8. Fishermen in a lightning storm come up with the worst idea imaginable
In July of 1901, a group of 11 men and one 12-year-old boy went fishing off of Robbins Pier near Montrose Beach. Around noon, a bad storm started to pick up, but they decided to ride it out. When lightning started cracking, all 12 ran to huddle for cover, with the boy in the middle, underneath a makeshift zinc roof that had been erected on some of the pier pylons, all the while not knowing zinc conducts electricity.
A bolt of lightning hit the roof and instantly electrocuted the men hiding underneath. Eleven of the twelve died instantly, but the survivor, 12-year-old Willie Anderson, was partially paralyzed but otherwise alive. As rescuers came, they realized that the bodies of the 11 dead were so tightly packed under the pier they had fused together in the lightning blast. Willie Anderson had to wait a half hour, screaming in panic, until the bodies around him could be moved and he was pulled out to safety.