JUMP TO COMMENTS
Previous
Next

The man behind Dos Equis’ “Most Interesting Man in the World” ads isn’t really all that interesting. Truth be told, he’s just an actor; one who definitely needs more work. But these men are some of the actual most interesting people of past and present.

If you’re in need of some mentoring on what it means to be truly badass, get a dose of knowledge by acquainting yourself with the following real-life heroes.

Adrian Carton de Wiart
Lifestyle, 10 Most Interesting People In The World, The Actual 10 Most Interesting People In The World, Adrian Carton de Wiart
This Belgian badass served with the British Army during the Boer War, First World War, and Second World War. During his life he was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg and ear. He also survived two plane crashes, escaped from a POW camp, and once bit off his fingers when a doctor wouldn’t amputate them. He wrote about his experiences during World War I, saying, “Frankly I had enjoyed the war.”

Bernie Taupin
Bernie Taupin, Lifestyle, 10 Most Interesting People In The World, The Actual 10 Most Interesting People In The World
Bernie is someone you probably don’t know about, but definitely should. He wrote the majority of the lyrics to songs by Elton John. Didn’t you think for the longest time Elton John wrote “Rocket Man,” “Tiny Dancer,” and ‘Candle in the Wind?” Nope, it was this secret lyricist who met John in 1967. As Rocket Man said himself, “Without Bernie Taupin, there wouldn’t have been any Elton John at all.”

Simo Hayha
Simon Hayha, Lifestyle, 10 Most Interesting People In The World, The Actual 10 Most Interesting People In The World
Nicknamed “White Death,” Finnish sniper Simo Hayha holds the world record for most confirmed kills at 505. Step aside Chris Kyle. (This was before advanced military technology.) He killed five soldiers a day between 1939 and 1940, blending in with the snow and even chewing it to hide his warm foggy breath. A Russian soldier shot him in the face, blowing his jaw off, but he lived until 96. When asked whether he regret killing so many people, Hayha said, “I only did my duty, and what I was told to do, as well as I could.”

Roy P. Benavidez
Roy P. Benavides, Lifestyle, 10 Most Interesting People In The World, The Actual 10 Most Interesting People In The World
On May 2, 1968, Benavidez saved the lives of eight men. A helicopter dropped him into enemy territory armed only with a knife. Twelve of his comrades were surrounded by 1,000 men. Later known as “6 Hours of Hell,” Benavidez dragged the eight soldiers to safety after suffering a total of 37 bullet, shrapnel and bayonet wounds. He was pronounced dead, but as a doctor was zipping up his body bag, he spit in the doctor’s face. He received the Medal of Honor.

Michael Malloy
Michael Malloy, Lifestyle, 10 Most Interesting People In The World, The Actual 10 Most Interesting People In The World
Iron Mike as he was known was a homeless alcoholic living in Depression era New York. Five acquaintances of his plotted to take out life insurance policies on Malloy and attempt to kill him. But it wouldn’t prove successful.

Here’s what they did to try to kill Iron Mike:
-Gave him unlimited credit at a bar thinking he would drink himself to death
-Put antifreeze in his alcohol
-Substituted the antifreeze for turpentine
-Substituted the turpentine for horse liniment
-Put rat poison in his drinks
-Raw oysters soaked in wood alcohol (for some reason)
-Nope – a sandwich of rotten sardines mixed with carpet tacks and poison

Still, Malloy lived.

Nothing worked, so the five men tried to freeze him to death. When it was negative -14 °F, they made Malloy drink till he was passed out and carried him outside, dumping him in the snow and pouring four gallons of water on his chest. He showed up at the bar the next day ready to drink.

Next, they tried killing him with a 45-mile-an-hour taxi. But it only put him in the hospital for broken bones. And then the trick that did it: Putting a hose connected to a gas jet in his mouth while he dozed away to drunken dreamland. He was finally dead.

The five men were later caught and four of them were sentenced to death.

Witold Pilecki
Witold Pilecki, Lifestyle, 10 Most Interesting People In The World, The Actual 10 Most Interesting People In The World
Pilecki was a Polish soldier who volunteered to spy in an Auschwitz death camp to gather intelligence. In 1943 he escaped after nearly three years’ imprisonment. His “Witold’s Report” was the first intelligence report on the Auschwitz concentration camp and brought the Allies closer to defeating the Nazis.

Louis Zamperini
Louis Zamperini, Lifestyle, 10 Most Interesting People In The World, The Actual 10 Most Interesting People In The World
If you’ve ever seen “Unbroken,” you know Angelina Jolie missed the boat. Besides being an American Olympian who shook Hitler’s hand after a race, a prisoner in one of Japan’s death camps, and an extreme alcoholic in his later years, Zamperini once punched sharks in the face when he was lost at sea for 47 days after being shot down during World War II. Japanese fighter pilots added to the problem shooting at him. I repeat, he punched sharks. In the face. Underwater.

Chuck Feeney
Chuck Feeney, Lifestyle, 10 Most Interesting People In The World, The Actual 10 Most Interesting People In The World
Chuck Feeney is a once-multi-billionaire who made his fortune setting up duty-free shops in airports across the world. By 1982, the year he decided to give everything away, he was worth $7.5 billion. Today, he is worth around $2 million.

Time Magazine said in 1997: “Feeney’s beneficence ranks among the grandest of any living American.”

C. Dale Petersen
C. Dale Petersen, Lifestyle, 10 Most Interesting People In The World, The Actual 10 Most Interesting People In The World
In Jackson Hole, Wyoming, a grizzly bear met his match when he crossed Petersen. The bear was only one of two bears ever killed without the use of weaponry:

“It is known that this bear had been aggravated by a group of backpackers. Shortly thereafter, Petersen, unaware of previous happenings, came upon the bear. A fight-to-the-death ensued. Petersen, having his right hand and arm wedged in the bears throat, actually used his own teeth and jaws to pinch off the bear’s jugular vein. When the bear passed-out from lack of blood flow to the brain, Petersen beat the bear upon the head with a stick.”

BONUS: Nancy Wake, The Most Interesting Woman in the World
Nancy Wake, Lifestyle, 10 Most Interesting People In The World, The Actual 10 Most Interesting People In The World
At the height of World War II, Nancy Wake was the Gestapo’s most wanted person. They put a five million-franc bounty on her head. Between 1940 and 1943 Wake escorted hundreds of Allied solders through Nazi-occupied France and into Spain. She once judo-chopped a German guard to death. Seriously, that happened. “My hatred for the Nazis was very, very deep,” she once said. The real-life Hollywood heroine died in 2011 at the ripe old age of 98.

THE 10 MOST INTERESTING MEN IN THE WORLD (FOR REAL)

SOURCE

JUMP TO COMMENTS
Previous
Next
Please wait...

And Now... A Few Links From Our Sponsors

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!