What happens after we say cheese? For the subjects of the following photographs they probably didn’t predict the answer to be a morbid plot twist. We have all seen post-tragedy photos of terrible accidents, but there is something particularly ominous and haunting about pre-tragedy photos: smiling families, groups embarking on explorations and daring stunt attempts, not in the least expecting to be caught in a natural disaster or a horrific plane crash. Some of these pictures appear so unassuming and cheerful that it makes what followed all the more horror story-like.

The only thing that's more morbid than these creepy photos was the trend of picturing your dead relatives, as though they were alive, during the Victorian era in England. After this, you might get a clue of what's in store with this scary pictures list.

William Shakespeare famously said “Men at some times are masters of their fate,” but as you will see in the following photos this is not always the case. Scroll down below with caution to see the Bored Panda round-up of some of the most creepy historical photos taken before a tragedy.

#1

Photographer Robert Landsberg Captured The Wall Of Ash That Would Kill Him When Mt. St. Helen's Erupted. He Managed To Protect The Film With His Body

Photographer Robert Landsberg Captured The Wall Of Ash That Would Kill Him When Mt. St. Helen's Erupted. He Managed To Protect The Film With His Body

Robert Landsburg Report

Alusair Alustriel
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2 years ago

That feeling of absolute helplessness.

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#2

The Crew Of Space Shuttle Challenger On Their Way To Board. Challenger Broke Apart 73 Seconds Into Its Flight, Killing All Seven Crew Members

The Crew Of Space Shuttle Challenger On Their Way To Board. Challenger Broke Apart 73 Seconds Into Its Flight, Killing All Seven Crew Members

NASA Report

Savant
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2 years ago

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#3

Mayinga N’Seka, A Nurse, Is Depicted Here During An Ebola Outbreak In 1976. Her Dedication Meant That She Eventually Contracted The Disease Herself And Passed Away Not Long After

Mayinga N’Seka, A Nurse, Is Depicted Here During An Ebola Outbreak In 1976. Her Dedication Meant That She Eventually Contracted The Disease Herself And Passed Away Not Long After

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Report

Kaisu Rei
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2 years ago

She's a hero!

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#4

The Omagh Bombing. The Red Car In This Photograph Contained A Bomb That Killed 29 People And Injured Some 220 Others. The Man And Child Both Survived, The Photographer Didn't

The Omagh Bombing. The Red Car In This Photograph Contained A Bomb That Killed 29 People And Injured Some 220 Others. The Man And Child Both Survived, The Photographer Didn't

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Anne Bleakley
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2 years ago

Giant space Tiger - I'm from Northern Ireland- lived through the troubles and the situation is extremely complex. Best not to make political comments on a situation you don't understand. We are just grateful that those days have passed and we can go about our lives without worrying about being blown up or shot.

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#5

14-Year-Old Keith Sapsford Hid In The Wheel Of A Flight Leaving Sydney Towards Japan. John Gilspin, An Amateur Photographer, Was Testing His New Camera Lens And Unwittingly Caught Keith Sapsford's 200ft Plunge To Death

14-Year-Old Keith Sapsford Hid In The Wheel Of A Flight Leaving Sydney Towards Japan. John Gilspin, An Amateur Photographer, Was Testing His New Camera Lens And Unwittingly Caught Keith Sapsford's 200ft Plunge To Death

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Hope Floats
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2 years ago

This is heartbreaking. . Can you imagine how terrified this 14 year old was on realizing his fate?

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#6

William "Dave" Sanders Guiding More Than 100 Students Out Of The Cafeteria During Columbine High School Massacre, He Was Later Shot Twice In The Chest And Didn't Survive

William "Dave" Sanders Guiding More Than 100 Students Out Of The Cafeteria During Columbine High School Massacre, He Was Later Shot Twice In The Chest And Didn't Survive

Columbine High School Report

Erwin Sanz
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2 years ago

Hero

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Last Image Of Uruguayan Flight 571, Before It Crashed In The Andes On 13-10-1972. 27 Out Of 45 People Survived The Initial Crash. Survivors Were Eventually Forced To Cannibalize The Dead To Stay Alive. 16 People Were Rescued 72 Days Later

Last Image Of Uruguayan Flight 571, Before It Crashed In The Andes On 13-10-1972. 27 Out Of 45 People Survived The Initial Crash. Survivors Were Eventually Forced To Cannibalize The Dead To Stay Alive. 16 People Were Rescued 72 Days Later

Mr_Funnybone Report

Frida Ohlson
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2 years ago

Thats absolutley awful....

