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Wednesday, July 12, 2006


Teen's iPod Struck by Lightning

It was just two weeks ago that the British Medical Journal warned of the dangers of using a cell phone during a thunderstorm. The doctors said having such devices near your head when hit by lightning can result in even more severe injuries... Maybe they should add iPods to that list.

On July 6th, a Colorado (USA) teenager named Jason Bunch was mowing the lawn and listening to his iPod. The next thing he knew he was lying in bed bleeding from his ears and vomiting. Believe it or not, Jason's iPod was struck by lightning.

As you can see from this Denver Post photo below, the lightning seriously burned the inside of his ears. Unfortunately, he's also lost some of his hearing.


To make things worse, Jason had a big date that night. According to the Denver Post, he called the girl the next day from his hospital bed and told the girl "I did not stand you up. I was struck by lightning."

In case you are curious, the Denver Post also details what happened to Jason's iPod:
"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."
One weird thing about the Denver Post article is that they mention Jason was listening to Metallica when he was struck by lightning. It seems like an irrelevant fact unless he was listening to the Metallica album called Ride the Lightning. It just seemed kind of weird.

If Jason was listening to Engelbert Humperdinck would the Denver Post still have reported what he was listening to?


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