There are quite few things that a man cannot do without. Water is one of them. Fortunately for us, mother nature has been very kind and generous - creating springing water bodies even in the driest and rockiest regions of the earth. 

However, our great mother has not been so benevolent in her generosity because some of these water bodies even as they done our horizons turned out to be curses to humanity- with some going to the length of becoming outright deathtraps. Indiscriminate behavior of humans itself have not been quite helpful in de-worsening the situation as they have single-handedly turned various harmless water bodies into black death zones.

These zones are littered all over the planet. So today, we would be looking at the top most deadly waters in the world.

Lets start from the bubbler of civilization itself - Europe;



Rio Tinto River - Spain


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Now, what river in its healthy condition has deep red waters. Yes, that’s the colour of the Rio Tinto, the first warning of its blatant deadliness. River Tinto  a highly acidic river with a pH going  as low as 1.7. 

Wells its curse is directly inked to its blessing- can you imagine? Its beds are so rich in heavy metals like gold, silver, and copper such that it has been the major source of finance for cities over the years. Now, due to  years of intense and indiscriminate mining, pollution became inevitable. The river became a breeding environment fir chemolithotrophic organisms such as iron-oxidizing bacteria and sulfur-oxidizing bacteria. In short, It became a dead spring flowing.


Boiling Lake, Dominica Republic

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Located in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, this Lake is actually the world's second largest hot spring and unarguably the hottest. The water temperature along its edges usually go as high as  82 to 92 degrees  and the center's temperature is – ( well you can go and check that out for yourself, I am definitely not trying). Before you go, you will need to be armed with a useful information that the centre is always boiling!!! You can thank me later.



Lake Kivu, Rwanda and  Democratic Republic of Congo Border
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If you did some basic geography,you must have heard of the  Great Rift Valley that is slowly being pulled apart with accompanying terrific volcanic activity. Well, It's mostly known for its maximum depth of 485 meters – and this!  250 cubic kilometers of carbon dioxide and 65 cubic kilometers of methane gas!!!


What can be deadlier? Surprisingly, it does not lack swimmers – nor casualties.



Citarum River, Indonesia

Flickr/Jordi Bernabeu Farrús

Believe it or not, that picture is very real. River Citarum is famous globally for one thing -  garbage!. And all man-made. The place is so filled with non-biodegradable waste and harmful chemicals that it's known to be the world's most polluted river.


Sources range from the 200 textile factories lining the river bank that dyes and chemicals like arsenic and mercury  into the river to the millions of residents who treat the river as a huge trash bin. Of course,  no one's crazy enough would drink water from this dumpsite. Even Mad Max.



Lake Karachay, Russia



Lake Karachay is a small lake in the southern Ural mountains, Russia. Since 1951 the Soviet Union used Karachay as a dumping site for radioactive waste from Mayak - one of Russias largest nuclear facility. It is one of the most polluted spot on Earth accumulating  about 4.5 exabecquerels (EBq) of radioactivity over less than 1 square mile of water! Try taking a bath in indian pepper.

The sediment of the lake is composed almost entirely of high level radioactive waste to a depth of roughly 11 feet and is sufficient to give a lethal dose to a human within 1 hour.

 Radiation from the Chernobyl disaster alone released from 5 to 12 EBq of radioactivity over thousands of square miles to aggravate the pollution of the lake.

This pollution has caused the rise of cancer and birth defect rates among the local residents living around the area. It has also gone as bad as making fishes in the lagoon blind. You can imagine...



The Blue Lagoon, Derbyshire, UK
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Originally an abandoned quarry in Harpur Hill called Far Hill Quarry, It got flooded and became "The Blue Lagoon" due to its striking blue tint. A very beautiful death-gate. First, the water is highly toxic with a pH level of 11.3 which is highly alkaline and can cause fungal infections such as skin and stomach problems. The lagoon also contains rubbish like  dead animals, excrement and automobile waste.


The gorge surprisingly is a popular site for outdoor activities like kayaking, boating, fishing, and hiking enthusiasts irrespective of its deadly nature.

Out of frustration, local authorities had to dye the whole lagoon black to press home the seriousness of its health threat. Well, that effort did not work. Who said there is no fun in horror?



