Shenandoah National Park ranger, Roy Sullivan, holds the Guinness World Record
for being struck by lightning more times than any other person.
In the time between 1942 and 1977, Roy was hit by lightning on SEVEN
separate occasions and survived them all, gaining the nickname of the 'Human Lightning Rod'
Roy soon started to believe that an otherworldly force was out to destroy him and developed a major fear of death. He might have had a point. On June 5, 1976, he was struck for the sixth time after trying to outrun a storm that he said was chasing him.
Roy committed suicide aged 71 over an unrequited love, but his legacy for lightning survival lives on.
According to statistics, the odds of being hit by lightning once in your
lifetime are 10,000/1, making the odds of being hit seven times an
- that's one followed by 28 zeros!
1 in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
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