There\’s bad luck and then there\’s bad luck

Yamaguchi recounts how he was stepping down from a tram around two miles from the hypocentre of the bomb that detonated above Hiroshima. He was temporarily blinded, lost the hearing in one ear and was badly burned on much of his upper body.

Upon his return to his engineering company in Nagasaki, Yamaguchi was recounting his experiences to his supervisor when the second bomb was dropped.

8 comments on “There\’s bad luck and then there\’s bad luck

  1. But still survived to 93 – longer than most of us who haven’t been A-bombed even once would expect. Oh well. Merely a “black swan” or are these things just not as dangerous as CND kept (keep?) telling us?

  2. What? Present at the only 2 atom bombs dropped in anger and survived both? I’d say that’s the luckiest man ever!

    Tim adds: There were a number present at both. Refugees from the first were sent to hte city which had the second dropped on it. Enough at least that there was a club os such dual survivors.

  3. Wasn’t there a story (may have been apocryphal) about some tourists who survived some disaster in a foreign country, and got on a plane back home, which promptly crashed?

  4. I can’t remember the name, but the there is a well known affect where being exposed to a small amount of something dangerous can be beneficial. Radiation falls in to that category.

    From what I understand its a bit dodgy to have a go because the beneficial levels vary for each person.

    Tim adds: “hormesis”.

  5. “Radiation falls in to that category.” Indeed, some does. But the “Kaboom” effect of atom bombs probably doesn’t.

  6. How can he be said to be unlucky? Survived, didn’t he? I’d call that great luck myself.

  7. “I can’t remember the name, but the there is a well known affect where being exposed to a small amount of something dangerous can be beneficial.”

    Homeopathy?

    🙂

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