Truth is stranger than fiction. That’s what they say. While history can be boring sometimes, there are some events in history that beggar belief.

The thing is, reality is sometimes crazier than works of fiction, and here are some historical events to prove this:

President Teddy Roosevelt Shot in the Chest, Calmly Finishes His Speech

“I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot,” was Theodore Roosevelt’s second line on October 14, 1912, in Milwaukee after John Flammang Schrank shot him during his campaign speech.

The audience was horrified to see his bloodstained shirt after unbuttoning his vest. “It takes more than that to kill a bull moose,” he assured them. And then, he reached into his coat pocket to show his bullet-riddled, 50-page thick speech. He continued, “Fortunately, I had my manuscript, so you see, I was going to make a long speech, and there is a bullet—there is where the bullet went through—and it probably saved me from it going into my heart. The bullet is in me now, so I cannot make a very long speech, but I will try my best.”