Lightning struck the head of a religious listener iPod

    In an article entitled “Thunderstorms and iPods: A Bad Idea,” Canadian doctors have noted that cases of hearing damage due to the frequent use of headphones have long been known, but now there is another side effect.

    Further, the magazine for the first time tells the medical details of the incident that took place in the summer of 2005. Lightning struck the head of a 37-year-old church musician from Vancouver, who listened to religious music through his iPod, stopping under a tree during a thunderstorm.

    An impressive list of injuries includes burns from the chest to the ears, exactly matching the locations of the player itself, the headphones and the wires between them. The patient was half hearing lost, many bones of the head were also affected - the lower jaw was displaced and broken in four places.

    The New England Journal of Medicine warns: damage from a lightning strike comes out much more interesting if a person is wearing a player.

    According to the head of the study, radiologist Eric Heffernan, most of the victims of lightning in this case would get off with minor burns. This is due to the fact that human skin is characterized by high resistance and does not allow electricity to pass through. But in this case, the citizen was wet from sweat (a thunderstorm caught him while jogging), and the combination of sweat and metal objects (headphones) led to the fact that an electrical impulse was sent directly to the victim's head. This is the first recorded case of such misuse of headphones. "We believe that the public should be warned," write Canadian doctors.

    In fact, such stories have happened more than once. In 2006, lightning struck a teenager from Colorado who also listened to the iPod - however, there was Metallica, and not religious music, notes The Register.

    In addition, as Webplanet has already said, an iPod can kill old people with pacemakers up to half a meter away.


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