In Honor of the ABC 'Lost' Finale: 10 True Tales of Island Castaways (Slideshow)

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Unless you've been stranded on a desert island for the last few years, you probably know that the series finale of ABC's "Lost" is fast approaching, which means we should soon be finding out the fate of TV's favorite islanders.

But if you think the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 had it bad, what with Ben, the Others, and the evil smoke monster, just wait until you read about some of history's most epic real-life castaways--who had to struggle to survive on remote islands without the company of Kate, Hurley, Jack, Sawyer, or the rest of the gang. In many cases, they made it work for months or even years--and with no frustratingly well-timed commercial breaks.

Tags: Caribbean | Oceans | Television