When I was a little kid I found one of those crane games in an arcade that was overloaded with super bouncy balls. My crane got snagged on the flimsy cardboard divider they put in to stop the balls from falling in. It started bending under the weight of the crane, and then it folded over - and unleashed an avalanche of super bouncy balls. I drained a third of the machine with one quarter. I was the happiest kid in the world.
I used to wrestle during all four years of high school. Back then, my friends and family all used to come and watch us play. One night, in the middle of my match, I was rolled over in an awkward way and compressed my neck. I immediately lost all feeling and movement from the neck down. I didn't really comprehend how serious it was until I was carted out in an ambulance. It slowly began to sink in that I might never be able to move again. And then all of a sudden, like somebody flipping on a lightswitch, the feeling came back to me. I feel lucky every day thinking about that.
This story is a product of my own stupidity but a lucky one nonetheless. When I was a kid we used to hang out at the train station and put all sorts of shit on the tracks to see what would happen. Branches, lighters, coins. One day I put a penny on the track, like I had done a hundred times before, and waited for the train. Well when the train hit it, it must have caught the edge or something and it launched the penny like a bullet at my face. I felt the wind from it right past my ear. If it had been only a few inches over, I would have been fucked.
I was driving down the highway, when all of a sudden the minivan in front of me lost its front passenger tire. There were sparks shooting everywhere so I quickly changed lanes as the minivan pulled over, but the tire just kept on going. It was really odd driving next to a tire cruising by at 80 miles per hour with no car attached to it. It must have travelled at least a mile before it started rolling to the side of the road, and then it somehow managed to perfectly veer off into the onramp of the next gas station.
I was at a bar and caught eyes with a cute girl at the other end of the room. I started the awkward walk over to talk to her, but five seconds before I got there another guy introduced himself and they started talking. I was about a foot away at this point and some asshole knocked into me, spilling my beer all over the girls shirt. I was completely terrified but she had a great sense of humor and laughed it off and told me that I owed her a drink for that. I agreed, got her some napkins, and she ended up ignoring the other guy and talking to me instead. We set up a date the next day, all thanks to the drunk idiot who bumped into me.
I went to the public pool one summer and I was the only person there that didn't know everyone else. So they were having a raffle and I bought a couple of tickets, walked out of there with some kid's remote control hummer. NICE!
Now admittedly, I'm not much to look at. But as a senior in college there's not much to lose. So at the end of the night in a crowded bar, I sent an anonymous drink to the hottest girl in the building. Amidst all the guys hitting on her, she was so intrigued that she convinced the bartender to tell her who sent it. She came over, thanked me personally, and took me home with her. Best drink I ever bought.
I was excited to kick off the summer with a weekend by the beach, but when I got there I noticed the police had closed it off with signs saying that swimming and digging were strictly prohibited. Apparently a recent storm had unearthed loads of unexploded World War II mines that had been buried all this time. I guess I'm lucky they never exploded before.
I live in New York City, and on a dark rainy night I went for a haircut after work. Just as it came time to pay, my husband walked into the salon holding my wallet. I had lost it on the dark rainy streets of New York without even knowing it. A stranger had found it, went to my apartment to return it, got it to my husband just as he was leaving the building, and my husband brought it back to me just a moment before I would have realized it had even been missing. Best of all, cash, credit cards, license...everything was just as I had left it.
I was walking on the sidewalk in the city when I saw a shiny penny on the pavement. Not wanting to waste an opportunity to grab a penny heads-up, I immediately bent over to pick it up. As soon as I did a HUGE icicle dangling on the store awning behind me crashed down onto the sidewalk where I had just been standing.
I was on a cruise and on the last day, went to the casino and put $20 in a slot machine and after about 5 pulls, won over $500. I cashed it in and went to the final Bingo game where they were raffling off a 7 night cruise for 2 to the Western Carribean. Figuring that it was a waste, I bought 1 $20 raffle ticket... and won the cruise too! So about 20 minutes after winning $500, I won a cruise!
I was in a rush withdrawing money from an ATM, and I accidentally pressed the 'Fast Cash' button for $60 bucks. But lucky me two $20 bills were stuck together and I got back $80.
My girlfriend's mom just moved into a new house, and found a small cardboard box hidden under the basement stairs. She dusted it off and opened it up, and found a collection of about 20 miniature vintage alcohol bottles. They were easily over 100 years old, some of the companies weren't even around anymore. The alcohol evaporated in some containers but most were in pretty decent shape, although I don't think anyone plans on drinking them.