There are lots of negative and unfair generalizations about the Irish, but one stereotype that doesn't involve excessive drinking is the idea that Irish people are uncommonly lucky. According to Mental Floss, the stereotype derives from an outsized number of Irish-Americans hitting jackpot in the California gold rush. It's still very odd, of course, that Irish people are thought of as lucky, considering, you know, the entire history of Ireland. Here are people who are much luckier. Some of them might even be drinking green beer today, which is as good as Irish, right?
1. This guy, who lost his wedding ring in the ocean only to find it days later.
Jay Bradford, 27, was fishing off the coast of Long Branch, NJ, on December 12 when his "hand hit the bow rail, and the ring came up off my knuckle," he told People. "The ring slid off, hit the tow rail and went into the water."
His new wife, Meagan Bradford, wasn't too happy about this. "He texted me and said his day was going wrong. I said, 'Don't worry you will find the fish,'" Meagan Bradford said. "He texted me back, 'It's not the fishing, I lost my ring in the water.' I nearly threw up."
Luckily, Bradford had gone fishing for blackfish, which tend to be found in solid formations on the sea floor such as reefs, wrecks, rocks, and piers. Four days later, Bradford used GPS tracking to return to the spot where he lost the ring. He found the band in 10 minutes—it was resting against a rock.
He lost the ring while going fishing off the coast of New Jersey, so he's lucky the ring wasn't resting against a body.
2. The reporter who narrowly missed getting hit by a car on air.
Scarier than a slowdown on I-95.
3. This cyclist, who was scheduled to be on both doomed 2014 Malaysia Airlines flights before backing out at the last minute.
According to a Netherlands public broadcaster RTV Oost, Maarten de Jonge was scheduled to be on both Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 17 and the still missing flight MH 370. In both cases de Jonge ended up changing his flight at the last minute.
In a statement on his website De Jonge, 29, confirmed he had been scheduled to take the doomed flight on Thursday but ended up changing his ticket for another flight this weekend.
"What has happened is terrible, so many victims, that's a horrible thing," de Jonge said in a translated statement on his website. "I have my story done and I would like to leave it ... my story is ultimately nothing compared to the misery in which so many people are paid."
With his luck, he could probably find that missing plane.
4. This woman, who won the lottery four times, getting millions each time.
For years, people who dream of beating the lottery have puzzled over the amazing case of Joan Ginther, who made headlines around the world by scratching off “10MILL” on a $50 instant ticket in June 2010 to win her fourth multimillion-dollar prize.
Skeptics wondered if she cheated or had an ingenious system for pinpointing winners. After all, Ginther received a Ph.D. from Stanford and has lived for years in Las Vegas. News reports at the time, citing mathematicians, fueled the fire: They put Ginther's chances of four such wins at 1 in 18 septillion. Remarkably, all four of her winners were purchased in or near her tiny hometown of Bishop, Texas.
The mystery has only deepened since then because Ginther, now 67, has steadfastly refused to grant interviews, and the Texas Lottery has never investigated, insisting they never even asked Ginther how she won.
She may have used math, but still: pretty damn lucky.
5. This woman who escaped from the hit men hired to kill her in time to attend her own funeral.
6. This lady on Deal or No Deal.
Okay, this is a stupid game show, but try to watch this without freaking out. Even when she "loses," she wins.
7. This guy, who wasn't even hurt when a giant pane of glass fell inches from his head.
8. This horse in a suit.
He gets to be a horse in a suit.