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Lucky or Unlucky?

Tsutomu Yamaguchi, when he was 29 years old, endured a level of misfortune thus far unmatched in the history of humanity.

An engineer, he was on a business trip, and was riding a streetcar when the first disaster occurred: he was unfortunate enough to be taking his business trip to Hiroshima, on August 6, 1945. He later estimated he was approximately 2 miles from ground zero when the atomic device, “Little Boy”, detonated over the city. He was burned, and his eardrums ruptured, but he survived and returned to his hometown the following day, where he was on August 9th.

His hometown? Nagasaki. He was telling his boss about the events in Hiroshima when “Fat Man” was dropped on the city. Almost miraculously, Yamaguchi survived that blast, too.

One tough, unlucky bastard.

Yamaguchi died recently from stomach cancer, at the age of 93.

Read that again.

That’s right, he survived two atomic blasts and died at age 93, to the best of my knowledge the only person to experience this in the reasonably short history of mankind.  Just thought it was worth mentioning.


6 thoughts on “Lucky or Unlucky?

  1. He not only survived two blasts but also, obviously, the radiation that killed so many in the wake of the bombs. I don’t believe in miracles but…damn!

    Good to see you back, I thought you might have been prorogued.


  2. I am a pro rogue, just ask the people I game with. 🙂
    (apologies for geek joke)
    Glad to be back – I still retain my generous helpings of outrage, but just can’t seem to find the time anymore. I’m working on posting more regularly, it’s good practice for my ultimate ambitions as a writer.


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