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You’ve got to read it to believe it! These true stories seem almost too good to be true, but we promise that we couldn’t make these up. From love to loss and from survival to unbelieavable coincidences—we’ve got the wildest stories to keep you informed, entertained, and inspired.

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When a Scuba Diver Didn’t Return to the Surface for Hours, This Diving Expert Refused to Give ...

It seemed impossible that anyone could be left alive. But an inner voice kept telling Nico that there was hope.

This Pilot Took Off Just Fine, But When He Tried to Use the Control Stick, It Wouldn’t Budge

The pilot faced a desperate choice: stay with his crippled jet and die-or get out and turn loose a flying...


The Night I Met Einstein

This Reader's Digest Classic of "My Most Unforgettable Character" offers a lesson in life—and music—from the most brilliant mind in...


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His Parachute Got Stuck on the Plane’s Wheel and He Was Suspended in Midair with Little Chance...

Almost 80 years after it unfolded in the sky over San Diego, a nearly impossible rescue mission remains one of...


The Unsinkable Titanic

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912, we dug into our archives...

The True Story Behind The Vow

Fall in love with the Reader's Digest original story that inspired the romantic movie starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum.


George Haley: The Man Who Wouldn’t Quit

A look back: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alex Haley tells the story of a man who overcame prejudice to excel as...