Life is full of surprises, and risks. In fact, every time you step outside, you never really know what unpredictable adventures lay ahead. While some of these people are certified dare-devils, others just found themselves caught up in risky situations. Luckily though, if a potential disaster does strike, there’s always still a chance that you can make it out by the skin of your teeth, like these people. So let’s dive in and take a look at these pulse-racing moments that were snapped seconds before the unthinkable happened.
Uh-Oh Cargo Overboard
This looks like a full-on cargo-shipping nightmare, and the ship looks ever so close to toppling over completely. Thankfully after a few panic-filled minutes, the captain managed to take control of the boat again. Unbelievably, it didn’t even flip over and there were no injuries. Even more unbelievably, only four of those large shipping containers ended up in the water. That captain had more strength than Popeye!
One Heck Of A Grand Finale
Now this is what they call a dramatic, legendary and dangerous finale to an air show. The audience were left baffled and confused as the pilot managed to eject himself in a ball of flames from his fighter plane after it crashed and caught fire. Luckily, the pilot was left unscathed, and some even believed the stunt was part of the show. Either way, kudos to the brave photographer who managed to get so close and capture this insane shot.
Granny And The Gator
While Steve Irwin was known for his dangerous encounters with wild animals, ironically this lady is wearing an Irwinland pink top, while wading into a dangerous lake. As she posed happily for the camera, she probably didn’t realize that an alligator was lurking in the water, waiting to photo-bomb the picture. Thankfully she lived to tell the tale, but if this is any more reason not to wade into a lake for a photo, then we don’t know what is.
Swimming With The Whales
In another jaw-dropping encounter, this whale was close to finding out what this diver’s flippers taste like. It was a close call, but we’re happy to report that the our slippery ocean friend made the decision to stick to his diet of other sea creatures rather than this diver. We’re just hoping this diver played it safer after this dangerous encounter! It was actually too close for words!
How’d He Land That?
Now this is what you call a brutal and nail-biting crash. It happened in 1998 at the Goodwood Revival race and the driver, Nigel Corner was dramatically ejected from the racing car as it flipped sensationally onto it’s side. Unbelievably, Nigel survived the crash and later gave an interview to Motor Sports Magazine saying, “those old Ferraris are bloody strong, but if I’d been belted in I’d be a dead man now.” We can’t think of any other scenario on earth where not actually wearing your safety belt would save your life!?
This is something they definitely didn’t tell you in the brochure when you signed up for an airboat ride through swampy waters. Maybe the guide told you it was safe, but sometimes in life you can’t predict everything, and the unexpected can still catch you by surprise. Like in this case, where the airboat suddenly capsized into the alligator-infested swamp. Understandably, the tourists were in a state of shock as they plunged into the water, but in the end the guide managed to get them all to safety! Phew!
That Was Close
This photo is just unreal! It was taken at a hilltop race after things took an abrupt turn for the worst. Spectators were in a state of shock when this car suddenly crashed into the hill, flipped over in a sensational cloud of smoke, bounced off a rock and landed right-side-up. The car actually landed meters from these spectators, so we’re amazing everyone was ok after this insane crash!
The Python Whisperer
Nothing to see here… just a beautiful woman calmly posing in the water with a giant Burmese Python. There’s something so calming and peaceful about how she effortlessly poses with the python, as if it’s her own pet! While experience shows that these pythons are lethal and have the ability to swallow humans whole, and regularly eat crocodiles, it seems a little ludicrous to go swimming with one. Perhaps this woman is a python whisperer, or maybe she and the python have a deep bond from way back when. Maybe that’s the reason she was unharmed!? Either way, we don’t envy her one bit!
A deep-set fear of clowns is real thing kids. It even has a name, claudrophobia, and many adults struggle with it too. And who can blame them when clowns can look these scary. These clowns certainly don’t look like the happy-go-lucky clowns who entertained us at kids parties. And the funny part is this baker is happily strolling with his pastries, blissfully unaware of what fate awaits him. We’re sure he’ll be startled as soon as he crosses paths with these scary-looking clowns, and we can only imagine what the ‘after’ picture will be. We only hope that some of the pastries were saved!
When these women decided to spend a relaxing and leisurely afternoon canoeing down a lake, we’re sure they expected to spot some wildlife along the way. We’re sure they weren’t expecting a BMX biker to suddenly lose control and nose-dive straight into the lake in front of them, narrowly missing their canoe. By the looks on all their faces, we’re sure everyone was shocked, and we can only imagine the epic splash this biker will make in the water. We can only hope they’ll all laugh about it later, once they were home and dry!
The Wandering Eye That Almost Cost Him An Eye
The only thing we can say about this epic-fail shot, is this is what must have happened before cell phones. While people regularly walk into lampposts because they are so focused on their phones, in the pre-cell days people actually had to turn and look if something caught their eye, like this beautiful lady. Unfortunately for this guy, he was so focused on looking back, he didn’t realize he was about to crash and burn straight into this lamppost. This is why you should always look when you’re walking guys (even if you have a cell phone)!
