They say lightning never strikes the same place twice – and we all may think that’s probably not true- but how about lightning striking a person twice? Very rare, yes? Three times? Unheard of?? Four times? No No No! You’d be forgiven for thinking that you must be some kind of human lightning conductor, Does he wear metallic underwear and walk around in the open with a large metal rod in the air, with a T-shirt saying “strike me again-I dare you!”
The country is South America, and the man has been treated in hospitals there for four separate lightning strikes to his body. And he’s still alive to tell the tale. But unsurprisingly he tends not to go out in thundery weather…
While we’re on about acts of God- well, Mother Nature- what about the time when an entire Congolese Football Team was killed while playing a game. Even more startling was that the opposing team went back to the changing rooms unscathed. Perhaps it was something to do with their rubber-soled Adidas soccer boots? Kinshasa daily newspaper L’Avenir said local opinion – known to believe in charms and spells – was divided over whether someone had cursed the team. The two sides were drawing 1-1 in the match in eastern Kasai Province when the lightning struck the visiting team.
Then there’s the incredible report of a Croatian motorcyclist who got a lightning bolt to the penis while stopping for a roadside pee. Wow, that must have been some whack-off!
With more people in the world and climate change bringing more electric storms, expect to see more tales of human lightning conductors.