In 2007, Paul Torres had a seizure on the downtown 2 train platform at Penn Station and fell onto the subway tracks just as a train was barreling into the station. It saved his life. "The next thing I knew I was in a hospital room," Torres tells the Daily News. "My mother was there, and the doctors came in and said they had found a tumor in my brain." He'd survived the tumble onto the tracks because he landed in the drainage ditch and the train passed over without touching him.

After years of radiation treatment and chemotherapy, Torres is now cancer free and working on a memoir about his lucky break. The book will presumably be a Chicken Soup for the Soul-esque meditation on life's precious moments, with reflections on all the things he would have missed if not for his accident, like seeing his grandchildren take their first steps, or learning how to play the violin. Or, you know, watching sports. "If I had died of that tumor, I would never have had seen the Yankees win the World Series in 2009," he declares. "I never would have seen [Derek] Jeter's 3,000th hit."