hot water i mean, how would it cure you/make you feel better?
Someone people are extremely stupid when put under pressure.
My mom once saw my teeth had a weird color (from tea) and it was picture day so she freaked and tried filing off the color.
Yea, she went to town on my teeth with a file. Using a toothbrush didn't cross her mind even for a second.
Some people just stop functioning when they're stressed.
This is some grade A certified WTF material right there goddamn
Same! Except that it was much worse. Learning to ride a bike while sucking on a life saver, fell into an empty hot tub, split my head on the tiles, chipped my two front teeth, bike fell on my back, and I proceeded to then choke on the life saver. Good Times!
Bro you literally lost like 5 lives in under 2 minutes
How... The... Fuck...
I'm imagining Death watching that scene and saying the same thing when the kid lives through it.
I did this too. Everyone around me just watched helplessly as I saved my fucking self.
i think that’s a sign bro.
Did this with a peppermint. My dad shook me upside down by my ankles to dislodge it. I avoided mints for years after that.
Henry Heimlich is rolling in his grave right now.
Went to Grand Canyon and tried to be funny and acted like I was gonna slip,[it was snowing], and ended up almost really slipping and falling. Some random guy scolded me like a little kid because he got more scared than me.
So um there are actually a whole group of people who *actually* died doing just this. There's even a book about all the ways people have died in/around the Grand Canyon.
My cousin is probably in that book. She stepped over the guard rail to get a better picture of some goats or something. Unfortunately the ground she was standing on gave way and she fell to her death
The really bad part was it was the families last big family vacation before the oldest son went to college. Hell he didn't even to want to go since he was being one of those angsty 17/18 year olds.
Some people say she was dumb. And sure she was for doing so but she didn't deserve to die. No one deserves to die for making a stupid decision.
That’s so sad. Sorry about your cousin. :(
After visiting the grand canyon for the first time this past summer, holy shit, it takes a lot of balls to even fake that.
It's easily an **all-day** hike to go down the canyon and back up again. You'd have a lot of time during the fall to think about how badly you fucked up.
If I recall correctly, many deaths have occurred at the Grand Canyon as a result of this exact scenario 😬
Crashed my bike into a parked car
i know the feeling, at least with me right after i just kinda sat down and cried in embarrassment
When I was in middle school my teacher said that if you consume large amounts of salt in a short span you will die. I didn't believe him, so I dissolved 3 cups of salt in water and tried consuming it in 10 min as an experiment . Luckily, I thought death tasted bad so I stopped.
This reminded me of the time my buddy overdosed on caffeine on a backpacking trip and had to get airlifed out of Yosemite.
Stood on a stack of lawn chairs, back legs of bottom chair gave way. I fell with the chairs & cracked the back of my head open on the pavement below.
Blacked out several times on the way to the hospital, have very little memory of the actual event.
Doc somehow glued his thumb to my laceration & yanked that shit off causing the most unimaginable pain ever.
The next few months is a complete blur, I have absolutely no recollection of what happened. Only that while in school, some dickhead threw a lego brick at me & hit my injury & motherfucking bitch titties did that hurt. I cried.
Stood in something I shouldn't have, promptly fell & almost killed myself. Somehow avoided brain damage too... I think anyway.
Flew into Amsterdam (from US) to meet with friends for a Euro trip. I was on google maps looking up where the Airbnb was, jamming out with my headphones in getting hyped up. Next thing I know some dude tackles me to the ground. Im pissed off, but quickly realize there’s a tram wizzing by about 2 feet from me. I had no clue Amsterdam had these things, let alone that they run right through pedestrIan-dense areas.
He gets up, says “you fucking American” and walks away.
Waited too long to go to the hospital (pre-Covid) I thought I just had a cold. Husband said, go to the doctor. I said no. Three days later, still not great. Husband said, go to urgent care. I said I will if I don't feel better tomorrow. Next day, I tell husband, I need to go to the ER. A collapsed lung due to pneumonia.Three days in hospital plus breathing issues for the next year. Moral: Listen to your spouse. And yeah, got a whole lot of "I told you so"s. Deserved every one of them.
Stuck my head out the car window bc I wanted to see why dogs loved it. My grandpa didnt notice, rolled up the window, and I choked. He freaked out when he heard the cat like noises (ironic) I was making while my neck was trying to squeeze through the small opening of the window, but kept raising the window in his panic. Eventually he got it and I was left with a red mark on my neck and no closer to understanding dogs.
