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Hold muh beer: Lightning survivor gets hole in cap, skips hospital
The Post and Courier (Charleston) ^ | August 31, 2007 | Nita Birmingham

Posted on 08/31/2007 3:05:20 PM PDT by llevrok

SUMMERVILLE — It was raining and lightning was popping when Greg Schneider went out to check the mail shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday.

That's about all Schneider, 37, remembers after a lightning strike burned a 2-inch hole in his favorite Ducks Unlimited baseball cap.

Schneider wound up sprawled on his back on the front lawn of his house on Alwyn Boulevard.

"There was mail all around him," neighbor Brian Koellner said.

Schneider said he came to as Koellner's 11-year-old son, Taylor, poked him and called out, "Mr. Greg, Mr. Greg."

Another neighbor leaned over him and asked, "Greg, are you OK? Your hat's smoking."

Paramedics tried to get Schneider to go to the hospital, but he refused.

He complained of a twitch in his right eye and said he ached down to his joints. He was initially unable to recall his own birth date, and about an hour after the strike he still didn't remember driving home from his job as a general contractor.

It's not unusual for people struck by lightning to suffer from memory loss, according to the National Weather Service. Other symptoms include attention deficits, sleep disorders, numbness, dizziness, joint stiffness, irritability, fatigue, weakness, muscle spasms, depression and an inability to sit for long.

Schneider pointed to a small black spot on the bottom of his right foot near his toes that he said wasn't there before the strike. He was wearing brown, rubber flip-flops that weren't damaged.

His dark brown, curly hair was falling out in the area underneath the hole in his olive-colored cap. "I got half a haircut," he joked with Koellner.

He just doesn't want to remember how it happened.

Emergency crews told Schneider the lightning most likely hit something nearby and traveled over to him. He said he was walking away from his metal mailbox when he was hit.

Documented lightning injuries in the United States average about 300 per year, but undocumented injuries are likely much higher, the National Weather Service said. A 17-year-old soccer player died Wednesday in Spartanburg after he was struck on the head by a lightning bolt.


TOPICS: Outdoors
KEYWORDS: charleston
That's one heck of a buzz haircut....
1 posted on 08/31/2007 3:05:22 PM PDT by llevrok
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To: llevrok

First to say “Zot”. Glad he’s okay. I’ll bet his boots are what saved his bacon.


2 posted on 08/31/2007 3:08:47 PM PDT by IslandJeff (Matthew 28: 19-20)
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To: llevrok
It's not unusual for people struck by lightning to suffer from memory loss

Yeah, superheating the fluid in your head by transfering that type of energy through it will do that.

3 posted on 08/31/2007 3:12:07 PM PDT by CougarGA7 (It's up to us to keep it all from unraveling)
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To: IslandJeff

Brown, rubber flip flops are not boots in Texas.


4 posted on 08/31/2007 3:19:25 PM PDT by Deguello
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To: llevrok

I would really be ticked if anything happened to my Ducks hat!


5 posted on 08/31/2007 4:39:32 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: devolve; Deguello; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; llevrok
Lol, flip-flops, also known as 'thongs'. Certainly not boots!!


6 posted on 08/31/2007 4:55:16 PM PDT by potlatch (MIZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MIKAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_))
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To: llevrok

While I'm very glad the guy's OK, I think I'll omit any redneck jokes....for now.

7 posted on 08/31/2007 5:28:50 PM PDT by labette
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To: potlatch

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Very nice!


8 posted on 08/31/2007 5:32:34 PM PDT by devolve ( _Google-Illegals_Killed_25_Americans_Each_Day _A_Mex_Illegal_Alien_Sold_911_Terrorists_IDs_)
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To: devolve

Getting closer to your ‘types’, lol.

Not quite the right word!


9 posted on 08/31/2007 5:35:54 PM PDT by potlatch (MIZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MIKAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_))
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To: llevrok
"Greg, are you OK? Your hat's smoking."

It's not the lightning, it's the second hand smoke that'll get you.

10 posted on 08/31/2007 6:28:39 PM PDT by Paul Heinzman (Fishin' for a good time starts with throwin' in your line.)
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To: llevrok
"I got half a haircut,"

That's called a mullet.

11 posted on 08/31/2007 6:30:09 PM PDT by Paul Heinzman (Fishin' for a good time starts with throwin' in your line.)
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To: llevrok
It's not unusual for people struck by lightning to suffer from memory loss, according to the National Weather Service. Other symptoms include attention deficits, sleep disorders, numbness, dizziness, joint stiffness, irritability, fatigue, weakness, muscle spasms, depression and an inability to sit for long.