Potomac River , Maryland–West Virginia Border, USA


Even though most people know the Potomac as the river on which  Washington, DC is situated on, the legendary river can also be associated with something less legendary: horrible deaths.

The area between Great Falls and Chain Bridge is characterized by  series of rapids and waterfalls that  can send their victims spiraling downward for almost an entire length of 1.5 kilometers. If that’s not enough, the river’s strongest currents are actually underwater, so if you mistakenly fall in, well – sorry is the name.

At least, six people die each year at the Potomac, and many more risk their lives simply by playing near or around it. There is even a large poster at the bank saying “If you enter the river, you will die” Can a red light be less glaring? But if it was that easy, folks would have stopped smoking a century ago.



Horseshoe Lake - California






Situated in the Mammoth Mountain lava dome complex in Mono County, California. Massive eruptions happened here every 5000 years and so was considered harmless (at least till the next thousand of years) until 20 years ago when the  trees around the lake miraculously started to shrivel and die.

After months of thorough analysis, perplexed scientists finally concluded the trees were choking on excessive levels of carbon dioxide seeping up from subterranean chambers.

In 2006, three people who took shelter in a nearby cave died from the high volume of carbon dioxide. Who said that there was less than a million ways to die in the west.




Lake Nyos – Cameroun, West Africa



Lake Nyos is a crater lake in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. The lake is very deep with high flank sides of an inactive volcano. Pocket of magma lies beneath the lake and leaks carbon dioxide into the water, changing it into carbonic acid turning it into a geographic death trap.

On August 21, 1986 as the result of a landslide the Lake emitted an immense cloud of CO2 suffocating 1,700 people and 3,500 livestock.

The water is so deadly that even the ravaging Boko Haram terrorist group are feared less than this water body by the locals.

‘The eyes are the windows to the soul’. This adage is as old as time itself and holds through innumerable boundaries.

 Pictures have proven to be one of the most trustworthy proofs in recent centuries. They have wrecked many devils, built skyscrapers and brought down mountains. Photographs have stated wars and ended battles.

Most of the groundbreaking photographs ever taken have fixed themselves in the sand of time because of their quality but mostly because of their frightening global impact. Some of them have shaped the way we think while others has directly changed the way we live.

Today we would be looking at the most influential and iconic photographs ever taken.

Lets start digging…..

FOOTPRINT ON THE MOON (1969)



On July 20, 1969, mankind left its footprint for the first time on a body which was neither sand, dirt or anything of this Earth.

Astronaut Neil Armstrong and his crew had made history—he was the first man to ever set foot on the lunar surface, a feat which would have been laughed mere decades predating to that day.

The historical event was broadcast to an excited worldwide audience.

“That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” Armstrong famously said.
Armstrong and fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin spent the next couple of hours collecting samples, while the third member of the team, Michael Collins, remained in the command module. Apollo 11 then came back safely to Earth on July 24, 1969. The success of the mission meant that the US had won the Space Race and had fulfilled the dream of placing man on the moon.

By the way, there’s no wind on the Moon; so talking about timeless, that footprint won’t fade for millions of years.

ALBINO BOY, BIAFRA-NIGERIA (Don Mccullin, 1969)


It is said that it is the only grass that can truly explain the horrors of two elephants battling. Yes, war is only sweet in the planning room but never on the ground. 

This picture shows a Biafran albino boy whose only crime was to be caught between the Ojukwu-Gowon scuffle during the Nigerian civil war.


Since the government had completely shut borders, pictures were as scarce as food supplies. A brave British war photographer – Don Mccullin sneaked this picture into limelight to spark worldwide outrages and pressure on the Nigerian government to take actions on shipping relief materials to the ravaged region.

According to McCullin, ‘To be starving a Biafran orphan was to be in a most pitiable situation, but to be starving an albino Biafran was to be in a position beyond description. Dying of starvation, he was still ridiculed among his peers, an object of ostracism and insult’


BEAUTY ‘IN’ THE BEAST (2007)


Major Terri Gurrola breaks down upon being reunited with her daughter Gabi.
Gurrola was returning from a year-long deployment in Iraq and was scared her young daughter might have forgotten her.

Well, she didn't!!


The picture showed that even the thickest souls have a soft spot and drew tears from a good number of eyes.



THE FALLING MAN (Richard Drew, 2001)


‘The falling man’ is one of the simplest and most horrifying images from 9/11.

