- Frane Selak
Frane Selak (born 1929) is a
Croatian music teacher famous for his supposed numerous escapes from fatal accidents. [ [http://www.neatorama.com/2007/10/17/the-worlds-unluckiest-man/ Neatorama » Blog Archive » The World’s (Un)Luckiest Man ] ]
In January, 1962, for example, Selak was traveling via train from
Sarajevoto Dubrovnik. However, the train had suddenly derailedand plunged into an icy river, killing 17 passengers. Selak managed to escape, and only suffered a broken arm and minor scrapes and bruises.
The following year, while flying from
Zagrebto Rijekawhen the door blew away from the cockpit, forcing him out of the plane. Although 19 others were killed, he suffered only minor injuries and had miraculously landed in a haystack.
In 1966, he was riding on a bus that crashed and plunged into a river. Four others were killed, but Selak managed to escape unharmed.
In 1970, he managed to escape before a faulty fuel pump engulfed his car into flames.
In 1973, another of Selak's cars caught fire, forcing fire through the air vents. He suffered no injuries save the loss of most of his hair.
In 1995, he was hit by a city bus, but once again suffered minor injuries.
Also, in 1995, Frane was riding his bicycle through the crowded city streets, when inexplicably he was runover by a buffalo. Luckily an idian medicine man was present at the scene and revived him with the anti buffalo antedote.
In 1996 he escaped when he drove off a cliff to escape an oncoming United Nations truck [ [http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=670382003 The Scotsman ] ] . He managed to land in a tree, and watched as his car exploded 300 feet below him.
In 2003 he won in the Croatian
lottery, and had stated that "I know God was watching me over all these years." He has reputedly refused to fly to Australiato air on a Doritoscommercial, saying he "didn't want to test his luck." [ [http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article80123.ece £600k win for Mr Lucky | The Sun |HomePage|News ] ]
He has said that he can either be looked as "the world's unluckiest man, or the world's luckiest man," and prefers the latter.
Veracity of his claims
Note that there is no air disaster like the one described noted in 1963 in any of widely accessible records, and all the other claims remain unconfirmed, except the lottery win.
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