The mysterious jungle is known to be the home of many different species – and humans, unfortunately, aren’t among them. In fact, when we hear the word jungle, we tend to run away from it as fast as possible. It sounds cozier to sit at home, watch tv and enjoy our everyday luxuries, like a nice cup of hot cocoa on a Saturday afternoon.

But one fearless man decided to explore the jungle and embarked on a wild journey. So the question is: why did this man choose such a lifestyle? Living in the wilderness, hunting in dangerous weather and swimming in crocodile-infested waters? Well, one thing is for sure, Michael Fomenko is no ordinary man. So, let’s find out what happened from the beginning.

Was he part royalty?! 1:10
Traveling on foot for about a month 1:38
Michael becomes a star athlete 3:11
Transformation into the real-life Tarzan 4:12
Life in the jungle 5:20
So was he insane? 6:25
The best choice he could’ve made 7:47
Michael's pranks 8:21

#jungle #truestories #brightside

- Even though Michael’s latter life choices could be considered primitive, he had a luxurious upbringing. He was part royalty. His father was a Cossack and his mother, a Georgian Princess.
- Poverty became an issue that the family had to face. And to survive, they took all the valuable things they had, sold them, forged their identifications, and embarked on a journey of survival.
- Unfortunately, safety was still an issue in China, so the family decided to move to Japan, which was more secure.
- A few years went by, and Michael’s father decided that it’d be safer to move the family again. He suspected that a political conflict was about to happen, and he didn’t want his family to be part of that.
- This time, they moved to Sydney, Australia, and they restarted their lives with more hope. Michael’s dad took a job as the headmaster at a very prestigious school in Sydney.
- Michael was quite the athlete. In fact, he was a star athlete. His athletic skill helped him to become a celebrated decathlete; and his state medals kept piling up.
- You see, despite his success on the athletic field, Michael still never really felt like he belonged, and his need for isolation only became stronger.
- Soon enough, he began to disassociate himself from material possessions for the sake of exploring nature. His mindset had changed, and his outlook towards life had evolved, along with his appearance.
- Slowly and gradually, Michael moved closer and closer to the jungle, until he became a full-time resident there.
- Queensland jungle received a phone call that an almost naked man was spotted wondering in the streets. The police responded quickly, and after a lengthy chase, Michael was arrested.
- The police decided to admit him to a mental institution, where he would be diagnosed and treated appropriately.
- What the doctors didn’t understand at the time, was that his “barbaric”, Tarzanian behavior, wasn’t due to mental illness; it was just his choice. After years of trying ineffective treatments, doctors finally gave up, and Michael was free again.
- In 1966, he joined the Australian Aboriginals, and that was the best choice he could’ve made at the time, because he remained with the aboriginals, and lived off the land, for more than 50 years.
- He was also quite the prankster as well. He would wait up in trees and jump on passing trucks to scare the passengers. Even though he didn’t want to be part of society, he still enjoyed having some minor contact with it.

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      Hey there! What's your dream place to live? :)

      about 4 months ago
    • Lana BR
      Lana BR In reply to BRIGHT SIDE

      A fantasy world, better dealing with witches then spoiled bratts

      about 11 days ago
    • nuoipter termer
      nuoipter termer In reply to BRIGHT SIDE

      My dream place to live is the big island of Hawaii. Where else?Kilauea erupts lava there. I speak English and English is the main language there. I’m American and it’s in America. The climate is tropical. There’s the Pacific Ocean and wildlife. It’s near perfect.

      about 20 days ago
    • chase spake2
      chase spake2 In reply to BRIGHT SIDE


      about 24 days ago
    • Leona Cezar
      Leona Cezar In reply to BRIGHT SIDE

      There are no piranhas in australia.

      about 1 month ago
    • Jack Braatz
      Jack Braatz In reply to BRIGHT SIDE

      Your moms house

      about 1 month ago
    • Andy Derps
      Andy Derps

      So.. just another guy who doesnt want to work and pay bills like other people.

      about 5 hours ago
    • Strictly Diccly
      Strictly Diccly

      The infrographics show would’ve done way better

      about 6 days ago
    • Wandering Veteran
      Wandering Veteran

      This is super cool. I want to spend a long trip in the jungle. I miss the Amazons.

      about 8 days ago
    • Zain Malik
      Zain Malik

      Please talk about Pakistan

      about 10 days ago
    • Saintly Soul
      Saintly Soul

      Psychologists are dum b.