His identity has never been confirmed.

This picture sparked worldwide condemnation of Alquaeda and is one of the fewest photos that brought the world in contact with the real terrorism victims.



RAISING THE FLAG ON IWO JIMA


Arguably the most famous image in American military history – marines raising the stars and stripes of the American flag above Iwo Jima after an extremely violent battle with the Japanese.
Senior commanders immediately recognised the photo’s power and went about using it to shore up support (and money) for the war effort and to motivate veterans

Some of the men raising the flag were killed in battle shortly after the photo was taken, leading to confusion over who was actually in the image.
Irrespective of this, the photograph became an icon of American strength.

VIETNAM EXECUTION (Eddie Adams)




This shocking image shows South Vietnamese police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing Vietcong member Nguyen Van Lem in the street during the Vietnam war.

 On February 1, 1968 - two days after the forces of the People’s Army of Vietnam and the Viet Cong set off the Tet offensive and swarmed into dozens of South Vietnamese cities, a war journalist - Eddie Adams looked through his viewfinder expecting to watch the interrogation of a bound prisoner. But alas, he got the shock of his life!!! , He saw the chief  calmly raise his .38-caliber pistol and summarily fire a bullet through Lem’s head. Without a blink of an eye!!!


To make matters worse, the general justified  by saying, “If you hesitate, if you didn’t do your duty, the men won’t follow you.”

The photo immediately sparked massive outrage against the police chief and subsequently ruined his career.

On the flip side though, you can say the man was just doing his job. Yes, i know what is going on in your head! You are now free to take a jab at me.

The freezing of the moment of Lem’s death symbolized for many the brutality over there, and the picture’s widespread publication helped galvanize growing sentiment in America about the futility of the war. It also landed the lucky folk a Pulitzer.


NAGASAKI, 20 MINUTES AFTER THE ‘LITTLE BOY’ (1945)


On August 9, 1945, America dropped the first atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Nagasaki, killing an estimated 40,000 people on impact. Thousands more would die later from burns and radiation sickness. The scene was hellish, as thousands lay dead or wounded underneath the debris. The city had been reduced to rubble.




What’s more striking, though, is that this photo was taken 20 minutes after the explosion. The destruction still enormous is still hanging in the air.
 What’s more, on the right side of the photograph, three people stand in awe of what just happened. We really can’t even imagine what had to be going through the heads of witnesses. Magic, I guess.


THE FIFTH SOLVAY CONFERENCE (1927)



The most famous of all Solvay Conferences had the world’s best scientists discuss the newly discovered phenomenon of quantum physics. These scientists were contemporaries, but many are so individually famous that it’s astounding to see them all gathered in one place.

In the back row, sixth from the right, is Erwin Schrodinger , known for his developments in the field of quantum theory, from which he formulated the great Schrodinger equation in wave mechanics. He shared the Nobel Prize with fellow scientist Paul Dirac.

In the middle row, first from the right, stands Niels Bohr. He was the first to show that energy levels in atoms were quantized. His contributions to science have placed him as one of the founders of modern physics. On the flip side, Bohr was part of the infamous Manhattan Project that resulted in the development of the atomic bomb.

The third person from the left in the front row is the iron lady of science- Yes, the great Marie Curie. in case you don’t know her, She coined the term “radioactivity” and was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize. She was also one of the very few people to win a prize in two disciplines, chemistry and physics.

And then, Front row, fifth from the right—who could ever miss him – yes that is he himself, the lord of the  brain—it’s Albert Einstein . He was pivotal in establishing the quantum theory, as he developed the general theory of relativity. He’s also known for coming up with arguably the world’s best known equation, E=MC . Thanks to his immense contributions to modern physics, the word “Einstein” is nowadays synonymous with “genius.”

Also in pictured were icons such as  Werner and Peter Debye. To sum it up, this conference pretty much created the platform for all of modern-day physics to build upon. Having all of these incredible minds in the same picture is simply mind-blowing if not astonishing.

THE TANK MAN (1989)





The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 produced arguably one of the most iconic images of the 20th century. Here, a single man blocked a whole battalion of Chinese tanks. We can see that the famous unnamed protester is carrying groceries—he wasn’t some freedom fighter trying to prove a point. He was a regular guy just going about his day.
To the right side, we can also see the approaching tanks, which will eventually came to a halt. While all of this is taking place, civilians scramble for safety. But one man, not visibly different from the rest, chooses to stay put. 

