Struck by lightning 7 times.
ow many times have we cursed our bad luck? Is there such a thing as luck; either good or bad. When something unfortunate happens to us we are quick to believe that it does indeed exist. Perhaps bad luck is just a subjective way of looking at the incidents of everyday life. But what about those incidents that defy explanations. Take for example Roy Cleveland Sullivan, a forest ranger at Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. He was struck by lightning seven times:
- While in a lookout tower in 1942.
- While driving in 1969.
- While walking across his front yard in 1970.
- While standing in a ranger station in 1972.
- While on patrol in the park in 1973.
- While checking a campground in 1974.
- While fishing in 1977.
What are the odds of someone being struck by lightning seven times? Apparently they are 1 in 1.6 times 10 to the 25th power. In layman’s terms that’s 1 followed by one heck of a lot of zeros. After the third strike Mr. Sullivan began to grow more and more paranoid. None of the strikes killed Mr. Sullivan who tragically took his own life.