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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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41

Same dang thing would have happened to him if he wore an ipod, walkman or a pair of Sennheisers plugged into a phonograph. If he were a man he’d take the responsibility for being stupid and ignoring Benny Franklin. This is solely my opinion based upon (un)common sense.

Posted by Tim T on July 7, 2006 at 3:25 PM (CDT)

42

Has anyone noticed that lawnmowers are LOUD?  Anyone trying to listen to an iPod while mowing the lawn must have it cranked up to 747 volume.

He’s lucky the lightning killed the iPod and saved his hearing.

Posted by The Kitchen Cynic on July 7, 2006 at 4:38 PM (CDT)

43

grats on mowing the lawn in a lightning storm.

Posted by wtf on July 7, 2006 at 5:08 PM (CDT)

44

Hmmm…

Spinning mower blades + friction of grass being cut = Electric Field?

Let’s Get Retarded In Here….

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

45

“(and an added suit for stealing Luke Perry’s look for the 90’s).” 

PorradaVFR - You made me laugh so hard, I almost feel out of my seat :D

Posted by ilovethe90's on July 7, 2006 at 7:03 PM (CDT)

46

It should say fell and not feel

Posted by ilovethe90's on July 7, 2006 at 7:05 PM (CDT)

47

According to a recent article in British Medical Journal thunder strike victims more often when holding a cellular phone.

This probably goes for iPod’s too I guess.

Posted by jas on July 7, 2006 at 7:13 PM (CDT)

48

Well say what you want.  Jason may love God, but God doesn’t love Jason. Who got hit by lightning? End of story.

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

49

I think he was listening to AC/DC ‘s Thunderstruck…

Posted by geckograph on July 7, 2006 at 9:13 PM (CDT)

50

Just an uneducated guess…but maybe it was the LAWN MOWER with a 20-lb mass of steel that helped draw the lightning.

Oh, and his stupidity.  Yes, it could have been the amazing cloud of stupidity rising up from his head, which drew disaster in.

Hopefully getting hit by lightning has enhanced his common sense, because it certainly couldn’t have made it any worse.

Note of warning to idiots: DO NOT MOW THE GRASS WITH LIGHTNING NEARBY!

DUH!  (rolls eyes)

Posted by Kha on July 7, 2006 at 10:08 PM (CDT)

51

One word… Schadenfreude!

Posted by Avenue_Q on July 7, 2006 at 10:19 PM (CDT)

52

OH big point was made by my mother ealier. This kid is lucky as hell it hit him and his ipod instead of the mower…made of metal…oil…and GASOLINE. He could have been blown to $%^! had he not had his trusty ipod. so consider yoursle flucky sucker

Posted by Teflon Don Da Da on July 7, 2006 at 11:04 PM (CDT)

53

I know this kid personally and he is a complete dumbass. He is proof of ignorance in a lot of the spoilt teenagers here in Castle Rock.

Before calling the hospital… He called this girl up to tell her he wasn’t going to be able to make it on a date that night.  http://www.myspace.com/jasongop There is his myspace. Feel free to flame away.

Posted by SilentB on July 8, 2006 at 3:06 AM (CDT)

54

Whether the iPod was “to blame” or not, what a poor guy :(

Posted by Jack Bauer on July 8, 2006 at 10:17 AM (CDT)

55

Ride The Lightning is such a good song.

And I dunno about this 17 year old kid. You cannot blame an ipod for electrecuting you. It was just plain stupid to be outside in the first place let alone with an ipod with a great chance of it being ruined. I mean, if there was a lightning storm outside would you mow your lawn? WITH YOUR IPOD? Probably not.

Posted by Jonathan on July 8, 2006 at 2:40 PM (CDT)

56

Well I think that when he was finished listening to Ride The Lightning & Thunderstruck, the next song that came on was Couldn’t Stand The Weather by Stevie Ray Vaughn….. ;-)

Hopefully now he’s got some sense. (By the way, why is it called “common” sense? It should be called EXCLUSIVE sense, since so few people have it. :-) )

Posted by dougm_63 on July 8, 2006 at 5:02 PM (CDT)

57

On second thought, with those sideBURNs, he seems like a retro kinda guy, so perhaps he was listening to the complete collection of Frank “ZAP"pa….after all, he’s got some good advice for a kid like this in Colorado who doesn’t seem to have much sense: “Watch out where the Huskies go, and don’t you eat that yellow snow….”

Either that, or he was just listening to a podcast of CURRENT events in stereo….. :-)

Posted by dougm_63 on July 8, 2006 at 5:38 PM (CDT)

58

what’s fun about listening to music while mowing the lawn…stupid!

Posted by lamitomo on July 8, 2006 at 8:06 PM (CDT)

59

I thought it has been proven in Mythbusters that unless you have a metallic object as big as a door knob, little metal objects such as piercing would hardly do any difference.

Posted by Jaeboy on July 9, 2006 at 4:01 AM (CDT)

60

thats what you get for taking an ipod to a lightning fight…

Posted by millhouse on July 9, 2006 at 5:57 PM (CDT)

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