....This Way...







It shows that you, I, or anyone (as ordinary as we think we may be) can do extraordinary feats if we really want to.





THE BURNING MONK (1963)


This shocking photograph of  Quang Duc, a monk who set himself on fire at a busy Saigon road intersection was taken  in 1963.
 He died protesting the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government. The regime had made life very difficult for Buddhists, banning them from flying their traditional flag or practicing their belief.
Quang Duc emerged from a car just outside of the Cambodian Embassy, accompanied by two other monks. He calmly sat down in a traditional meditative position while another monk soaked him in Petrol. Quang Duc didn’t even flinch as the other monk struck a match and set him ablaze. Onlookers were mostly shocked, but some of them actually stopped and prayed as the monk burned alive.
His protest sparked worldwide media battering. The image made headlines all over the globe within hours.
 According to President John F. Kennedy: “No news picture in history has generated so much emotion around the world as that one.”


THE VERSAILLES SIGNING (1919)


The Treaty of Versailles was one of the peace treaties that ended World War I. One of the most important one.
Even though peace treaties in general are usually fair and transparent, this particular one - frankly, was terrible. Infact, a pure wreck. Its terms were based on bitterness and revenge, rather than logic.

It put full responsibility of the war on Germany as if they were the only with a gun, making the country pay insanely high reparations (which it didn’t finish paying off until 2010 ).

 This created a huge dent on Germany’s economy, made the nation all too eager to regain strength at any price, and ultimately set the stage for World War II.
So much for peace.


TENZING NORGAY ON EVEREST’S SUMMIT (1953)


Shown above is Tenzing Norgay. On May 29, 1953, he and his companion Edmund Hillary became the first individuals known to reach the summit of Everest. They had managed to conquer the world’s highest mountain a mere three days before Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation.

 Ceremonially, the news didn’t reach the world until the morning of the coronation itself.
The duo spent only about a quarter of an hour on the summit. Hillary then took the famous photo of Tenzing posing with his ice axe, but when Tenzing asked to return the favor, the New Zealander refused .

They took some additional photographs as proof, and with that, the duo slowly began the dangerous descent back to civilization and fame.
This picture shows what great things can be achieved by sheer willpower and determination.


April 1st is unofficially celebrated around the world as ‘World Fools Day’. Today we would be paying respect to one of the most successful – I mean very successful Money fools that has ever lived.

Yes, our man of the year is still alive and in fact, holds the most powerful job in the world. Yeah, your guess is not wrong at all - It’s the President of the United States of America, one of the biggest investors of all time; Mr Donald Trump.

Donald Trump is known all over the world for his great business acumen (that is not counting his ever active mouth) but he is also widely popular for his gross carelessness, legendary recklessness….and yes I said it,…..FINANCIAL FOOLISHNESS!!!



Today we would be looking at the top eight reckless ventures that makes Donald Trump our Money Fool of the Year


Lets get started......

 Trump Steaks


 Let’s start with the craziest of all his ideas. ‘the Trump Steak" or ‘inedible Trump meat’.  Even though the big-talk president won’t admit it (he even brought one of the steaks to stage during one of his election campaigns!!), most of his meat found their way to the shelves and ended their journey there.  Trump Steaks, when they existed, were marketed by Sharper Image catalogue and stores, who themselves have crashed out of business and weresold for about $999 per pack …no, that price is not exaggerated!!

Well, buyers were smarter.

It was later discovered that even the steaks he used to campaign were not his, but he actually bought them from Bush Brothers Provisions. A Florida based company. I mean the dude does not even eat his own steak! Can any venture be more embarrassing?


Trump Vodka


"I'm not a drinker, and I'm proud not to be a drinker". That is not the best way to get the public excited about your brand but that was what Trump said at the 2006 launch of his high quality vodka line.
Apparently, the public did not want a vodka or at least - not from a man famous for not drinking! The venture crumbled in 2008 and production ceased in 2011.

Trump Casinos


Another ambitious project which the mogul fueled finances into. Infact it was one of his most-loved establishments, and it was actually doing well until our man decided to try his maddening or foolish experiments.

