Monday, August 12, 2013

When Lightning Strikes...SEVEN Times

world record lightning strikes
Roy Sullivan with one of his ZAPPED hats
Shenandoah National Park ranger Roy Sullivan was struck by lightning seven times before he committed suicide.

Seven times.
Yeah, that's the world record. Obviously.

Sorry, but you've gotta be freakin' kidding me.
I mean, what are the odds there, people?

In actuality, we're lookin' at about 2,187,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 to 1.
What even IS that number?!?
For real.

Have you ever seen what a lightning strike can do to human skin? Holy bagonzos!
Old Roy Sullivan must have looked really interesting when naked, huh? Like a coral reef, maybe?
NBC News Report "Here's What a Lightning Strike Can Do to Your Skin"
I mean, seriously, what was going ON here?
Was Roy the most unlucky man alive or what?
Too much iron in his diet?

While reading up on poor Mr. Sullivan, I learned that he often thought that ominous storm clouds were stalking him.

Sure, this would sound crazy under normal circumstances, but dude was hit by a horizontal bolt crossing from one tree to another while he was in his car, so Roy was obviously entitled to a little (cough) suspicion when it came to Mother Nature.
Human Voltage- NASA Science
Who gets struck in their car?
And (on two separate occasions) inside a building?!?
I mean these ODDS are just nutso.

The man's head caught on fire so many times that he was rumored to have carried a pitcher of water around with him everywhere he went. Because damn!

And suicide at the end of all this? Double damn.
After playing the role of Fate's human lightning rod so many times, guess the guy wanted control of his final chapter.

I'm surprised his body hasn't been studied, in depth, for science.
There just had to be something going on with Roy that made him one hell of a great conductor, huh?
Lightning Strikes Man Twice
Don't know about you, but I'm feeling extra lucky today.
Won't be complaining as much if, you know, I stub my toe, the kids spill their cereal or the lawnmower won't start again.

Because at least my head isn't on fire.

Hats off to you, up there, Roy.
If there's such thing as second chances, I sure hope the odds are in your favor for smoother sailing the second time around, buddy.

What do YOU think was going on to cause Roy to get struck so many times?

Here's to happiness, health and good fortune, my friends.
XOXO From My Hearth to Yours

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