Edit: Thanks for the awards! My grandpa passed earlier this year so its a nice way to remember him and I know he' get a chuckle to know people found it funny.
Edit 2: it was meant to be funny so dont feel bad for laughing. My lil sis was in the seat next to me when this happened and she was laughing too, funny then, funny now.
Ever see the movie Hereditary?
Yes, it definitely made me squirm way more...
When i was a little kid, adults always told told us that there was a kid who got his head out of the window and like a sign in the street cut his head off to scare us from doing that.
My mom used to do that to scare me to stop playing around/ jumping out of the bathtub. She’s always say “I just never forget Tommy S. down the street who pretended he was a dolphin and dove out of the bathtub..” then trail off. I always asked if he was ok and she’d just shake her head and sigh. It scared the shit out of me and I never played in the tub again. Years later, she insists she never told me this. I finally got her to remember last year, and when I told her I always thought he’d died she couldn’t stop laughing. Apparently he just got a concussion and she follows him on Facebook now 😂
Wait. There really was a tommy?! I think that's the part that shocks me the most.
My granparents were having a deeply engaging conversation at the kitchen counter while prepping dinner. I was silently choking on a baby carrot at the kitchen table. My mom noticed after about a minute of me being too quiet and ran in from the other room to give me the kiddie heimelic. This, unfortunately, was not the last time.
> My mom noticed after about a minute of me being too quiet
When my daughter was born, I thought that silence was the greatest thing in the world because it felt like she was always crying. But now that she's a toddler and able to get into things, silence is the sound I dread the most because it usually means she's doing something she's not supposed to and possibly endangering her life.
Before you have children silence is golden, after silence is suspicious... very suspicious.
Silence used to mean that my son was eating playdoh. No idea why, he just liked it. Now 27yo, no longer a fan of it.
I just had a cherry picker that was 871 pounds tip over 4 inches off my trailer edge to the loading dock and absolutely crush me. Was the only person and spent the longest 3-5 seconds of my life with almost 900 pounds crushing my back into my knees, thinking “this is exactly how people die under vending machines” before I mustered up all my strength and rolled out from under it.
Didn’t end up getting paid for that delivery…
Edit: [here’s a picture of the cherry picker ](https://imgur.com/gallery/vY3Ke9E)
Every night when I plug in my Chevy Bolt in my garage to charge, I wonder if I'm going to wake up in the morning.
Is it dangerous to plug in a Chevy Bolt or something?
There's a recall right now. The batteries have been known to catch on fire or something.
Chevy Bolt batteries: so hot right now.
damn i forgot to tell my story, i got one of those connector legos with the hole in it stuck in my throat and every breath and noise i made was just a slight whistle. i was like 5 so i had no clue what to do and i finger fucked my throat to get it out.
When I was young I was at the beach and had decided to float on a raft. Was relaxing and not paying attention. Opened my eyes and a storm was blowing in. I was very far out. Tried to paddle in but the raft was pulling me out further so I let the raft go. Then I panicked and went under. A little voice said to me why don’t you try. I started swimming and floating, took what I remember a long time but I’m still here.
Pneumonia from the flu at 21. ER said had I waited longer I would have gone into cardiac arrest, I'm asthmatic. I didn't have insurance despite working full time as a Video store Manager and was trying to avoid debt(USA obviously). Not fun. If you literally can't walk to the bathroom and back from an illness... don't try to be a tough chick/dude/person/other by "riding it out" screw the bills, get help asap.
When I was a kid I used to breath in the exhaust fumes from our Volvo whenever I had the chance. One cold morning I sneaked out to smell the fumes before dad left for work, he didnt know I was behind the car and reversed the car over me. Made it out with bruises and burns only.
how are you not dead
They've become part Volvo and are now literally indestructible
Choked on an ice cube when I was 7. I was around a lot of people but no one noticed. I didn't know what to do, I was freaking out and I couldn't yell out for help. At one point I remember squeezing my throat really, really hard and then it came out. No idea if the squeezing helped or if it just happened to get smaller because of my body heat.
Scared the crap out of me though. Mom didn't believe me. Told me I was fine.