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I stumbled upon this wiki entry yesterday and I honestly don't think I've ever read anything as funny. Dude was apparently struck by lightning on seven occasions. This needs to be made into a movie. Roy Sullivan could be played by Steve Buscemi.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Sullivan
The first documented lightning strike of Sullivan occurred in April 1942. He was hiding from a thunderstorm in a fire lookout tower. The tower was newly built and had no lightning rod at the time; it was hit seven or eight times. Inside the tower, "fire was jumping all over the place". Sullivan ran out and just a few feet away received what he considered to be his worst lightning strike. It burned a half-inch strip all along his right leg, hit his toe, and left a hole in his shoe.

He was hit again in July 1969. Unusually, he was hit while in his truck, driving on a mountain road—the metal body of a vehicle normally protects people in cases such as this by acting as a Faraday cage. The lightning first hit nearby trees and was deflected into the open window of the truck. The strike knocked Sullivan unconscious and burned off his eyebrows and eyelashes, and set his hair on fire. The uncontrolled truck kept moving until it stopped near a cliff edge.

In 1970, Sullivan was struck while in his front yard. The lightning hit a nearby power transformer and from there jumped to his left shoulder, searing it.

In 1972, Sullivan was working inside a ranger station in Shenandoah National Park when another strike occurred. It set his hair on fire; he tried to smother the flames with his jacket. He then rushed to the restroom, but couldn't fit under the water tap and so used a wet towel instead. Although he never was a fearful man, after the fourth strike he began to believe that some force was trying to destroy him and he acquired a fear of death. For months, whenever he was caught in a storm while driving his truck, he would pull over and lie down on the front seat until the storm passed. He also began to believe that he would somehow attract lightning even if he stood in a crowd of people, and carried a can of water with him in case his hair was set on fire.

On August 7, 1973, while he was out on patrol in the park, Sullivan saw a storm cloud forming and drove away quickly. But the cloud, he said later, seemed to be following him. When he finally thought he had outrun it, he decided it was safe to leave his truck. Soon after, he was struck by a lightning bolt. Sullivan stated that he actually saw the bolt that hit him. The lightning moved down his left arm and left leg and knocked off his shoe. It then crossed over to his right leg just below the knee. Still conscious, Sullivan crawled to his truck and poured the can of water, which he always kept there, over his head, which was on fire.

The next strike, on June 5, 1976, injured his ankle. It was reported that he saw a cloud, thought that it was following him, tried to run away, but was struck anyway.

On Saturday morning, June 25, 1977, Sullivan was struck while fishing in a freshwater pool. The lightning hit the top of his head, set his hair on fire, travelled down, and burnt his chest and stomach. Sullivan turned to his car when something unexpected occurred — a bear approached the pond and tried to steal trout from his fishing line. Sullivan had the strength and courage to strike the bear with a tree branch. He claimed that this was the twenty-second time he hit a bear with a stick in his lifetime.
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He was hiding from a thunderstorm in a fire lookout tower.
Fair to say that he may be a victim of his own stupidity.
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:o There's so much material in that one article I don't know where to start. :lol:
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guy smiley wrote::o There's so much material in that one article I don't know where to start. :lol:
Still conscious, Sullivan crawled to his truck and poured the can of water, which he always kept there, over his head, which was on fire.
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This may have been made up
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He was struck by lightning on 7 occasions and then this
He claimed that this was the twenty-second time he hit a bear with a stick in his lifetime.
Dude had an exciting life alright
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jambanja wrote:He was struck by lightning on 7 occasions and then this
He claimed that this was the twenty-second time he hit a bear with a stick in his lifetime.
Dude had an exciting life alright
Twenty-second time!

"Goddamn bears! I'm sick of your shit!"
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Sometimes, when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul.
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Fan-fookin-tastic. Unbelievable but funny.
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Fake news.
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If he remembers the 70's he was obviously on the wrong drugs.
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YOYO wrote:Fake news.
You're fake news.
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Guessing 'Lightning Rod Reg' was based on that guy! :lol:

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VWl1dK6pc4


Farking loved this scene when I was a kid ... and later in the film there's a big storm and for no other reason than to follow-up on this joke, with a major drama going on with the family, you see Reg running through the woods and get #67! Inn-nn-nn-nn the HEAD!
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His story was in the guiness book of records in the early 80s.
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A5D5E5 wrote:His story was in the guiness book of records in the early 80s.
How come so many people on here cannot spell the word guinness correctly?!
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YOYO wrote:
A5D5E5 wrote:His story was in the guiness book of records in the early 80s.
How come so many people on here cannot spell the word guinness correctly?!
* blames iPad

* drinks another Beamish.
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YOYO wrote:
A5D5E5 wrote:His story was in the guiness book of records in the early 80s.
How come so many people on here cannot spell the word guinness correctly?!

Because it's fun making you make the 'n' noise.
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YOYO wrote:
A5D5E5 wrote:His story was in the guiness book of records in the early 80s.
How come so many people on here cannot spell the word guinness correctly?!
Doesn't Guinness have a capital G?
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people who get hit by lightning become crazy?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Richter
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Thomas wrote:
YOYO wrote:
A5D5E5 wrote:His story was in the guiness book of records in the early 80s.
How come so many people on here cannot spell the word guinness correctly?!
Doesn't Guinness have a capital G?
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Remember his story from "Record Breakers" many years ago.
Would have been early 80's.
I think they interviewed him on the show.
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Thomas wrote:
jambanja wrote:He was struck by lightning on 7 occasions and then this
He claimed that this was the twenty-second time he hit a bear with a stick in his lifetime.
Dude had an exciting life alright
Twenty-second time!

"Goddamn bears! I'm sick of your shit!"
Puts me in mind of the old "Be honest, you don't come here for the hunting?" joke
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Directed by Wes Anderson.
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Scarring from lightning strikes can have some pretty remarkable patterns:

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Great story.

Reminds me a bit of the one the guide tells you on the tour of Byron Bay Lighthouse

One night, while manning his station in the middle of fierce storm, the lighthouse keeper gets struck by lightning, rendering him with serious burns and paralysed down one whole side.

Given his sense of duty to passing ships in the middle of this storm he elects to finish his shift :shock: before limping, hours later into the local hospital.
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Turbogoat wrote:Scarring from lightning strikes can have some pretty remarkable patterns:

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There's an adjective exactly described such patterns but alas, it isn't coming to me. I learnt the word as a teenage rock collector. Bear with me a mo'.

Aha! Remembered. Checked w/- dictionary.com.

Dendritic - like the branches of a tree.
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Turbogoat wrote:Scarring from lightning strikes can have some pretty remarkable patterns:

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tbh these look better to me than 90% of the stuff on the Tattoo thread.
Probably not Penis-y enough for Sards though.
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