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A 16-year-old girl has survived a direct lightning strike. The gold cross pendant on a chain melted and evaporated from the girl’s neck.

http://mosnews.com/news/2006/07/19/boutlightning.shtml

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The glurge which will no doubt be written about this could go either way... I suspect the "saved by the cross" angle will win out over the "overt displays of religion attracts divine vengance" angle, but you never know.

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There are only a few people who survived a lightning strike, and most of them develop telepathic or psychic abilities,” says her doctor.
Okay... Do they have some sort of proof of this? [Razz]
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FOAF I know, but... a brother of a friend of mine was struck by lightning and survived. I talked to him about it. He was holding an umbrella, and lightning struck the tip of it. Apparantly it melted the soles of his shoes! Dunno about any psychic powers though! Although he did always seem to call when his sister and I were getting...intimate... [Eek!]

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Originally posted by Spikey:
Dunno about any psychic powers though! Although he did always seem to call when his sister and I were getting...intimate... [Eek!]

[lol] Well there's your proof right there, Mythophobia.

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quote:
Originally posted by Mythophobia:
quote:
There are only a few people who survived a lightning strike, and most of them develop telepathic or psychic abilities,” says her doctor.
Okay... Do they have some sort of proof of this? [Razz]
Well, I've had a quick check through the standard literature on the subject, and I think that to say "most" is something of an exaggeration, at best.

In fact, it seems more common to find lightning strikes being involved with time travel, or revivification of the dead (there was even one case from 1968 where a tailor's dummy seems to have been brought to life).

Where people have gained unusual powers from lightning, they seem to more often be of a physical, rather than mental nature – though even here, it's difficult to be certain, since there is frequently some other element involved.

The classic example, of course, was in 1956, when a Barry Allen, a police scientist, developed the ability to move at superhuman speed after being struck by a freak bolt of lightning while working in his laboratory. Significantly, though, he was soaked in an apparently random mixture of chemicals at the time.

Almost unbelievably, only three years later, the exact same bizarre sequence of events happened to his wife's ten-year-old nephew – with the same result!

The only instance I've been able to find so far of unusual abilities resulting purely from lightning happened in 1964, when New York electricity worker Maxwell Dillon is reported to have been struck by lightning while working during an electrical storm, and subsequently became what the sources describe as "a living electrical capacitor", able to absorb and discharge vast amounts of electrical power at will. Sadly, Mr Dillon seems to have used his new-found talents to pursue a life of crime.

Veeble "you couldn't make it up" Fetzer

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quote:
Originally posted by VeebleFetzer:

The classic example, of course, was in 1956, when a Barry Allen, a police scientist, developed the ability to move at superhuman speed after being struck by a freak bolt of lightning while working in his laboratory. Significantly, though, he was soaked in an apparently random mixture of chemicals at the time.

Almost unbelievably, only three years later, the exact same bizarre sequence of events happened to his wife's ten-year-old nephew – with the same result!

Yes, well in one report of Barry's experience, the lightning actually stopped in mid-air and started talking to Barry... so this was obviously not normal lightning.

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You read too many comic books, Veeble. [Wink]

- Pseudo "fanboy" Croat

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Originally posted by Pseudo_Croat:
You read too many comic books, Veeble. [Wink]

- Pseudo "fanboy" Croat

This is possible, of course. In my defence, I rarely rely on them when forming a prognosis on a patient. [Wink]

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I thought the Singing Psychic had obtained her powers through a lightning bold, but checking her website, I see she was actually hit by a lumber truck. That might be different, somehow.

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The idea that this was an act of the Christian God is too ludicrous to even consider.

Clearly, Zeus is tired of the new guy getting all the attention.

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I found this information about lighting strikes and death at NOAA. It look like you have only about a 25% chance of dieing from a lighting strike. By this data I would have to say that most live and not die.

Edit:

I apologize to these people for using a ".gov" site. I should remember that there is a conspiracy to hide the truth.

I know. [fish]

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Clearly, Zeus is tired of the new guy getting all the attention.
Bah, everyone knows that it was Thor. Zeus is old and retired by now.

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Another lightning incident:

Thor strikes down knight!

http://www.aftonbladet.se/vss/nyheter/story/0,2789,861375,00.html (in Swedish)

At a medieval festival, the jousting was disrupted by heavy rain. The people went inside tents to seek shelter, and the "knights" took of their armour. When the rain stopped, one of them went outside to gather up their gear, and was struck by lightning and killed instantly.

Too bad he took off his armour, it could very well had saved him, acting like a lightning rod and protecting him like a Faraday cage.

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Whichever deity it was is clearly getting bored- he did it backwards!!
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“I was running to the tree for shelter, when thunder struck very near, so loudly that I covered my ears, then I saw a flash of light right in front of me…"



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