amazing people around the world


Wheelchair man gets highway ride
June 8, 2007, 2:27 am
Filed under: accident, disabled, life, people, truck, Uncategorized, wheechair

wheelchair man BBC news

A wheelchair user has been taken for a high-speed ride along a US highway after his handlebars became tangled up in the front grille of a lorry.

The truck reached speeds of 50mph (80km/h) as it drove down the Red Arrow Highway.

The unidentified man told Police “it was quite a ride”, but complained only that he had spilled his soda.

Full Story Here

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Man amputates his own leg – Al Hill
June 7, 2007, 7:53 am
Filed under: accident, Al Hill, amputation, life, people, Uncategorized

A California man used pocket knives to amputate his own leg in order to free himself after being pinned under a tree for almost 11 hours & then travelled 3km’s to get help. Eventually, Eric Bockey, a neighbour in the area, heard Hill’s cries for help.

“Only me, Al and God were there that day,” he said, declining further comment.
A few years ago I attended a book signing & got to hear the story of rock climber, Aron Ralston, who amputated his arm after it being pinned under a boulder for over 5 days. I have to say I found his story & attitude nothing short of amazing.

I find these stories fascinating mainly because of what we, as humans, are willing to do to survive. Both these peeps truely deserve to be classed as ‘amazing people of the world’

full article here



Diamond skull artwork – Damien Hirst
June 5, 2007, 12:02 pm
Filed under: art, damien hirst, death, life, people, Uncategorized

damien hirst diamond skull

Titled ‘For the love of God” this diamond encrusted skull, a work by artist Damien Hirst, is on sale for a whopping $98,000,00 US.

This work as art, in life & death, is amazing & i’d love to hold this in my hands. To quote the artist…

“I remember thinking it would be great to do a diamond one — but just prohibitively expensive,” he recalls. “Then I started to think — maybe that’s why it is a good thing to do. Death is such a heavy subject, it would be good to make something that laughed in the face of it.”



Pole wakes up from 19-year coma – Jan Grzebski
June 3, 2007, 4:23 am
Filed under: accident, coma, jan Grzebski, life, Uncategorized

Jan Grzebski

Railway worker Jan Grzebski, 65, fell into a coma after he was hit by a train in 1988. Back then Poland was still a communist state & food was still being rationed out.

“When I went into a coma there was only tea and vinegar in the shops, meat was rationed and huge petrol queues were everywhere, Now I see people on the streets with mobile phones and there are so many goods in the shops it makes my head spin,” he told Polish television.

He credits his survival to his wife, Gertruda, who cared for him.

Full article here.



Worlds tallest man saves dolphins – Bao Xishun
June 3, 2007, 4:03 am
Filed under: animals, bao xishun, dolphins, life, people, Uncategorized

mr Bao & Wife

a very strange heading, a very beautiful story, which caught my eye on bbc news website..
here is what the article said…

The world’s tallest man has saved two dolphins by using his long arms to reach into their stomachs and pull out dangerous plastic shards. Veterinarians turned to Mr Bao after attempts to extract the plastic shards at the aquarium in Fushun, Liaoning Province, had failed.

Mr Bao was called in after surgical instruments failed

full article.. here

Note: Since this article, Mr. Bao has fallen in love & is now married (see above image).



one thumb gamer – Mike Phillips

mike phillips

Mike Phillips is a gamer & writer, who was born with spinal muscular atrophy. He uses only his thumb, & special mac software to play World of Warcraft & Unreal tournament. He is also writing a book.

A very inspiring & sometimes funny video can be found here.



Horrible workplace accident – Dave Holland
June 3, 2007, 3:47 am
Filed under: accident, buddhism, life, scalped, Uncategorized

Dave Holland - The age

This guy got his hair caught in a large drill, & was consequently scalped. The whole article is pretty grusome so i’ll spare the details, save the ending, which is quite beautiful. To Quote…

“The day I got squashed I changed,” says Dave. “I was just a quiet Australian who went out to work one morning and got turned into a different person.

“But it made me better in some ways too. I have a psychological awareness I never had before, I perceive and care about other people’s feelings more than I ever did, I don’t let the little things bother me. I might be a victim, but I don’t want to have a victim mentality.

“On my best days I’ve come to terms with the way I look. I have no hair, no eyebrows and there’s visible scarring over my face and head. But at heart I’m a Buddhist – I understand all things change.”

And so, he says, there are many nights when he sits out in his backyard and watches the stars just to enjoy their beauty.

full article here