We have all had close calls in our lives. If you have been driving for more than a year or so, you have probably almost gotten in an accident or two. Other people tend to be terrible drivers. Why don’t people use turn signals anymore? Even if they do, you really can’t trust that they are going to turn in the proper direction. The whole driving experience these days is really scary.
There is something about surviving a close call that makes you glad to be alive, though. I was almost killed by a steam pipe explosion once, and it definitely changed how I looked at things. That change only lasted for about a week, true, but there was a definite change.
Here are fifteen examples of close calls that really could have turned out a lot worse.
1. The Golf Ball and the Beer Can
Apparently, the person with the beer was in a golf cart going down a path when a golf ball kind of came out of nowhere and did that to the can. That is pretty scary. Who knew golf was such a dangerous sport? I figured the worst that could happen on a golf course was a heart attack while walking around on a sunny day, but apparently I was very wrong.
The person in the image was drinking a Coors Light, which is a great beer—if you like light beer, that is. It has been around since the 1970s. Its primary markets are the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
It is fair to say that the person holding the beer can experienced a close call. Can you imagine what would have happened if that ball hit him in the head? That could have been a true disaster.
2. The Car and the Cliff
I definitely feel for the driver and occupants of this vehicle. That must have been a terrifying situation.
You kind of have to wonder why there is a barrier there at all, though. Shouldn’t it be just a bit higher? I think the driver got lucky in this case. If they had been going just a little bit faster, the car probably would have gone over the cliff. That would not have ended well. That looks like a pretty steep cliff.
Then again, I routinely drive on roads where there are no barriers, and the drop would definitely kill me. That is why you need to pay very close attention when you drive.
3. The Coins and the War
Apparently, these coins actually saved the life of a soldier in World War I. A guy got shot in the chest by a German. Fortunately, the coins were in his breast pocket.
That is definitely a close call.
If you are not familiar with World War I, you should definitely read up on your history. It was definitely one of the deadliest conflicts ever; also, rivalries that existed at the end of the war essentially led to World War II.
The war lasted for over four years, and roughly nine million combatants perished. Millions of civilians also perished. The war ended in 1918. It was not a fun time to be alive, really, depending on where you just happened to live.
4. The Jeep and the Car
Car accidents, even minor ones, are always scary. If you have a pretty modern car, there is a good chance airbags will go off even if you are driving at a very slow speed. Once airbags go off, you might as well kiss your car goodbye. It is essentially worthless. If you are lucky, you can sell it for parts so that you can afford to put money towards a new car.
In this case, though, the situation was a lot scarier. Look where that branch ended up. That does not seem like something you want in your groin. The fact that the driver is still alive and intact is a small miracle.
5. The Knife On the Floor
Knife safety is important. Pretty much everyone owns several, but we tend to forget how dangerous they can actually be. If you accidentally drop one, you can do a lot of damage to yourself or to others.
In my case, I have a little dog who absolutely loves to hang about while I am preparing food. If I were to drop a knife, there could potentially be a very expensive trip to the vet. It doesn’t help that he likes to stand as close to me as possible while I am making food and is so small that it is easy to trip over him.
I am glad that this person’s foot seems to be intact.
6. The Boulder and the Home
This is one of those situations where you have to acknowledge that things could have really been a lot worse.
At the very least, the majority of this home is fine. Apparently, only a small part of it was damaged.
When it comes to building homes, you have to be really careful. I live around several homes in an area prone to flooding. They are downhill from practically everything, which is just a bad move. You really have to wonder why anyone built a structure there in the first place.
7. The Tree That Didn’t Destroy a Car
This tree was destroyed in an unusual way. It was apparently destroyed by heavy winds in Chicago. This could have been a real disaster. There was a close call here.
If you have never been, Chicago is an interesting city. After New York and Los Angeles, it is the biggest city in the United States of America. One of its airports is considered to be one of the busiest in the world. It is also one of the most visited cities in the world; there are several landmarks that tourists are interested in seeing, including the Willis Tower and the Lincoln Park Zoo. It is known for being exceptionally windy, but people seem to like it.