Do not take lightning if you are currently taking MAOI's, have liver disease or a compromised immune system or if you are currently taking nitrates for chest pain as that may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. Common side effects of lightning include attention deficits, sleep disorders, numbness, dizziness, joint stiffness, irritability, fatigue, weakness, muscle spasms, depression and an inability to sit for long. Lightning may also cause sudden blindness, hearing loss and death. If you experience an erection lasting longer than four hours while taking lightning, seek immediate medical attention.

12 posted on 08/31/2007 6:49:50 PM PDT by Paul Heinzman (Fishin' for a good time starts with throwin' in your line.)
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To: potlatch

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LOL!

My “summer beach” theme

Cars, underwater action, Q’s gadgets for 007, Bond girls, all need to be rotated

I was heavy on 007’s cars and

Interesting is Diana Rigg (’Mrs. Emma Peel’ in the Brit TV show “The Avengers”) was picked for the female lead “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (first non-Sean Connery James Bond lead 007 film)

And Patrick McNee (as ‘Steed’ in the same Brit TV show “The Avengers”) in “A View To A Kill” at the racetrack with Roger Moore as James Bond

The promo-poster photo/art for “For Your Eyes Only” with Roger Moore as 007 is a scene borrowed from “You Only Live Twice” with Sean Connery in his last (5th) 007 (official) film


13 posted on 08/31/2007 7:15:34 PM PDT by devolve ( _Google-Illegals_Killed_25_Americans_Each_Day _A_Mex_Illegal_Alien_Sold_911_Terrorists_IDs_)
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To: upchuck; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
SC ping!

Now I know what happened to Miss South Carolina.


14 posted on 08/31/2007 10:16:43 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Be deranged in a consistent manner. Manson was nuts, but at least he was always on message." --dead)
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To: Slings and Arrows; 2A Patriot; 2nd amendment mama; 4everontheRight; 77Jimmy; ...
South Carolina Ping

Add me to the list. / Remove me from the list.
15 posted on 09/01/2007 1:47:29 AM PDT by upchuck (Today there are 10,000 more illegal aliens in yer country than there were yesterday. 10,000! THINK!)
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To: llevrok; Slings and Arrows
Dude. Lightning? This is lightning.
16 posted on 09/01/2007 3:49:03 AM PDT by Daffynition (The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.)
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To: Paul Heinzman
LOL

"God gave me this mullet. It's a mullet from God."

17 posted on 09/01/2007 5:54:41 AM PDT by SquirrelKing ("Ocean in view! O! The joy!" - William Clark, December 3rd, 1805)
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To: Paul Heinzman

If you experience an erection lasting longer than four hours while taking lightning, seek immediate medical attention.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

That only happens to people named McLeod who have just cut off somebody’s head.


18 posted on 09/01/2007 5:59:05 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Does anybody still believe this is a free country?)
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To: Paul Heinzman
rotflmRao!

free dixie,sw

19 posted on 09/01/2007 8:56:02 AM PDT by stand watie ("Resistance to tyrants is OBEDIENCE to God." - T. Jefferson, 1804)
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To: llevrok; All
when i was a child (5 decades ago), the USCG had a "mule patrol" of certain beaches in my home state (and perhaps in other areas).

a "certain Molly mule" was struck a total of FIVE (5) times by lightening, while being ridden by "coasties". ALL the riders were killed or suffered "life threatening" injury.

the mule escaped harm (dying years later of old age, according to Frank X. Tolbert), which should tell you a lot about the strong constitution of mules. certainly this particular mule was TOUGHER than the coast-guardsmen.

free dixie,sw

20 posted on 09/01/2007 9:04:46 AM PDT by stand watie ("Resistance to tyrants is OBEDIENCE to God." - T. Jefferson, 1804)
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To: RipSawyer

OMG, I am laughing so hard I think I might fall out of my chair.


21 posted on 09/01/2007 9:18:30 PM PDT by Xenalyte (Can you count, suckas? I say the future is ours . . . if you can count.)
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To: Deguello

They sure aren’t but they can be life savers. My husband (stupid at the time)decided to go after a robber in downtown Houston after he caught him breaking into his car. Couldn’t do it, thank God, because those flip flops he was wearing came clean off and tripped him right down to the ground. Needless to say, he has never chased a thief breaking into his car again; but he has never caught one breaking into his car again either.


22 posted on 09/01/2007 9:40:11 PM PDT by freekitty (May the eagles long fly over our beautiful and free American sky.)
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To: Deguello

They sure aren’t but they can be life savers. My husband (stupid at the time)decided to go after a robber in downtown Houston after he caught him breaking into his car. Couldn’t do it, thank God, because those flip flops he was wearing came clean off and tripped him right down to the ground. Needless to say, he has never chased a thief breaking into his car again; but he has never caught one breaking into his car again either.


23 posted on 09/01/2007 9:40:13 PM PDT by freekitty (May the eagles long fly over our beautiful and free American sky.)
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