History Trivia: Roy Sullivan: The Human Lightning Rod

Static shocks aren't so bad after getting struck by lightening 3 times, right, Roy Sullivan?

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really cool right Sullivan grew up hiking the blue ridge

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mountains which is a part of the appalachian mountains which

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suppose across virginia west virginia north carolina by today's standards

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he was pretty undereducated He did not complete high school

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He did go to college He was just basically like

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i want to be a park ranger So he became

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a park ranger at shenandoah national park in nineteen thirty

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six which wasn't very long after the park was actually

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established And it was one of the first national parks

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on the east coast So he's kind of like one

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of the first of many things your fancy guys So

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between nineteen forty two in nineteen seventy seven sullivan was

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struck by lightning a total of seven times And like

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i said he's survived every single time So it happened

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once in the nineteen forties It happened once in the

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nineteen sixties event happened five times in the night Eighteen

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seventies Yeah You think at some point the guy would

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retire early or something but no he just kept going

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Of course he you know was injured every time he

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would get burns you know he would cinch off eyebrows

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singed hair And there was even a few times he

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almost died He lost consciousness And yeah i was like

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you think michael is so lucky Survived but like no

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still really ugly My favorite parts he became known as

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the spark ranger for her For her i'm sure he

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appreciated that So there was rumors that would go around

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about him like that he had lightning rods attached to

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the posts of his four poster bed and stuff And

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so a lot of people still don't believe the stories

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but it's really not a country legend because v s

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far as we know because the superintendent of the park

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actually officially documented every single time he was struck by

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lightning and roy sullivan act she didn't make it into

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the guinness book of world records So he got something

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for all of his troubles A it's a really cool

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story When it's actually i got really sad because towards

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the end people stopped wanting to be around him because

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they were like i'm gonna get struck by lightning if

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i'm around you all the time So frank stay away

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like e I don't know for sure but i think

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this lead teo In nineteen eighty three he died from 00:02:27.558 --> [endTime] a self inflicted gunshot wound which is sad Yeah