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Colombian man struck by lightning four times tries odd cure

The fear of lightning is called astraphobia, and 20-year-old Alexander Mandón of Colombia has a perfectly good reason for being extremely frightened by electrical storms, as he’s been struck by lightning four times in the last six months.

Mandón’s, first three experiences a human lightning rod came while he was serving in the army which led to his discharge, and the last time was when he returned to his hometown of Sampues, in the northern Sucre department.

His last brush with lightning forced the young Colombian to seek attention from a local village doctor who suggested that they literally ground him, which consists of Mandón being buried neck deep in the earth, as the ground will absorb the electrical charges that are in his body.

Apparently the first attempt didn’t work because he wasn’t placed in the correct upright position and Mandon underwent a second attempt, but at the moment it’s unknown whether the experiment has been successful, as Mandon has plans to avoid staying outdoors as much as possible.

There are 2000 thunderstorms and 100 lightning strikes per second and the saying that lightning never strikes twice, is a myth (the Empire State Building gets struck about 25 times a year) and strangely enough men are struck by lightning four times more often than women, but the good news is that 80% of lightning strike victims survive the shock.

Actor Jim Caviezel (on who currently stars in Person of Interest) played Jesus in Mel Gibson's The Passion Of Christ, was struck by lightning while filming the movie near Rome, and the film's assistant director Jan Michelini, was hit twice during the shoot.

Roy Sullivan, a Virginia park ranger, survived seven lightning strikes, making him the world record holder. According to the Guinness Book of Records, Sullivan was first hit by lightning in 1942, and was struck six more times over the next 35 years.

To protect yourself from lightning, the National Lightning Safety Institute reminds everyone to move to a safe location such as a building or a car, and avoid places that are near metal or water, away from under trees, on hills, or near electrical/electronics equipment and stay indoors after no thunder and no lightning have been observed for at least thirty minutes.

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