He introduced a rare experimental board games which he had failed 38 years earlier. Here, you roll a 6 faced dice which had a ‘T’ on one of its faces. If you acquire a ‘T’, you get to steal from the other player. Well the game stole all his investments because it was a huge failure and immediately crumbled like his three-decade old predecessor. Trump's involvement in the casinos bearing his name has been complicated.

He eventually sold the company which owned the property - Trump Entertainment Resorts, in a 2009 bankruptcy reorganization plan. By the time it filed for Chapter 11 protection again in 2014, Trump was only a figurehead licensing his name to the company which now consists of only the Trump Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.



Trump University


 Never a university or even an accredited school, Trump University launched in 2005, was an outlet for educating people on real estate and entrepreneurship. Fees were as high as  $1,500 to $35,000 per class. Here, the motto was, “Simply copy what I did and get rich”.

Well, nobody got rich. Who know, maybe nobody was paying attention.

 The school is currently reeked in lawsuits filed by New York Attorney General Department. The lawsuits call the school a "scam" and claims that it defrauded about 600 students out of thousands of dollars.

Trump has denied defrauding anyone and claimed that the school had a 98% approval rating. The president has also said that the lawsuits lack merit.
Regardless of the pending legal actions, the school no longer exists.


Trump Airlines


Never innovative, never inspiring, never successful. Unarguably the worst of Trump’s investments. In 1988, Trump bought the former Eastern Airlines Shuttle, which ran hourly flights out of LaGuadia. He was reported to have paid a whooping $365 million for the fleet of 17 airplanes, and even more as he generously ‘tushed’ them up (even giving them a gold plated bathroom).



"A lack of increased interest from customers (who favoured the airline for its convenience not its fancy new look) combined with high pre–Gulf War fuel prices meant the shuttle never turned a profit," according to the news magazine's website.

The high debt forced Trump to weigh down on his credits, and relinquish ownership of the company to his borrowers.

Trump Shuttle flew its last flight in 1992. A true waste.



Trump Magazine


It took a crazy thinker to launch a magazine in 2007 given when print publishers were dangerously getting smashed out of the market due Internet-content boom. Well, Mr Trump - ever confident as usual thought that he could create a brand would be slick enough to slip past that hiccup.



It didn’t. Rather, it folded about 18 months later in 2009.



New Jersey Generals


Yes this may sound very strange but it’s very true. Donald Trump actually bought a football team!! Unbelievable right?

Well, since trying to buy an NFL team on his own was actually a bit above his gloves; in 1984, the versatile business man actually settled for a lower-rated United States football league (USFL). He then out of pure ambitiousness tried to force his team (by hook or crook) into the NFL.

He didn’t succeed at that though, but he did at something else. He successfully and flawlessly crashed his football team and yes, the whole USFL with it too just a year later.




Ice


Believe me, just as chilly as the name sounds, it is chillier to note that Trump Ice was just a bottle of water packaged in a frighteningly classy way, branded by a top-notch marketer and sold at a ridiculous rate.

According to Trump in 2004, he claimed that Ice was unarguably the cleanest spring water ever. He even boosted that it was so good that people were even ordering for the water cases!!

Well, however true that was, the venture met its Waterloo in less than a year. 

Maybe people decided that it was foolish to use an amount of money close to what is needed to send a kid to college for a bottle of water. Just maybe!!



All in all and despite all these foolish investments, nobody can take away the great leadership and brilliant economic qualities of our Money Fool. We definitely know that he has been successful in far more numerous ventures and we definitely hope that he will achieve the same with the great country. 


The history is contoured by bloody wars. Some useful, others completely shapeless. The handiness and gross stupidity of some the battles which claimed valuable lives is quite appalling but that is a story for another day. Today we would be looking at the art of the war itself.

War is not just about throwing deadly darts at the opponent but also involves intelligence, tactics and skills. One of the most valuable tactics used by great war-heads all through time has been snipers. By snipers, I mean that lone guy that is so good and accurate at shooting that he can take out a battalion of 50 men with exactly 50 shots from a jaw-breaking distance comfortably and without blinking. Yes! There have been and are still men and even women like that…….

