10 People With Incredibly Bad Luck

Melanie Martinez,
Melanie Martinez and her family stay in daughter Kala's apartment after their home in Braithwaite, Louisiana flooded during Hurricane Isaac, 2012. It was the fifth home Martinez has had destroyed due to hurricanes in Louisiana. Mario Tama/Getty Images

You've heard of being in the right place at the right time. But these 10 ridiculously unlucky individuals have a talent for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or being in the exact right place but leaving just before the right time. Like the poor sap who was this close to being a member of the greatest rock 'n' roll band of all time. Or the only person in the history of the world who was unlucky enough to take a nap in the direct path of a falling meteorite. Or the one guy in a small town who didn't buy a winning lottery ticket.

Although most people feel they make their own luck, you can't help feeling that in a lot of these cases, bad luck came through no fault of their own. Maybe these folks walked under a ladder or petted a black cat.

So if you're having a bad day or feeling patently unlucky, read through these 10 stories of woe and feel a little better thinking, "At least I'm not them." Let's start with the co-founder of a giant tech company who left before it made the big time.