Titanic Role Play Fail
When the legendary movie Titanic first hit the box offices, we’re sure Leo and Kate didn’t expect to inspire a generation of Titanic themed photos and memes recreating the ‘flying’ scene. Well there have been many photos, and some were fun, some were cheesy, some hilarious and some were pretty cute. But there were always some that were just epic fails, like this one. This couple probably thought they found the perfect setting for their epic flying picture, but it seems this seagull had other ideas and decided to swoop in and take a nip at this lady’s nose. At least they will never forget this special moment, ever!
Either this guy got a little too excited on his wake board, or his friend driving the speed boat thought it would be fun to suddenly speed off and let him practice his flying board tricks. While we’re always fans of practicing new skills, something tells us this guy isn’t too happy about flying out of control, especially when he was about to collide head first into these other water-skiers. We’re just happy they managed to avoid a head-on collision with his board and everyone was able to ski away in time!
There’s so many things you have to think about when surfing, finding the perfect board, waiting patiently for the perfect wave and controlling your balance and not falling off as you ride against the tide. You might not even realize that your riding in shark-infested waters. But sometimes you are. The ocean is wild and unpredictable, so sharks can suddenly creep up on you. As this guy is so focused on riding the tide, he probably didn’t notice that he’s unwittingly joined a shark race. Luckily for him, the shark was riding in the other direction so he was able to race to the shore again!
That’s One Cruel Joke, Guys
I think we can all agree here that this is one mighty cruel prank. Well everyone except the snorkeling guys laughing at the back. But if they could see the panic-stricken look of pure fear of this lady as a sting ray has landed on her shoulders, we’re not sure they would be chuckling so hard. Rumor has it though that this was actually just a prank and she wasn’t harmed by the sting ray. Phew! And her reaction was so priceless that it inspired a host of memes.
We can just imagine the scenario as the officer pulled the alligator over at the stop light, told him to get down on the floor and put his hands in the air or he’ll shoot. Well the gator had no idea what a police officer was. He was just ready to battle him with his gnarly teeth. So a gator stand-off ensued. Thankfully, before long the gator got tired and wandered off back to the swamp, and the police officer left for his next crime-fighting battle.
Giant Killer whales are pretty scary. Especially when they catapult out of the water like a scene from Jaws and tower over your tiny fishing boat, ready to pounce at you. This is what happened to these fishermen, who were probably just expecting to kick back, relax and reel in some salmon or tuna that day. We’re sure meeting Jaws was the last thing they expected to find! Miraculously the giant whale managed to flip backwards after this shot, giving these guys seconds to speed away, and giving them a legendary fisherman story for a lifetime.
If you’ve always wanted to go to a real safari, you would probably expect to take some pictures of wild and exotic animals from the safety of your car. We can only imagine the sheer shock as a 7 ton elephant stomps towards you, towers over you and instinctively wraps his trunk over the top of your car. Maybe that’s their way of showing affection, or maybe this elephant just likes blue cars. Either way, this elephant probably didn’t know the power of their own strength, so kudos to this couple for putting the foot on the gas and speeding away from this dangerously close stampede.
Ok so we have a few questions…how on earth did this guy walk along the pier, blissfully unaware that an octopus had leaped high and landed on his back. Secondly, we didn’t know that octopuses can leap out the water, jump so high and land on people’s backs. Thirdly, how can this guy stand so calmly as the octopus wraps his creepy tentacles around him. Well, this guy knew exactly how to handle the situation. Seemingly you just have to fake paralysis and relax, then the 8 legged creature will soon get tired of holding on. Well this very useful information, and we hope we never need to find out for ourselves!
Just A Little Nibble
Camels may look goofy and cute, and they are fun to ride in the desert. Still, they can also be little aggressive and pretty violent every so often. Perhaps this camel mistook the leaves on the tree for this innocent tourists’ head, or it was just curious to sniff her hair. Perhaps the camel was too tired of too many tourists or too many photos and selfies he had to pose for. In any case, he took his anger out on this unsuspecting tourist’s head. Well at least she got away with a legendary photo!
Pole Dancing On Public Transport
We’re a big fan of self-expression and if this lady probably thought the subway was the ideal place to show off her pole dancing moves. She probably was having the time of her life and didn’t care that no one else was dancing, or drunk, it was lunchtime and she looked a little crazy. She also probably got so carried away and forgot that she was still holding her supersized drink in her hand. Maybe she’ll learn for next time that you should never practice a pole dancing stunt with a drink in your hand. It’s also pretty hilarious fail shot though – we’re just hoping this guy saw the funny side when he got home!