Some of them are so good that  missions and bounties are even organised to capture them. I mean a single soldier can be more dangerous than a whole army. Today we would be looking at the top 14 most deadly snipers that has ever lived.


Thomas Plunkett, 2 kills, Britain

What other way do we start our list than by paying tribute to an Irishman who did the unthinkable. Plunkett is not on this list because of the number of kills to his hat. He’s here because he did something relatively unheard of in his day. In 1809, using a Baker rifle which the British Army trained its soldiers to shoot at a range of 50 metres, Plunkett killed a French General at a range of 600 metres!!!
 Given the horrible accuracy of the rifles of the time, it was an incredible achievement. After shooting the General, Plunkett, not wanting his comrades to think he was plain lucky, decided to make another shot again before returning to his line. So he reloaded his gun and took aim once again, this time at a major who had come to the General’s aid. The major dropped dead.

If not Jaw-breaking, what would you call that? 

Carlos Norman Hathcock, 93 kills, USA


One of the most feared American snipers in the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese even put a bounty of $30,000 on his head. In fact, they were so scared of him that they sent out missions just to hunt him down. He once attached a scope to an M2 browning machine gun, and recorded the longest confirmed kill in history (2,500 yards), a record that stood until 2002.

He also once scoped an area of operation for days, keeping track of the enemy’s movement before taking out the North Vietnamese army general there. He was a fearless soldier too, pulling out seven soldiers off of a burning track after being hit by an anti-tank mine. He was seriously injured while doing this

Adelbert Waldron, 109 kills, USA

One of the most accurate and shots America has ever had.
This man was a sniper at heart. As a boy, he would stalk up rabbits for evening supper for his family. This obsession grew to be stalking for men as he would go out to scout for enemy soldiers and eliminate them just for fun even to the extent of going after other snipers. In fact, his commanders often sent solders to look for him after he was out killing for too long. Waldron had the highest number of kills in the Vietnam War.
It is said that once he and his fellow soldiers, while riding along the Mekong river, were attacked by an enemy sniper from the shore 900 metres away. While the rest of the soldiers looked hard to spot the sniper, Waldron picked up his rifle and killed the perpetrator sitting on top of a coconut tree with a single shot. That this was done from a moving platform is an incredible feat in itself.
By the end of the war, he had amassed some 109 confirmed kills.
He finally retired to a life of shark-fishing (for the fun, never for the food).  He died in 1999

Corporal in British Royal Marines, 173 kills, British


The British Royal Marines won’t release the name of the most prolific of snipers who is said to have notched up 173 confirmed kills in Afghanistan. It is said that the actual number of kills may actually be higher. One of the most mind boggling stats is 90 kills in a single day!
And the dude is still alive!
….and yes, very much in active service!!!!!!

Ranjith Premasiri Madalana, 180 kills, Sri Lanka

Not much is known about this Sri Lankan soldier, except that he had 180 confirmed kills against LTTE. He would later be killed by an enemy sniper in 2009.


Zhang Taofang, 214 kills, China


He served in the Chinese Army for only two years during the Korean War and managed to kill no less than 214 enemy soldiers in a span of 32 days! Yes, I mean just 32 twenty four-hour days!!
What’s more incredible is the fact that he started his career with no sniper training at all. He once fired 12 shots and missed every single one of them attracting enemy attention. He learnt quickly though and averaged a massive 6.7 kills per day.
Approximately 7 human lives a day!!


Vasily Zaytsev, 242 kills, Soviet Union


People only learnt of the guy form the movie “Enemy at the gates”. Before notching up enemy kills in the Battle of Stalingrad, Vasily was a humble clerk in the Soviet Navy. After reading about the fighting in the city, he volunteered to be on the front lines, serving with the 1047th Rifle Regiment. Between October and January 1943 he had made 242 confirmed kills. Unbelievable right? But yes, he was human! 

A counter sniper operation from the German side was immediately set up. However, in his memoirs, Zaytsev claims that he killed a German sniper, with whom his duel went on for three days, and claimed his scope as most valued trophy.
You can agree with me that for a man as good as Zaytsev to value the counter-sniper to that extent. Imagine how razor-sharp the counter sniper would have been!