Nadja Lambacher
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2 years ago

There is a movie about this, "Alive" with Ethan Hawke. Also it probably helped that they were all members of a rugby team, so they were physically fit.

DancingToMyself
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2 years ago

The book was written way before...

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diane a
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2 years ago

an incredible story of survival against all the odds - they did what they had to do and they discussed and agreed that any one of them would willingly allow their body to be used to help others survive. One of the 2 guys who trecked for help made the others promise to leave his dead sister to last if he didnt make it to get help

Jetches
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2 years ago

The quality of the photo is unbelievably good

Sabal Minor
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2 years ago

The quality that was Kodachrome...

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Mama Panda
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2 years ago

I have stared at this picture for a long time now. Looking into their eyes and wondering which ones survived the crash and then which ones eventually died. I can't imagine the strength of the one person who either or both took this picture and then had it printed after being rescued to be able to look at it and know that possibly one or more of these young men helped him survive the whole ordeal. So very sad.

Tor Rolf Strøm
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2 years ago

Is that what the movie Alive is about? Good movie, fascinating story.

SouthernFried
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2 years ago

Yes, this is the story it's based on. I believe there's a book too.

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Joseph Brzezinski
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2 years ago

I think the movie is called, "Alive." But, it has been awhile since I've seen. Obviously a recreation .

Rebecca Cote
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2 years ago

They made a movie out of this. It's called "Alive". It's actually a pretty decent movie other than the fact that it's really sad.

Silvia Neacsu
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2 years ago

I remember I saw a movie based on this event... Terrible to experience such thing.

Kay Ann
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2 years ago

Alive.

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Onald Henuk
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2 years ago

Is there anyone who see that guy with black sweater look a bit scary?

Vojtěch Božovský
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2 years ago

That's not a flight attendant?

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Pobin Rice
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2 years ago

Great film.

Kevin Donegan
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2 years ago

A horrific story but also an amazing one. I read the book when I was about 17.

BusLady
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2 years ago

So tragic that it took that long to rescue them.

FoolishMagic Mouse
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2 years ago

It would be horrible if you realized you were eating a family member........

Gianna
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2 years ago

Not only the movie Alive, but there was one made also not too long ago after the ethan Hawks one.

Sindija Zeļenko
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2 years ago

Only one movie about what i can think is "Final Destination"

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Lonely Dragon
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2 years ago

Awful. To anyone starting to worry though, dying in a plane crash is much, much less probable than an accident while out walking next to traffic for example.

Fred and George Weasley
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1 week ago

being forced to become a cannibal must be heartbreaking

LazyPanda
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1 year ago

I’ve seen the movie when I was in primary school. I never forgot it.

Kevin Braid
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1 year ago

would love to know how they are now, did they have ill effects from eating the dead, i forget the name of the disease i want to say kuru but i forget. its like mad cow disease/CJD

Coops Cooper
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1 year ago

You will do what you have to do to survive.

Frederik Bruier-Desmeth
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1 year ago

...and the creepy guy in the middle is the pilot?

Bill Saunders
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2 years ago

Having had the privilege of meeting a few of the survivors at a book launch, I think it is very important to stress that the cannibalism was an agreement between all of the survivors that when any of them died they could be eaten.

Michelle Chiba
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2 years ago

There was a movie based on this tragedy

vernon myburgh
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2 years ago

We can never understand how it came to this. The movie that came out might have been a reflection but we do not know or can fathom the horrendous things that happened. Being in the cold when your brain cannot distinguish between right and wrong and you have to eat to survive. Nature took its course and nature has to be respected. To those that didn't make it RIP. Those that did I hope you can live and find peace.

Kaoru Shibari
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2 years ago

inspired a film in 1993, 'Alive': https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106246/

Donna Muse
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2 years ago

The book about this is really good.

Vojtěch Božovský
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2 years ago

The flight attendant in the back looks like the nun from Conjuring which is about to do something veeeeeeery bad.

Prue Walling
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2 years ago

in 1972, 27 (72 backwards) out of 45 people survived... they were rescued 72 days later. recognize any patterns? strange.

David Jeu
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2 years ago

Interesting mix of awfulness and luck.

tama hamilton
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2 years ago

Jesus H christ

Coconut Cream π
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1 year ago

At lest some of the virgins could "eat out" some women.

