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Roy C. Sullivan
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Bureaucrat
    (February 7, 1912-September 28, 1983)
    Worked at the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia
    Nicknamed the Human Lightning Rod
    Holds the Guinness Book of World Records for being struck the most times by lightning and surviving (7 times)
    The strikes and the outcomes:
    1942 (while in a lookout tower) - struck in leg, loses nail on big toe
    1969 (while driving his truck) - knocked unconscious, eyebrows singed off
    1970 (while standing in his front yard) - left shoulder burned
    1972 (while standing in ranger station) - hair catches on fire
    August 7, 1973 (while driving his car) - knocked out of car, hair again catches fire, shoe blasted off
    June 5, 1974 (while sitting in campground site) - struck and injured on ankle
    June 25, 1977 (while fishing) - direct hit, hospitalized for burns in chest and stomach
    He went 27 years between the 1st and 2nd strikes, then was struck six times in 8 years.
    While lightning couldn't kill him, a broken heart could. He was jilted by a woman and it drove him to suicide by handgun at age 71.
    His mannerisms can only be described as electrifying (insert *groan*).
    There is no indication that after the 7th strike he looked up at the sky and said: 'Is that all ya got?'
    After the 4th strike, he took to carrying a jug of water in his vehicle in case of emergency.
    This proved wise as the inevitable occurred a year later and he used it to douse his flaming head.
    According to a National Weather Service publication, odds of being struck by lightning once in an 80-year lifetime are about one in 3,000 (or one in 650,000 in a given year). Being stuck twice in a lifetime, the odds jump to one in 9 million.

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