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  • Did you know that you can literally eat lightning?

  • Let's talk about that.

  • ♪ (theme music) ♪

  • - Good Mythical Morning! - Thank you for making us...

  • - ...a part of your daily routine. - As a kid, I was deathly afraid of...

  • ...lightning. But I also wanted to be a weatherman.

  • - That's called the weatherman's dilemma. - (laughing) Well, I did not call it...

  • ...that, but I think you're right, because it rocked my childhood.

  • And it's a well founded fear, because sometimes when people get

  • struck by lightning, they get hurt. Sometimes they die. But sometimes

  • they just get burned in a really weird way and they have an amazing story...

  • - ...to tell. - And then sometimes we tell those...

  • ...stories on GoodMythical Morning, like right now.

  • - Yes. - Lemme take you to Essex...

  • England, 2009. Sophie Frost was taking a nice, romantic walk with her...

  • - ...boyfriend in a field. - Oh, yeah. That's what you do over...

  • - ...there. There's field everywhere. - Well, a storm came up. She got...

  • ... struck by lightning, and it knocked her unconscious. Now, she suffered...

  • - ...temporary damage to her eyes. - Mm. Temporary.

  • Temporary blindness. And a perforated eardrum. The KABAM, I guess.

  • - Or maybe the electricity. - No, I think it's the noise:..

  • - ...the thunder part. Yeah. - It could have been.

  • But, thankfully, she was listening to music on her iPod.

  • - Oh! - And listen to this. She survived...

  • ...a 300,000-volt surge only because the lightning travelled through the iPod

  • wires and down through the iPod, and then BAM! Out in the knee region.

  • - (laughing) - So it diverted the electricity...

  • - That's convenient. - ...away form her vital organs.

  • - Right. Okay, I get it. - And check out this photo, okay?

  • This is her displaying the clothes that she was wearing at the time.

  • And if you look at that pink-orange shirt there, you can see the path...

  • - The wire! - Yeah, where the wire actually was.

  • And she was, like, layered up that day. She had the t-shirt, and then she had

  • this button-up on top of it. And look at the scar on her chest.

  • I know. And that's the hole, where her hand's coming through her pants

  • where I guess the lightning escaped the iPod.

  • I will make one observation, though. This is a fashionable look.

  • These would sell. They'd be very expensive to manufacture.

  • - Oh, yeah. - You'd probably run through a lot of...

  • - ...people. - Well, I also think this is a great...

  • ...superhero origin story. She could be, like, Electro-Cutie!

  • - 'Cause she's... - Oh, that's, oh!

  • But what are her powers? She just listens to music?

  • - Yeah. - And if she gets truck by lightning...

  • - ...she survives. It's like... - (laughing)

  • - "I'm here to help!" - It's a defensive thing.

  • Well, I wonder what she was listening to. ♪ (A thunder rose) ♪

  • - ♪ (And the lightning strikes my iPod) ♪ - No, I like to think she was listening...

  • ...to, um... What is that ACDC- Thunderstruck.

  • - Thunderstruck. - (impersonating ACDC) ♪ (You've been) ♪

  • - ♪ (Thunderstruck!) ♪ - (crew offscreen laughing)

  • - That's all I've got. ♪ (Thunderstruck!) ♪ - That's...

  • - ♪ (You've been Thunderstruck!) ♪ - No, that's what her boyfriend said...

  • - ...to her afterward. - How does that guy do that for a whole...

  • - ...concert, and a whole lifetime? - I don't know.

  • All right, now, my mom always said, "Now, don't take a shower when there's

  • - a thunderstorm." - Oh, yeah.

  • Which happens a lot in North Carolina: showering and thunderstorms.

  • - Yeah, that's a no-no. -And I was always like, "Okay, Mom.

  • But I don't think that's how it works." Well, Momma, you were right,

  • just like you always are. I'm gonna take you to Croatia in 2006.

  • Natasha Timarovic was brushing her teeth. She wasn't taking a shower, but she was

  • brushing her teeth. And she went in for the little after-brush refresher on the...

  • - ...faucet, like you do. Yes. - No.

  • And at that moment, as she was gettin' that faucet water, the building was

  • struck by lightning, and it travelled through the pipes and then travelled

  • into her mouth. And this point, you might think, "Okay. She got a burned-up mouth.

  • - Maybe she died." - (crew offscreen laughing)

  • No-no-no-no-no-no-no. The lightning travelled through her body, and

  • out her anus. She crapped lightning, everybody.

  • - Wow! - She literally digested -- ate and...

  • ...digested -- lightning. And yes, I am happy to report -- I'm not happy to report.

  • I'm just trying to be truthful, here. She had severe burns on her anus.

  • - Wow. - Yeah, that's what happens. So you...

  • ...think you had a hard time with that Carolina reaper later on?

  • - Oh, for real, man. - This is a few levels higher than that.

  • There's a little science here, because some people speculate that the reason

  • it went out of her anus is because she had on rubber shoes. But it's actually

  • probably a myth. Now, having on rubber shoes or rubber boots or having tires on

  • your car: none of that stops lightning that's travelled miles though air,

  • which is an insulator itself. It's gonna get to the ground. But sometimes it

  • might take a different path. So, in a lot of ways, this lightning chose her anus.

