Fans of over-the-top action movies know how filmmakers love to show heroes blocking projectiles with all sorts of unlikely objects. Swords, knives, serving trays — all have saved lives on screen.
We all know that real life doesn’t work that way, though. Only getting out of the line of fire or donning Kevlar will protect you from bullets or arrows, right?
That’s usually true, but a number of actual incidents have shown that surprising objects can sometimes save lives.
Consider the case of former Florida State University student Jason Derfuss. According to the Huffington Post, he as walking through the campus in 2014 when a gunman opened fire.
Derfuss got to safety and didn’t even realized he’d been targeted by the shooter — until he opened his backpack.
A bullet had pierced the back of his bag and lodged itself in a copy of a book about John Wyclif.
“The shot I heard behind me I did not feel, nor did it hit me at all,” he wrote on Facebook.
“The truth is I was almost killed tonight and God intervened. I know conceptually He can do all things, but to physically witness the impossible and to be surrounded by such grace is indescribable. To God be the glory, forever and ever. Amen.”
According to Reuters, a man from Nimbin, New South Wales, Australia, saved his own life with an even more astonishing deflection.
When returning home, the 43-year-old man discovered someone waiting for him.
The individual, who he knew, had a bow and arrow. The two evidently had history, because the perpetrator allegedly pulled out a bow and arrow and pointed them at the man.
“The resident held up his mobile phone to take a photo of the armed man who then engaged the bow and was ready to fire,” a police statement said.
Documenting a crime always makes sense, but in this case, it saved the man’s life.
The attacker shot the arrow right at the man’s head. Instead of skewering him, though, it struck the phone.
Incredibly, only the tip of the missile protruded from the device. The phone had almost stopped the arrow dead in its proverbial tracks.
“It’s alleged the man fired the arrow at the resident which pierced through the man’s mobile phone causing the phone to hit him in the chin,” police said. “It left a small laceration that didn’t require medical treatment.”
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