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A 17-year-old Colorado teenager blames his iPod for being struck by lightning while mowing the lawn. Jason Bunch says the current from the strike traveled through the headphone wires of his iPod, burning his ears, cheeks and side. The Denver post reports: “The wounds follow the line of his iPod, from his ears down his right side to his hip, where he was carrying the device. The iPod has a hole in the back, and the earbuds dissolved into green threads. Bunch and his mother believe the iPod acted as an antenna, drawing the lightning to him. There were tall pine trees nearby that didn’t get hit.” Weather experts, however, say that is unlikely. “There is no scientific evidence to show that lightning is ‘attracted’ to items like an iPod. However, if someone wearing earbuds is struck, current may travel along the wires into the ears,” said Gregory Stewart of the Denver-based Lightning Reference Center. “There are documented cases of lightning traveling through wired telephones and killing the users.” [via Gizmodo]

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21

He has every right to sue apple its their prouduct that got him sent to the hospital.I-pods are the only thing good apple has ever made so sue em enough to get all the computer money out just enough left so they can make I-pods.

Posted by The Cheat on July 6, 2006 at 7:24 PM (CDT)

22

The Cheat, are you really that stupid?  Apple has made plenty of good products over the years.  It’s the kids own damn fault for mowing the lawn when I thunder storm was on the way.  I really don’t see how in any way he could win in court against Apple.  It’s a force of nature that it was caused by, not Apple.

Posted by Matrixsjd on July 6, 2006 at 7:35 PM (CDT)

23

This guy should actually be thanking apple since that ipod likely saved his freakin’ life.  Without it the current, you know the thing that disintegrated the earbuds and blew a hole in the ipod, would have traveled through him instead.  Which possibly could have, I don’t know…STOPPED HIS HEART…left him unconscious, and with severe burns on more than just his cheek (don’t ask me how I know).

Posted by JinKazama on July 6, 2006 at 7:38 PM (CDT)

24

Hey…getting hit by lightning while listening to an iPod is my patent!  I’m going to sue!!!!

:)

Posted by DonnyB on July 6, 2006 at 7:41 PM (CDT)

25

No Jason Bunch, God just hates you.

Posted by Steve on July 6, 2006 at 9:51 PM (CDT)

26

Nowhere in the article does it say that the kid was mowing the lawn DURING a lightning storm. Besides, lightning often strikes without warning, and it always isn’t thundering outside prior to lightning strikes.

This kid has no case against apple if he tries to sue.

Posted by Jeebus on July 6, 2006 at 10:00 PM (CDT)

27

Mowing the lawn during thunder storms = chance of getting shocked, and since the handle bars are usually metal, sending currents through his body, maybe.
Listening to ipod during thunderstorm, re-directing current from going through body/re-directing currents away from vital areas…

Krn iPod

Posted by Krn iPod on July 6, 2006 at 10:02 PM (CDT)

28

He should thank Apple. With all of the publicity he’s attracted, he can now start his own lawn care business.
I can see it now - Jason’s Lightning Fast Lawn Care.  “I’ll cut your lawn in a flash.”

Posted by Mr. Anderson on July 6, 2006 at 10:28 PM (CDT)

29

Hey yall shut the Fuck up, seriously, bunch is one of my good friends, he was finishing a choor, leave the kid alone. Bunch its Jake GOOD LUCK BRO

Posted by Jacob Davis on July 6, 2006 at 10:41 PM (CDT)

30

Steve Jason is very religous, So shut the hell up

Posted by Jacob Davis on July 6, 2006 at 10:43 PM (CDT)

31

OK. I have this to say

I live in denver. and for the past 4 or so days we’ve been getting rain and/or thunderstorms late in the day or eveing. To mow the lawn anytime after 4 is not a good idea. Its dangerous seeing you have a moving conduit, and adding a electronic device is not very helpful

I have found acouple good points in comments.
Especialy the one explaining how the ipod may have saved his life acting a outlet.

but thats just my opinion…and you cant change it so whateva

Posted by Teflon Don Da Da on July 7, 2006 at 12:44 AM (CDT)

32

first of all why would you be mowing the lawn when you see a storm heading toward you..in a way its his own fault.

Posted by Jesse on July 7, 2006 at 1:07 AM (CDT)

33

Remember as someone prior has said, there has been no mention of sueing, lets hope it stays that way. It’s an act of ‘God’ for a start so there’s not a leg to stand on.

Anyone who mows the lawn when lightning is striking is a fool. I can just imagine the scene “oh, thunderstorm’s a’brewin, best get my iPod and listen to some choons whilst mowing the lawn”

Yeh great idea…

Posted by silver_haze20 on July 7, 2006 at 5:32 AM (CDT)

34

I agree with JinKazama…..... the ipod and headset saved his life by pulling the bulk of the strike away from the kid. So Ipods save lives….. you saw it here first, he can thank Apple for saving his life with their wonderful lightning diverter device, which happens to play music. Sure it hurt and he did some time in the hospital, but so do cops who are shot when wearing a vest, but the important fact is he survived. If he had been out there mowing his lawn like a moron in a thunderstorm, without his lightning dispersal device made by Apple, who knows, he could be dead right now.

Posted by TxOcelot on July 7, 2006 at 6:07 AM (CDT)

35

Lack of intelligence blamed for teenager mowing lawn in lightning storm. Find out more in the news at five.

Posted by Elithrar on July 7, 2006 at 6:07 AM (CDT)

36

An ipod gave up it’s own life in exchange for that of a young kid. The ipod concentrated as much of the electrical current within it’s being before releasing some through the wires. Thank heaven that the yougster was wearing this otherwise his heart would be fried.

Posted by Manard Alten on July 7, 2006 at 10:51 AM (CDT)

37

Well, let’s hope this incident shocked some common sense into this dimbulb.

Posted by MarkB on July 7, 2006 at 11:00 AM (CDT)

38

I think he SHOULD sue.

He should sue himself for being an idiot (and an added suit for stealing Luke Perry’s look for the 90’s).  Of course, I’m just being cynical - LOTS of smart people mow the lawn in the middle of a thunderstorm.  With headphones on. 

;)

Posted by PorradaVFR on July 7, 2006 at 12:53 PM (CDT)

39

“he was finishing a choor”

A “choor?”

You retard…

Posted by Wank Spankly on July 7, 2006 at 2:04 PM (CDT)

40

All I gotta say is “Here’s your sign.”

He might as well have been swimming in a pool during a storm. Anyone dumbass enough to be mowing a lawn in a storm almost deserves to get struck. Now I’m glad he’s alright. But I garauntee he won’t be out in the storm ever again.

Posted by Josh Bryant on July 7, 2006 at 2:47 PM (CDT)

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