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American Badasses and a Russian Who Became a Hero by Doing Nothing

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

5 Most Badass Presidents of All Time
This is a great take on America’s most badass presidents. If you ask me, after reading Andrew Jackson’s article he deserves to be higher than #5. JFK at 4 is a little generous, but I definitely can’t deny Teddy Roosevelt at #1. Click on the link, it’s worth your time.

Hugh Glass
Speaking of badasses, this man was mauled by a grizzly, awoke to find himself abandoned, without weapons or equipment, suffering from a broken leg, cuts on his back that exposed his bare ribs, all his wounds festering and left to die. He then found a rotten log and placed his back against it so the maggots can clean his wounds. After that he proceeded to crawl 200 miles living off roots and berries back to civilization and tracked down the two men who left him to die.
Read more about Hugh Glass.

Wesley Autrey
When a stranger collapses from a convulsing seizure and falls to the subway track Wesley Autrey “made a split decision” and jumped down to the tracks. As a subway train came racing at the pair he dove on top of the convulsing man and pinned him in the roughly one foot of clearance between the ground and the train racing overhead. After the subway passed he yelled up to the gathering crowd: “We’re O.K. down here, but I’ve got two daughters up there. Let them know their father’s O.K.”

Stanislav Petrov
Lastly, is Stanislav Petrov. He single-handedly averted thermonuclear destruction and saved us all from a fate similar to Fallout 3. The incident happened at the height of the Cold War when tensions were at the tipping point. Only three weeks earlier, the Soviet’s had shot down a South Korean passenger jet, and killing 269 people on board, including a US congressman, Stanislav Petrov saved us all by ignoring USSR protocol and doing nothing when the Soviet’s early warning system reported that an American ICBM was heading towards the Soviet Union. Petrov sums it all up for us, “”All that happened didn’t matter to me — it was my job. I was simply doing my job, and I was the right person at the right time, that’s all. My late wife for 10 years knew nothing about it. ‘So what did you do?’ she asked me. I did nothing.” Read more about Stanislav Petrov.

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