I've been hit indirectly THREE times!!! Maybe that's why I'm so screwed up...(of course, I do kind of live in the former lightning capital of the
1st time: When I was a kid, the surge arched out of a light socket and fried alot of my left hand with burns...(don't remember that one too well, too
2nd time: (teenager) I was on the beach during a storm (crazy, I know, but it is quite an awesome sight), and it hit the beach near me (about maybe 15
feet or so away). It was pretty cool due to the what it did to the sand (insta-glass...wish I would have had the mind to dig it out and keep a piece)
This was the one that actually knocked me out, but not for too long it seemed.
3rd time: (adult) I was tubing down a river with a group of friends. We could see the rain coming at us down the river and were almost at the end
exit point. Some of us were just getting out of the water when it hit the bank...the water was lit up blue, and one of my buddies went down
unconscious (I just got a hell of a jolt, as I only had a foot in the water at the time).
I guess the weirdest thing is that you see the flash, and then hear the crack what sounds like a long time later... The air has a real ozone-like
smell, and it feels like snap, crackle pop cereal in your ears as the deafness goes away. Otherwise, it felt like a really bad electrical shock (like
what you'd get from a 220 outlet) with some paralysis (guess it short circuits your nervous system) and of course the static effect on your hairs.
On the 3rd time, I didn't even hear my buddy fall in the water behind me (you are pretty much deaf at first), but I had looked back as I still had
friends on the river (luckily, they were floating on a rubber "Fun Island" float, hehe...) We gave him rudimentary CPR and he came back pretty
quick. His hair was pretty damned funny though, as it was usually pretty curly, so it was pretty high now, hehe....
I don't ever remember it making me feel rejuvenated though...more like I had just been run over by a truck. A buddy of mine got a more direct arc
too (not one of the three times), it came out of the sink, into his chest, blew him back about 5 feet or so, and left a pretty good mark. He was in
the hospital (knocked him out, and they wanted to double check everything) for a couple days after...
[edit on 23-7-2004 by Gazrok]