Malay Mondal
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1 year ago

idiot ,this pic is from the movie 'Alive ' .The incident was real but this picture is not real .

Jenny Lorenz
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2 years ago

I'd die of starvation before I ate another human

Lyria
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2 years ago

You prefer to die instead of getting to your family and friends again?

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PandaMan
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2 years ago

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Was this before lunch or after lunch?

Shay
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2 years ago

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That’s very yumm

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#8

Dave Hally Took One Last Photo Of His Wife And 4-Year-Old Daughter Before Takeoff For Their Dream Vacation Aboard Mh17, Shortly Before It Was Shot Down Over Ukraine By Russia-Led Forces, Killing Everybody On Board

Dave Hally Took One Last Photo Of His Wife And 4-Year-Old Daughter Before Takeoff For Their Dream Vacation Aboard Mh17, Shortly Before It Was Shot Down Over Ukraine By Russia-Led Forces, Killing Everybody On Board

Dave Hally Report

Stephanie Chapman
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2 years ago

I remember this happening because it was a huge atrocity and because there were a lot of people on board heading to a conference on AIDS. So doctors, researchers, and a lot of people who were working towards a cure.

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#9

A Dash Cam Captures The Moments Before Transasia’s Flight 235 Crashed In The Keelung River In Taiwan. The Plane Carried 58 People - Only 15 Survived

A Dash Cam Captures The Moments Before Transasia’s Flight 235 Crashed In The Keelung River In Taiwan. The Plane Carried 58 People - Only 15 Survived

CNN Report

Erwin Sanz
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2 years ago

Looks like a scene in a movie

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#10

Gilles Leclerc And Marianne Labanane Took A Selfie At The Bataclan Theatre As They Waited To See The Eagles Of Death Metal Perform. Moments Later, 4 Gunmen Stormed In And Started Shooting. Gilles Was Killed In The Attack, But Marianne Survived

Gilles Leclerc And Marianne Labanane Took A Selfie At The Bataclan Theatre As They Waited To See The Eagles Of Death Metal Perform. Moments Later, 4 Gunmen Stormed In And Started Shooting. Gilles Was Killed In The Attack, But Marianne Survived

Mon frère Gilles Leclerc Report

Joannie Goulet
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2 years ago

I've heard about them. The man protected his girlfriend by throwing her to the ground out of harms way when the gunman started shooting. She survived thanks to his quick reflexes and selflessness. A true hero.

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#11

Robert Overcracker, A Professional Stunt Man, Drove A Jet Ski Over Niagara Falls To Raise Awareness For The Homeless Back In 1995. This Photo Was Snapped Just As His Parachute Failed To Deploy, Sending Him Down To His Death

Robert Overcracker, A Professional Stunt Man, Drove A Jet Ski Over Niagara Falls To Raise Awareness For The Homeless Back In 1995. This Photo Was Snapped Just As His Parachute Failed To Deploy, Sending Him Down To His Death

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logical fallacy
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2 years ago

Which is why you need a reserve parachute. And a reserve reserve parachute. And a reserve reserve reserve parachure.

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#12

Last Moments Of Harambe, Gorilla Killed After A Child Fell Into His Enclosure At The Cincinnati Zoo In 2016

Last Moments Of Harambe, Gorilla Killed After A Child Fell Into His Enclosure At The Cincinnati Zoo In 2016

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A Little Light Arson
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2 years ago

The fault is of the parents, not keeping an eye on their child. Harambe may have been dangerous, but so is letting your child wander around at that age. They should have been supervising.

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#13

West Milford Took This Photo While On A Hike In New Jersey, Moments Before The Bear Attacked And Killed Him

West Milford Took This Photo While On A Hike In New Jersey, Moments Before The Bear Attacked And Killed Him

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Nini Meow
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2 years ago

Horrifying...

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#14

Nicholas Mevoli After His Last 'Free Dive'. He Was Attempting To Dive 236ft Deep. He Completed The Dive, Surfaced, Gave The Ok Sign, Tried To Speak, And Then Passed Out. He Never Regained Consciousness And Died That Same Day From Pulmonary Edema

Nicholas Mevoli After His Last 'Free Dive'. He Was Attempting To Dive 236ft Deep. He Completed The Dive, Surfaced, Gave The Ok Sign, Tried To Speak, And Then Passed Out. He Never Regained Consciousness And Died That Same Day From Pulmonary Edema

Lia Hyun-Joo Barrett Report

SBW71
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2 years ago

His look is like he just realized what's about to happen. Sad.