Chicago is also home to the professional baseball team known as the Chicago Cubs. That team had terrible luck for over a century, but they ended up winning the World Series in 2016. They were playing against the Cleveland Indians, who have also been a very unlucky team for a very long time. Sadly, there seems to be a good chance that no one reading this will be alive the next time the Cleveland Indians win the World Series.
8. The Transport Vehicle and the Other Vehicle
This whole thing happened, apparently, because someone was driving behind a truck that was transporting products. As a rule, I try not to drive behind those sorts of trucks. It just makes good sense.
I frequently drive on a road where trucks transport chickens. Could you imagine what would happen if they were not properly secured? Chickens are not the most hygienic of creatures, first of all, and I imagine they can do a lot of damage if not properly secured.
You sort of have to respect chickens, though. They are one of the more well-known animals on the planet, and that is largely because human beings eat so many of them. There are over ten billion of them on the planet at any given time.
They don’t make the best pets, though, even though they are considered to be quite intelligent. Also, roosters can be quite aggressive.
9. The Baseball Bat
I think it is fair to say that no one really wants to be hit in the face with a baseball bat. If you do want to get hit in the face by a bat, you probably have mental issues that need to be addressed.
The kid in this image could have had a very bad day. You really have to respect the guy who protected him. That was definitely a close call.
It seems like baseball has been played forever, but that simply is not the case. The game originated in England in the 18th century. Arguably, it is most popular in North America, but it is also very popular in Central and South America. It is also popular in Japan and South Korea.
The game is considered the national sport of the United States of America.
10. The Gloves and the Metal Shop
Apparently, there was a debate regarding whether or not to wear gloves in a metal shop. This picture just sort of added to the debate, it seems. I am no expert, so I won’t make a suggestion.
The most important thing to note here, though, is that you should always be extra careful when operating dangerous machinery. You absolutely do not want to lose a finger, toe, or limb. That whole experience just sounds awful.
11. The Steel In the Car
There is a piece of steel in this image, and it apparently came from a highway lawnmower. That is scary stuff.
I understand why people are afraid of flying, but I’ll never understand why people are less afraid of driving than flying. At the very least, most pilots have received proper training, and there is a good chance your pilot isn’t drunk. That’s more than you can say about any driver on the road on a Friday night after about seven.
Sadly, this car was a Mustang, which is a cool car. Fortunately, the owner wasn’t hurt physically. She is fine, but she is probably pretty ticked off about her car.
12. The Guardrail and the Mudslide
Sometimes it seems as if guardrails are just out to get you. If you have ever hit one, you know how badly they can mess up your car.
In this case, though, the guardrail literally saved a life. I am sure that the driver of the vehicle was happy it was there. Mudslides can be very dangerous, and the driver probably didn’t want to end up floating in the Pacific Ocean.
13. Another Car Incident
The good news, if there is any, is that this little incident occurred in Australia. As a result, the driver was not killed.
Had this accident occurred in the United States, however, it would have been a very tragic story. It would have been a scene out of a horror movie. There is a reason many people make the choice not to drive behind trucks that transport materials.
14. The Girl In the Pocket
It is apparently a good idea to keep things in your pockets just in case you get shot at.
In this case, a picture of a young woman saved a life. This happened during World War II around 1945.
If a picture of a girl saved my life, I would definitely marry her. What a sweet story.
15. The Axe in the Windshield
If there is an axe in your windshield, you have clearly experienced a close call. I really don’t even understand how that happens.
Honestly, if there is an axe in your windshield, you are probably a character in a horror movie or some sort of urban legend.
When I think of axes, I think of Lizzie Borden. She was pretty famous back in the late 19th century for being a main suspect in the murder of her parents. Technically, her mother was actually her stepmother. She was tried for those murders, but she was not convicted. She died a free woman at the age of 66.