Chris Kyle, 255 kills, USA

This is one of the most successful American snipers. “The devil of Ramadi” as he was nicknamed ran riot through insurgents in Afghanistan. Yes! This dude can shoot off a needle from a rabbits mouth without injuring the rabbit. His most legendary shot came outside the Sadr City in Afghanistan in 2008 when he spotted an insurgent with a rocket launcher near an Army convoy - 2,100 yards away. That’s more than 2 kms far. He let just one loose from his .338 Lapua Magnum rifle to knock the guy dead. Such was his reputation that when the enemy nicknamed him 'Al-Shaitan Ramad', they were every bit very right. Kyle died in 2013 in a shooting range incident along with his friend Chad Littlefield.
  

Lyudmila Pavlichenko, 309 kills, Soviet Union

One of the most prolific female snipers in history. Quiet and gentle looking, this lady was one the world most lethal silver snakes.
Lyudmila had a torrid time the first time she faced the enemy. She just couldn’t bring herself to kill the German soldiers in her sights. It was only when a young soldier next to her was killed that she went lost. According to her, “…I never looked back”. She killed two enemy soldiers that day.
She would later add 307 more to the tally. She also killed 36 enemy snipers including one of whom already amassed 500 kills. After the war ended, she was retired and became a historian and an ammunition legend. 

Francis Pegahmagabow, 378 kills, Canada

A Canadian soldier of native American origin and a German nightmare. He was the First Nations most highly decorated soldier and one of the most effective snipers of world war 1. 
This man was solely responsible for the death of almost 400 Germans the capture of 300 enemy soldiers. He was unfortunately though, seriously wounded twice while fighting the Germans but  that’s not all. This guy also ran through enemy fire to get more ammo when his unit was running low at a time when his commanding officer was also awarded medals for running messages through very heavy enemy fire. 


 Fyodor Okhlopkov, 429 kills, Soviet Union

This was another Soviet sniper who fought in World War 2. He first started out as a machine-gunner, then became a sub-machine gun group commander, and in 1942 became a sniper.
Since the contributions of indigenous population were not recognised in these days, his 429 kills were only acknowledged 20 years after the war was over. A newspaper in Russia wrote this about him, “He has the keen eye of a hunter, the hard hand of a miner, and a big, warm heart.”
Yes, a big warm heart…….for blood. 
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Ivan Sidorenko, 500 plus kills, Soviet Union


Ivan was a school dropout and very bored young man who enrolled in the army to while away his time.
 As a young officer, Sidorenko fought in the Battle of Moscow. The mortar team he was assigned to didn’t seem exciting enough, so he taught himself to snipe. This was the worst thing he could ever do to the Germans.
One by one he hunted the German soldiers from his Mosin-Nagant rifle. In retaliation, the Germans too posted their snipers in Sidorenko’s area, but failed to kill him. The young man’s aim was so accurate and clinical that his superiors called him to train more snipers. The result was a complete annihilation of the German troops at the 1st Baltic Front. 


Simo Hayha, 505 kills, Finland


A hero among heroes. Unarguably the most deadly killing machine the world has ever seen. This man was a simply death walking.
Simo Hayha was never a trouble maker. He was quietly leading a very peaceful life in rural Finland after having completed his compulsory training in the Finnish Army when he was called up to serve the nation during The Soviet Union 1939 invasion of  Finland.
 ‘The White Death’ as he was nicknamed racked up 505 confirmed kills using his M/28-30 rifle. When the Soviets initially found out that their soldiers were being killed, they thought that since it was war, casualties must abound. But the casualties kept increasing mysteriously. In time, they got wind of The White Death and immediately sent a counter sniper. The dude was killed by Hayha.
In return, the Soviets sent in more snipers; none returned! Next, they sent in a whole battalion; this still were sized-down by the magical machine. The soviets finally sent in the artillery to bomb him to death, but to no avail.

Hayha was so successful at hunting down the enemy because of a white camouflage that he usually wore and hid in the snow with, despite the terrible winters. So dedicated was he that he stayed in position without moving with snow in his mouth so that his breath didn’t condense and give away his position. He also preferred to use a smaller weapon to suit his compact frame and used the iron sights on his gun rather than a scope so that he couldn’t be spotted.
Towards the end of the war, he was hit in the jaw by a stray bullet and was later picked up by a fellow soldier. He didn’t die, but regained consciousness only on the 13th day. By then, peace had been declared and his tally remained at 505.
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