A man was struck by lightning as he was jogging and listening to religious music on his iPod. The electric current melted the iPod, traveled down through his pants and blew up one of his sneakers. Last year, a teen who was mowing the lawn while listening to Metallica faced a similar fate as lightning melted the earphones of his iPod, sizzled the iPod itself and caused the dude to vomit and bleed through his ears. Methinks Thor hath made his point with golfers and has moved on to openly judging people’s crappy playlists..Maybe iPods, like golf clubs, are merely the medium, not the message…
iPod-wearing jogger struck by lightning suffers burns, hearing loss
By Helen Branswell
TORONTO (CP) – Wearing the device that is said to put “1,000 songs in your pocket” during a thunderstorm may have sent millions of volts surging through the head of an unlucky Vancouver jogger.
The man, who played in a church orchestra and was listening to religious music on an iPod while he ran, was injured when lightning struck a nearby tree, then snaked out to zap him as well.
His eardrums were ruptured, his jaw fractured and he suffered first-and second-degree burns from his chest – where the device was strapped – up into his ear channels, along the trail of the iPod’s trademark white earphones. He also had burns down his left leg and on the foot, where the electricity exited his body, blowing his sneaker to smithereens in the process.
The freak accident has all the hallmarks of a biblical smiting, but the man at the centre of the bizarre case doesn’t see it that way, according to the lead author of a report on the incident to be published Thursday in a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine.
Teen Struck By Lightning While Listening To Metallica On His iPod
The iPod has been involved in all sorts of strange accidents and incidents, mainly due to the fact that everyone has one. The latest one involves some heavy metal from Metallica and lightning.
Like something out of a pun, Jason Bunch, a Colorado teenager, was struck by lightning while listening to Metallica on his iPod. Fortunately, Bunch survived the freak accident, and while he did suffer from burns and ear damage, things could have been much worse.
Bunch was mowing the lawn and remembers having an estimated 15 minutes before he would have to go inside because a big storm was coming. His next memory is of being in bed, bleeding from his ears and vomiting.
Bunch and his mother blame the freak accident on the iPod, which they say acted as an antenna, drawing the lightning to him, as there were other taller things about him such as pine trees that were not struck. Of course, scientists clearly stated that there is no evidence of items such as iPods attracting lightning. Let’s face it, the iPod, while looking and acting different than other players is pretty much the same from a component point of view, so if this were the case there would have been many such cases ever since portable MP3 player became popular. More likely, the lawnmower, if anything, would have acted as an antenna.
In fact, the iPod, if anything, probably saved the life of Jason Bunch, as the burns he suffered clearly indicate that the lightning followed the wires of the ear buds and as such flowed mainly around his body and not through his heart.