Bizarre Physiological Effects Of Lightning Contact
July 1969. Lawson, Missouri. Lightning is
unpredictable and produces many weird effects, but
the following case pushes the weirdness envelope.
An electrician was driving home through an intense
rainstorm that was accompanied by severe lightning.
He parked his truck outside his house. Then it happened:
"As I started up the drive, I took about three
or four steps, and then it was as though I had stepped
into a very soft cotton ball. My whole body felt
as if my head was behind my shoulders and being
pulled down between my shoulder blades."
When he awoke, he was about 50 feet away on the
other side of a fence and on his neighbor's property.
His boots had been knocked off. The coins in his
pocket and his belt buckle had melted. A visit to
a doctor proved that he had been struck by lightning,
and that his spine had been severely damaged.
Much stranger was his reaction to the ambient temperature.
He was now impervious to cold.
He was most comfortable between -10° and 0°F.
His normal body temperature was low, just 95.2°,
not terribly far from normal. He just didn't feel
the cold. He never wore a coat and was comfortable
working that way even at -23°F!
The electrician is far from being disabled. He
even poses for photographs in the snow wearing
just shorts and a T-shirt. He is now Publicity
Director for a group called Lightning Strike and
Electrical Shock Survivors International.
(Sunlin, Mark; "An Unusual Case of Lightning
'Victimization'," Journal of Meteorology,
U.K., 23:309, 1998.)