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#15

This Unsuspecting Family Snapped The Last Moments Of Ayano Tokumasu’s Life. The 20-Year-Old Student In Red Threw Herself Over The Railings Outside The Niagara Falls To Her Death

This Unsuspecting Family Snapped The Last Moments Of Ayano Tokumasu’s Life. The 20-Year-Old Student In Red Threw Herself Over The Railings Outside The Niagara Falls To Her Death

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Nadja Lambacher
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2 years ago

This is really sad.

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#16

Archduke Ferdinand And His Wife Sophie 1h Before They Would Be Shot And Killed By Serb Nationalist Gavrilo Princip - This Event Was The Trigger For The Wwi

Archduke Ferdinand And His Wife Sophie 1h Before They Would Be Shot And Killed By Serb Nationalist Gavrilo Princip - This Event Was The Trigger For The Wwi

Bettmann Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

it's incredible how he was actually killed. An assassin had tried to throw a bomb under their passing car, but it missed and exploded the car behind, the assassin then took his cyanide pill, but it was faulty and just caused him to throw up (a lot) so he panicked and threw himself in the river, but it had been a long hot summer, so the river was shallow... Ferdinand then was rushed away but later wanted to go and see the survivors or the earlier bomb, it was when he was on his way there that he was shot.

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#17

In 1978, Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182 Tragically Crashed Into A Small Private Cessna 172 Plane And Fell From The Sky. This Picture Captures The Plane Just Before It Hit The Ground

In 1978, Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182 Tragically Crashed Into A Small Private Cessna 172 Plane And Fell From The Sky. This Picture Captures The Plane Just Before It Hit The Ground

Hans Wendt Report

Don Flynn
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2 years ago

I saw that happen... it was PE class and we were playing soccer on the upper field at Junipero Serra High School in San Diego. We watched the PSA jet go across the sky on fire until it hit the ground

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#18

This Photograph Was Recovered From Japan Airlines Flight 123 After It Crashed. In Total 520 Passengers And Crew Were Killed, Only 4 Survived

This Photograph Was Recovered From Japan Airlines Flight 123 After It Crashed. In Total 520 Passengers And Crew Were Killed, Only 4 Survived

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Nadja Lambacher
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2 years ago

I am honestly curious how 4 people managed to survive. That is incredible luck.

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#19

Christopher McCandless'es (The Man From "Into The Wild") Final Self Portrait - His Decomposed Body Was Found By Moose Hunters In 1992. He Lived In An Abandoned Bus For Over 100 Days. His Cause Of Death Was Officially Ruled As Starvation, But The Exact Cause Is Still Debated

Christopher McCandless'es (The Man From "Into The Wild") Final Self Portrait - His Decomposed Body Was Found By Moose Hunters In 1992. He Lived In An Abandoned Bus For Over 100 Days. His Cause Of Death Was Officially Ruled As Starvation, But The Exact Cause Is Still Debated

Chris McCandless Report

Susan Forbes
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2 years ago

And now people who are "inspired" by the book have to be rescued from their own lack of preparation. They obviously didn't think about what happened IRL

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#20

This Photo Shows Parkour Enthusiast Pavel Kashin Performing The Trick That Would Lead To His Death. He’s Pictured Attempting To Back-Flip To The Wall, But He Would Soon Lose His Balance And Fall To Ground Below

This Photo Shows Parkour Enthusiast Pavel Kashin Performing The Trick That Would Lead To His Death. He’s Pictured Attempting To Back-Flip To The Wall, But He Would Soon Lose His Balance And Fall To Ground Below

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Piet Zwanenburg
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2 years ago

More stupid then tragic

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#21

James Dean Is Seen Here Getting Gas For His Porsche 550 Spyder Not Long Before He Crashed It And Died. Legend Has It That The Car Is Cursed, As It Was Involved In Several More Accidental Deaths Before Disappearing In The ’60s

James Dean Is Seen Here Getting Gas For His Porsche 550 Spyder Not Long Before He Crashed It And Died. Legend Has It That The Car Is Cursed, As It Was Involved In Several More Accidental Deaths Before Disappearing In The ’60s

Corbis Report

Fester Sixonesixonethree
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2 years ago

The car was totaled when he crashed - there's no way it was "involved" in later accidents.