A Furry Cat Rocket
This is exactly what we imagined would happen if we bought our very own fur-ball cat rocket. We’d just pull the trigger and our furry kitty would shoot off into the distance through the garden to finally catch what he’s looking for. This kitty does look pretty focused, and is going to faster than grease lightening. You can’t even see it’s furry paws. There’s no denying this ball of fluff is on a mission and we hope they finally caught that mouse that got away.
Bee Stings Hurt The Bee
Ouch! Now this is one nerve-clenching shot that will definitely leave a sting. We didn’t realize that when a honey bee stings a human it leaves it’s stinger, and the yucky mess is part of its abdomen, digestive tract, muscles, and nerves. Even more insane, the honey bee dies after the rupture. Eek, it’s a tough life for bees and that person who was stung!
Ouch again! While this woman was innocently posing for a photo in front of her house, she probably expected to be startled by the flash. She probably didn’t realize she was unwittingly caught right in the middle of a dodge ball game. The action-ball quickly turned into an assault weapon as it ricocheted straight into her face and pushed her glasses sideways. It is an epic action shot, but we’re just hoping they gave her some ice to soothe the swelling!
Maybe this is where the legendary story comes from! Finally we have proof that storks can deliver babies straight into your arms. Either that, or this ambitious dad was trying to prove to his wife that throwing the baby up in the air wasn’t dangerous. He had done it many times without her watching and every time the baby was happy as pie. Except this time he didn’t realize that a giant stork was flying overhead. But this is a legendary shot, so we’re hoping his wife wasn’t too harsh on him!
Duck! (Actually, It’s A Pigeon)
Wow, we don’t envy this young boy who was innocently trying to duck out the way of this pigeon. Some do say that if a pigeon’s poop lands on your head then it is lucky, so maybe this bird was trying to give him luck for the day! The photo actually became a meme, so we’re hoping the boy got some luck in his life after that unforgettable experience!
With some photos, they are so perfectly timed that you wonder how it wasn’t photo-shopped or a mirage. Well in this case the photographer caught the this breathtaking shot just as the car was about to plunge straight into the lake. We just hope there were no passengers in the car when it nose-dived into the water!
Taken Out At The Ballgame
Wow! This photo is the next level of extra! If we didn’t know how much that baseball bat would hurt, we would say that everyone’s reactions are priceless. But as we can see everyone’s reactions, as the baseball bat flew directly into this guy’s face, we can only cringe with pain! This is why you should always pay attention in ball games, and prepare for anything – maybe bring a suit of armor with you just in case.
This Is Sparta
Is it a bird? Is it plane? No, it’s it a kung foo expert? This breathtaking shot was captured just in the middle of an magnificent bird fight. We’re thinking the orange bird didn’t want to share their seedy snacks again with their nosy neighbor. So it outstretched it’s wings and turned into a full on king-foo expert, knocking over the yellow bird with the power of it’s mighty legs.
A True Fairytale Wedding
If you were a wedding photographer, it would be hard to resist this priceless and hilarious photo opportunity. While the newlyweds are enjoying a romantic horse-ride into the sunset, it does look like the bride developed horse hoofs. We just hope the couple saw the hilarious side after the photos came back from the photographer.
Walking On The Clouds
This sky-diver is literally on cloud 9, and kudos to the photographer for capturing this perfectly-timed action-shot of the free-faller standing on top of the clouds. This guy must be a pro to strike a pose like this as he sky-dived from the plane, and we can only imagine what other crazy stunts and trick-shots he had up his sleeve.
Lurking In The Shadows
This hunter might have thought he’d hit the jackpot when he tracked down this wild elk, and was more than happy to pose next to it. What he might not realize is that lurking behind him in the shadows is a cougar, who is probably eyeing them both up. Although the big cat might look cute, we just hope he was more curious than hungry that day!
Ejected From Your Seat
Even the greatest of jockeys must know that horses are still temperamental and sometimes mishaps can happen. In this case, this jockey was dramatically ejected from the saddle, like a flying toy! The pulse-racing shot is equally magnificent as it is terrifying. We’re beginning to think it’s safer to stay at home!
Recoil Straight To The Eyes
In case you don’t quite know what’s happening here, then we’ll get you up to speed. Really all the woman shouldn’t really be holding her rifle that that over her eye socket. She should be holding it further down her body. We just hope someone told her before she shot the rifle and the recoil went straight into her eyes!
Something Fishy Underwater
We love everything about this hilariously timed fish photo-bomb! It might just be the best action-shot yet. If it wasn’t real it would make a really great cartoon scene, and it kinda wants to make us go snorkeling underwater to find Nemo too. This fish probably didn’t realize he would become part of the most epic live-action fish photo ever recorded, but we appreciate everything about this shot!
