Thursday, December 12, 2013

Human Endurance Part 2

(Read Human Endurance before this) Hello again audience. Today we're going to continue the post of the "human lightning rod", AKA Roy Sullivan. So without further ado, let's get straight into it.

Strike 5: Guided Missile
August 7, 1973: This one was quite unique. While Sullivan was patrolling a national park, he saw a storm forming above. Recalling his unpleasant memories of storms, Sullivan decided to play it safe by hopped into his truck and drove away from the storm. Miraculously (well, maybe I shouldn't say "miraculously", "unfortunately" is more descriptive), the savage storm seemed to follow poor Sullivan. Eventually after a game of chicken with the storm, Sullivan decided that it was now safe to leave his lifesaving vehicle. He was wrong. The storm unleashed a lightning bolt (which Sullivan actually saw striking him) that set fire to his hair (kind of reminds you of Dumb Ways to Die, doesn't it?), surged down to his lower body (or to be more precise, his legs) and knocked his shoe off (this gives a totally new meaning to "knock your socks off", doesn't it?). The shock wasn't powerful enough to incapacitate (definition for younger children: stun) Sullivan, which was good because his hair was still on fire then. He then crawled frantically with all his leftover energy to his truck and poured the bucket of water over his head, which he always kept in his truck for emergencies.
Strike 6: Guided Missile #2
June 5, 1976: Pretty boring. Sullivan saw another cloud (AKA another potential harbinger of death), tried to flee, but got struck anyway (for some unknown reason, this one's strangely hilarious). The bolt injured his ankle.
Strike 7: "Water" Shame
June 25, 1977: While Sullivan was peacefully fishing on the side of the pond when yet ANOTHER bolt of lightning struck him, singed his hair and burnt his chest and stomach. After fighting a bear off with a branch, he went to his truck to seek medical assistance.

So the next time you get met by some disaster, remember Roy Sullivan: The human lightning conductor who had to experience the pain of getting struck by lightning 7 times and living to tell the tale.

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