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#22

One Of The Last Known Photos Of Titanic Afloat. It Sank On 15 April 1912 After Colliding With An Iceberg. There Were An Estimated 2,224 Passengers And Crew Aboard - More Than 1,500 Didn't Survive

One Of The Last Known Photos Of Titanic Afloat. It Sank On 15 April 1912 After Colliding With An Iceberg. There Were An Estimated 2,224 Passengers And Crew Aboard - More Than 1,500 Didn't Survive

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BusLady
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2 years ago

The last survivor, Millvina Dean, died in 2009, at the age of 97. She was 2 months old at the time of the tragedy.

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#23

The Concorde Crash - Moments After Takeoff One Of The Plane’s Engines Caught On Fire, Causing The Plane To Crash Into A Nearby Hotel, This Killed 113 People

The Concorde Crash - Moments After Takeoff One Of The Plane’s Engines Caught On Fire, Causing The Plane To Crash Into A Nearby Hotel, This Killed 113 People

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GiantSpaceTiger
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2 years ago

It killed Concorde, too. Not just that one - all the planes were mothballed soon after. Now if you want to fly supersonic you need to be Military :(

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#24

Diana Princess Of Wales (Head Turned Away In Backseat), Her Bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, Left, And Driver Henri Paul Shortly On The Night Of August 31, 1997 Before The Fatal Crash

Diana Princess Of Wales (Head Turned Away In Backseat), Her Bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, Left, And Driver Henri Paul Shortly On The Night Of August 31, 1997 Before The Fatal Crash

Associated Press Report

Max L.
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2 years ago

Who took the photo contributed to the crash and their death (not sure her bodyguard survived)

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#25

George Mallory And Sandy Irvine Just Before They Began Their Ascent Of Mt. Everest In 1924, It's Still Debated If They Reached The Top, Either Way, They Never Made It Back

George Mallory And Sandy Irvine Just Before They Began Their Ascent Of Mt. Everest In 1924, It's Still Debated If They Reached The Top, Either Way, They Never Made It Back

AP Report

GiantSpaceTiger
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2 years ago

Even with that jetpack?!

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#26

Paul Walker Climbing Into The Car That Eventually Crashed, Taking His And The Driver’s Lives Back In 2013

Paul Walker Climbing Into The Car That Eventually Crashed, Taking His And The Driver’s Lives Back In 2013

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Herb Eaversmells
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2 years ago

Ricardo miller posthumously awarded Paul Walker his bjj black belt. Already a brown belt at the time of his passing, his coach thought nothing would,stop him from receiving his,black belt. This was a real honorable gesture by his,coaches part and a real cool thing to do

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#27

The Band Great White Playing At Rhode Island’s Station Nightclub, Just Before Their Pyrotechnics Caused A Fire That Killed More Than 100 People. In This Eerie Photo See You Can See The Destructive Fireworks On Display

The Band Great White Playing At Rhode Island’s Station Nightclub, Just Before Their Pyrotechnics Caused A Fire That Killed More Than 100 People. In This Eerie Photo See You Can See The Destructive Fireworks On Display

WPRI Report

Max L.
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2 years ago

The new ispired an episode of Law and Order.

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#28

R. Budd Dwyer Was The Treasurer Of Pennsylvania Between 1981-1987, Before Being Accused Of Bribery And Withholding Taxes. He Shot Himself On His Televised Trial, Watched By Millions

R. Budd Dwyer Was The Treasurer Of Pennsylvania Between 1981-1987, Before Being Accused Of Bribery And Withholding Taxes. He Shot Himself On His Televised Trial, Watched By Millions

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Amina Hays
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2 years ago

What makes it even worse is, he ended up being found not guilty.

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#29

Joseph Avery Crashed His Boat In The Niagara River. 2 Other Men Died Immediately, But Avery Managed To Cling To A Rock For 18h, Waiting For A Rescue Boat. Unfortunately, The Boat Capsized Almost Immediately After Avery Managed To Climb In, Dooming Him

Joseph Avery Crashed His Boat In The Niagara River. 2 Other Men Died Immediately, But Avery Managed To Cling To A Rock For 18h, Waiting For A Rescue Boat. Unfortunately, The Boat Capsized Almost Immediately After Avery Managed To Climb In, Dooming Him

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Savant
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2 years ago

:(

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