Friday, July 7

iPod to Blame for Lightning Strike

 Well, at least I can't say that Apple's iPod branding hasn't managed to weave its way through all facets of the media. It appears as if a Colorado teenager was out wandering around during a storm, listening to his iPod when the inevitable happened:

Jason Bunch was listening to Metallica (probably why he was struck) on his iPod while mowing the lawn outside his Castle Rock home Sunday afternoon when lightning hit him.


Next thing he knew, he was in his bed, bleeding from his ears and vomiting. He was barefoot and had taken off his burned T-shirt and gym shorts. He doesn't know how he got back in the house.

Ride the Lightning, Jason. Ride the lightning.

So, what exactly does the iPod really have anything to do with the whole thing? Well, the teen's ears, face, and neck were burned along where his iPod's cord was hanging, all the way down to his hip where the iPod was. The reasoning that Mr. Bunch and his mother are using to connect the iPod with the lightning strike is a little bit of a stretch, though. They claim that the iPod is what attracted the lightning to him, as there were taller things around him (such as trees) that were not struck. Experts, however, disagree with this reasoning. Experts say that others have been hit by lightning that have change in their pockets and create 3rd degree burns.

"There isn't scientific evidence that lightning is attracted to iPods."

Rest assured, loyal iPod users, that listening to your iPod out in the middle of a lightning storm isn't going to increase your chances of being struck by lightning. I hope.

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