      about 17 days ago
    • spittinggarbage

      i would like to stay in a jungle

      about 18 days ago
    • nuoipter termer
      nuoipter termer

      There are also people that aren’t tribal that live in the jungle.

      about 20 days ago
    • nuoipter termer
      nuoipter termer

      “The mysterious jungle is known to be the home of many different species, and humans, unfortunately, aren’t among them.” Okay, so maybe you should tell the tribes of the Amazon and Congo, that they don’t exist.

      about 20 days ago
    • Urban Movement Fusion
      Urban Movement Fusion

      To be honest I love more being in the woods than in the middle of the people. I still love people. But nature is beautiful. And I respect anyone que aga eso. 8 years ago I turned off my TV and put it away. And I game me so much time to do great things. I love youtube because I learn more here. But not my number 1 place. My number one place is the wood and I love them am mostly there in the day time. But love the story of that dude.

      about 21 day ago
    • Morse Code Reviews
      Morse Code Reviews


      about 21 day ago
    • jsalas013

      Typo in the title. A man "chose" to spend 50 years in the jungle alone. Not: A man "choose" to spend 50 years in the jungle alone. Unless you meant to say: "A man chooses to spend 50 years alone in a jungle. Chose is the past tense, while choose or chooses is present tense. Although that is a different case when people make the mistake with "loose" and "lose". Loose is like a rope or pants not being tight enough. Lose is the present tense of the word "lost" in relation to weight, keys, etc. Sorry, just a big pet peeve of mine. I can't stand it. I'm not big on grammar or anything, but those things always get to me just as when people misuse "a" vs. "an". "A" is used before a word that starts with a consonant, and "an" is used before a word that begins with a vowel. Example: "A" man chose to spend 50 years in the jungle alone. People first thought he was just "an" insane person. There are exceptions to that rule, but a good majority of the time, that is how "a" and "an" are supposed to be used. Okay I'm done with my rant on those things. Awesome video and great story!

      about 21 day ago
    • Emily Aversa
      Emily Aversa

      The title is incorrect- he spent the last 50 years with aboriginal people, not alone.

      about 21 day ago
    • LaumiRez
      LaumiRez In reply to Emily Aversa

      I was about to comment that XD
      and they keep saying "he left society" uhh.. no he just joined another one

      about 19 days ago
    • sebmeister67

      you guys seen the origins of crocodile dundee? search for rod ansell, pretty weird story

      about 23 days ago
    • keecefly

      Dah! Where else do you suppose Tarzan live. 😶

      about 24 days ago
    • Kyle Perez
      Kyle Perez

      Title and thumbnail remind me of the Infographics show

      about 25 days ago
    • Mick Dundee
      Mick Dundee

      is this Australia or Brazil; there are no piranhas in Australia, but they do have 110 million year old 'deadly' lungfish. (jj about the deadly part)

      about 25 days ago
    • CARTEL

      I have the same personality.i m an extreme introvert and like to spend time alone and love nature more than the people

      about 27 days ago
    • Tomas Reid
      Tomas Reid

      Where did piranhas come from this Australia not the Amazon

      about 27 days ago
    • X DragonxMaster X
      X DragonxMaster X

      I have a slight suspicion this story if fake. The Australian jungle is not home to any species of parahna since they are a South American fish.

      about 27 days ago
    • Kool Beans
      Kool Beans

      The jungle

      about 28 days ago
    • peter lawler
      peter lawler

      There are no piranhas in Australia, crocs yes!

      about 29 days ago
    • JonDavid Person
      JonDavid Person

      1957 olympics? I thought they were every 4 years.

      about 29 days ago
    • omearaaaron

      Ummm the olympics weren’t in 1957 they were in 1956 weren’t they?

      about 29 days ago
    • Esquimilo

      sooo every homeless guy can just go live in the jngl

      about 29 days ago
    • Uncle Or
      Uncle Or


      about 29 days ago
    • H Kevin
      H Kevin

      Society sucks wildlife is actually life worth living

      about 1 month ago
    • Jesse Briggs
      Jesse Briggs

      I literally have heard so many stories of him disappearing in the bush, he used to walk all along the east coast, yeh I can't believe there is a video about this guy. He used to come into Coles sometimes because he was getting really old sadly he has passed :(

      about 1 month ago
    • Promit Hazra
      Promit Hazra

      Piranha in Australia?
      I don't think so

      about 1 month ago
    • Jesse Briggs
      Jesse Briggs

      I know this guy , I useed to see him walking all around fnq Australia all the time

      about 1 month ago