Hollywood loves stories of survival. When Aron Ralston in order to save his life had to amputate his own arm wedged boulder, filmmakers do not miss the chance to make the story exciting movie called "127 Hours" and get him some coveted statuettes.
However, there are other no less worthy "Oscar" of history to which Hollywood has not yet reached:
1. Douglas Mawson Antarctic hell
In the early 20th century, an Australian scientist Douglas Mawson organized an expedition to Antarctica.
December 14, 1912, when Mawson and his two colleagues Belgrave Ninnis and Xavier Merits, collecting valuable information for science, has returned to the base, there was a misfortune: Ninnis fell into a crevasse and died. Falling, he carried away for a sled with supplies and most of the dogs of sleds travelers. The house was 310 miles (about 500 km.)
To get to the base, Mawson and Meritsu had to walk on the barren ice desert, where to hide or rest was absolutely nowhere. Food was a maximum of one-third of the way.
When supplies run out, the traveler had to eat their own dog - and it means that pull the sleds now come on their own. In the end, Merits died of cold and exhaustion. Mawson was left alone with the vast Antarctic horror. His tormented conjunctivitis and a terrible frostbite, she started to descend the skin, hair falling out in clumps, and the soles of the feet oozing blood and pus. But, in spite of everything, the traveler stubbornly moving forward.
At one moment he stepped on an invisible beneath the snow crack, crevice and fell into helpless kul hanging over the abyss, while sled miraculously firmly stuck in the snow on the edge.
Even in this seemingly hopeless situation Mawson did not give up. He began cautiously to catch up on the four-meter rope, stopping now and rest, until he reached the edge of the crevice. Getting out, he continued on his way, and finally got to the base ... where he learned that the ship "Aurora" on which he was supposed to get home, cast off five minutes ago!
I had to wait for the next 10 months.
2. History of the marathon, lost in the Sahara
Sandy Sahara Marathon is considered one of the most difficult in the world. This six-day transition length of 250 kilometers dare only the most experienced and hardy.
Police and pentathlete from Sicily Mauro Prosperi also decided to test himself. Four days all went well, Mauro went seventh.
And then I went up a sandstorm. According to the rules, in such cases, the participants were supposed to stop and wait for help, but the Italian has decided that some kind of storm it is not a hindrance - that he did not see the sand! Mauro wrapped head scarf and continued on his way.
Six hours later the wind died down, and Prosperi realized that all this time was going somewhere not there. He was so far from the others, even flares were useless - no one has seen them. Absolutely alone, in the middle of the vast and inhospitable deserts on Earth.
Prosperi had no choice but to keep going. To save fluid had to write in a jar from under the water. In the end, he came across an abandoned mosque where starving marathon was able to profit, catching bats, lifting the poor animal's head and drinking their blood.
Then despair Prosperi tried to commit suicide by slashing wrists, but from dehydration his blood thickens so that refused to pour out, so it did not work - only a couple of scratches and headache. And then marathoner vowed that he would fight for his life until the end, though, apparently, is the death did not want to accept it, so the other option was not simple.
During the next five days Prosperi continued wandering across the Sahara, satisfy hunger lizards and scorpions and thirst - dew.
And after nine days of ordeal, fate took pity finally exhausted over Italian - he met a group of nomads, who explained that he was in Algeria, more than 200 kilometers from the place where, in theory, should be.
And what do you think? Two years have passed, and Prosperi enrolled to participate in the new Marathon, from which he returned intact, unscathed and on time.
3. The history of a man who survived in the Australian desert, feeding on frogs