Roy Sullivan was an U.S. park ranger known for a rather dubious distinction: he would get hit by lightning on no less than seven separate occasions. Considering that the chances of being struck are about 1 in 3000, this makes him one of the unluckiest people in history. His bad fortune would get him into the Guinness Book of World Records, and after the fourth incident, he supposedly began carrying a bucket of water around so he’d have something to cool himself off with if (when) he was hit again. The unfortunate incidents are listed as follows:
1942 – The first lightning strike occurred while Roy was at a lookout tower, and the sheer force of the blast managed to knock away his big toenail.
1969 – The second time happened while he was out driving and burnt off his eyebrows.
1970 – The third incident took place when he was standing in his front yard, prompting one of his shoulders was burned badly.
1972 – The next lightning bolt struck Roy at a ranger station and lit his hair on fire.
1973 – The fifth strike, perhaps the most comical, hit him on the head and knocked him out of his car, setting his hair on fire once again.
1974 – The sixth episode was at a campground and resulted in an injured ankle, along with a profound realization that the forces of the universe really hated him.
1977 – The final lightning strike occurred while he was out fishing, and sent him to the hospital with severe chest and stomach burns.
He died in 1983 of natural causes.