Top 10 World Records Made Possible By Tragedy and Disaster


From the blatantly bizarre and degenerate to the awe-inspiring, some of us go to extremes in our quest to break world records. Unfortunately, not all records are of the variety that we aspire to. The individuals on this list are all holders of tragic and sordid records that can only be gained through deplorable bad luck, foolhardiness, or simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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10. Longest Survival with an External Heart
9. Surviving the Fastest Car Crash in History
8. Living the Longest with a Bullet in the Head
7. Most Burns Suffered by a Survivor
6. Longest Time Spent in a Coma
5. Owner of the World’s Longest Tapeworm
4. Longest Time Spent Without Food
3. Most Heart Attacks Suffered
2. Heaviest Kidney Stone
1. First Full Face Transplant

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Date: October 27, 2019

39 thoughts on “Top 10 World Records Made Possible By Tragedy and Disaster

  1. My Grandfather was in the Navy shortly before the Vietnam war broke out and was in charge of mixing chemicals. A man lit a cigarette causing an explosion that left the greatest man I've ever known covered in third degree burns over every part of his body except for the soles of his feet, even losing an eye to the accident. He is still alive to this day, but the toll that the burns took on his body he is still suffering from. Not trying to start a contest, just stating that there are more than one person who survived from being burned over 95% of their bodies.

  2. 6:15 If you're going to give a guy a new face at least make him look like George Clooney or something. That guy looks like a stroke victim, only both sides of his "face" are paralyzed and just hanging off his skull. Not having a face at all couldn't have been much worse so I don't see how they can call that a success.

  3. I think Dave Roever (pronounced "Reever") might have the burn record matched or beat, in just about every way. White phosphorous grenade exploded in his hand in Viet Nam. Amazing story! Maybe you could do a Today I Found Out about him?

  4. Simon, you really found your calling, doing these videos. I love the format, and they're a great length. If something really catches my attention,I can do more research. But I get exposed to so much I didn't even know existed!
    By the way, I'm a grandma. ❤

  5. If I remember correctly, somebody actually blew that starvation record out of the water. A severely obese person, hundreds of pounds, underwent not eating for a couple hundred days or something. However, they were under nearly constant medical supervision and also had an intravenous nutrient solution to keep them alive, which is how they survived that long. Still, they didn't truly eat for something like most of a year and lost several hundred pounds very rapidly.

  6. I've had two children naturally and I also have chronic kidney stones. Average size kidney stones are 2X2mm, my average size kidney stones are 5X5mm, with my largest stone being 12X5.5mm. As of right now nothing can be done about them at this point. Anyway my point is yeah they hurt like hell, having a baby hurts like hell, but by far the absolute worst pain I've ever experienced is when my knee dislocated, that is by far the most excruciating pain I've ever had. My second child was 2lbs heavier than my first, he was 8lbs, I'd rather have a 12 or even 15lb baby naturally than have my knee dislocate again. There rant over, lol 😂.

  7. +Top Tenz I always watch and leave a like; just haven’t commented in forever! I don’t know what it was about this list, but it seemed both creepy and uplifting simultaneously. Thanks for your wonderful vids. I just love ‘em!

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