  • - (Link and crew offscreen laughing) - The lightning makes the decision...

  • - ...and it chose her anus! - Ladies and gentlemen, the headline...

  • ...reads "Lightning has Proclivity for the Anus."

  • - Yep. - Shall we move on?

  • You know what? I'm gonna -- Can I stay in Croatia?

  • - Please! Let's stay there forever. - One year later, still in Croatia.

  • Ante Djindjic was riding his motorbike, and a storm comes up.

  • - But I guess he had to leak. - Oh!

  • - On the side of the road. - He had to leak.

  • - You usually say... Take a leak. Yeah. - Take a leak.

  • On the side of the road. And this would normally just be considered your...

  • - ...everyday lightning strike, except... - In Croatia.

  • ...for the way that it chose to exit his body.

  • - Oh, gosh. You're not gonna tell me. - Yeah. The lightning made a choice...

  • - ...to exit via the pee stream. - Ahh. The lightning chose his penis.

  • "Now, do we have a picture of that?" you ask. Why would you ask?

  • - Don't ask that! - Do we have a picture of the moment?

  • That would be one heck of an inspirational poster.

  • No, but I do have a picture of a microwaved hot dog for visual reference.

  • - Oh, gosh. - He suffered only light burns.

  • The doctors were quoted as saying, "There will be no lasting effects, and...

  • his member would function normally eventually." (laughing)

  • Can you imagine hearing that from the doctor?!

  • - And possibly better! - Normally, eventually.

  • - You don't know. It could improve things. - Can you define eventually is what...

  • - ...I would be concerned about. - Well, can we just take a moment to...

  • ...consider Croatia? Because the lightning in Croatia is choosing the private...

  • - ...parts to exit through. - Yeah, it is.

  • What is it about you, Croatian lightning? And why do you make these choices?

  • Hey, it's, uh... it's theirs to make. But I'm now not visiting.

  • Well, I'll tell you one thing. I'm not peeing on the roadside in Croatia,

  • and I'm definitely not drinking from the faucet.

  • And I was gonna wear rubber underwear, but you debunked that one.

  • I think if it's thick enough. You know what? That's what we could do.

  • We could sell really thick rubber underwear to Croatians.

  • (laughing)

  • - Finally, we know what our calling is. - The tagline is, "So the lightning can...

  • ...exit you somewhere besides the anus or the penis."

  • - (laughing) - They'll sell like hotcakes.

  • - Oh, gosh! - Okay, Texas, 2011.

  • I tried just to say "member." I wasn't gonna say the p word.

  • - Hey, it's just biological, man. - Yeah, it is. it is.

  • - Nothing to be ashamed of. - Right. I'm not.

  • Winston Kemp. He's in Texas in 2011. The storm is rolling in and he's got

  • a garden of pumpkins. And he's like, "I gotta go protect my pumpkins

  • from this rain that's going to sustenance them." I don't know...

  • - ...what he was worried about. - That is a verb: sustenance.

  • (laughing) Sustain! Anyway, he goes outside and says, "Leave my...

  • - ...pumpkins alone, Mr. Storm!" - You're embellishing.

  • - No, he didn't say that. - Yeah.

  • Well, he goes outside to check on his pumpkins and lightning strikes the

  • neighbor's yard. That alone is kind of scary, when lightning strikes that...

  • - ...close to you. But you know what? - Mhm.

  • He's unscathed. He makes sure the pumpkins are... still dry? I don't know. Goes back

  • inside. 45 minutes later, he begins to develop a tingy- tingly sensation...

  • - A tingy. - ...in his left arm, which often means...

  • ...that you're having a heart attack. But no, it means, for him, he had

  • been struck by lightning. It's called ground lightning, when lightning

  • strikes near you, and then there's this residual lightning that comes. And you

  • don't necessarily feel it in the moment, but what happens is you begin to scar.

  • So the next morning, he woke up. He had lightning scars down his arm.

  • - Here's a picture of him. - Whoa!

  • Now, this is actually called a Lichtenberg figure.

  • - That is awesome-looking! - It is a fractal pattern that lots of...

  • ...things in nature form. This is how, like, veins grow.

  • I was gonna say that. It looks like frost on a window.

  • Frost does this. It happens all the time in nature, but, apparently, it also

  • happens when you get struck by lightning. Absolutely fascinating.

  • Now, you might be thinking to yourself, "Well, why don't you get that tattooed

  • over? Well, somebody beat you to it. Look at this guy. He had lightning

  • strike, and he got tree tattooed in the pattern of his Lichtenberg scar,

  • and then put the date that he got struck by lightning.

  • - That's cool. - That is one cool tattoo!

  • I don't think it's worth getting struck by lightning to get that tattoo, but it's...

  • - ...still pretty cool. - Well, imagine that tree tattoo...

  • - ...coming out of your anus. - I'd prefer not to imagine that.

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