True Stealth Mode
This looks like a hilarious-timed scene from a comedy sketch. We love how the handsome pup walks into the room, blissfully unaware that the cheeky kitty is hiding from him, hanging from the door frame. We wonder how long the kitty stayed hanging above him before he realized, or maybe it was part of their epic game of hide and seek!
This is probably why you should always remember to get a technician- just to check that your bike is in working order before you start doing stunts and doughnuts on the track. Because it’s all fun and games until the wheel suddenly dislodges from your bike in the middle of the stunt. Luckily this guy managed to save himself from skidding straight into the crowd!
A Little Leggy
We’re so happy some genius managed to capture this leggy shot, because we wonder how many people failed to notice that having a mirror finish on a waist-height bar is hilarious. We can only imagine how many genius shots someone took of customers’ legs with the bar staff’s faces before they noticed! The bar staff do seem oblivious, but we’re sure once the bar owner saw this legendary shot, they would see the humorous side!
Is This Why Women Live Longer Than Men?
Guys, seriously! If you’re going to try and cut a tree down, maybe you should leave it to the professionals. We admire your determination, but maybe you should think it through. The idea of using a front-loader and a ladder to cut down a tree, does show initiative. But we’re not sure how practical it would be and it looks like the entire tree will plunge straight onto the house. We’re just hoping someone told them before they went any further!
This One Can’t Be Real
This looks like another priceless photo from a comedy sketch. This visitor is clearly over-excited about being in the museum and seeing his favorite vase exhibition. He’s also a little clumsily, and as he bends over and take a closer photo of the first vase, he manages to knock over the other exhibit vase behind him. Eeek! we can just imagine the epic crash when the vase painfully tumbles to the ground. We wonder if he tried to hide the evidence!
Conversation And Poolside Relaxation—Or Not
This looks like an accident waiting to happen! As this guy is happily posing for his vacation picture by the pool, he is oblivious to what is about to happen in the scene behind him. While these ladies were engrossed in their hilarious conversation, they probably forget that they were dangerously close to the pool side edge. Well one of the women is about to find out the hard way when she belly-flops backwards into the pool. Let’s just hope she didn’t have her cell phone with her.
Wow this is one hell of a yoga shot and we’re happy someone managed to capture this breathtaking moment. We’re wondering if the girl realized that while she was posing for her yoga photo in the sand, an epic wave was about to splash right over her and engulf her entire body. Well sometimes you gotta do anything it for the gram!
The Birthday Cake Fail
Nothing spells disappointment like a long lost cake. We’re sure this family put a lot of thought and effort into baking the perfect cake for their daughter’s sweet sixteenth birthday. Unfortunately, sometimes you can’t plan for everything, and as they were happily posing for their cake photo, they slipped and lost control of the cake. We’re sure they were able to laugh about it after!
Gotta Love The Attack Suit
We don’t envy this police dog trainer one bit. Actually this is our idea of a nightmare. We’re just glad he is kitted out in a suit of armor to protect him from this gnarly dog. In fact, the trainer looks quite calm considering the dog is behind him, so we’re guessing he’s used to it and it’s just another day at the office for him.
A Poor Judgement Party
Wow there’s so many elements to this legendary shot. Since everyone is dressed up in costumes, even the guy on the bike, we’re guessing it’s like an epic Halloween bonfire BBQ party for the squad. But as the guy got a little excited and decided to ride his bike and lost control, it quickly turned into an epic Halloween fail. As his bike tumbled to the ground, we’re just happy he narrowly escaped landing in the fire!
Showing Off A Lack Of Skills
Everyone loves a good pizza night in. And we can totally see why this couple were proud of their pizza-making skills. As they tried to take a snap to share with their pals, this poor girl didn’t realize that you have to keep holding the pizza up while you pose. Maybe the oven gloves were slippery, maybe the pizza was doomed to fall!? But another pizza bit the dust and we hate wasting pizza. We just hope they had a back-up in the freezer.
Gymnastics And Pool Decks Don’t Mix
In the summer time when the weather is fine, it’s the perfect time to impress your pals with your pool-diving skills. While some just love diving or jumping, this guy was attempting his biggest splash trick yet, a backward somersault, crossed with a DJ pose. Well we were impressed, we just hope his nose came out in one piece after he crashed onto the side of the pool.
It’s Going Down, I’m Yelling Timber
Wow. This is one heart-stopping experience that we hope we never have to see in real life. While the timber is flying through the air straight towards this driver’s front window, we just hope the window glass was strong enough to prevent it crashing into her. Yikes!
This little creature was just monkeying around and having a fruity snack with his new pal, when all of a sudden a gust of wind blew and sent this unsuspecting lady’s skirt flying into the air. Who can blame him for looking. It is terrifying when you don’t know what a skirt is. We’re just glad this savvy lady managed to put her hand on her skirt to stop this curious monkeying from seeing too much flesh!